Lysefjorden

Lyse is in the south west of Norway. While it is one of the most famous fjords in the Stavanger It is a inhospitable terrain and so the population is sparse. It has only two villages, Forsand and Lysebotn situated at opposite ends of the 42 kilometre long fjord. People living here can get out only by boat as the mountains are too steep to allow access by road.  Inside in the mountains there are hydroelectric electric power stations where the water feeding the turbines naturally falls 600 metres and the access road rises over 900 metres with 30 hairpin bends and escarpment to connect with Lysebotn with the outside world. The mountains on eaither side of the fjord rise almost vertically and there is a hiking trail on each side all along the way.

The most famous place to visit the Pulpit Rock. This is on a plateau from which the cliff drops down sheerly 600 metres to the blue water below and while it is a mignificent view from the water the best view is from the top. The hike begins about 400 metres below the Pulpit where there is a famous mountain lodge called the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. You can stay in the Lodge or take food there in the comfort of a warm open fire. Or you can stay in one of the camp sites a short distance away from the Lodge and sllep on a hammock suspended over the mountain or suspended from a tree. Here you can find swimming facilities, go fishing for trout, practise your climbing capabilities or your cooking, go hiking or on walks, orienteering, canoeing with your children under safe supervision or take part in community challenges. There are camping sites at nearby Vatnegarden where you can find a room or a large dormitory. The Lodge has 27 rooms, a cafeteria, a comfortable lounge and a meeting room. The hike from the Lodge to the Pulpit Rock takes about two hours and you will need suitable clothing and strong boots for safety.

Lysefjorden from the trail to Preikestolen

Lysefjorden from the trail to Preikestolen

The second most important place to visit is the Kjerag but only in the summer. It is not accessible in the winter. The peak is 1,000 metres above sea level and you will need suitable clothing and footwear as the  trail is difficult.

You can go a Fjord Cruise which will take about three hours and take a break from the cruiser or catamaran to navigate around and on to some of the islands. You will see some of the old mountain farms, gaze on the waterfalls, see the goats gleaning the small shrubs, watch the reclining seals sunbathing and listen to the commentaries from the multilingual guides.

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