The famous, 40 km long Lysefjord, surrounded by impressive mountains carved out during the Ice Age is the dominant feature. Ferries and sightseeing boats call on many of the exiting towns and villages along the fjord. Lysefjord is an extremely popular tourist attraction and day trip from nearby Stavanger, from where cruise ships travel the full distance of the fjord. As well as the extraordinary scenery of the fjord itself, two points along its length are popular side trips.
The rock of Preikestolen, located above a vertical drop of 604 meters, can be seen from the fjord, but is more impressive from above. At the end of the fjord lies the Kjerag mountain, a popular hiking destination with even more spectacular drops. On the east side of the fjord lies the town Lysebotn. Not only is the fjord long and narrow, it is in places as deep as the mountains are high. Only 13 meters deep where it meets the sea near Stavanger, the Lysefjord drops to a depth of over 400 meters below the Preikestolen. French writer Victor Hugo poetized in Toilers of the Sea admiring the scenery after a visit in 1866 that the Lysefjord was the most terrifying of the ocean reefs.
From the Preikestolhytta, a 7 km traiI climbs the rest of the 350 metres to the top. Good shoes and physical health are necessary for the 3 - 4 hour hike. In June - August there are daily buses from the ferry quay at Tau to the cabin. You can also enjoy the Pulpit Rock and the Kjeragbolt from the ferries and express boats on the fjord.
The Kjerag mountains rise majestically 1000 metres above the innermost part of the Lysefjord, offering a stupendous view of Lysebotn and the fjord.
One attraction is Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged into a crack in the mountain.
The trail from Øygardsstøl by Lysevegen road above Lysebotn is demanding. Allow 4 - 6 hours for the 1O km hike, which climbs 570 metres.
Good shoes and physical health are advised. The truly adventurous climb up the precipitous rock faces or parachute from the top.
Innermost in the magnificent Lysefjord lies the village of Lysebotn, the perfect base for exploring the fjord and nearby mountains. Lysebotn power station, experience at close hand how Lysefjord´s waterfalls are turned into electrical energy.
The centre pesents the "Lysefjord Saga", an unique multi-media experience invoking film, light, writings and pictures of Lysefjorden´s culture, geology, nature and history.
You can experience the history of the Lysefjord - how it was created and its culture throughout the ages - all organised in an exciting, exhibition and adventure centre. The Lysefjord centre is also the Tourist Information Office for Forsand and Ryfylke.
The new Lysebotn road has become another great tourist attraction, almost through coincidence; it was built as part of the power station project and not with tourists in mind.
The road has 27 hairpin curves and a drop of 950 metres. The last section of road passes through a 1100 metres tunnel and on the top a cafe called Øygardsstøl. Lovely views over Lysebotn and the fjord.
BASE Jumpers are legally allowed to jump here.