Before heading out to Stavanger, my only plan and desire was to hike Preikestolen.
Flying out late afternoon on Friday and coming back on Monday, with two days for a hike. If the weather is s*** on Saturday, we will still have time on Sunday.
But with time for the trip approaching and more stable insight into the weather forecast, Debeli suggested a fjord cruise on Saturday if we’re going on a hike on Sunday.
I was not excited about the idea because 👉 toddler and three hours in a closed space = 🧟♀️, but the trip turned ok and it was definitely worth it. Not the money, bcs it costs around 60 euros per person, but the experience, definitely.
Since the little one woke us around 4am (he was probably too excited to get the day going) the 10 am departure was perfect for us.
Btw during the high season the fjord cruise company has several departures during the day.
9 am we were already strolling through the city and waiting in line to be the first to board the boat. Always first in line, first on the beach. Perks of having a human alarm. 🤦♀️
The boat was spacious with indoor seating and outdoor decks, with toilets and a bar, everything you need for a three, three and a half journey through 42 km long fjord situated 25km east of the city of Stavanger.
The name means light fjord, because of the lightly coloured granite rocks along its sides.
The fjord is most known for the huge Preikestolen cliff overlooking the fjord, which is a major tourist destination of the region.
End to end, the fjord is 42 kilometres (26 mi) long with almost 1000 meters tall vertical rocky walls.
The fjord is so narrow that in some places is deep as the mountains are high. The starting depth is around 13m (43 ft) deep, while more inland the fjord reaches depth of over 400 metres (1300 ft) below the Preikestolen.
Although fairly populated because of the inhospitable, mountainous terrain we have seen some fish ponds along the way and small farming areas.
Few other very small, scattered settlements along the fjord, are only accessible by boat along the fjord. The sides of the rocky mountain walls are so steep so there there are no roads. Few of the passengers from our boat disembarked in Forsand for a two-hour hike up to the top of Preikestolen. That was where we were heading tomorrow!