Summer in Remarkable Rogaland - Norway

I always love to get back to my beloved Norway, and Rogaland is a special place to me, because it was the first region of Scandinavia I visited. For me it is one of the most beautiful regions of Norway, it is located in south-west part of the country by the Norwegian Sea.
- Jul 2017 -

DURATION:

10 DAYS

TYPE:

COUPLES HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

HIKING

BUDGET:

£1,500

Stavanger

Stavanger

Stavanger was our base in Norway, we stopped at our friends. It is the best option (of course if you have that possibility) to travel on budget in Norway, which is very expensive.

Stavanger is one of the biggest cities in Norway and a "capital" of Rogaland region. It is very touristic place, especially during summer. 

Its city centre is located by the small port with the colourful, typical norwegian style buildings. 


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Gamle Stavanger

Gamle Stavanger

Gamle Stavanger (old Stavanger) on the west side of Vågen (port) comprises 173 wooden buildings from the turn of the 18th century. Most of them are small, white cottages. I found that place a very romantic, perferct for a relaxing walk.

Stavanger has received several awards for its efforts to preserve Old Stavanger.


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Sola

Sola

Around Stavanger, we found a lot of amazing beaches (temperature in the summer offen allows to sunbathe, but to swim you will probaby need wet suit), but the best one I can recommend is Sola.

Sola beach is located just by the Sola Airport, so that could be additional plus, for someone who like observe planes. 

When it comes to the Airport, this is the best way to get to Stavanger - by plane.


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The way to Preikestolen

The way to Preikestolen

After two days exploring Stavanger, we finally went for a trip to Preikestolen.

There are two ways to get to Preikestolen from Stavanger. One - much faster, via Ryfylkevegen Tunel (tunnel is around 35km long and runs under the sea). Second - longer, via land, but much more beautiful. So guess which one we took?

Going to Preikestolen by land, we had an occasion to see all these amazing, norwegian landscapes. We stopped twice, in Oltedal, a charming village in the valley and second stop was in Lauvvik, where we had to take the ferry to cross the Fjord.


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Lauvvik Ferry

Lauvvik Ferry

Taking the ferry, we had a few minutes to admire the surrounding mountains and this majestic bridge, which connects two shores of the Lysefjord.


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Preikestolen

Preikestolen

First let me explain what Preikestolen is. In english its called Pulpit Rock, and it is one of the most interesting and popular hiking destinations in Norway. Preikestolen is a huge cliff above Lysefjorden. It's surface measures around 25x25 meters. 

If you are not experienced hiker, do not worry, the way to the cliff is taking around 2 hours and its pretty easy, but bear in mind that the weather might change quickly, so be prepared for any conditions.


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Preikestolen Itself

Preikestolen Itself

Preikestolen itself with all its glory. This place is truly amazing and no mater how many times I've already been there, it always takes my breath!


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Sirevåg

Sirevåg

Next day we drove south from Stavanger to see Sirevåg Kystfort in Ogna (around 60km from the city). It used to be an armed complex of german bunkers, built in 1942. The complex is huge and you can explore every single bunker and its hidden tunnels. 

Ogna also has a very nice beach, where you can sunbathe or have a picnick.


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Lysefjord Cruise

Lysefjord Cruise

Coming back to Preikestolen for a bit, next day we took a ferry cruise, which took us to Lysefjord, and we could see Preikestolen from the sea level this time. On the ferry you can just sit and relax inside, have a lunch or drink a glass of wine, or stay outside and admire amazing views!

Ferry starts the cruise from Stavanger Vågen, four times per day. It is possible to buy tickets in port, but if you are not flexible with time, its better to book it online


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Månafossen

Månafossen

Månafossen was our next destination. It is almost 100m high waterfall, located around 6km from the village called Frafjord (around 60km from Stavanger). 

The way from the parking till the waterfall takes around 20-30 minutes, but is quite steep, so you need to be prepared to get there.


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Friluftsgarden Mån

Friluftsgarden Mån

Going deeper in the valley you can get to Friluftsgarden Mån (outdoor garden) and just rest with an amazing scenery around you.


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Kjerag

Kjerag

Our (unfortunatelly) last adventure in Rogaland was Kjeragbolten.

Kjerag is a mountain located above Lysefjord. Its highest point rises to 1,100 meters above sea level, however it is Kjeragbolten which attracts the most tourists. Kjeragbolten is a boulder wedged between two rocks.

To get there you can either take the ferry to Lysebotn or drive through Sirdal to Lysebotn, but bear in mind that the road is closed during winter from around October to May/June.

The only place to start the hike is Øygardstøl, service facility with toilets and tourist information, with a beautiful view to Lysebotn and Lysefjord.


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Hike to Kjerag

Hike to Kjerag

The trail is very demanding, or even hard, it is definetly not a short and nice afternoon walk, so I would recommend it only to experienced hikers. It will take you up and down hilly mountaintops, and the difference of altitude is 460 metres, and the way to Kjeragbolten and back is around 7-8 hours. Here a general good physical fitness is necessary. Remember good footwear, preferably mountain shoes, warm clothing, food and drinks.

Apart from that.. don't forget to enjoy the remarkable views!


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His Majesty - Kjerag

His Majesty - Kjerag

Here is Kjeragbolten in all its glory. the road to it is difficult, but it's definitely worth it. You will certainly find many pictures on the internet where people stand on it, but before you do it yourself, remember that it hangs 1000 meters above the deep, black waters of the fjord.


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