The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is no doubt the best known tourist attraction and has been a magnet for tourists for over 150 years. The characteristic mountain shelf with a 25 meter squared plateau stands 604 metres over Lysefjord has been visited by hundreds of thousands throughout the years. The truly adventurous climb up the precipitous rock faces or parachute from the top.
From the Preikestolhytta, a 7 km trail climbs the rest of the 350 metres to the top. Good shoes and physical health are necessary for the 3 - 4 hour hike. In June - August there are daily buses from the ferry quay at Tau to the cabin.
The famous, 40 km long Lysefjord, surrounded by impressive mountains carved out during the Ice Age is the dominant feature. Ferries and sightseeing boats from Stavanger call on many of the exiting towns and villages along the fjord.
BASE Jumpers are legally allowed to jump here.
||The Kjerag mountains rise majestically 1000 metres above the innermost part of the Lysefjord, offering a stupendous view of Lysebotn and the fjord.
One attraction is Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged into a crack in the mountain. You can also enjoy the Pulpit Rock and the Kjeragbolt from the ferries and express boats on the fjord.
The Lysefjord is the most southern major fjord in Norway. The 40 kilometer long fjord is flanked by steep mountains, some rising over 1000 meters.
The fjord was formed during the last ice age more than 10.000 years ago. More than 2000 meters of ice covered Scandinavia at that time. When the ice melted, the glacier eroded the rocks below.
Lysebotn is a small village in the municipality of Forsand at the innermost end of Lysfjorden. The village has a small chapel with room for 150 people. Inhabitants have moved out during the later years and several of the houses are now used as summer homes. Lysebotn is a great place to start for mountain hikes.Two power stations have been built in Lysebotn.
Due to this, the power company wanted easier access and therefore built a 30 kilometer long road from Sirdal to Lysebotn. The road, which is closed during winter, was completed in 1984. It consists of nearly 30 hairpin curves and a a 1100 metres tunnel winding 340 degrees in the climb from sea level to approximately 800 meters.
Driving from Lysebotn to Sirdal is a magnificant experience.There are several places you can stop to take a rest and look at the stunning view. Near the top is the Eagle´s nest Øygardsstøl - a cafe and rest area where you can buy food and drink and also park your car if you would like to take the 5-6 hour hike to Kjerag and back. Good shoes and physical health are advised.
A little bit further up the road you will drive through barren mountain areas where people have made cairns in all shapes and sizes. Building cairns on mountain tops is an old Norwegian custom when hiking. The highest point on the road is about 930 meters above sea level.