Cruise to Lysefjorden
It is late November, freezing cold and it had snowed last night as I make my way to the port of Stavanger to start my day cruise to Lysefjord. The wild and dramatic fjord cuts its way 40 km into the country between steep mountains. The Lysefjord is carved and formed by the glaciers during the Ice Age. In this wild and brutal mountain area, people have scratched onto the hills and mountains for thousands of years. In many places you can see traces of human activity and conquest of the wild nature.
Only a few people have gathered to join me on the tour this morning. We are warmly welcomed on board and make ourselves comfortable in the warm salon. The boat offers a sun deck.
Right after entering Lysefjord we pass Jettegrytten (pothole) which is shaped by a stone that got into the flow of water that erupted when the ice melted, and thus have made the hole bigger and bigger. It is said that it was here that people from further up the fjord came to bathe before going to church in a small village nearby.
Right afterwards the boat enters Fantahålå (“vagabond’s cave”) a small mountain cave named after a group of vagabonds who sought shelter there on the run from the local police.
Unfortunately, it is pretty misty today so we cannot see Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) but the views of the steep mountains, the many waterfalls and the fjord are just breathtaking.
You can also experience the beauty of Lysefjorden on our trip Highlights of Southern Norway.
Welcome to Norway!