Discover the majestic Lysefjord
Lysefjord (Lysefjorden in Norwegian) was shaped and carved by the ice age and is now one of Norway’s top attractions. The fjord is the most famous in the Stavanger region, and not without reason. It extends 42 kilometers inland and along the way, offers incredible ever-changing scenery. Two major highlights include Pulpit Rock and Kjerag, each attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. In the wild nature that surrounds the fjord, people have lived off the mountainsides and land for thousands of years. You can join in the conquest of the wilderness.
Enjoy the majestic views
With towering cliffs on either side of the fjord, majestic views await you. The mountains tower towards the sky and the fjord extends deep under the sea. The whole fjord is an incredible natural creation. The name is believed to come from the Norse word ‘Lýsir’ meaning light. It is easy to understand why when you see for yourself the effect the light has on the surrounding mountains and water. Make sure you keep your camera at hand as it is hard to resist taking photographs here.
Take a boat cruise
The best introduction to the fjord is from a boat. As you gently sail along, you can simply admire the beautiful nature. As you gaze up at Pulpit Rock from the deck, you will see how it extends isolated above the water. Several operators offer boat tours in the summer months and some extend this to year round, including Rødne and Norled. Most tours start from Stavanger, minutes from the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, making it the perfect day trip.
Be at one with nature
It is also possible to enjoy the fjord from the mountaintops. The two most popular walking trails include Pulpit Rock and Kjerag4451, both of which offer some of the most spectacular views in the world. The shelf of Pulpit Rock protrudes out from the mountainside, 604 meters above the fjord. It is truly breathtaking, both in terms of the view but also the exposure you will experience. Kjerag is a giant boulder wedged between two rock walls that tower 982 meters above the blue fjord water. The walk here is more demanding than Pulpit Rock but it is worth every step. If you get the chance to visit the nearby village of Flørli, you will find no roads as it is only serviced by boats. It is home to the world's longest wooden staircase. An impressive 4444 steps will lead you up onto the mountainside, promising more incredible views.
Lysefjorden is a paradise for nature lovers and is easily accessible from central Stavanger. With Radisson Blu, you can stay comfortably in the heart of the city but just a boat ride away from memorable nature experiences.