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.
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
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!