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Join our 5-day hiking and kayaking adventure tour to Preikestolen, Kjerag, and Lysefjord

Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock), Kjerag Boulder and Lysefjord (the fjord of light) are one of the most known and spectacular places in all of Norway. The dramatic scenery has attracted people from all over the world for decades, and in 2018 Tom Cruise and his Hollywood production Mission Impossible Fallout visited the Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) viewpoint. 

  • Hike Preikestolen off the Beaten track and visit the Kjerag Boulder.
  • Stay in isolated Flørli (only accessible by boat and a key player in Norway's hydro history) and hike the longest wooden staircase in the world.
  • Kayak the full length of Lysefjord - a unique way of experiencing one of the most beautiful Norwegian Fjords!
  • Combine the trip with a visit to the vibrant and beautiful city of Stavanger!
  • Luggage transportation makes the trip easier and you will have more energy to enjoy the unique landscape!

The day's on this tour are relatively long (see day to day itinerary), and we move every day. So, you need some experience and fitness to join. The tour starts and ends in Stavanger, and we travel to together in small groups. 

You can book the Preikestolen, Kjerag and Lysefjord trip in the menu to the right; please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at [email protected]

DIFFICULTY           

Level 4 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. The hardest hike is the hike to Kjerag; it can take up to 10 hours all together. You should expect to scramble and the path is rocky and a bit slippery if it rains. You should have hiking experience in similar conditions. Good fitness and some hiking experience are also fine. 

Both of the kayaking day's are long, and especially the first day you need to be prepared for. Are you fit and enjoy physical challenges? Welcome on board! 

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day. 

HOW TO GET THERE?

Stavanger Sola Airport is connected with several international destinations and multiple daily arrivals from the Norwegian capital Oslo. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay at what we think are the unique and welcoming accommodation in the area. If you travel alone you share a same-sex twin room, but it might also be possible with single rooms, please let us know if you would like to pay extra for this. Most nights we stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. The single supplement is 3000 NOK for the whole trip. If you want a single room we can't guarantee en-suite room each day. 

BAGGAGE

There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our minibus, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              

Minimum: 3 people; Maximum: 7 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide 
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All local transport (ferries, buses, transfers etc.)

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo. We are happy to assist you with booking a hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital.
  • Drinks and snacks.

DAY 1: Preikestolen off the beaten track

After an early-morning pick-up, your adventure will begin with a 40-minute ferry ride. With a hot cup of coffee in hand, you’ll have the opportunity to view Stavanger from a different perspective and get an overview of the surrounding fjords, islands, and mountains. Your guide will then transport you to the base of the hiking trail.

You’ll embark on your trip by canoeing across Refsvatn Lake. During 70% of the following hike, you’ll follow off-the-map trails which are overgrown and have (almost) been forgotten. These trails are rarely used and the cairns that lead the way through dense forests are difficult to find. Once above the tree-line, the trail completely disappears: the remaining 30% of the hike is thus comprised of off-trail hiking & scrambling.

During this portion of the hike, you’ll experience out-of-this-world and rarely-seen views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord. After about 3,5 hours on foot, you’ll reach a viewpoint of Preikestolen that the majority of others only get to see in tourist brochures.

You will then hike down to Preikestolen and enjoy a well-deserved break atop the impressive plateau that towers 604 meters above sea level. There, you’ll get to view the 1000 meter-high mountain walls surrounding the 42 kilometer-long Lysefjord from a new perspective.
At that point, as you begin the long descent back to civilization, you’ll start by joining the masses of people who are following the main trail away from Preikestolen. After about 20 minutes, you’ll escape the crowds by detouring back onto one of the off-the-map trails. You’ll be able to enjoy the remainder of the hike in near-solitude while you take in the beauty of the Norwegian wilderness from ever-changing perspectives. The hike down will take approximately 2 hours.

Back at the trailhead, you’ll enjoy a well-deserved meal at cozy Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, your home for the night. The lodge is known throughout Europe as being architecturally unique and environmentally friendly lodging. The unusual character of the building and its harmonious interaction with nature gives visitors a memorable experience. Enjoy a hot shower, restful night’s sleep, and local Norwegian cuisine while overlooking the tranquil Refsvatn Lake.

