Hike the Lysefjord
From 11,990 NOK per person | ★★★★★ (9 guest reviews)
Ever hiked along a fjord? Experience the majesties of the Lysefjord. Besides visiting the world-renowned Preikestolen and Kjerag Boulder, you will also be given the opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore the much less known Hengjanenibbå(“Overhanging Rock Cliff”) and Flørli, the longest wooden stairway in the world (4.444 steps).
(Monday – Friday)
This tour can also be organised for private groups.
• Transportation, incl. 3 fjord ferry cruises
• Professional Guide
• Accommodation in tents (2 nights)
• Accommodation in apartment (1 night)
• Accommodation in B&B (1 night)
• Breakfast and dinner* every day
• Use of hiking poles
• Common camping equipment
*drinks are not included
• Proper hiking boots*
• Warm, thick socks
• Water-resistant pants*
• Rain-proof jacket*
• Thermal baselayers
• Fleece or woolen sweater
• Warm hat and gloves*
• 60 liter backpack
• Sleeping bag*
• Sleeping mat*
• Water bottle
• Lunch & snacks for all days
• Sun glasses / sunscreen
• Personal hygiene items
*items can also be rented
Note: A detailed packing list will be sent to you after booking. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
• Photography package
• Hiking boot rental
• Hiking pants rental
• Hiking jacket rental
• Sleeping bag rental
• Sleeping mat rental
• Headlamp rental
Suitable for people of most ages who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.
Trail conditions: Narrow/non existent trails, mostly marked with simple signs/cairns. At times more technical “off-the-beaten-track” hiking. At times facilitated with simple technical equipment (ie chains, ropes).
Type of terrain: Mountainous. Steeper sections with rocky surfaces requiring good eye/hand/feet coordination. Unsteady surfaces and a variety of obstacles (ie creeks, swamps, bushes, boulders) occur.
Due to the possibility of rapidly-changing weather conditions, it may be necessary to make changes to scheduled trips. In the event that your trip needs to be rescheduled for another day or cancelled on short notice, you may choose between joining the rescheduled trip or getting a partial refund. In the event that weather conditions deteriorate during your trip, it may be necessary to turn around on the trail or head back earlier than planned. If this happens, no refunds will be given.
Ever hiked along a fjord? Join us on a 5 day hike and experience the majesties of the Lysefjord. Besides visiting the world-renowned Preikestolen and Kjerag Boulder, you will also be given the opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore the much less known Hengjanenibbå(“Overhanging Rock Cliff”) and Flørli, the longest wooden stairway in the world (4.444 steps).
This is your opportunity to traverse the famous Lysefjord. We’ll split the 40 kilometer long trail in 4 stretches of approximately 10 kilometres each, while bridging a total ascent of 3.000 meters. Although this is not an easy hike, with general good health and condition as a prerequisite, we’ll take our time to enjoy the stunning views on the fjords, and surrounding mountains, cliffs and waterfalls. During the hike, we’ll spent two nights outdoors in tents, and one night in apartments at the former water power plant community of Flørli.
We’ll conclude our tour in Lysebotn village, at the very end of the fjord. After a refreshing night at cosy Hauane Bed & Breakfast, we’ll cross the fjord once more. Travelling our way back to Stavanger by ferry, you can see the highlights from the hike and your achievements from a different perspective.
Total: 5 days
Hiking: 4 days (approximately 10 km / 5 hours hiking per day)
Day 5 is used to take a ferry cruise through the Lysefjord, back to Stavanger
The tour starts in Stavanger (Monday), with a briefing at our office:
Address: Ryfylkegata 13, Stavanger
Meeting time: 08:00am
The tour ends in Stavanger (Friday) at approximately 10:00am
Day 1 / Monday
You will meet your guide(s) at Outdoorlife Norway´s office in Stavanger (8am). After a briefing, we take a ferry and bus to the start of the trek along the Lysefjord. Our first goal is the famous Preikestolen, towering 604 meters above the fjord. While most tourists follow the main path, we will hike off the beaten track, on a to the crowds unknown trail, providing you with a different experience. After a lunch at the viewpoint, we leave the crowds behind. After two more hours, we’ll camp and sleep in hammock tents in the forrest.
Day 2 / Tuesday
After breaking up camp, we hike to the abandoned Hengjane farm near the Hengjanenibbå (“Overhanging Cliff Rock”). This rock formation has no signs or trails, guaranteeing a tranquil experience at one of the most beautiful view points of the whole Lysefjord. From here, we can already see Lysebotn Village and the Kjerag Massif, 2 1/2 days of hiking away, at the end of the fjord. The views are just getting better when we continue our way over a mountain plateau, from where we can see both the east and west end of the fjord. We descent all the way down through wooded hillsides and along forest creeks to the fjord. A ferry service takes us to the water power plant of Flørli, where we stay the night in an apartment. You can spend the evening exploring Flørli Village and its special history.
