Departing by cruise from Stavanger

Lysefjord Cruise to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

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Busy tourists photographing the Lysefjord on a sunny day.


Explore the stunning Lysefjord from the comfort of a catamaran
  • Season
    Thu, 2 May - Fri, 27 Sep
  • Departure point
  • Duration
    2 hours 30 minutes

Lysefjord is a 42km fjord in southwestern Norway. Formed by ice age glaciers, the huge mountains and rock formations tower over Lysefjord as high as 3000 ft above sea level. One of the most popular attractions along the fjord is Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, which you can see overlooking Lysefjord from the cruise.

Our Lysefjord cruise travels along the fjord, taking you past some of Norway’s greatest attractions. Admire the breathtaking Pulpit Rock from below and explore Fantahålå from the comfort of a modern and comfortable catamaran. As the wind blows through your hair, you will also have stunning views of small islands, waterfalls, traditional farms and local wildlife as you cruise along Lysefjord. The fjord is extremely straight and is lined with granite walls which you can appreciate from the deck or the large panoramic windows on board Go Fjords cruises. You don’t need to hike to the top of Pulpit Rock to appreciate its beauty, so sit back, relax and admire the view from the Lysefjord.

The Lysefjord roundtrip cruise departs daily from Stavanger and lasts around 2 hours and 30 minutes, so you have plenty of spare time to explore for the rest of the day.

Lysefjord Cruise Itinerary

12:15- Depart on the river cruise at Strandkaien in Stavanger

13:45- Cruise past Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and return towards Stavanger

14:45- Arrive back at Strandkaien in Stavanger

Prices and departures


From Stavanger

Adult NOK 490
Child (0-4NOK 0
Child (4-16NOK 300

Quoted prices apply to online bookings. An additional charge may apply on trips where purchasing on site is available.

You can also purchase tickets for the excursion prior to departure at the tourist information office on the quay but you may be charged more.

Families with children can benefit from the Lysefjord cruise family rate which is NOK 1300 for 2 adults and up to 4 children. To purchase this offer, go to the ticket stand at Strandkaien or Tourist information before departure, or pre-book a family ticket at [email protected]


From: Stavanger

12:15 from Strandkaien.

The Lysefjord cruise past Pulpit Rock departs daily from Stavanger at 12:15.

On busy days, there are additional departure times.



Sights on the trip

  • Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)

    The famous Preikestolen mountain ledge is 604m above sea level and is on bucket lists all over the world. Pulpit Rock is one of Norway’s top tourist attractions as the unique rock formation almost looks like it has been carved with a knife, making it a spectacle you definitely have to see. Climbing to the top of Pulpit Rock does require you to be fairly fit, so what better way to experience this breathtaking rock formation than from the comfort of a Lysefjord cruise?

    Preikestolen rock formation seen from the Lysefjord below.
  • Fantahålå

    Cruise through the narrow opening into Fantahålå. The mystical mountain cave is small, hidden and the granite rock formations tower high above. Fantahålå is known as the vagabond’s cave and legend has it that it was used as a popular hiding place by those who hadn’t paid their taxes and were trying to avoid the police. With dark corners and angular rocks, it’s easy to see why people chose this spot to lurk in the shadows and hide away from trouble.

    A view of the famous grotto Fantahålå seen from the boat.
  • Local wildlife along the Lysefjord

    Although the Lysefjord is sparsely populated with people, the area is rich with local wildlife. Home to a number of birds, water and land animals, you will see a number of inhabitants along the Lysefjord. Look out for golden eagles, peregrine falcons, goshawks, porpoises, seals and goats grazing on the steep mountain slopes throughout the summer.

    A seal sticking his head up from the water at sunset

Practical information

Top tips and advice

Facilities at Stavanger

  • Stavanger Tourist Information Centre
  • Museums
  • Cafes/Restaurants
  • Stavanger Cathedral

Facilities on board the cruise

  • Toilets
  • Sightseeing commentary in different languages
  • Can stop on request at Lysefjordsenteret Tourist Centre

What to wear

The weather can change in an instant on the fjords so make sure you are prepared. Although the catamaran does have shelter with panoramic windows, you will probably want to go out onto the deck to take some photographs. Here is a list of essentials:

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket (protects from wind & rain)
  • Sunscreen (it can sometimes get hot during the summer)
  • Comfortable clothing (you might be sat down for most of the tour)
  • Extra layers (Easy to carry and can provide more warmth if it gets cold)
  • Shoes with good grip for walking on the deck (especially if it is raining)

Most importantly, check the weather before you leave on your trip so you will know to wear more layers if it is cooler or lighter layers on a warm day.

Where to eat/buy food & drink

There are a variety of cafes, shops and restaurants in Stavanger if you want to grab a bite to eat before your cruise. If you’d prefer to take a packed lunch on board, MENY Straen supermarket is just a 5 minute walk away from the departure point so you can buy snacks or refreshments prior to your trip.

Additional information

If you are staying in Stavanger, there lots of other tours you can book which start from here including hiking excursions to Pulpit Rock and Kjerag or a bus to Hardanger.

Finally, don’t forget to capture the moment and take a camera with you for your trip! You will see lots of beautiful scenery on the Lysefjord cruise so take plenty of photos and treasure the memories for a lifetime.

Please note that tickets cannot be bought on board.