Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd”

Rated 4.96 out of 5 based on 57 customer ratings
(57 customer reviews)

PRICE: 1,390 NOK per person

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?

Fjord cruise included!*
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.

NOTE: Pick-up times for this early-morning hike are around 05:00am. It’s a demanding 6-hour, 11 kilometer hike with a total ascent of 800 meters. The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:00 (5:00pm).
*On Saturdays, the speed ferry does not run and we will drive around the mountains. To compensate, the Saturday hikes are 100 NOK cheaper.

MORE DIFFICULT – Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

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2018 Season: June 1 – Sept. 30
If you want to Kjerag hike in 2017, book our Autumn Hike to Kjerag (Sept. 1 – Nov. 5). Other hikes to Kjerag in 2018 include our 3-day Kjerag Basecamp Winter Expedition (Feb. – May) and our Preseason Hike to Kjerag (May).

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Product Description

2018 Season: June 1 – Sept. 30
If you want to Kjerag hike in 2017, book our 
Autumn Hike to Kjerag (Sept. 1 – Nov. 5). Other hikes to Kjerag in 2018 include our 3-day Kjerag Basecamp Winter Expedition (Feb. – May) and our Preseason Hike to Kjerag (May).

Pick-up
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

Drop-off
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:00 (5:00pm).
(depends on weather conditions and drop-off location.)

MORE DIFFICULT

Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

Please do not book tours that exceed your skill-level/physical abilities. (read more)

Fjord cruise included!*
Join Outdoorlife Norway on an early-morning summer hike to the famous Kjerag boulder and experience Norway’s wilderness at its peak. Enjoy cruising through the spectacular Lysefjord by boat. Hike in near-solitude on trails that have recently been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas, who used local stones to make it easier to overcome the trail’s steep slopes. 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.

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.

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 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. 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).

*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.

Included in this tour:

  • Pick-up and transportation to/from the trailhead
  • One-hour fjord cruise through the Lysefjord
  • Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
  • Personal-use of hiking poles
  • Hot beverages and a snack during the hike

2018 Season: June 1 – Sept. 30
If you want to Kjerag hike in 2017, book our Autumn Hike to Kjerag (Sept. 1 – Nov. 5). Other hikes to Kjerag in 2018 include our 3-day Kjerag Basecamp Winter Expedition (Feb. – May) and our Preseason Hike to Kjerag (May).

Please read the “Additional information” and “General conditions of contract” before booking.

 

Additional Information

MORE DIFFICULT

Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

Total Distance: 11 kilometers
Total Ascent: 800 meters

DURATION

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?

05.00am – 17.00 (5.00pm) (approximately; see times in product description)
(June-August: for available dates, please see calendar by clicking on ‘Book Now!’)

WHERE?

Pick-up/drop off at various locations in and around Stavanger.
See details in product description.
(Please choose your preferred time & meeting-point when booking.)

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 TO BRING?

Proper hiking boots/shoes*
Outdoor-clothing: water/wind resistant pants, rain-proof jacket
Small backpack with additional clothing layers (fleece/woolen sweater, etc.)
Packed lunch / bottled water / additional snacks
(NOTE: NO JEANS/SNEAKERS!)

*It’s possible to rent both hiking boots and outdoor-clothing from us.
(Please make your selection when booking)

LANGUAGES

English, Norwegian

NUMBER/AGE OF PARTICIPANTS

Maximum: 13 people (adults/16 yrs. +)

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.

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57 reviews for Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd”

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yogen (verified hiker)

    Enjoyed the hike to Kjeragbolten. More than 95% of the hike was in the snow making it more challenging. Was good to have Johannes to guide us through some difficult patches of terrain. His local knowledge and expertise was well appreciated.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cristian

    I had a great adventure in this day Nike to Kjeragbolten, most of our hike was snow, rain, cold wind, etc…. But What a great guy and guide is Johanness, he really knows the mountain, gave us los of tips and information to make the challenge even safer. I recommend this hike with Johanness company 100%.
    Gracias por la experiencia, lo pase muy bien créeme que será uno de los puntos altos de mi viaje. A pesar de las condiciones extremas llegamos a Kjeragbolten, nuestro objetivo.
    Saludos
    Cristian (Santiago – Chile )

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ewa (verified hiker)

    We did the hike in early June when there was still snow up in the mountains. It was a very unique experience for me, as I have never hiked in snow before! Johannes was a great guide, knowledgeable and friendly, views were spectacular and even the route in the car was beautiful. 100% recommended!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janice (verified hiker)

    I am so glad that I chose to go with OutdoorLife Norway for my hike to Kjerag. As it was very early June, the track was still 80% covered in a thick blanket of snow. Johannes was super prepared and had extra gear for us to hire as well as snow spikes and poles to help us reach our destination.

