Lysefjord is a 42km fjord in southwestern Norway. Formed by ice age glaciers, the huge mountains and rock formations tower over Lysefjord as high as 3000 ft above sea level. One of the most popular attractions along the fjord is Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, which you can see overlooking Lysefjord from the cruise.
Our Lysefjord cruise travels along the fjord, taking you past some of Norway’s greatest attractions. Admire the breathtaking Pulpit Rock from below and explore Fantahålå from the comfort of a modern and comfortable catamaran. As the wind blows through your hair, you will also have stunning views of small islands, waterfalls, traditional farms and local wildlife as you cruise along Lysefjord. The fjord is extremely straight and is lined with granite walls which you can appreciate from the deck or the large panoramic windows on board Go Fjords cruises. You don’t need to hike to the top of Pulpit Rock to appreciate its beauty, so sit back, relax and admire the view from the Lysefjord.
The Lysefjord roundtrip cruise departs daily from Stavanger and lasts around 2 hours and 30 minutes, so you have plenty of spare time to explore for the rest of the day.
Sights on the trip
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in all of Norway. It towers an impressive 604 metres above the Lysefjord and is a destination that people across the world have on their 'bucket list'. It's not hard to see why. It is also worth mentioning that it had a starring role in the Tom Cruise movie 'Mission Impossible - Fallout'.
A gorgeous cove where dramatic cliffs surround an aqua-marine pool. As legend has it, the cave was named after a group of vagabonds who hid in the shelter for months trying to escape police — and based on the spectacular scenery, it’s not hard to see why they chose this spot to hunker down in.
Local wildlife along the Lysefjord
Although the Lysefjord is sparsely populated with people, the area is rich with local wildlife. Home to a number of birds, water and land animals, you will see a number of inhabitants along the Lysefjord. Look out for golden eagles, peregrine falcons, goshawks, porpoises, seals and goats grazing on the steep mountain slopes throughout the summer.
Facilities at Stavanger
- Stavanger Tourist Information Centre
- Stavanger Cathedral
Facilities on board the cruise
- Sightseeing commentary in different languages
- Can stop on request at Lysefjordsenteret Tourist Centre
- Refreshment kiosk serving hot and cold drinks and snacks
What to wear
The weather can change in an instant on the fjords so make sure you are prepared. Although the catamaran does have shelter with panoramic windows, you will probably want to go out onto the deck to take some photographs. Here is a list of essentials:
- Waterproof and windproof jacket (protects from wind & rain)
- Sunscreen (it can sometimes get hot during the summer)
- Comfortable clothing (you might be sat down for most of the tour)
- Extra layers (Easy to carry and can provide more warmth if it gets cold)
- Shoes with good grip for walking on the deck (especially if it is raining)
Most importantly, check the weather before you leave on your trip so you will know to wear more layers if it is cooler or lighter layers on a warm day.
Where to eat/buy food & drink
There are a variety of cafes, shops and restaurants in Stavanger if you want to grab a bite to eat before your cruise. If you’d prefer to take a packed lunch on board, MENY Straen supermarket is just a 5 minute walk away from the departure point so you can buy snacks or refreshments prior to your trip.
If you are staying in Stavanger, there lots of other tours you can book which start from here including hiking excursions to Pulpit Rock and Kjerag or a bus to Hardanger.
Finally, don’t forget to capture the moment and take a camera with you for your trip! You will see lots of beautiful scenery on the Lysefjord cruise so take plenty of photos and treasure the memories for a lifetime.
Please note that tickets cannot be bought on board.
Here at Go Fjords, we want you to have an enjoyable travel experience which meets your expectations in every way. With this in mind, please read through our general conditions of travel before departure.