Kajakk med Fjordexpedition|© Fjordexpedition

1. Explore the archipelago off Jørpeland, Strand

Just a ten-minute drive from Pulpit Rock, Fjordexpedition organises guided kayaking trips among islets and skerries off Jørpelandsvågen bay. You can learn about local history while admiring the birds, fish and the Solspeilet, Norwegian Stonehenge, art installation. Guides take you to hidden gems and ensure that you have a safe experience on the fjord.

Sykkeltur langs Lysefjorden|© Gøysa Gard

2. Cycle along the Lysefjord, Forsand

Few areas offer more impressions than the Lysefjord. Superlatives abound about the views from the landmarks along the fjord, and one can hardly be ranked above the other. At the idyllic Gøysa Gard, you can hire conventional bikes and electric bikes. You can cycle along the Lysefjord, up the valley or do a round trip between mountains, waterfalls and lakes. You can also hire a guide, and if you would like to do a trip over several days, you can combine it with a night in a tent or hammock.

Laksesafari i Suldalslågen|© Skattkammeret Suldal. Foto: Lise Bjelland

3. Swim with the salmon in Suldalslågen, Suldal.

A salmon safari is not a traditional safari where you admire the object from a safe distance. At Mo Laksegard, you are equipped with a wetsuit and directed to the currents of Suldalslågen, a popular salmon river. Qualified guides will provide a short course beforehand and accompany you in the water in a canoe. The currents take you around 2.5 km downstream, while you study trout and salmon at close range through your diving mask. Watching them in their natural element is an unforgettable experience.

Soloppgang fra Preikestolen|© Outdoorlife Norway

4. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise at Pulpit Rock

Watching the sun rise behind the mountains along the Lysefjord is a unique experience. From Pulpit Rock, you can enjoy panoramic views and, if you’re lucky, you’ll have the iconic plateau, 604 metres above the fjord, almost to yourself.

5. Explore the zinc mines at Allmannajuvet, Sauda

Go on a guided tour of the old zinc mines at Allmannajuvet. You will be equipped with a helmet and a torch, and walk along the old gravel road and on 600 metres into the dark, cold and dank mines. You will hear the history of this successful mining site and get a taster of what life in the mines was like at the end of the 19th century.

Fjordcruise med Rødne på Lysefjorden|© Morten Aakre

6. Go on a cruise on the Lysefjord

You can experience the majestic scenery of the roughly 42-km-long Lysefjord on a Rødne Fjord Cruise. You will see the iconic Pulpit Rock towering 604 metres above you, and you also get up close to Fantahålå, Hengjanefossen waterfall and small islets.

Fjordcruise på Jøsenfjorden|© Helgøy Skyssbåt

7. Experience the wild and beautiful Jøsenfjord, Hjelmeland

Helgøy Skyssbåt organises fjord cruises 27 km up the fjord from Hjelmeland and Nesvik and in to Førrebotn. The mountains tower on both sides of the fjord and ascend to heights of more than 700 metres above sea level. The distinctive Skomakarnibbå is a majestic peak among the mountains. On the trip, you pass salmon and trout farms, far-flung farms and crofts, and, if you’re very lucky, you may even see an eagle gliding above the fjord.

Ridetur til Forsand|© Pål Christensen

8. Ride to the top of Uburen, Forsand

Go on a spectacular horse-riding trip to the top of Uburen with Fossanmoen Islandshestsenter. The experienced instructors provide information about the trip and show you how to handle your horse. From the top, at 416 metres above sea level, you can enjoy views across the Høgsfjord, the mouth of the Lysefjord and the village of Forsand and, in very fine weather, you can see all the way to Stavanger.

Preikestolen Golfklubb|© Preikestolen Golfklubb

9. Play golf in beautiful surroundings, Strand

Preikestolen golfklubb is in an idyllic setting beside the road to the Pulpit Rock car park. It offers a nine-hole course with 18 tee-markers, an interesting layout and wonderful views. Near the clubhouse, there is a driving range with ten covered booths, an outdoor grass range and a putting green.

10. Taste locally produced cider, Hjelmeland

The mild climate and unique soil of Ryfylke are ideal for growing fruit. OmCider produces apple juice and apple cider made from the apples grown at their farm in Kvame, just outside the centre of Hjelmeland. They organise guided tours where you get to taste the unique products.