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Now live from Flørli

Hi you all! Group 1 has now been in Flørli and it was just great! Such a nice group of people – a lovely mixture that somehow fitted well together. The weather was fantastic and we woke up to sun every day. Working on the power-hall came along well and we started painting by the end of the week. Arvid has now taken over as the team leader of group 2 and apparently, they are almost done painting this huge building.

Despite our zeal and working enthousiasm, we have also been enjoying long, sunny evenings on the shore of the fjord. Fishing, going out with the boat, grilling or simply relaxing and reading a book. On our free days, we were hiking up the 4.444 stairs that Flørli is so well known for. Up there, nothing reminds of the world below – crystal clear lakes, the last snow (sledding!) and far views from the mountain tops. We also had a trip to the famous Kjerag – a 1000m big wall towering over the Lysefjord.

Extra group

As there has been considerable interest in volunteering in the Lysefjord, there will be organised an extra group. The Stavanger Trekking Association will lead the work. This group will arrive at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge near Jørpeland and make its way working and hiking to Lysefjorden Turisthytte in the town of Lysebotn. The group will work with trail amelioration, clearing shrubs and regrowth in strategic places as well as some cleaning, painting and repairs of cabins. The trip will culminate in a visit to the majestic Kjerag, icon of Fjord Norway. More info here!

Date group 6: Friday 22nd august  – Friday 29th august

Thank you for signing up for volunteering in Flørli this summer! The groups are now full and you can have a look at who is coming here. I hope we have gotten some nice groups together and look forward to having you here!


Important notice

Due to ferry schedules, group arrivals and departures are planned on friday. The group dates are therefore:
Group 1, Friday 6th june – Friday 13th june
Group 2, Friday 13th june – Friday 20th june
Group 3, Friday 20st june – Friday 27th june
Group 4, Friday 8th august – Friday 15th august
Group 5, Friday 15th august – Friday 22nd august

Cancelling your stay is of course no problem, but please do so at least two weeks before arrival.


Costs of getting here

As there seems to be some confusion about it: your travel to and from Flørli you have to pay yourselves. From most northern European destinations, a flight will cost you about 300 euro. The Fjord Line ferry is the cheapest alternative if you are embarking in Hirtshals (DK). You’ll wake up in Stavanger, simple as that! From the UK, flying is probably easiest, but you can also check DFDS Seaways to Esbjerg (DK).

Getting from Stavanger to Flørli is about 30 euro. You have to plan this transfer well so you don’t get stuck on the way and have to spend the night in Stavanger. There are two ferries on the Lysefjord that can take you to Flørli. The fast Combi Boat Kolumbus and the Fjord1 Tourist Carferry with guided sightseeing on board. Only the Combi Boat has a departure from Fiskepirterminalen in downtown Stavanger: friday’s 13:15hrs. See more information on getting here.

Once you arrive in Flørli, you will be welcomed by the group leader and led to your quarters in an apartment. The group shares an 8-person apartment, which means you’ll probably have to share a room with at least one other person. Groups 4 and 5 will spend most of their time around Flørlistølen in the mountains above the apartment. This cabin is also reserved for us and we will put up a teepee tent for those who would like to stay there, instead of in the apartment.

Your accomodation, all food and planned activities/outings are paid for by the project. If you have any dietary preferences, please tell us well before as there is no shop in Flørli. Personal “luxuries” such as tobacco, alcohol, medicine and the like you have to bring yourselves.


What to bring

– Rain gear
– Working outfit that you don’t mind getting dirty
– Bedlinen (groups 4 and 5 can stay at Flørlistølen and need a sleeping bag up there – optional)
– A daypack for hikes
– Waterproof hiking boots
– A warm hat
– Swimming panties
– Laptop / tablet if you can bring it – we’d like you to blog about your experience!
– Your beauty case 🙂

What you don’t need to bring: matras, downs and pillows, helmets, working gloves, ear-protectors, hammers, chainsaws and other equipment.

What we will try to arrange for you: a guitar, two laptops, (slow) wifi internet connection, a row boat, fishing tackle, a barbeque, some party games. Did I forget anything, let me know!

About the region Ryfylke

Ryfylke is the great backcountry just across the fjord of Stavanger. It stretches almost 200km from the famous Lysefjord in the south to the wintersports centre of Sauda and the region Hardanger in the north. Ryfylke is well-known for its great diversity of landscapes – with idyllic towns and hamlets scattered across the shores of isles and fjords, towering cliffs and deep fjords as well as extended highlands with some remains of true wilderness.

Did you know that:
Ryfylke has over 3.444km2 of protected highlands
More than 250 cruise ships visit Stavanger each year
The Lysefjord receives over 500.000 visitors annually
Stavanger Trekking Association has 35 huts and 1.200km paths

Many visitors book a sightseeing cruise on the Lysefjord where one of the attractions is the Preikestolen, also called Pulpit Rock in english because it hovers like a preachers’ pulpit 600m almost vertically over the water. The view from up there is amazing and more than 250.000 people make the two hour hike up each year! When you’re lucky and get a clear view, you can see the cliffs of the Kjerag further into the fjord. The Kjerag is the beloved exit for base jumpers from all over the world. It is a very popular 3 hour hike. Standing on top of the 1000m big wall is an unreal experience. Moreover, daredevils choose to jump onto the Kjeragbolten, a large boulder wedged in a crevice over the abyss.

Closeby Stavanger, the Ryfylke archipelago is a sailors’ paradise with hundreds of islands and skerries, lovely towns and lively harbours. The region also attracts a lot of fishermen seeking their fortunes in the clear deep waters of the fjords. Even if you don’t have a boat or even a car, this island paradise is quite accessible with regular ferries and fast boats from Stavanger and the Ryfylke towns. We suggest you bring a bike on your island-hopping trip!

The north of Ryfylke is higher and even more rugged – a mecca for adventurers and those looking for the authentic Norwegian heritage. If you choose to drive along National Tourist Route Ryfylke, you will see some great places! We suggest you drive the mountain passes to get a feel for the highlands – you might just decide to stay for a while and spend the night in a cosy mountain cabin of the Stavanger Trekking Association!