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Consider spending a day climbing the world’s longest wooden staircase. With its 4444 steps, Flørli is known to be one of the scariest stairs in the world. The climb is long and strenuous, but provides great lookout points where you can stop to catch your breath while enjoying the vista over the Lysefjord down below. This is a two-part hike that does not take you through the same scenery more than once. The descent follows the hundred-year old marked trail that was once used by the “Rallarer”. Rallarer were often underprivileged men that were employed in the 1800s Norway to help build infrastructure. They are remembered to have carried up to 80 kg loads on their backs, and are the ones that built the stairs along with the Flørli Hydroelectric Power Station at their base. The dam at Ternevatnet, which the return trail passes, also stands as a reminder of their mastery.We also offer a lighter version of this trip, where we climb 700 stairs before we head back down to the village.We also offer the Lysefjord cruise option for the way back.
ABOUT THE TRAIL
DISTANCE: 4.8 km
DURATION: 3 to 4 hours
LEVEL: Moderate to difficult
GOOD TO KNOW
Out-and-back from Flørli Hydroelectric Power Station
Best from June to October
The trip comprises two main parts: 4444 wooden stairs for the ascent and a marked trail for the descent.
Some hiking experience is desirable, but not mandatory. However, we do advise that only visitors in good physical condition undertake the full challenge, while others may wish to experience the “light” version.
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GEAR AND SNACKS
HHikers should be prepared with clothes and shoes for rainy weather. Hiking boots are strongly encouraged, or trail running shoes, at the very least. Other suggestions include warm, windproof and waterproof clothing.
Be advised that we will not have the opportunity to refill your water containers for most of the trip, so make sure that you have enough water with you to keep hydrated. Lunch will not be provided, but we suggest that you bring your own snack. It is also possible to purchase water and snacks in the shop at the base of the stairs.
Last but not least, each hiker is responsible for carrying his/her own gear, so a suitable backpack is recommended.
Standard package NOK 1,499
The price of this trip includes transportation and covers the guide’s expenses. You can read more about your guide and his experience and accreditation here.
We have the possibility to accommodate groups larger than 8 hikers. Please contact us for further details.
PROPOSED STANDARD SCHEDULE
We pick you up at the indicated time and location below. Note that drop-off location, upon return, will be the same as pickup location.
Scandic Forum: 07:15 AM
Clarion Hotel Energy: 07:20 AM
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel: 07:30 AM
Stavanger Turistinformasjon: 07:35 AM
Skagen Brygge Hotell: 07:40 AM
Different pickup locations can also be arranged upon request.
We first drive for an hour to the boat terminal in Lauvvik, from where we take the tourist boat to Flørli. The boat trip is in itself a great 90 minute long experience that provides the opportunity to see Pulpit Rock from below, while cruising on the Lysefjord waters. The Flørli Hydroelectric Power Station is our starting point for the hike. At the top of the stairs we will allow ourselves time to enjoy the view, and will most likely take some pictures. Meanwhile, we can enjoy our packed lunch, beverages and some snacks. On our descent, we follow the 100 year old track that the “Rallar” used when they built the dam at Ternevatnet. Once back in Flørli, we plan to spend the time before the ferry’s arrival looking around the village, visiting the power station museum and possibly the cafe.
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!