Both of our next iconic hikes are situated in the Lysefjord region. Kjerag and Preikestolen are magnificent cliff formations with a stunning view of the fjord, mountains, green pastures, forests and heather moors. The mountains are so high and steep that only a few villages and isolated hamlets dot the banks of the fjord. Local guide companies offer tours that take you off the beaten path to discover the magic of winter, spring, summer and autumn in the fjords.
On your way to Lysebotn and Kjerag, make time for a photo stop of the impressive Lysevegen road (closed during the winter), with its 27 hair pin bends descending from the top of the valley down to the fjord and Lysebotn village. The hike to Kjerag starts at the parking lot in Øygardstøl. This is a challenging route for hikers in good physical condition. Luckily, the view that you dreamed of while scaling the hills is worth every drop of sweat. The vertical granite wall below your feet towers 1000 meters above the Lysefjord, and nearby the plateau you will find Kjeragbolten. The enormous boulder wedged between a mountain crevasse reminds us of the power and playfulness of nature.
After the hike to Kjerag it is time to relax on the ferry from Lysebotn to Forsand quay (available during the summer). As the ferry glides through the Lysefjord past waterfalls, farms with grazing goats and rock formations, you may also see seals drowsing on the smooth rocks. Your next iconic hike is easily spotted from the deck, the impressive Preikestolen plateau is carved out from the mountainside 604 meters above you. Before tomorrow’s hike to Preikestolen, you can get a night’s well-deserved rest at Haukali 33/3 in Forsand, an authentic, “slow-life” accommodation. Stay in a charming and authentic farmer’s cottage to experience the slow, peaceful atmosphere of the 1850’s.
By Preikestolen Mountain Lodge you will find the well-marked path to the Preikestolen plateau. Whether you are hiking on a sunny day or in the light summer rain, or at sunrise to catch the first beams, the character of Preikestolen changes from one day to the next. The color palette of the Lysefjord can be anything from glimmering turquoise hues to deep blue, but its beauty is unchanging.
You can also experience Preikestolen and Kjerag by hiking around the Lysefjord. The 100 kilometer long trail consists of eight stages and goes around the entire Lysefjorden. The path is marked and you will discover many hidden gems on the hike.