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Stavanger Cathedral:
Norway's oldest cathedral - finished around 1150 AC

The Lysefjord is the most southern major fjord in Norway. The 40 kilometer long fjord is flanked by steep mountains, some rising over 1000 meters. The fjord was formed during the last ice age more than 10.000 years ago. More than 2000 meters of ice covered Scandinavia at that time. When the ice melted, the glacier eroded the rocks below.

The best known attraction is "Preikestolen" or "Pulpit Rock". Read more about this here.

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Preikestolen in Lysefjord
(c) Stavanger-Web

Lysebotn is a small village in the municipality of Forsand at the innermost end of Lysfjorden. Around 100.000 tourists visit Lysebotn each year. The village has a small chapel with room for 150 people. Inhabitants have moved out during the later years and several of the houses are now used as summer homes.

Lysebotn is a great place to start for mountain hikes.

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Lysebotn - at the innermost end of Lysefjorden
(c) Stavanger-Web

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Lysebotn - at the innermost end of Lysefjorden
(c) Felix Lamouroux
Felix in Bergen Winter 2005

Two power stations have been built in Lysebotn. Due to this, the power company wanted easier access and therefore built a 30 kilometer long road from Sirdal in West Agder county to Lysebotn in Rogaland county. The road, which is closed during winter, was completed in 1984. It consists of nearly 30 hairpin curves and a tunnel winding 340 degrees in the climb from sea level to approximately 800 meters. 

Driving from Lysebotn to Sirdal is a magnificant experience. There are several places you can stop to take a rest and look at the stunning view. Near the top is the Eagle's nest (Øygardstøl) - a rest area where you can buy food and drink and also park your car if you would like to take the 5-6 hour hike to Kjerag and back.

A little bit further up the road you will drive through barren mountain areas where people have made cairns in all shapes and sizes. Building cairns on mountain tops is an old Norwegian custom when hiking. The highest point on the road is about 930 meters above sea level.

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Cairns on the Lysebotn - Sirdal road.
(c) Stavanger-Web

The drive back to Stavanger goes through Sirdal and Hunnedal and takes about two hours.

 

 

 

 

 

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What's in a name
The Old Norse form of the city name was Stafangr. Although one is not quite certain what the name derives from, the most common interpretation is that the first part refers to the high or steep mountains (Valberget on the east side of the bay) and the latter means fjord or "inlet" - as in Hardanger.
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