KJERAG SUMMER HIKE “BEAT THE CROWD”
WHEN TO GO:
2018 Season: June 1 – Sept. 30
7 PEOPLE (16 years or above)
Total of ~12 hours
11 KM Hike
800 m Acsention
1390 NOK Per person
- Adrenaline level: 20%
- Difficulty level: 50%
- Scenic beauty level: 100%
Suitable for adults who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.
Due to the possibility of rapidly-changing weather conditions, it may be necessary to make changes to scheduled trips. In the event that your trip needs to be rescheduled for another day or cancelled on short notice, you may choose between joining the rescheduled trip or getting a refund. In the event that weather conditions deteriorate during your trip, it may be necessary to turn around on the trail or head back earlier than planned. If this happens, no refunds will be given.
• Hotel pick-up / drop-off
• 1-hour Fjord cruise*
• Professional guide
• Use of hiking poles
• Hot beverages & snack
* (except on Saturdays)
• Proper hiking boots*
• Thick socks x 2
• Water-resistant pants*
• Rain-proof jacket*
• Fleece or woolen sweater
• Small backpack*
• Packed lunch / water / snacks
*items can also be rented
Would you like to visit Kjerag during the high-season but want to avoid the crowds? Are you an early bird who enjoys the tranquility of hiking in near-solitude?
Join Outdoorlife Norway on an early-morning summer hike to the famous Kjerag boulder, and enjoy the spectacular Lysefjord. Relax and savor the views while you’re transported by fjord cruise. Hike in small groups on trails that have been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas, and enjoy the exhilaration of standing atop the boulder before the crowds of tourists arrive.
Our local nature guides have first-hand knowledge about the Ryfylke region, and a passion for sharing stories about its natural and cultural history with our guests. In addition, we guide our guests to the best viewpoints, and show how to capture memorable photos.
Your journey begins early-morning when your professional nature guide picks you up at your preferred meeting place (see above for specific pick-up times and locations). While being transported to the edge of the fjord, which takes about 1 hour, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of some of Norway’s stunning landscapes. Upon arrival at the shore of the Høgsfjord, you’ll board a speed-ferry.*
The ferry will set-off navigating under a suspension bridge that spans the mouth of the Lysefjord. Steep mountain walls towering hundreds of meters above the fjord will then emerge. The cruise will transport you further into the Lysefjord where you will pass waterfalls, abandoned farms, and the famous Preikestolen cliff, which towers 604 meters above sea-level.
Once ashore, you’ll be driven through 26 hairpin turns along the (one and only!) road from the village of Lysebotn up to the Sirdal mountains and then onward to the Eagle’s Nest trail-head (one can speculate it got its name because it sits a lofty 640 meters above sea level). Before the crowds of tourists have begun to arrive, you’ll be well on your way up to the Kjerag boulder.
The final 2 kilometers leading up to the Kjerag boulder are relatively flat and will allow you to focus more on the spectacular nature around you. Once you reach the edge of the mountain’s plateau, while standing on a 1000-meter-high cliff, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord.
Cliff-side, you’ll have plenty of time to rest and enjoy your packed lunch. If you’re among the brave, you’ll have the opportunity to stand atop the Kjerag boulder. Base-jumping is legal in Norway, so if you’re lucky, you’ll get to watch as daredevils hurdle themselves off the side of the cliff. =)
After the lunch break, your guide will lead you back down to the Eagle’s Nest, which takes approximately 2 hours. On the drive back to Stavanger, the guide will navigate over a mountain pass through the municipality of Sirdal. You’ll pass through a barren, glacier-scoured landscape that many experience as being moon-like.
The hike to Kjerag is relatively demanding: you’ll trek 11 kilometers (round-trip) with an ascent of 800 meters in 5.5 hours. During the approximately 2.5-hour hike to the boulder, you’ll encounter 3 periods of steep climbing interspersed with 2 shallow valleys. Along the way, you’ll enjoy views of Lysebotn, which is situated at the head of the Lysefjord.
*On Saturdays, the speed ferry does not run and we will drive around the mountains. To compensate, the Saturday hikes are 100 NOK cheaper. On Sundays, the trip’s itinerary is reversed: instead of at the start of the day, you’ll cruise through the Lysefjord during the afternoon, before traveling back to Stavanger.
Total: ~11-12 hours (depends on weather conditions + pick-up location)
Hiking: ~6 hours (including breaks)
Fjord cruise: ~1 hour
Transportation: ~1.5 + 2.5 hours
When booking, you may select from the following pick-up times and locations:
04:55am Clarion Hotel Stavanger
04:55am Stavanger Tourist Information Office
04:55am Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge
05:00am Scandic Stavanger City (back entrance)
05:05am Thon Hotel Maritim (back entrance)
05:05am Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
05:10am Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
05:10am St. Svithun Hotel / Hostel
05:15am Scandic Stavanger Forus
05.25am Kronen Gaard Hotel
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:00 (5:00pm).
(depends on weather conditions and drop-off location.)
Do like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.
Hike to Preikestolen and experience the amazing views first hand.
This is a mission very much possible...