  Accommodation Mountain Lodge Ascent 350 Distance 10km Meals D Descent 350 Transport 5-6 hrs

DAY 2: Kayaking the lysefjord (part 1)

After a good breakfast, a shuttle service will bring you to the village of Forsand, at the very mouth of the Lysefjord! Here, you’ll meet your kayak guide, who will start your adventure with a briefing/introduction to kayaking. You will learn the basics about your equipment and kayak techniques, as well as being briefed a safety instruction.
After making sure you are all good to go, you pack your equipment into the watertight rooms inside the kayaks. All set, you will paddle straight into the fjord, by navigating under a suspension bridge that spans the mouth of the Lysefjord. The first break for lunch is on a sandy beach - the only one along the Lysefjord! - called Dørvika. While paddling further into the Lysefjord, you will pass waterfalls and the famous Preikestolen cliff, which towers 604 meters above sea-level, before arriving at Flørli.

Flørli, which has been inhabited on and off since at least the seventeenth century, is beautifully located amidst 1000-meter-high mountains along the southern shore of the Lysefjord. In 1916, construction began on a hydro-electric power plant, which, from 1918 until 1950, supplied electricity to the city of Stavanger. At its peak (1917), 142 people were employed at the plant; quite an impressive number considering that only 13 permanent residences were ever built near the site.

In Flørli, a fjord view apartment will be your home for two nights. After a nice meal, you can spend the evening exploring Flørli Village and its special history, and enjoy a Norwegian style outdoor hot tub, located right beside the fjord.

Accommodation Mountain Lodge Distance 25km kayaking Meals BLD Time 10-12 hrs

DAY 3: hiking flørli, 4,444 - the worlds longest wooden staircase 

After breakfast, your guide will lead you up the 4,444 wooden steps that parallel old water pipes which, at first glance, seem to be precariously clinging to the mountainside. Reaching an elevation of 750 meters above sea-level, Flørli is the longest wooden staircase in the world. On the way up, you’ll enjoy jaw-dropping views of the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains. Once you’ve reached the mountaintop, your guide will lead you along a trail through the forest and on to the remains of the Flørli village.

Following the hike back down to sea-level, you will visit the Flørli 4,444 Power Café, which is located inside the historic hydro-power hall built in 1916. You will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition in the control room and learn more about Flørli’s unique history.

Accommodation Mountain Lodge Distance 6km Meals BLD Time 5-7 hrs

DAY 4: kayaking the lysefjord (part 2)

After a decent breakfast, you will start paddling the second part of the Lysefjord. If we are lucky, we might spot groups of harbor seals – in Norwegian also called fjord seals – laying on the granite rocks along the shoreline. You will paddle past abandoned farms like the once very wealthy Håheller Farm. Closer to Lysebotn, you will glide underneath the might Kjerag mountain wall, rising an impressive 1,000 meters straight out of the fjord. On days with good weather, you have the chance to see base jumpers throwing themselves into the abyss, flying straight towards you. It is also possible to spot the Kjerag Boulder if visibility is good.

Upon arrival at the end of the Lysefjord, our host for the night will welcome us at the quay of the cozy town of Lysebotn, home to only 10 permanent year-round inhabitants. Your last home at the Lysefjord will be the boutique Hauane B&B – a beautiful traditional Norwegian farmhouse

Accommodation Mountain Lodge Distance 15km kayaking Meals D Time 8-10 hrs

DAY 5: Hiking Kjerag's boulder

After a good night of sleep and breakfast, you’ll be driven through 26 hairpin turns along the (one and only!) road from the village of Lysebotn up to the Sirdal mountains and then onward to the Eagle’s Nest trail-head (one can speculate it got its name because it sits a lofty 640 meters above sea level). Before the crowds of tourists have begun to arrive, you’ll be well on your way up to the Kjerag Boulder.

During the 2.5-hour hike to the boulder, you’ll encounter 3 periods of steep climbing interspersed with 2 shallow valleys. Along the way, you’ll enjoy views of the village of Lysebotn, which is situated at the head of the Lysefjord. The final 2 kilometers leading up to the Kjerag boulder are relatively flat and will allow you to focus more on the spectacular nature around you. Once you reach the edge of the mountain’s plateau, while standing on a 1000-meter-high cliff, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord.

Cliff-side, you’ll have plenty of time to rest and enjoy your packed lunch. If you’re among the brave, you’ll have the opportunity to stand atop the Kjerag Boulder.

After the lunch break, your guide will lead you back down to the Eagle’s Nest, which takes approximately 2 hours. On the drive back to Stavanger, the guide will navigate over a mountain pass through the municipality of Sirdal. You’ll pass through a barren, glacier-scoured landscape that many experiences as being moon-like.

Accommodation Mountain Lodge Ascent 500m Distance 11km Meals BL Descent 500m Transport 3-4 hrs

 

 

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if youre missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

1) Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip. 

2) Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.

3) Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about weather where youre traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

 

REQUIRED:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

 

RECOMMENDED:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

 

OPTIONAL:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment you need for the glacier hike on day three is also included, also hiking boots that are compatible with crampons.