Road trip Lysevegen in Norway 🇳🇴
The road trip Lysevegen is not very well known, but it is very special! With 27 hairpin bends, it offers more adventure than the Trollstigen. Read all about the route, highlights along the way and which sights there are near the road trip route.
About the road trip Lysevegen
The road trip Lysevegen, also called the Lyse Road or Lyseveien, is a mountain road leading to the village of Lysebotn in Norway. The mountain road is known for the many hairpin bends and is located in the famous Lysefjord. The Lysefjord is known for the Kjeragbolten and Preikestolen.
Location of the Lysevegen
The well-known road Lysevegen is located in the Norwegian municipality of Forsand, which is located in the county of Rogaland. The Fv500, as the road is also referred to, connects the village of Lysebotn with the top of Mount Kjerag and Sirdal.
From Lysebotn you first drive through the 1.1 kilometer long Lysetunnelen, and then climb the mountain. The approximately 6 kilometers long road takes you to 640 meters above sea level. Here is a restaurant and also the starting point for hiking to the Kjeragbolten. However, this is not the highest point of the road trip Lysevegen, it is located at Lake Andersvatn. This point is 950 meters above sea level.
The Trollstigen is better known worldwide than the Lysevegen, but is really in the shade in terms of size. Where the Trollstigen has ‘only’ 11 hairpin bends, the Lysevegen has a total of 27 hairpin bends.
Construction of the road
The village of Lysebotn was previously only accessible by ferry. This changed with the construction of the Lysevegen, but the road was not built especially for the village. The road was constructed for the construction of the Tjodan Hydroelectric Power Station. The hydroelectric power station collects water from six water streams on the Tjodanvassdraget mountain plateau to generate energy.
The construction of the Lysevegen was completed in 1984, after which it could be used as a road for work traffic. After the construction of the hydroelectric power station in 1985, the road was left open to traffic. Today the road trip Lysevegen is a popular route for tourists to drive!
Cycling on the Lysevegen
The road trip Lysevegen is not only popular with motorists, but also with cyclists. The road is a great experience and challenge with the ascent/descent and the 27 hairpin bends. The route is even part of National Biking Route 2. It is therefore allowed to use the bicycles on the road, but it is important to pay close attention to other traffic. It is recommended to cycle on the Lysevegen outside the high season, because there is less traffic.
The Lysefjord at Lysebotn is also very popular with base jumpers. They often jump from Kjeraf mountain down into the Lysefjord.
Closed in the winter months
The road trip Lysevegen is known for its 27 hairpin bends and Norway is known for snowfall in winter. These two factors do not work well together, which is why the Lysevegen is closed during the winter months. In winter there is a thick layer of snow, making the road impassable. Even if it were to be cleared of snow, it is too dangerous in the winter because of the weather conditions.
The road is open from about May to the end of October, depending on snowfall. In the winter months, Lysebotn can only be reached by ferry. Ferries run from Songesand and Forsand to the village. The ferry from Forsand sails through the entire Lysefjord, giving you a beautiful view of the famous fjord directly from the water.
Route and highlights of the road trip Lysevegen
The road trip Lysevegen is a 29 kilometers long road near the Lysefjord. It ends in the village of Lysebotn, which is also the extreme tip of the Lysefjord. The most famous section of the road is only about 6 kilometers long, being the part where the road descends from 640 meters above sea level into the valley where the village of Lysebotn lies.
27 hairpin bends
The Lysevegen, also known as Lyse Road or Lyseveien, is known worldwide for its hairpin bends. The Trollstigen is even more famous and has 11 hairpin bends. Compared to the road trip Lysevegen, this is only a ‘small road’, because the Lysevegen has a total of 27 hairpin bends. In about 6 kilometers, 27 hairpin bends and a tunnel you drive to the valley.
The tunnels in Norway are often beautiful. Most tunnels are built through rock walls, with the builders having visibly loaded the wall. You drive straight through a mountain and that is visible! The rock wall is also visible in the Lysetunnelen, the tunnel in the road trip Lysevegen.
The rock wall is not what makes the tunnel so special, that is because one of the hairpin bends in the tunnel is. In the tunnel you make a bend of 340 degrees. The road in the tunnel is not as wide as other roads in Norway, you will sometimes have to pull over for oncoming traffic. Various passing places have been realized for this.
Stops along the way
When you drive over the road trip Lysevegen you not only see many hairpin bends, but there is also a beautiful view. To enjoy this view for a while, a few stops have been made along the way. Here you can stop to admire the surroundings.
There are also stops in the Lysetunnelen, but these are intended as places to avoid oncoming traffic. It is not the intention to park the car here to rest.
Watch out for walkers and cyclists
The Lysevegen is not only a popular car route, but also very well known among cycling enthusiasts. On the road, be aware of possible cyclists on the route. It is also possible that walkers walk on the road, so don’t be too distracted by the beautiful view.
Closed during the winter months
Due to the heavy snowfall in the winter months, the road trip Lysevegen is not open all year round. The road is open from about May to the end of October, depending on the weather conditions. During the winter months, Lysebotn is only accessible by ferry.
Highlights near the road trip Lysevegen
The road trip Lysevegen is located in the famous Lysefjord, which also directly means that there are several highlights in the area. We have listed a number of major attractions for you.
If you drive over the Lysevegen, you will automatically end up in the village of Lysebotn. The village has only dozens permanent residents, but a multitude of workers for the power plants and of course many tourists. Every year about 100,000 tourists come to and near the village.
From the village you can take a ferry to Songesand or Forsand. This way you can not only continue your way, but also enjoy the view.
Kjerag and Kjeragbolten
Where Lysebotn is at the bottom of the Lysevegen, the start of the hike to Mount Kjerag is at the top of the 27 hairpin bends. The mountain is known for the beautiful hiking route with beautiful views over the Lysefjord. And of course also on the hanging rock Kjeragbolten, which is also known as a photo location.
The Lysefjord is world famous for its many sights. If you are in the area, it is useful to list in advance what you want to visit and see. We recommend taking the ferry from Lysebotn to Forsand. On the way you sail through the entire Lysefjord and you have a beautiful view from the water.
The Preikestolen is a famous rock formation that juts out over the Lysefjord. It is one of the best known and most photographed rocks in the country. Hundreds of thousands of hikers visit the rock every year.
Near Forsand is the start of the road trip Ryfylke. This is 1 of the 18 National Scenic Routes, or most beautiful routes in the country. It is one of the longest National Scenic Routes and guarantees the best views along the 260 kilometers long road.
The route runs from Oanes at the Lysejord to Hårå. Along the way you will also pass Allmannajuvet, an exhibition about the mines there. The mines were in use from 1881 to 1899, which resulted in a large size of the village. There is also a restaurant at Allmannajuvet.