The town of Sandnes is situated at the heart of the Gandsfjord. In the past, it was best known for its brickworks and pottery industry, while the production of textile products and bicycles has put the town on the map in more recent times. There are excellent cycling routes in Sandnes and the Nordsjørittet cycle race has its finish line in the town. Bicycles can be borrowed from the tourist information for free! Every summer, the world's elite skiers and biathletes gather in Sandnes town centre for Blinkfestivalen. The town is also home to Vitenfabrikken science factory, a museum where visitors can learn about science and technology.
The trip continues from Sandnes to the Lysefjord and Flørli. Flørli is situated halfway along the Lysefjord. This roadless village of industry has been inhabited on and off since the 18th century, and exhibits traces of the abandoned power plant community that was established there 100 years ago. You will need to take a ferry to get to Flørli and you can, for example, park your car at Lauvvik, Songesand quay or in Lysebotn. Ferry timetable can be found here. We recommend spending the night at Flørli, but it’s also possible to take a day trip: Rødne Fjord Cruise offers a day trip from Stavanger every Saturday and Sunday from May to September.
In Flørli you will find traces of the abandoned power plant community that was established there 100 years ago, and the world’s longest wooden staircase, with 4,444 steps. The development of the power station began in 1916, and the plant supplied electricity to Stavanger. As many as 142 people were employed at the power plant in Flørli. The power plant, the pipelines and the stairs are all well preserved and provide a unique insight into the history of Norwegian industry. To learn more, why not join an historic tour of the village?
Flørli4444 offers accommodation and excellent local foods in the historic buildings in Flørli. Flørli is the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to hike around the Lysefjord.
The Flørli stairs, which climb 750 metres above sea level and offer fantastic views along the way, are open from May until the end of September. After coming back down again, you can relax in the wood-fired hot tub next to the quay.
The stairs are part of Lysefjord Rundt: one of Norway's most spectacular multi-day tours, and recommended by the Norwegian Trekking Association. The route is 100 km long and divided into eight stages. Classics such as Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), Kjerag mountain and Flørli can all be experienced on the Lysefjorden Rundt tour.