Day 3 / Wednesday
Thought you had seen all the highlights of the Lysefjord already? Think again. After breakfast, we are going to climb the world’s longest wooden stairway, counting 4,444 steps, following the old iron tubes the fed the power plant with falling water. You can count them all, or enjoy the gradual transition from fjord to mountain. Back on the top, we now follow the south side of the fjord. After a lunch and three more hours of hiking, we’ll find a nice spot for a new camp, near one of the many mountain lakes. We share tents and sleep in a tipi. Those who are interested can join our guide for an evening walk to enjoy the sometimes vibrant skies and views on the Lysefjord.
Day 4 / Thursday
After breaking up camp, we have do to a bit more climbing. It’s all worth it, because today we are visiting the very Majesty of the Lysefjord: the Kjerag Boulder. Standing on the boulder – which hangs at an altitude of 984 meters – is reserved for daredevils only. When we encounter the edge of the mountain plateau, panoramic views on the 42 long Lysefjord – flanked by 1000 meter high mountain walls – will unfold. If we are lucky, we’ll be able to see basejumpers – a legal sport in Norway. We’ll take it easy and enjoy a lunch and break at the boulder. The walk back to the parking lot takes approximately 2 hours. Here, civilisation is waiting for us. Meaning a good meal, shower, a good conversation and a soft bed. You couldn’t wish for a better destination of the hike: Hauane Bed & Breakfast is one of the most cosy and hospitable bed & breakfasts you’ll have ever visited, situated in the scenic Lyse Valley, just a few kilometres from the fjord.
Day 5: / Friday
Our host will wake us up early to provide us with a local breakfast and shuttle us to the quay. The morning ferry will take us back to Stavanger. Travelling through the Lysefjord one more time, you’ll be able to enjoy the highlights from the hike once more and see and your achievements from a different perspective.
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 10:00am.
When you book, you pay a non-refundable deposit of 5,000 NOK. The final costs depend on the total number of hikers:
- <4 hikers: 13,990 NOK per person
- 4-6 hikers: 12,990 NOK per person
- >6 hikers: 11,990 NOK per person
The final payment will be settled upon arrival at our office (day 1).
OTHER PACKAGES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
PREIKESTOLEN WINTER HIKE + LODGE PACKAGE
from 1,890 NOK per-person
3-DAY LYSEFJORD TREK – FLØRLI TO KJERAG
from 5,990 NOK per-person
Admire world-renowned Preikestolen from the Lysefjord, hike off the beaten track to the
Kjerag Boulder, and climb the longest wooden stairway in the world (4.444 steps) at Flørli.
2018 Season: By request
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I was looking for an adventure in Norway to motivate my personal training clients and friends when I came across OutdoorLife Norway’s 5-day hike along the Lysefjord. I reached out to them and they were incredibly responsive. After coordinating and training my clients for 8 months, I took 12 of them to Norway from the US and did the hike. It was, by far, the highlight of our experience in Norway getting to see Preikestolen, Kjerag, Florli, and Lysebotn. They provided two guides, Eirik and Are who were exceptional in every way. They were well informed with facts about the area, provided support and assistance when needed, cooked our breakfasts and dinners, spoke perfect English, and were incredibly patient and pleasant to be with. They even met with us the night before the hike to go over gear and the plan for the week which helped us all feel comfortable going in. The views along the Lysefjord were jaw-dropping, and we even got to sleep one night under the stars along a mountain plateau. I could not have asked for better guides, better communication with Johannes, the owner, or a better experience overall. Incredible!Ramsey
Eirik did a great job explaining what we were going to encounter and made sure we all had the appropriate gear.
Getting off the regular trail was great! Even though we were off trail, I felt safe and secure with Eirik and Are leading us. I absolutely loved the second camping spot!!! Secluded, under the stars, so tranquil. The stairs were quite the challenge, but very enjoyable. Alternating nights inside and outside was great.
The stay at Lysebotn was a perfect way to end the hike! Having a shower, a cold beer, and a warm bed was exceptional. Most of us split up and travelled to different places once we got back to Stavanger, so this was nice to have one last meal in cozy accommodations together.
Eirik and Are made this trip what it was. Fantastic. Very knowledgeable, supportive, and encouraging. This was a trip I will always remember. It was thrilling, and a perfect combination of challenging and safe.NN
Eirik was extremely organized, detailed, and answered all our questions. I LOVED taking the quiet trail into the Preikestolen. The location of the campsite near the lake was lovely. I love the hammock tents (first for me!) and the meals prepared by Eirik and Ara we AMAZING! I felt comfortable, safe, and rested. The hike down to Bratteli was a long way down (the warmer day didn’t help). With the deadline to get down to the boat, it put more pressure on us to move quickly, which is more difficult with a large group like ours. Additionally, going down is harder for me since the terrain varied quite a bit. The reward however was found when I jumped into the fjord at the end. E and A handled everything and got us down safely.
Flørli was such a lovely place and the views were incredible. The proprietors were kind, helpful, and took good care of us. Eirik and Ara, of course ran around making sure we were well taken care of with towels, food, and checking in our how we felt to make sure we felt
comfortable moving ahead.
Hiking the staircase was my favorite day! Eirik and Ara’s patience with us going up the staircase, followed by the longer trail through the 7 lakes was greatly appreciated. It was a beautiful trail, I just wish we could spend a little bit more time at each of the lakes. Once we got to the 7 th with tents – WOW – it was like a dream. The surroundings, the reindeer stew and WINE – and the amazing company. Again, day three was my favorite!
