Forsand: Kayak Lysefjord
Get There: Down by the water, just past the supermarket in Forsand right next to the ferry pier to Lysebotn, or suss them online.
Cost: From 450NOK (77AUD) for a single for one day.
If you know your way around a paddle or are willing to lie about knowing your way around a paddle, kayaking in the Lysefjord near Forsand is definitely worth your risk of drowning.
Having visited the famous Priekestolen and taken in the view of the encompassing blue winding fjord from above, I figured it was time to take on the daunting grey cliffs from below. We got in contact with Lysefjord Kayaking and they set us up with a fantastic kayak (hull, rudder and all – like I even know what that means), life jackets and a map of the fjord, pointing out ferry stops and beaches along the way which provide a pleasant break from the otherwise steep cliffs surrounding you. Safe to say I probably can’t suggest this for anyone with a grave fear of water or claustrophobia.
We set off unsure of how far our fancy kayaks and not-so-fancy skills would take us, but keen to take in as much of the fjord as possible, stopping at beaches along the way for lunch and 1000 snack breaks. It is easy to see the danger in the fjord: if you become tired there is no shore to dock on and you’re likely to have to paddle kilometres before reaching the next beach, so the main priority is to know your limits. We paddled 25km down the fjord with the intention of jumping on the ferry back, arms sore, hungry and ready for what would be the best possible sleep in our car after a day of paddling.
Unfortunately, the ferry was not coming after 2pm on a Saturday, so we found ourselves stranded, completely unsure of how to get back to Forsand and entirely unwilling to jump back in the water. Luckily, the owner of Lysefjord Kayak was kind enough to compromise his sunny Saturday afternoon and drive the two-hour round trip to get us due to the miscommunication about the ferry, and we made it back without too many issues. In saying that, it’s definitely worth double checking the ferry times if you’re planning on heading back up the fjord this way.
Risk of being stranded on the side of the fjord aside, the day kayaking was one of the more exciting adventures to have in Norway, especially without having to drop too much cash.