    We met at 7am in Stavanger on the day and drove 2 and a half hours to the start point. The meeting time had been moved earlier so that we could catch some good weather and boy did we catch it! I was so impressed as we got super clear skies the whole hike and were safe in the car again when the rain clouds rolled in. In terms of the hike itself, it was pretty tough with all the snow but so worth it. The most difficult part is the first 3 km where we have to scale 3 mountains with valleys between. After that it was either flat or slight incline until Kjerag. Our guides (Johannes and Ida) was super professional and looked after us all so well throughout the day. Johannes was very knowledgeable on the terrain which helped us a lot during the hike. He also taught us all the safest way to get on to Kjeragbolten for that awesome photo (very helpful particularly to those afraid of heights).

    Overall, I would definitely recommend this company if you plan on hiking Kjerag in the snow, if you are not very familiar with hiking on your own or if you just want some fun company along the way.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy

    What an amazing experience! I came completely unprepared not knowing that we would be hiking in knee deep snow (as this was early June) but Johannes made us feel so comfortable and even lent me some necessary gear. The hike was absolutely stunning and what a reward at the end of it too. A must do! Highly recommend Johannes as a guide. He is knowledgeable, friendly, professional and makes you feel at ease. Thanks Johannes!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Duncan and Tess (verified hiker)

    We did the hike in early June on a day when there was a whiteout on the mountain and the wind was blowing and the rain was coming down.
    Our amazing leader and guide Johannes guided our group 7 on an “expedition” to Kjeragbolten. What an experience. Hiking through the snow with all the right gear provided and being encouraged on the trip and having things explained in great detail were all of assistance to our group.
    I can thoroughly recommend Johannes and his company to anyone prepared to take on the walk. A must do experience.
    thank you Johannes for the experience of a lifetime !!!!.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anne

    An amazing experience! I’m happy I booked this hike with Outdoorlife Norway. A challenging hike to a very nice view over the Lysefjord. I did the hike mid-June and there was still snow. This gave an extra dimension to the hike. Johannes guided the group very well through the snow!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jessica H

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    My husband and I did the day hike to Kjerag in mid June. Since the area had a very mild spring, there was still a decent amount of snow on the upper part of the trail. Our guide, Johannes, provided spikes for our boots as well as hiking poles at no extra charge. The spikes came in very handy, especially walking back down the very steep third hill in the snow.

    I highly recommend doing this hike with a guide. Johannes knew the best ways to get up and down all of the hills. He also knew where the trail actually was and not where people assumed it was since half of it was still covered in snow. He had a great place picked out with amazing views for us to stop for lunch! He even stood in the snow for about 15 minutes waiting to take our pictures as we stood on Kjeragbolten. He promptly sent us pictures that evening that he had taken throughout the day.

    The group was small, only about 7 people, so it was a very personalized trip. The views were amazing and it was a rush to be able to stand on Kjeragbolten! I definitely recommend doing this hike, because the views are worth the hike! And I recommend going with Johannes and Outdoorlife Norway. We had a great experience on this trip! If you plan on also hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), I would suggest doing Kjerag first because it makes the hike to Preikestolen seem relatively easy in comparison.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ann80

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    I signed up for a guided hike with OutdoorLife Norway to Kjerag in late June and had a wonderful experience. There was still a lot of snow on the ground, but Johannes was prepared with poles and spikes for everyone. We were a small group and the hike was at a pace that we could all manage. He even took great pictures of all tour members brave enough to get on the boulder. I highly recommend taking a guided tour and particularly with OutdoorLife Norway. Johannes was friendly, knowledgeable about the area/hike and safety-minded.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela Li (verified hiker)

    I am glad that I booked this guided tour to Kjerag. Picked up at Stavanger centre and enjoyed the 2 hrs beautiful ride to Kjerag. When we arrived the starting point, Johannes, our guide provided the trekking poles at the beginning of our tour. Johannes is a great guide, knowledgeable, friendly, professional and safety-minded and he knows the best trail to climb up and down the mountains and picks the amazing spots to capture panoramic views on the Lysefjord. He warmly provided hot drinks and snacks to keep our energy up during lunch. He also provided tip to get on top of the Kjeragboltan and helped to take that amazing photo. Highly recommended this tour who plan to have a challenging hike to Kjerag.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelly (verified hiker)

    I don’t think I can fully express just how much I enjoyed my hiking expedition with OutdoorLife Norway.

