Kjerag summer hike


Are you an early bird who prefers to experience nature in solitude? Are you searching for a unique experience while beating the crowds? If so, join us on an early-morning summer hike to the famous Kjerag boulder and experience Norway’s wilderness at its peak.


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Kjerag hike

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. Ever since, the ‘Majesty of the Lysefjord’ has been suspended a heart-stopping 984 meters over the fjord.

Trip Overview

  • Style: Daily departure Monday – Friday from June 10 – August 31.
  • Group size: Maximum 13
  • 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)
    Fjord cruise: 1 hour
    Transportation: 1.5 + 2.5 hours                                  

Tour Description

Join us on an early-morning summer Kjerag hike to the famous Kjerag boulder and experience Norway’s wilderness at its peak. Wake up your senses in the summer’s bright sunlight (when available =) ) while enjoying a cruise through the spectacular Lysefjord. Hike in near-solitude on trails that have recently been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas, who used local stones to make overcoming the final (and steepest) slope easier.

Hikers that make their way up to Kjerag are awarded with an abundance of breath-taking views of the Lysefjord…but for many, the trip’s highlight is simply standing atop Kjerag’s famous boulder.

The Kjerag hike begins early-morning when your professional nature guide picks you up at your preferred 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 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 Kjerag hike 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. 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 tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:00 (5:00pm).


  • Day trip from Stavanger to the ‘Majesty of the Lysefjord’, Kjerag
  • Standing atop Kjerag’s famous boulder (if you dare)
  • Almost crowd-free
  • A professional tour guide
  • Speed Ferry cruise into the Lysefjord
  • 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?

  • Transportation
  • Speed Ferry cruise into the Lysefjord
  • Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
  • Personal-use of hiking poles
  • Hot beverages 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

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 times


When booking, you can select one of the following pick-up locations. 

04.50am Clarion Hotel Stavanger (on Arne Rettedalsgate)
04.55am Thon Hotel Maritim (outside main entrance)
04.55am Stavanger City Centre / Domkirkeplassen
05.00am Scandic Stavanger City (back entrance, facing parking lot)
05.05am Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
05.10am Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
05.10am St. Svithun Hostel / Hotel (outside of main entrance)
05.25am Kronen Gaard Hotel
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:00 (5:00pm).
(depends on weather conditions and drop-off location.)


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