Activities in Stavanger
Private Walking Tour of Stavanger
Discover the quaint city of Ålesund with a private guide. You will visit the most famous sights and here about local history.
Duration: 3 hours
Includes: 3-hrs private guide
Cruise on the Lysefjord
Feast your eyes on majestic Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) seeming to reach into the sky above incredible Lysefjord. This exciting fjord cruise creates memories for life. We also take you to Vagabond’s Cave and tell you the legend of this mysterious opening in the mountain. We carefully nudge the boat’s bow up the Hengjane Falls and offer you a taste of pure mountain water. Enjoy the striking scenery from the comfort of our boat’s sheltered cabin, with panoramic windows all around, or venture out on the spacious sundeck. The kiosk onboard offers a variety of refreshments, including beer and wine.
Duration: 3 hours
Includes: Transportation by boat
Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) Cruise & Hike
This is a 3-hour e-bike trip starting from our activity center in Ålesund. We the bike ride through the picturesque city center of Ålesund, one of Great combination tour to Lysefjord followed by a hike to the top of the Preikestolen plateau for what Lonely Planet calls «the world’s most breathtaking viewing platform»! The roughly eight-hour tour takes you through unforgettable fjord landscapes of idyllic islands, rocky shores, steep mountains and powerful waterfalls. See the Vagabond’s Cave of legend, taste the clear mountain water of Hengjanefossen and get a stunning view of Preikestolen towering above the water. Then hike up to the famous plateau for a view you will never forget! The moderately demanding hike to the top of Preikestolen takes about two hours each way. There is no guide and guests need to have solid hiking footwear and outdoor apparel plus food and water. After the hike down, there is a bus connection back to Stavanger through the new tunnel.
Availability: Daily, May – September
Duration: 8 hours (includes approximately 4 hours of hiking without guide)
Includes: Transportation by boat to Oanes, Bus from Oanes to Preikestolen Trailhead, Bus Preikestolen Trailhead to Stavanger
Lysefjord and Flørli 4444
In the middle of Lysefjord lies the roadless village of Flørli, where one of Norway’s first hydroelectric plants opened over 100 years ago. The old plant was replaced in 1999 and the village took on a new life as an idyllic tourist destination. It offers great scenery, unique hiking experiences, a café, exciting history and a chance to climb the world’s longest wooden staircase. The cruise into Lysefjord is an adventure in itself. We sail through spectacular fjord scenery past impressive Preikestolen and on to Hengjanefossen before arriving at Flørli at about 10:30 in the morning. Flørli is perhaps best known for its world record wooden staircase, with 4,444 steps. You can climb the stairs on the way to the old power plant 750 meters above the village, with spectacular views during the trek.
Availability: Saturdays & Sundays, May – September
Duration: 8 hours (inlcudes approximately 6 hours of hiking)
Includes: Transportation by boat
Preikestolen Sunrise Hike
On an annual basis, Preikestolen welcomes more visitors than any other trekking-destination in Norway. In 2018, approximately 300,000 hikers are expected to make their way up to the top of the imposing cliff that clings to the mountainside 604 meters above the Lysefjord, and offers some of the best views Fjord Norway has to offer. Experience a unique Preikestolen hiking adventure, guaranteed to be crowd-free! Start your day in the midst of darkness, and hike with headlamps through the morning twilight on trails that have recently been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas. Experience standing atop Preikestolen before the crowds of tourists arrive and watch as the first deep orange beams of sunlight illuminate the steep mountain walls that tower over the Lysefjord. Finish off the morning with a well-deserved breakfast/lunch at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. This is a moderately-demanding 6-hour, 8 kilometer hike with a total ascent of 500 meters.
Availability: Daily, May – October
Duration: 9 – 12.5 hours (includes approximately 6 hours of hiking)
Includes: Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off, Transportation, Professional Guide, Headlamp, Hiking Poles, Hot Beverages, Snack and Post-hike breakfast/lunch
Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowds”
Join on an early-morning summer hike to the famous Kjerag boulder, and enjoy the spectacular Lysefjord. Relax and savor the views while you’re transported by fjord cruise. Hike in small groups on trails that have been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas and enjoy the exhilaration of standing atop the boulder before the crowds of tourists arrive. Your journey begins early-morning when your professional nature guide picks you up at your preferred meeting place. While being transported to the edge of the fjord you’ll be able to catch glimpses of some of Norway’s stunning landscapes. Upon arrival at the shore of the Høgsfjord, you’ll board a speed-ferry. Once ashore, you’ll be driven through 26 hairpin turns along the road from the village of Lysebotn up to the Sirdal mountains and then onward to the Eagle’s Nest trail-head. Before the crowds of tourists have begun to arrive, you’ll be well on your way up to the Kjerag boulder. Along the way, you’ll enjoy views of the village of Lysebotn, which is situated at the head of the Lysefjord. 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. After the lunch break, your guide will lead you back down to the Eagle’s Nest. 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 experience as being moon-like. The hike to Kjerag is relatively demanding: you’ll trek 11 kilometers (round-trip) with an ascent of 800 meters in 5.5 kilometers.
Availability: June – August, daily except on Saturdays
Duration: 11 -12 hours (includes approximately 6 hours of hiking)
Includes: Hotel pick-up / drop-off, Transportation & 1-hour Fjord cruise, Professional guide, Use of hiking poles, Hot beverages & snack
Preikestolen Hike & Lake Canoeing
After an early-morning pick-up, your adventure will begin with a 30-minute transfer to the base of the hiking trail, including driving the world´s longest undersea road tunnel. After a warm cup of coffee and an information and safety briefing, you’ll embark on your hiking adventure to Preikestolen. First, you’ll glide in a canoe across the peaceful Refsvatn Lake, which will take approximately 45-minutes. Once you have your feet back on dry land, you’ll begin the hiking portion of the tour. During 70% of the hike, you’ll follow a backcountry, unmarked trail that is overgrown and has mostly been forgotten. Other than by Outdoorlife Norway’s guides, the trail is rarely used, and the cairns that lead the way through its dense forests are difficult to locate. Once you hike above the tree-line, the trail ceases to exist all together. The remaining 30% of the hike is therefore 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. Along the way, your guide will find a comfortable spot to take a lunch break. After lunch and approximately 3,5 hours on foot, you’ll reach a location that offers panoramic views of Preikestolen that the majority of people only get to see in tourist brochures. After a short break to ensure you’re able to capture great photos of the Pulpit Rock, you’ll hike down to Preikestolen and experience standing atop the impressive plateau, which 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. After the break, you’ll begin the long descent back to civilization, which will take approximately 2 hours. Your guide will lead you back to your starting point by following the main trail. Along the way, you’ll walk on paths that have were paved, using locally-sourced stones, by Nepalese sherpas. If the members of your group still have energy to burn, your guide may instead navigate along another off-map trail, where 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. Once back at the trailhead, your guide will transport you back to Stavanger.
Availability: May – September
Duration: 10 hours (includes approximately 7 hours of hiking – including breaks) Transportation 1 hour each way. Pre-hike briefing & coffee ~45 mins.
Includes: Hotel pick-up / drop-off, Transportation, Professional guide, Canoe Equipment rental, Use of hiking poles, Hot beverages & snack
Note: Suitable for people who are in very good physical condition and have previous experience hiking on unsteady surfaces in mountainous terrain.