"Lysebotn and Lysefjorden" Lysebotn by evaanna

Lysebotn Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 107 photos

Lysebotn is a tiny village in the innermost part of the Lysefjord in Rogaland. I had seen it on the webcams before and wanted very much to see it in reality. And this year my dream came true, if not exactly the way I had dreamt it, which I will explain in my tips. But the scenic part of it even surpassed my expectations: I had not thought southern Norway could have such wild sheer mountains and that the wilderness of Hardangervidda could be found here as well.
Lysebotn has not always been the sleepy place it is now. Some time ago the village had a lively and active community, a school and some shops. Not any longer. The power plants that used to provide jobs for the local people have become automated and remotely controlled, thus making many of the workers redundant. The village lost its livelihood and a third of the population had to move elsewhere. Not easily accessible, the place would have fallen into oblivion, had it not been discovered by tourists. It now has a motel, a campsite, a cafe and a pub. But it still looks deserted: no people can be seen near the few private houses, the streets (just two I think) are mostly empty. Life, if any, concentrates on the campsite and in the port area, where at weekends you can see some yachts moored to the embankment. The place comes to life for a while when a ferry or boat calls in but then goes to sleep again.

The greatest attractions of Lysebotn include hiking trips in the mountains, especially to Kjerag, the rock massif that offers a great view of the fjord and the mountains, to Preikestolen (see the tip) and the less known but equally beautiful Florli. You can join one of the guided hiking tours, ask for information on the campsite.
Another great attraction is the boat trip on the fjord with breathtaking scenery - the high mountains looming right above you, the picturesque waterfalls and the view of the Forsand bridge spanning the fjord.

  • Last visit to Lysebotn: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    The boat trip sounds great. (Even if it was expensive.)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    What a lovely time you had here, the cruise sounds wonderful, one that I would really like to do! Smiling about the "Trolls!"

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    Very enjoyable reading about Lysebotn. The boat trip on the Lysefjord must have been amazing.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2009 at 2:36 AM

    Lysebotn certainly has great natural beauty with excellent view of the fjord, the Pulpit Rock and the mountains. The King's Palace indeed looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2009 at 3:03 AM

    Seeing these beautiful photos, and reading your tips- I can understand why you love returning here. Osterhus's guesthouse was a great place to have to yourselves.Thanks for sharing.

  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2007 at 8:46 AM

    Landscapes of an out of this world beauty! Your photos are great!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2007 at 8:04 AM

    Stupendous photos of Lysefjord and your adventures there! Wow, that drive down into the fjord sounds like more fun than a circus ride! At least you had a very scenic and peaceful ferry ride out! It seems you had some accommodations adventures too.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2007 at 9:12 AM

    Great update Ewa with lovely photos = might go to Lysebotn some day Norway is overdue a visit from me!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2006 at 3:51 PM

    Outstanding page! Great pictures (including these hidden ones) of amazing landscape and a lot of practical info.

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2006 at 3:42 PM

    That was a very pretty house you had, just a shame you never got to meet the king of the mountains in person ;-)


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