    Upon arriving in Norway, my sister, brother-in-law and I knew that we wanted to hike Kjerag; however, we were unsure of our ability to successfully navigate the trail ourselves and decided a guided tour would be best. The hike itself was tough at times, but the gorgeous scenery surrounding us more than made up for it. At each step we were wowed by the mountains, the rivers, and the views of the fjord far below us. The fresh mountain air invigorated us with each step and made it easy to keep going. The guided tour through OutdoorLife Norway turned what I’m sure would have been a fun day alone into an amazing adventure. As our guide Johannes set clear expectations on what the trail would be like and what gear we would need to have a successful trip. He was friendly, cheerful and upbeat from the moment he picked us up that morning, and answered all questions with ease demonstrating a definite thorough knowledge of the Norwegian terrain. He set a good pace that allowed everyone to keep up, and stopped occasionally to explain aspects and details of the path that would have passed before our eyes unnoticed had we been hiking alone, which only heightened my appreciation of the trail itself. When we stopped for lunch, he led us to a lovely spot looking over the fjord below and passed around delicious hot cups of locally made black currant juice, a perfect surprise for our hike through the mountains. Once we reached the famous Kjeragbolten he pulled out his camera to take pictures of those in our group who dared to go out onto the rock, and once we had all stepped safely off he passed around some Norwegian chocolate, a sweet little touch to enhance the specialness of that moment.

    When I’d first began looking for guided tours up through Kjerag I ended up picking OutdoorLife Norway on a whim and am completely thrilled with my decision. I wholeheartedly recommend any of the excursions offered knowing that a fantastic experience is guaranteed!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lin (verified hiker)

    This is a great trip: every step when u look back u feel it is unbelievable that u make it.
    Our guide Johannas (is this correct?) is very knowledgeable with the different terrain in different peaks, it is interesting to see the pink algae snow under the surface and things about locals. He is very thoughtful for everyone’s need and makes the trip fit for everyone.
    Without our team members’ support and help on the road, i will never make it. Nice to meet everyone, and thanx!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    A TripAdvisor Member

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    It was an awesome adventure and great experience doing this hike and standing on the boulder. Choosing the OutdoorlifeNorway and having a great guide Johannes who was helping and encouraging us to make it to the end, was a top decision! Thank you Johannes and thank you all in the group!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emma & Rachel (verified hiker)

    We are so glad we chose outdoorlife to take us up the Kjerag. We were picked up right outside our hotel door and drove the 2.5 hours to the base (stopping on the way for last minute supplies). when we first saw the trail we were pretty intimidated But Johannes reassured us we would be fine. He even lent us poles to help us on the way. The hike itself was brilliant! The first part was a test but we were shown the easiest way. We stopped at a beautiful quiet spot for lunch and Johannes made us a lovely blackcurrant drink to keep our sugar levels up. along the way Johannes told us lots of interesting things about nature and the local area. when we got to the top we had plenty of time to explore and Johannes took some brilliant pictures of us on the boulder. He then took us a little further out to a wonderful quiet spot that had an incredible view of the fjord. on the decent the clouds came in a reduced visibility. We would have really struggled on the way back If it wasn’t for Johannes but as he knew the way so well we’re we able to enjoy the spooky atmosphere without having to worry about getting lost. He got us back in one piece and after getting a hot drink and some fresh socks we made our way home. I’m so pleased we decided to go with Johannes as we got see things and learn things that we wouldn’t have discovered on our own. Johannes is the perfect balance of information comfortable silence to allow you to really experience your surrounds.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    emmahilling87

