Hiking around Flørli

From Lysebotn we continued to Flørli. Since we weren’t sure if it is allowed to leave the car at the Flørli harbour, we took the ferry leaving the car in Lauvik. There isn’t any public roads in Flørli anyway, so the car would only have been parked in another place even if we had took it with us.

Flørli is a small place close to Kjerag, that is most known for the old hydro-electric powerstation, the old pipes leading up to the mountain lake and, above all, the 4444 step maintenance staircase connected to the pipeline.

We had booked the Flørlistølen cabin from the Stavanger Turistførening, and had some trouble finding it. This was however mainly due to careless reading of the map. Flørlistølen is about 300 vertical meters up the hill, and it takes about an hour to walk up there. The cabin is in a beautiful remote location, without any near neighbours.

From Flørlistølen we made a hike up to the top of the pipeline and staircase at about 700 meters. In the upper end of the staircase there is a sign saying that it is forbidden to use the staircase, while at the bottom end the sign says that it is on your own risk to use it. Go figure. Anyway, we walked the staircase for some 1000 steps from the bottom, and it was in fairly good shape, although a few steps were missing. We also met people who walked all the way, so it is still possible to use. Since it obviously isn’t maintained any more, there is of course a risk involved.

Providing that you dare to use the staircase, you can do an interesting hike up the staircase and then back over the mountains and via Flørlistølen. That should take maybe five hours.

Waiting for the ferry at Lauvik
Waiting for the ferry at Lauvik
The fantastic 4444 step Flørli staircase from the fjord to 740 meters
The fantastic 4444 step Flørli staircase from the fjord to 740 meters
Martin passing a bridge in Flørli
Martin passing a bridge in Flørli
Enjoying the crystal clear water at Flørli
Enjoying the crystal clear water at Flørli
Ellie negotiating with a sheep at Flørli
Ellie negotiating with a sheep at Flørli
Dam in the mountains above Flørli
Dam in the mountains above Flørli
The Siemens engine that pulled the goods wagon up the mountain
The Siemens engine that pulled the goods wagon up the mountain
Looking down the stairway from the top
Looking down the stairway from the top
Encounter with a shy deer in the Flørli mountains
Encounter with a shy deer in the Flørli mountains
The sheep aren't that shy, more curious
The sheep aren't that shy, more curious
Flørlistølen that we rented for a night
Flørlistølen that we rented for a night
Ellie having pancakes at Flørlistølen
Ellie having pancakes at Flørlistølen
Ellie and Martin going down to Flørli
Ellie and Martin going down to Flørli
The wagon, permanently stopped at the bottom of the track
The wagon, permanently stopped at the bottom of the track
Inclination up to 50 degrees on the track
Inclination up to 50 degrees on the track
The old generators at the Flørli power plant
The old generators at the Flørli power plant
The dog is curious about the contents of my bag
The dog is curious about the contents of my bag
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