Lysefjorden is located in the southwest part of Norway. The name means light fjord and it is thought that the name comes from the rocks that are lightly colored along the sides. The fjord was carved out by glaciers during the ice ages and was then flooded by sea water once the glaciers retreated.
The fjord measures 42 kilometers end to end. There are rocky walls that fall almost 1000 meters down into the water. The terrain is inhospitable and because of this there are very few people who live here. There are 2 villages located on the edges, Lysebotn and Forsand. The few people who call this area home can only leave their houses by boat as the slopes are much too steep for any type of road.
Lysebotn is located at the far east end of Lysefjorden. Most of the people who live here work at hydroelectric plants that are located in Tjodan and Lyse. Each of these plants is built inside of the mountains. Water falls from 620 meters into the turbines as the Lyse plant. This produces up to 210,000 kilowatts of electricity. The water falls from 896 meters up at Tjodan. This yields an electric output of around 110,000 kilowatts. These power plants provide electricity for over 100,000 individuals.
Lysefjord is extremely popular among tourists as it is an easy day trip from Stavanger, which is located nearby. There are cruise ships that travel the entire length of the fjord. There are 2 locations along Lysefjord that are popular as side trips. Located above a 600 meter vertical drop is the rock of Preikestolen. This can be seen from Lysefjord, but offers a more spectacular view from on top. The Kjerag mountain is located at the end of the fjord. This is a popular destination for hiking and offers many spectacular drops.
Lysefjord is narrow and long and in some places it is rather deep as well. Under the Preikestolen the depth drops to more than 400 meters. It is only about 13meters deep near Stavanger, where it meets the sea.
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