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    We are so glad we chose outdoorlife to take us up the Kjerag. We were picked up right outside our hotel door and drove the 2.5 hours to the base (stopping on the way for last minute supplies). when we first saw the trail we were pretty intimidated But Johannes reassured us we would be fine. He even lent us poles to help us on the way. The hike itself was brilliant! The first part was a test but we were shown the easiest way. We stopped at a beautiful quiet spot for lunch and Johannes made us a lovely blackcurrant drink to keep our sugar levels up. along the way Johannes told us lots of interesting things about nature and the local area. when we got to the top we had plenty of time to explore and Johannes took some brilliant pictures of us on the boulder. He then took us a little further out to a wonderful quiet spot that had an incredible view of the fjord. on the decent the clouds came in a reduced visibility. We would have really struggled on the way back If it wasn’t for Johannes but as he knew the way so well we’re we able to enjoy the spooky atmosphere without having to worry about getting lost. He got us back in one piece and after getting a hot drink and some fresh socks we made our way home. I’m so pleased we decided to go with Johannes as we got see things and learn things that we wouldn’t have discovered on our own. Johannes is the perfect balance of information and comfortable silence to allow you to really experience your surrounds.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cas & Wim

    Exciting hike & jumping on the Kjerag boulder

    We had to hike over 3 hills/mountains. There are some challenging climbs on the way. Your body have to be in good condition for this hike.
    The views on the landscape end Lysefjord are unforgettable. Along the hike there still was some snow. Guide Johannes takes us to the places. He also makes a picture of you on the Boulder for your photo book. And oh yeah……..we jumped! What an excitement! Great hike, txs Johannes

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hsu

    Johannes was a fantastic guide! We went to Kjerag today, and me being a first time hiker really gained a lot from Johannes help! Not only was he instructing me how to take each steps, but also encouraged me a lot psychologically so I tried my very best to keep positive mind for the journey! If not for Johannes guiding step by step I would never be able to reach the end point! Really thankful for his professional guide and patience through the whole time. Totally recommending Johannes!:)

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zhozho

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    I really want to see Norway’s fjord from top with my own effort, but I am really scared of getting lost or gave up at the starting point. So I decided to try Outdoorlife Norway, and I am happy I made that decision. I am really not a hiker, Kjerag is the most challenging one in my life so far. I was really quite scared, but Johannes the owner of Outdoorlife Norway instructed me step by step and I am happy I have achieved what I want to achieve. 🙂 He is really professional and caring, there will be no better way other than him guiding you! At least from my experience that is how I felt!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    CvdH01

    Doing a cool excursion into Norway’s nature was on my to-do-list for my summer holiday. A friend recommended Outdoorlife Norway and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

    Our guide Johannes welcomed us in the morning. After a short introduction, he provided information about the hike in a nice and optimistic way. Whether you were an experienced or beginning hiker, you felt welcome and motivated for the hike.

    The route to the starting point was already beautiful. During the hike, Johannes provided us with more information and fun facts about the area and the nature.
    Due to his approach, we also bonded as a group and we also had enough time to take photos.

    Whether you join for the hike or the boulder (or both) the hike is worth joining !
    So, if you have time during your holiday in Norway, join this (or one of his other) excursions.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Banvasten (verified hiker)

    The 1 day hike to kjerag was awesome, truly a life experience! And outdoorlifenorway makes it even better! Since the very beggining of my planning to the hike I was treated well. They pay attention to every detail so their guests can have a great time in their outdoors activities. Johannes literaly guide the hikers since the pick-up point to the very end of the hike. Besides the great views, you can learn a lot in hike with outdoornorway. I fully recommend this experience to anyone who is eager to have a fantastic time in norway

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melvin (verified hiker)

    Priceless hike experience

    I doubt I’ll ever be able to realise my dream of standing on the Kjeragbolten without Johannes. The hike was certainly no walk in the park but Johannes led the group skillfully, and he also provided essential equipment as well as step-by-step advice. The group’s safety was always his top priority, and he would never lead us onto a path that would jeopardise it. I’m deeply grateful for the safe and fulfilling hike under his guidance. Takk for turen!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hou (verified hiker)

    It’s a nice day and nice trip. The hiking guild Johannes is patient and knows a lot. You could experience a different way to reach Kjerag rock. Johannes is also professional in photograph, he could shoot a nice photo when you standing on Kjerag rock. How unique experience! I wish I could return to Stavanger in a few years.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chen Qiutong (verified hiker)

    I would highly recommend going with Johannes for the hike to the Kjerag! He is a great guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and is always ready to help you along the way! 🙂 Hiking to Kjerag was quite challenging and I don’t think I would have reached the Kjerag Boulder on my own! 🙂 p.s Johannes is a great photographer too!!

