Autumn hike to Kjerag

Autumn hike to Kjerag

Join us on an autumn Kjerag hike, and witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air. For many, the trip’s highlight is standing atop the famous boulder, but the trek also provides hikers with an abundance of breath-taking views over the Lysefjord. Snow, when present, contrasts splendidly with the flame-colored foliage.


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Kjerag

About 10,000 years ago, the last ice age ended and massive glaciers scraped their way from the mountain tops down toward sea level. In the process, Norway’s rugged landscapes, most notably its fjords, were formed. At some point, the famous Kjerag boulder was wedged into a mountain crevasse where it has hung ever since. Though it’s suspended a heart-stopping 984 meters above the Lysefjord, fearless visitors get the opportunity to feel the pure exhilaration that comes with standing atop the boulder.

Trip Overview

  • Style: Daily departure September 1th – October 31th 2017
  • Group size: Maximum 7
  • Distance: A 11km hike. Total Ascent: 800 meters
  • Difficulty: More Difficult. Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.
  • Duration: 11-12 hours (depends on weather conditions + pick-up location) Hiking: 6 hours (including breaks)
    Transportation:  2.5 hours each way        
  • Start: 07:00am in Stavanger                         

Tour Description

The hike is relatively demanding: you’ll trek 11 kilometers (round-trip) with an ascent of 800 meters in approximately* 5.5 hours.  To facilitate hiking through the most difficult types of terrain, Norway’s government has contracted Nepalese Sherpas to start making improvements to the trail. During Autumn, weather conditions can be unstable. As needed, the guide will adjust your equipment (ice spikes, etc.) to match the weather conditions. During the 2.5-hour hike to the boulder, you’ll encounter periods of steep climbing interspersed with shallow valleys.

The final 2 kilometers are relatively flat and will allow you to focus more on the beautiful 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.

Your journey begins when your professional guide picks you up in Stavanger city-center (see above for specific pick-up times and locations). While being transported to the hiking trail, which takes about 2.5 hours, you’ll pass through a variety of dramatic landscapes including mountains, fjords, and bright green valleys. You’ll begin your hike at a trail-head that’s known as the Eagle’s Nest – which one can speculate got its name because it sits a lofty 640 meters above sea level.

The hike is relatively demanding: you’ll trek 11 kilometers (round-trip) with an ascent of 800 meters in approximately* 5.5 hours. To facilitate hiking through the most difficult types of terrain, Norway’s government has contracted Nepalese Sherpas to start making improvements to the trail. During Autumn, weather conditions can be unstable. As needed, the guide will adjust your equipment (ice spikes, etc.) to match the weather conditions. 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 boulder are relatively flat and will allow you to focus more on Norway’s beautiful wilderness. 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 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 about 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 tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 18:30 (6:30pm).

*In the event that snow is present, your hike may last longer than approximated.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Stavanger to the ‘Majesty of the Lysefjord’
  • Standing atop Kjerag’s famous boulder (if you dare)
  • Almost crowd-free
  • A professional tour guide
  • The hike itself
  • The weather, the nature and the fresh air

Who can go?

Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.
Total Distance: 11 kilometers
Total Ascent: 800 meters

What’s included?

  • Pick-up and transportation to/from the start of the trail
  • Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
  • All necessary equipment (spikes, poles, etc.)
  • Hot beverages and a snack during the hikeverages and a snack during the hike

What can be added?

  • Hiking shoes
  • Outdoor clothing

You should bring

  • Proper hiking boots
  • Outdoor clothing: water-resistant (+insulated spring & autumn) pants,
    rain-proof jacket, woolen sweater
  • Small backpack with additional clothing layers/thermal underwear
  • Packed lunch / bottled water / additional snacks
    (NOTE: NO JEANS/SNEAKERS!)

Changes due to weather:

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.

Pick-up

When booking, you can select your pick-up locations. 


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