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Cruising Along the Lysefjord

by Andrea on May 1, 2012

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My father came for a visit over the weekend and the weather really turned it on for him. So we took a cruise along the Lysefjord, a 42 kilometre long fjord named for the light coloured granite mountains towering above the water. We haven’t visited any fjords since our time at Milford Sound in New Zealand at the beginning of last year and it was nice to get out and see the beautiful islands and nature.

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Our journey started along the Høgsfjord, where family cabins dominate the coastline.

Fjords are formed by glaciers and the Lysefjord was created during the ice ages, the most recent which was only 10,000 years ago. According to the tour guide, Norway was covered with a 2,000 metre thick layer of ice back then. Since the area was inhabitable, people have fished and hunted in the area and they still enjoy fishing today.

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This bridge marked the entrance to Lysefjord.

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The captain rang a bell and these goats came running for their meal of sandwiches. They seemed accustomed to these treats.

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The star of the show was Pulpit Rock, which towers 604 metres above the fjord. It’s a striking formation, with its flat and square cliff face. We hope to take the two hour hike to the top one day.

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Hengjane Waterfall

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View from under the Stavanger Bridge on the way back.

Overall this was an enjoyable day out. Catch the Rødne Fjord Cruise from the Skagenkaien in Stavanger town. Price is 400 kr for adults (about €53).

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