    Cheers.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Neil_Hughes

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    Johannes is the perfect guide who effortlessly turned a bunch of 10 strangers into a close team to help each other climb to the top of Kjerag and stand on a large boulder (Kjeragbolten) wedged in the mountain’s crevasse for the ultimate Instagram moment.

    Although, the photo’s give the impression that standing on the boulder is incredibly scary, it is much bigger when close up and reassuringly nobody has ever slipped or fell off the precariously placed rock. Maybe, it’s a combination of a survival instinct kicking in and the channelling of one’s inner mountain goat that comes to the rescue when the health and safety risk assessment police are nowhere to be seen.

    Our tour began with a two-hour drive into the mountains, and our guide informed the group how the road is closed from October to May, which made this window of opportunity feel quite special. The mini bus contained travellers from all over the world, and the biggest lesson travel teaches us all is the breaking down of stereotypes perpetuated by the media.

    Spending a day with a group of strangers from different corners of the world exchanging stories and sharing experiences offers a learning experience that cannot be taught in any classroom.

    During the six-hour hike, ten strangers became a close team regardless of any language barriers or differences in fitness levels. The absence of ringing telephones or notification sounds allowed the senses to soak up the beautiful surroundings and reconnect with nature.

    Obtaining the right balance between our physical and virtual worlds on this fragile tightrope of life is notoriously difficult. Inter-personal non-technology driven interaction skills are often the first casualties when people live their life through a screen.

    Technology does indeed unite people rather than isolate them if used correctly and there really is nothing better than enjoying the beautiful outdoors with friends, loved ones or even with new friends.

    After making some incredible memories hiking with my son, he declared that our trip was epic, and these are words that most parents of a teenager seldom hear.

    A fully recharged mojo along with memories of walking on an endless summer day with my boy is possibly the greatest gift of all and will probably be the cause of more inspiration than we both realise.

    Now we have returned from the adventure; the focus will be on the Instagram moment of that boulder photo. However, what really inspires us and makes us truly happy were the lessons we learned and our surroundings on the long hike up and down the mountain that day.

    I consider the experience a real gift that and will be forever grateful to Johannes who helped create a beautiful memory for my son and I.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    One of the most beautiful views of the Lysefjord, and a fun but challenging hike. Not only were the views absolutely breathtaking, but also our guide made the experience richer. Our guide Johannes has such a passion and knowledge of the Norwegian landscape, so it was a pleasure to have him guiding us along the way. I would recommend a trip with Outdoor life Norway and would definitely be back!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Seowoo Kim (verified hiker)

    As an inexperienced hiker, I was very fortunate to have Johannes motivate me and lead the hike. He was very encouraging and knew the best paths to take. He provided walking sticks and hot drinks for us on the tour. Another huge benefit of going with Johannes is that he knows where the best views are at and takes professional photos for you at the rock! Would highly recommend!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katie W

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    I did the Kjeragbolten hike to see the boulder and had an incredible day. In fact, I’m still buzzing from it and it was nearly a week ago! Having read a lot of reviews prior to going, I noticed that the majority of people did the hike without a tour guide. Granted, it’s possible – the hike wasn’t as difficult as I expected it to be and it isn’t far to walk either. However, I’m so glad we did book with these guys, as it makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable; you’re not just hiking with Outdoorlife, you’re experiencing Norway exactly how you should be. I was actually due to hike Preikestolen with a friend the day before (without a tour group) and we had to cancel due to fog and poor visibility. In hindsight, I’m really glad we didn’t go, because now I plan to go back and do the sunrise hike with Outdoorlife Norway as that also look incredible.

    Our group was slightly larger than usual so we had both Alan and Johannes with us. Alan is an exceptional photographer and biologist, whilst Johannes guided us and told us endless interesting facts and stories about the area. Both guides were so friendly and easy to chat with. It’s so refreshing to see people who are really passionate about what they do, and their enthusiasm is infectious.

