Kjerag Summer Hike
Join in on a early-morning summer hike to the famous Kjerag boulder! Relax and savor the views while you’re transported by fjord cruise (included). During the hike you will experience stunning views of the spectacular Lysefjord!
Your journey begins early-morning when your professional nature guide picks you up at the meeting place. 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 the high 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 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.
During the 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 the village of Lysebotn, which is situated at the head of the Lysefjord. 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 also 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.
On this tour you 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. A local nature guide with first-hand knowledge about the Ryfylke region will be with you, and the guides will share stories about the regions natural and cultural history. You will also be guided to the best viewpoints, and shown how to capture memorable photos.
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.
Please note that on Saturdays, the 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.
Good to know
- Meeting place: Clarion Hotel Stavanger, see map here. Please be there 10 minutes before your booked time
- Duration: 11 - 12 hours, depending on time of year and weather
- Transportation: Approx. 1,5 hour + 2,5 hours
- Fjord cruise: Approx. 1 hour
- Hiking: Approx. 6 hours (including breaks)
- Minimum age is 16 years.
- The price includes: Transportation, a professional guide, use of hiking poles, hot beverages & snack, 1-hour fjord cruise (except on Saturdays)
- Please bring/wear:
- Proper hiking boots and warm, thick socks x 2
- Water-resistant pants and a rain-proof jacket
- Fleece or woolen sweater, warm hat and gloves
- Water / extra snacks or food
- A small backpack for the items mentioned above
The distance of this tour is 11 kilometers with an ascent of 800 meters and this hiking trip is suitable for adults who are in very good condition, and also have previous hiking experience. Please do not book this tour if it exceeds your skill-level or physical abilities.
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.
Have a nice hike!