Experience the magnificent Lysefjorden in style. Your adventure begins with a stay at the historical Kronen Gaard Hotel before venturing on a spectacular 5-day trek around the magnificent Lysefjord. Highlights include a visit to the architectural gem 'Skåpet', the Flørli steps challenge, and unforgettable hikes to the stunning and vertiginous viewpoints, the Kjerag Boulder and Pulpit Rock. The adventure ends with a relaxing and recuperating stay alongside the beaches of Jæren.
Season: Summer, May – October, Duration: 7 nights/8 days. Number of hiking days can be reduced for a less strenuous journey. Can also be combined with a stay in Norway's maritime oil capital, Stavanger.
Includes: Historical hotel stays with breakfast and three-course dinners before (Kronen Gaard Hotell) and after (Sola Strand Hotel) the trek. Norwegian 'hytte til hytte' (hut to hut) experience with 5 nights accommodation in serviced and unserviced trekking cabins. Traditional ‘matpakke’ packed lunch on Trek Day 1, spa access at the end of the trek, maps and recommended supplies list (food and gear), membership of the Norwegian Trekking Association and Up Digital Travel Guide.
Price per person from: €820/$870.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL STAVANGER/Sandnes
Gearing Up for 5 days of Hardcore Trekking
You might want to spend a few hours shopping in the oil capital Stavanger before checking in at Kronen Gaard Hotell in the satellite town of Sandnes. Up Norway will provide you with a recommended supplies list for the trek you are about to embark on. Fill up with a delicious 3-course meal in comfortable surroundings and get a good night's sleep before tackling the mountain the following day.
DAY 2: Hike to architectural gem 'skåpet'
Transfer to Vinddalen, Short Hike and Mountain Sauna
A public bus will take you from Kronen Gaard to Oanes in one hour; from here a private taxi will take you to the starting point for the hike in Vinddalen. Today's hike is short (approx. 90 minutes), through easy terrain. Arrive in time to enjoy a refreshing dip in the nearby lake followed by a mountain sauna at Skåpet. Enjoy the views from your private cabin, maybe light a fire, and cook your own dinner in the shared kitchen from supplies available at the cabin.
DAY 3: HIKE to FLØRLI
11.3 km (approx. 5 hours), Pine Forest to Highlands
Pack a lunch and follow the red T symbols on the path through valleys and deep woods up to the highlands. Here you’ll get a gorgeous view of the iconic Pulpit Rock across the fjord. Enjoy the fresh air as you continue on to Flørli, an old industrial village now transformed into a cultural zone. Overnight in a traditional communal whitewashed Norwegian cabin, where you will meet other hikers and share adventure stories. Cook your own dinner from the supplies you've brought with you.
DAY 4: 4444-Step flørli STAIRS challenge
Flørli to Langavatn 17.4 km (approx. 9 hours)
The two first days were a warm-up. Today's task is strenuous and not for everyone. For those fit enough, get ready for an unconventional hiking day in surroundings that change with every step you take. With 4444 steps, Flørli is the world’s longest wooden staircase, running alongside old hydro power pipes. If you are lucky, the cafe halfway up will be open. The overnight stay in the old fashioned mountain cabin Langavatn, where you will eat and sleep with other fellow hikers, gives an authentic experience of Norwegianness.
DAY 5, the kjerag boulder
Langevatn – Kjerag – Lysebotn 11.2 km (approx. 5 1/2 hours)
After a few hours’ walk from Langavatn, the marked trail will lead you to the stone formation which attracts more than 55,000 people every year: Kjerag! Some are not there just to look, but to venture out on the Kjeragbolten, a small drop-shaped boulder wedged between two cliffs, and suspended 1000 metres above the fjord. Do you dare?
Continue on the main path towards the car park by Øygardstøl, where you will get a bus/taxi ride down to Lysebotn. Overnight at the serviced trekking cabin, Lysefjorden Lodge.
DAY 6: pulpit rock climb
Mini Cruise on Lysefjorden, Bratteli – Preikestolen Fjellstue 8.6 km (7 hours)
The ferry will take you on a 30 minute tour on the fjord to Bratteli, where the steep climb to Pulpit Rock starts. Walk through mixed forest and observe the steep-sided canyon at Hengjanibba before reaching the plateau. 'Preikestolen', or Pulpit Rock, is one of Norway’s most popular attractions and one of its most stunningly photogenic features. Overnight at the serviced trekking cabin, Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.
Read more about today's hike here (Note: opposite).
DAY 7: SPA & BEACH DAY AT SOLA strand
Transfer to Sola Strand: Rest, Recuperate and Indulge
A public bus will take you from Preikestolen Mountain Lodge to Sola. Sola Strand Hotel dates from 1914, idyllically situated by Solastranden (Sola Beach).
Take a bracing stroll on the beach with its gloriously clear water, enjoy great Norwegian cuisine and pamper yourself at the hotel spa.
Breakfast and departure from Stavanger Airport Sola the next day.