Hiking in Flørli
Spend three days in Flørli:
we expect snow in the Flørli Stairs from the end of november. Hiking the stairs with snow is not recommended: it is slippery in steep sections and at the peak of winter there is snow avalanche danger. March: don’t yet hike the stairs as there is too much snow at the top. April: depending on snow melting, you will generally be able to hike the stairs from the middle of april. All winter: Flørlineset Opp and Flørli Cliffhike are accessible hikes all year with little or no snow!
4444 Stairs – Complete
3 or 4 hours, suitable for fit adults and youths. The hike up the 4444 stairs is what Flørli is best known for. The stairs follow the two water pipelines and the rails where a trolley used to transport people and materials up and down the mountain. Halfway up the stairs is the Cable House, where a big winch stands that used to pull the trolley. The view is awesome and just gets better and better. On top of the stairs, you are well above the treeline. Here there are two alternatives for getting back to Flørli: follow the service-road past the lakes and back through the Flørdalen valley (“Store Runden” 4hrs), or cut across into Flørdalen directly (“Rallarstien”, 3hrs). All paths are marked with signs and paint. Warning: the stairs have two steep sections. Not suitable for people with severe vertigo. There is a rail or cable to hold on to and only few people find this so scary that they can not do it. GPX file here.
4444 Stairs – small round
1 hour, suitable for families with smaller children. Hike up the stairs along the water gates up to about stair 700. There, you’ll find a short-cut across the river and back through the village. GPX file here.
2 hours, suitable for fit adults and youths. Go up and above the village. Follow the forest roads in serpentine bends until the base of the steep cliff. There, go up the wooden steps and follow a ledge in the mountain side. The path leads up a steep crest, past the green telecommunication sign and to the boulder Kalleliklumpen. From there, it makes a loop through the forest and back down to the village over the forest road. Difficulty: advanced. Beauty: 5/5. Warning: this path has steep and exposed sections! Not suitable for people with vertigo. Warning: Kalleliklumpen is a natural feature and may not be safe. Stand on it at your own risk – one person at a time. GPX file here. See the presentation film.
50 minutes, up the point Flørlineset, suitable for adults and fit children above 6 years. Walk along the shore of the Lysefjord, past the red School-Pub and onto the point Flørlineset, until you see a signpost with an arrow. From there, the path leads steeply up the hill. You’ll enjoy eagle’s view perspectives over Flørli and into the Lysefjord. Eventually, the path hits a forest road and you walk back down through the village. Difficulty: moderate. Beauty: 4/5. Warning: this path has an exposed section! Not suitable for people with vertigo. GPX file here.
Flørli Fosshike (new 2020)
2 hours, suitable for fit adults and youths. Follow the river into the forest to the foot of the waterfall. Then go up the steep wooden stairway straight to the top of the waterfall. Here you will enjoy a great view down on Flørli and there is a picknick table for a break. From the top of the waterfall, the path gently follows though the trollish pine forest, crosses some creeks and takes you to the other side of the canyon, opposite the waterfall. On the canyon rim, you’ll look onto the waterfall from another angle and see the Flørli Stairs. At the trailjunction Kneiken, you’ll meet the main path which you follow down to Flørli again. GPX file here.
Difficulty: advanced. Beauty: 4/5. Warning: this path has steep and exposed sections! Warning: one direction only, as described – do not walk down steep and slippery stairs and boardwalks.
Stroll to the point Flørlineset
This 15 minute almost flat walk takes you onto the point Flørlineset. You’ll have a spectacular panorama view of the fjord and can take some beautiful pictures of Flørli as well. From the point, you can see both Kjerag and Preikestolen in one sweeping view! This hike is suitable with small children and even for elderly, though the surface is rocky and uneven. Not suitable for strollers! Ps: did you know you can rent the 2-person Radioshed Mini-Suite with this epic view? Check it out!
Secret Path (new!)
From the point Flørlineset, you can continue along the shore into a hidden canyon between towering cliffs, adds 10 minutes to your Flørlineset stroll. Adventurous! There is a stone picknick table where you can enjoy a break with an amazing view of the fjord. Though this path is relatively flat and easy, you walk along a high mountain ledge. This path is not marked, but well visible. Only the entrance of the path is marked (junction along Flørlineset Opp path) Warning: this path has an exposed section.
Minimum to bring: half a litre of water. At the top of the stairs you can refill from the lake. Sturdy shoes as the path down is rocky and uneven. Sections of the path turn into a river with rainfall! A wind blocking jacket as it is much colder and often windy at the top of the stairs.
Study a map. You can buy suitable topographic maps in the Flørli café. There is also a map on the wall of the café to take pictures of.
Spring: there generally is snow at the top of the stairs until the middle of april. First weeks of april: send us a mail to ask if it’s safe to go. March: don’t go, as there is snow in dangerous, steep sections of the stairs.
Autumn: bring a flashlight if you start your hike in the afternoon. The first problematic amounts of snow are expected in the first part of november: don’t hike the stairs after that.
Winter: the stairs are closed due to snow. Consider hiking Flørlineset Opp or Flørli Cliffhike, which generally will still be doable.