Cruising Along the Lysefjord

May 1, 2012

hogsfjord norway

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.

hogsfjord

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.

Lysefjord boathousehogsfjord norway

lysefjord bridge norway

This bridge marked the entrance to Lysefjord.

lysefjord granite

lysefjord goats

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

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.

Hengjane Waterfall Norway

Hengjane Waterfall

stavanger bridge

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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32 Comments on "Cruising Along the Lysefjord"


3 years 2 months ago

Beautiful photos! I’ve heard great things about Norway’s fjords – love the goats :)

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3 years 3 months ago

gorgeous shots!! now on my bucket list of places to visit!!!

3 years 3 months ago

Thanks so much, Jen! =)

3 years 3 months ago

Beautiful! Would love to see the fjords that Norway is so famous for!

3 years 3 months ago

I hope we’ll get to see more – so many to look at here! =)

3 years 3 months ago

I’m so glad the weather cooperated for your dad’s visit! It really does look like a great day out.

3 years 3 months ago

It was such beautiful weather – now he’ll never understand if we complain about weather in the future, haha

 

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