    In summary, if you’re thinking about booking, do it – you absolutely will not regret it. Takk for turen!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liemdang131

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    We did the Kjerag day tour. Johannas is the owner and the guide as well, together with his colleague Erlend they made the trip memorable, we had ve a lot of stunning photos (come with extra package) from Erlend. He’s truly is a great photographer and super nice.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    AimlsWandrer

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    When my friend and I decided to pay a visit to Kjeragbolten I insisted on hiring a guide to take us there and back. Outdoor life Norway came through with flying colors! Johannes, who is the guide, does this trek on average about 6 days a week so he knows how to get to the boulder and back. Besides that, he gives you practical knowledge on how to scale the near-vertical rock faces with the assistance of the chains and keeps the group at a good pace. The day we went, we were a group of 6 hikers plus the guide.

    I was also very pleased with the information they provided me after I booked the hike. Helpful tips, such as wearing waterproof clothing and proper hiking boots, were quite useful.

    I must also mention that more than one person I had spoken with told me that they attempted the hike without a guide and wound up never seeing the Boulder. And worse, the hike back down to the parking lot where their car was parked proved very challenging as the top is a plateau and if mist or rain obscures your view, finding the trail markers may be quite difficult. I can only imagine how unsettling it would be to be so disoriented at the top of a mountain plateau and have no guarantee that you will get back to your car soon!!

    Five shining stars for Johannes and Outdoorlife Norway!! Thank you so much for an adventure of a lifetime!!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    cyclingviolin

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    Climbing up to Kjeragbolten is not for the fainthearted or the unfit. I am neither but was very pleased to be part of a small group with an excellent and experienced guide. Johannes led us expertly through technical bits, he was caring and patient, setting a good pace but also allowing everyone to progress without feeling pressured. He also explained very well how to get on the rock and back and he took photos of each of us standing there. I loved the hot berry juice he offered us afterwards. It was delicious. Throughout the scenery is stunning and there are fewer people than on Preikestolen.
    We even saw rare cloud berries on the way back. Johannes also ensured that we took different roads on the way from Stavanger and the way back. Both were beautiful rides. Thank you for a great day!
    I wish I had known that Outdoorlife Norway offers sunrise / sunset climbs. Would have been magical to be there overnight.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    ChristophersTrips

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    Highly recommend the Kjerag hike with Outdoorlife Norway, it’s great day of hiking with many incredible views! It was slightly overcast the day we booked the hike, however this only added to the incredible atmosphere and landscape of the mountains and Lysefjord below. The Kjerag boulder lived up to all expectations, it really is an awesome sight to behold. Our guide and company owner Johannes is a skilled and extremely knowledgable guy who will get you to the boulder before the bus loads of tourists/hiking groups. I really liked that throughout the hike he took us off the beaten tourist paths, again adding to the experience and avoiding other hikers. I wouldn’t hesitate to book another trip with Outdoorlife Norway if im ever back in Stavanger. In my opinion, don’t waste time with tourist buses and crowds, book with these professionals and get a hassle free, unique and highly memorable experience. Thanks again Chris

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stefan S

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    Arriving into Stavanger, I knew I wanted to either do the Preikstolen or Kjeragbolten hike, and luckily Johannes offers both hikes (and more). The Kjeragbolten hike was incredible and Johannes was a great guide- very informative and a lot of fun. The hike is tough- and probably would have gotten incredibly lost if i had attempted the hike solo. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great- but behold- as soon as we got to Kjerag- the weather cleared. Standing on Kjerag is the most exhilarating feeling- and something i would love to do again. I’m hoping i make my way back to Norway again soon- and when i do- I will be returning to Stavanger to do another hike with Johannes. What a guy! Cannot recommend enough!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    AishaKhalid

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    Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to hike to kjerag but my husband did. Our guide was Johansen, he was fantastic. Although it was raining that day, my husband and his group, under the lead of guide Johansen, successfully hiked to Kjerag. My husband says that Johansen knows the best route to hike up and down even under challenging weather. It took them 3 hours to hike up the mountain and 2 hours down.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    A TripAdvisor Member

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    The Kjerag hike was the most incredible hike that I’ve ever done and I couldn’t ask for a better guide than Johannes! He was not only really fun, friendly and helpful, but he was also really patient when we wanted to stop to take photos or eat snacks. The hike is challenging and I don’t think I could’ve done it on my own so I’m really glad that I chose to do it with Outdoorlife Norway. I will definitely be back to do another hike with Johannes again as it was one of the best things I’ve ever done and it wouldn’t have been the same without Johannes as a guide! Highly recommend!!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hel_the_wanderer

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    I was dreading the hike to Kjerag after I had hiked up Trolltunga two days before. Experienced hikers told me the Kjerag hike is more challenging than Trolltunga, so initially I felt uneasy about it.

