Posted by: virtualnothingness | August 3, 2008

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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