The hiking day to Kjerag, I like to call “Bonus Rounds” because we encountered such a wide variety of exciting challenges. Trekking across snow banks, boulder jumping, and taking shortcuts straight up the mountain. The cherry on top of course was the Boulder – and boy I can’t believe I did it. I can’t thank Eirik enough for his detailed instructions on how to safely get on the rock.
Staying at Lysebotn, is a great way to end the journey with our group and our guides. The lodge was very comfortable and clean.
I can’t thank Eirik and Are enough for their kindness, patience, knowledge, and humor. I was so incredibly impressed with how they managed the day and all of us. They took such great care of us. They made the trip for us!KT
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What a wonderful experience! Highly recommended. The guides Eirik and Are were not just very professional on their knowledge of all technicalities related to the hiking but were also very friendly, excellent cooks, so willing to help on everything and at the same time let us experience many things Norwegian nature has to offer: very difficult and steep hikes, sleeping among trees using hammock tents, spectacular views and I could just go on and on. A 5 people group and 2 guides was just excellent!Quique I
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A friend and I booked the 5 days hiking tour with Outdoorlife Norway. Since the moment we booked the tour all the information was provided timely and clearly. They send you beforehand the itinerary of each day, a list of items to take with you, travel recommendations and even lunch recommendations.
During the tour, our guides Eirik and Are were helping the group at every moment and cheering us up. They are not only experts on the matter but also great chefs and photographers I had a lot of fun with them and with the other people in the group as well. Having a small group of 5 persons and 2 guides was perfect to have a personal experience.
And what can I say about the landscape, it was amazing! So much beauty in one place, full of challenges rewarded by spectacular views.
This was by far a unique experience that I can extensively recommend and that I will repeat.
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What a fantastic experience – definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done but so worth it. The views were spectacular. Enjoyed every second of it (even the rain and the midges couldn’t spoil the trip!). Big thank you to Eirik and Are for being such great guides. I’m nervous about slipping on steep, wet rocks but Eirik and Are were always there to grab your hand or tell you the best place to put your foot and made me feel pretty safe coming down some steep slopes. The wild camping was a first for me and the hammock tents are surprisingly comfortable. It was so nice to barely see anyone else on the trek and just be part of the beautiful landscape. Both Eirik and Are were patient and set a good pace and made sure the group was all ok and told us interesting facts and stories. Would definitely recommend Outdoorlife Norway. Takk for turenRebecca B
Johannes is de allerbeste gids ter wereld. De trekking was fantastisch. Top natuur, top organisatie. Een aanrader!Irene
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For my first hiking trip to Norway as a female solo traveler, I wanted to make sure it is organized properly so that I capitalize on the limited time I have which is 5 days including travel days. Reached out to this amazing company and I immediately felt confident that I can rely on them to plan my trip and not expect any negative surprises.
I explained what hikes I am interested in and the dates of my trip, and they kindly prepared an itinerary for me including transportation and hotel and it was very affordable, easy to follow, and I enjoyed it. The guide, who is also the owner, is very professional and very knowledgeable, he knows the perfect balance between safe and fun. I admired how he cared about the environment respecting the conditions of the trail and removing hurdles left by tourists, or caused by mother nature, which shows how passionate he is about his country, the environment, and what he does. I cannot but respect that. The hiking experience was fantastic, I did not feel unsafe at any point, the tours were very punctual, you are picked up exactly when you are told you will be picked up, and instructions regarding transportation were super clear that a 6 year old can follow through them. We made stops as needed, just enough. Kept the group together at a good pace and treated all with respect and friendliness. We felt we were just hiking with a friend. What I truly appreciated as well is that on my Preikestolen tour I was the only one on the tour, and Johannes did not cancel on me because or refuse to do the hike for just one person. I heard that is something that can happen in tours in general, but it was definitely not the case. He carried on the activity with utmost professionalism as if it was for a group of 10. Overall, the company exceeded my expectations. It makes a difference when someone creates his own company and is passionate about it and treats customers as guests versus tourists, this is what OutdoorlifeNorway is about. I recommend it to anyone who wants to plan a trip to Norway and wants to be in good hands. two thumbs up.
Do you like contrasts? Do you really need them? If so, go to Norge and rock your life!
This hike is not only a trip along the Lysefjord but also a trip to find new or hidden resources inside yourself.
While I took part in this jewels discovering trip through real mud I newer felt like a tourist. The thrills off the beaten tracks have been peppered with awesome views you really have to fight for. Due to staying almost five days together in a small group it went very familiar. To be so closely connected to nature has given me the warm feeling of being a part of it. If required, I found myself approved in leaving my comfort zone gives me a glimpse of what I’m able to achieve, when I do!
This Lysefjord-5-day-hike is a perfect mix of beautiful views, learning about history and geology and finding yourself as well as doing spontaneous, crazy things.
Thank you, Johannes, for your ideas and social engagements.
I went from Germany to Norge to fulfill a dream. It was much more than I had hoped for!