    Booking a tour with Outdoorlife Norway was an excellent decision. Not only do they pick you up from a range of places in Stavanger, they don’t leave you behind if you are slightly late/lost. They also offer a photography package, so I didn’t need to worry about lugging a heavy camera up and down the mountain.

    Johannes, the owner of the business was my guide. He’s a great guy – professional but it also felt like I was travelling with a friend. The group of people on the tour were wonderful too, encouraging each other throughout the hike. The timing of the hike was spot on. Not long after we reached Kjerag, took photos, had a hot beverage from Johannes and had some lunch, the fog came in thick and fast and then rained. With the good advice from Johannes, we got down the mountain in very good time.

    Whether you are an experienced hiker or a beginner like me, I highly recommend hiking with Outdoorlife Norway .

    Takk for Turen, Johannes is the best!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Slocs89

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    I was fotunate to meet both Johannes and Erland between the 2 trips I did with Outdoorlife Norway – Preikestolen off the Beaten Track and Kjerag Summer Hike.

    These guys are great fun to spend a day with and there were good laughs along with the fantastic walks and views – I got so much more out of these days with guides than Trolltunga which I did alone.

    Having the transport to Kjerag is a huge benefit (+the time getting there flew by) and going off-piste to Preikestolen on a little used trail was so much more entertaining than I’d anticipated.

    Well worth every penny. Don’t hesitate to book

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    lhoffman923

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    Please do not hesitate to book a hike with Outdoorlife Norway, it was by far the highlight of our trip. We went to Stavanger specifically for this hike (to Kjerag Rock) and to say it was amazing is the understatement of the year. Johannes is one of the COOLEST people you will ever meet. But beyond that, he has your safety in mind throughout the entire hike and is helping you every step of the way. The hike is certainly not easy, and going out on the rock is the craziest thing I have ever done in my life. But Johannes helps you from start to finish and if I ever return to Norway I will do another hike with his company. I cannot recommend him and his company enough, the reviews on here speak for themselves, I promise you will not regret a hike with Outdoorlife Norway!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    lorettapalotta

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    5 stars are not enough to describe this wonderful day in Kjerag.
    Johannes (God bless him) was Our guide during the hike and he was great!
    Johannes picked up the Group early in the morning and drove us for almost 3 hours in a wonderful enviroment and explained carefully the program of the hike: his experience helped a lot because it is a hard hike but once on top you feel in paradise.
    It does not matter if you don t go on the Boulder! the hike itself is amazing and in these days there is still the Snow!
    These is a great Company.
    If I would be in Norway again I will contact it for sure
    TAKK FOR TUREN

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daphne_msia

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    I went for Kjerag hike on 25 May, that day weather was rough and foggy. We had Johannes as our guide, someone had so much knowledge to share and make you feel safe throughout the hike. The view at Kjerag was just breathtaking and the scenery at the very top truly made you think that it was worth the 6 hour journey! Highly recommended this trip and the company.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ilsa C

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    I took part in the first Kjerag hike of the summer season with guide Johannes, who was friendly and knowledgeable. The trip was amazing! I really enjoyed the hike up Kjerag – despite the mist the views were spectacular and Johannes showed us how to safely stand on the boulder at the top. We were even walking in snow near the peak!
    To get to the start of the hike the cruise through the Lysefjord was lovely, and i really enjoyed the drive back through the beautiful mountainside to Stavanger. A fabulous day, i will definitely be back and can highly recommend Johannes’ tours!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patrick K

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    Great hike and very well organized. Our guide Erik gave really good tips during the hike. He was very sympathetic and energetic. I can recommend them.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emma B

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    The pre-season hike to Kjerag was fantastic! We had a grey wet day but this just added to the striking beauty of the place. Ula was a brilliant guide! Would highly recommend.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rachelhatfield

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    This was the best guided tour that i have been on and would recommend this tour to everyone! The company is extremely organised. When booking the tour you receive an email instantly full of helpful information e.g. pick up time, location, what you clothing etc to bring with you! We were picked up exactly on time! They send you reminder emails closer to the time which is very reassuring!

