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Paddle, Hike and Explore the Lysefjord

Paddle the length of Lysefjord, hike Kjerag mountain and spend the night in secluded mountain cottages. 3 days. 1 day off work.

The Lysefjord is one of southwest Norway’s most impressive fjords, measuring 42km in length. You’ll spend three days exploring it from the water in a sea kayak, as well as from the towering mountains above. Challenge yourself to climb the 4,444 steps that make up the longest wooden staircase in the world, and sleep in rustic cottages nestled among the light grey granite rocks. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days guided sea kayaking and hiking
  • 2 nights in mountain cottages or bed and breakfasts
  • Local, experienced English, German and Norwegian-speaking guide
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout
  • Ferry back to start point at the end
  • Back-up boat with radio contact to the kayaks
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for: Fit and active adults who would like to explore one of Norway’s most extensive and dramatic fjords in more detail will find this trip fits the bill.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to/from Norway
  • Transfers to Jørpeland bus stop from Stavanger and back
  • Accommodation before or after the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do; it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of four people, and a maximum of 14. Please note, if there are not four people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

You will be served three meals a day. Meals are fresh, healthy, and cooked Norwegian style. Dinner options include meat or fish, vegetables, pasta and rice. Breakfast includes fruit, bread, cereal, coffee, tea and juice.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

A good level of fitness is needed for the long days of kayaking and hiking. No previous kayaking experience is needed.

Summers in Norway are sunny and warm, though the weather can still be fickle. Daytime temperatures average 12 – 18 °C, and nights cool down to five to 10 °C. It rains on more than half of the days each month.

All technical equipment, including single or double kayaks, will be provided. Please bring your own:

  • Light, breathable clothes for kayaking
  • A light, waterproof jacket for kayaking
  • Paddling shoes or sandals that can get wet
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Warm layers for evenings
  • Hiking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Personal toiletries
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock, sunglasses and a brimmed hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Personal snacks (optional)
  • Small or medium rucksack to carry gear

Start point?
You’ll be met by your host at the harbourfront bus stop in Jørpeland at 09:00 on the first day. They will then transport you to Forsand to begin your adventure.

Finish point?
Your host will return you to Jørpeland bus stop by 19:00 on the final day, after completing your expedition in Forsand.

Getting there and away
There are direct flights from London to Stavanger Airport (SVG) with Norwegian Airlines and SAS. Getting to Jørpeland bus stop from Stavanger is easy by public transport, with buses departing regularly. Your host will provide you with more information when booking.

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Location

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During your trip you’ll kayak around Lysefjord, whose name translates as light fjord in Norwegian. This comes from the lightly-coloured granite backdrop that contrasts beautifully with the deep blue of the tranquil fjord.

As well as paddling its length, you’ll see Lysefjord from the surrounding peaks and plateaus, as you hike 740m up the Flørli Stairs and to the top of Mount Kjerag. The Kjeragbolten is a 5m2 boulder that became lodged in one of the mountain’s crevices when a nearby glacier melted.

Start point?
You’ll be met by your host at the harbourfront bus stop in Jørpeland at 09:00 on the first day. They will then transport you to Forsand to begin your adventure.

Finish point?
Your host will return you to Jørpeland bus stop by 19:00 on the final day, after completing your expedition in Forsand.

Getting there and away
There are direct flights from London to Stavanger Airport (SVG) with Norwegian Airlines and SAS. Getting to Jørpeland bus stop from Stavanger is easy by public transport, with buses departing regularly. Your host will provide you with more information when booking.

What to Expect

Day 1: Forsand to Flørli
You will meet your guide at the rental station in Forsand and receive an introduction to kayaking. This will include the basics for being safe on the water, equipment specifics and key kayaking techniques. Here, you’ll meet the other members of your group.

Then it will be time to head out onto Lysefjord for the first time in your kayak. By lunchtime, you’ll have reached the sandy Dørvika Beach, where you’ll share a meal together. Once refuelled, you’ll return to your kayak and paddle to Flørli, where a mountain cottage will be your accommodation for the night. You’ll enjoy a locally-prepared dinner at the end of the day.

Day 2: Flørli to Lysebotn
After breakfast you’ll set off to tackle the longest wooden staircase in the world. Consisting of 4,444 steps, it was constructed alongside the railway in 1916 to support the local hydropower industry and offers views over the tranquil lake.

Enjoy your lunch at the top of Flørli, before hiking back down to the fjord’s edge. Paddle for 15km to reach the village of Lysebotn in its remote valley, which is your destination for the night.

Accommodation will either be in a bed and breakfast or local cabin, depending on the size of the group. Whichever type of accommodation you stay in, you can be sure to tuck into some mouthwatering local food before bedtime.

Day 3: Lyesbotn to Forsand
Fuel up with breakfast in Lysebotn, before hiking up the 1,110m of Mount Kjerag. Sitting right on the southern shore of Lysefjord, you’ll be treated to bird’s eye views of where you’ve been paddling. It’s an idyllic location in which to enjoy a well-earned lunch.

You’ll descend the mountain for dinner in Lysebotn, before taking a ferry back across the fjord to Forsand, where you started your adventure.

Accommodation

Your accommodation will depend on group size and availability, but will consist of local mountain cottages and bed and breakfasts. These are located in small villages, set among pristine mountain scenery.

Dates & Prices

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Transfer from Stavanger City / Airport to Forsand Payable Before Departure
Transfer from Stavanger City / Airport to Forsand £45.00 Per Person
Return Transfer from Stavanger City / Airport to Forsand £90.00 Per Person

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