    Our tour guide was Johannes, he was so friendly and knowledgable. He made the hike extremely enjoyable and made us feel relaxed by showing us how to get onto kjeragbolten in a safe way! He goes above and beyond to ensure that you get the most out of the trip! As for the views, well they were just incredible! The ‘beat the crowds tour’ meant there were only 4 other people at the top when we got there! It was nice to have dinner enjoying the view! Standing on the boulder was one of the most scary but amazing things I have ever done and you can buy some incredible pictures off the company!

    Once again thank Johannes for the most amazing tour! I will be back in the future and will use this tour company to do some other amazing hikes!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    FelipeCuesta

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    If you are going to spend some time around Stavanger, searching and aiming for hikes and guided tours you can stop searching. This is by far the best agency in town and you will not find any team better than Outdoor life Norway. We (me and my wife) did 2 different tours in consecutive days with Outdoor life norway, the kjerag bolten beat the crowds (5 people guided by Johaness, the agency owner) and the prejkestolen/pulpit rock off the beaten track tour (a 5 people group guided by Erland).

    We had Johaness and Erland taking our small group to each of those previously mentioned tours and they worked great. Excellent guides very attentive and full of good informations and knowledge about the places, the hiking techniques, the stories and the flora and fauna of each corner.

    If needed, they provide clothes and boots for rental at a fair and good price and also photograph packages with pictures of each of the tours. This is very convenient, because you don´t have to worry about carrying hiking gear, specially if you are visiting other places that dont require the same equipment.

    I would hardly recommend Outdoor life Norway to everyone who wants to have a great hike with small groups and off the beaten track trails and tracks, dont having to worry about how to get to each place and also relaxing about studying maps and informations about the visited places.

    We were enchanted with both tours we did and we don´t have words enough to thank those guys who took us with joy, happiness and safety to all those wonderfull places. Very recommended agency!!!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    domsbh

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    Excellente excursion. Guide Très professionnel et sympathique. Super organisation malgré des conditions climatiques difficiles.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carlster85

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    My first hike in Norway and it couldn’t have been better. The information I was given along the hike was interesting and made the hike flew by. Johannes was an excellent guide along with Alan. Once we reached the boulder it was nice to have some warm blackberry juice. I would totally go with this company again and highly recommend using Outdoorlife for any hike. Tack for turen!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    KasidisSueve

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    This is the first that I have ever written a review on tripadvisor, and there is a reason for it.

    I booked three tours with ourdoorlifenorway for three consecutive days from 20-22 July 2017, the first one being the “Off The Beaten Track”, the second being the Kjerag tour, and the third being the Sunrise Hike. While the first and the last tours up to the pulpit rock were great, I really wanted to write about my Kjerag Tour experience in more details.

    The day i went on the Kjerag tour, i was very fortunate for two reasons. Firstly, I was the only one (literally) who booked for the tour that day, so i felt like a VIP. And secondly, I was fortunate enough to have Audun as my tour guide. Audun usually only comes a few times a year, and man did I win the lottery!

    The Kjerag tour was definitely challenging (more challenging than the sunrise hike, though both tours give you amazing views), but that’s the point of hiking/trekking i believe. Audun was there every step of the way, guiding me through the terrain to get to the Kjerag. You can tell that he was very passionate about his job, and more specifically, his country, as he spent a lot of time explaining how the mountains and natural landscape were formed, how the “little” rocks that were scattered at the top got there (you’d know what i mean if you decide to go on the tour), and other interesting cultural information about the Norwegian people in general. You cannot find a tour guide that is more professional than Audun. I am also very obsessed with getting good pictures, and since i was the only one in the tour, i was always able to ask Audun to take pictures of me at the spots i find beautiful (and he also knew which spots were the best to take pictures).

    As already mentioned earlier, one of the greatest advantages of booking with outdoorlifenorway is that even if you are the only person who books for the tour that day, the company would still continue the tour and not cancel it (mind you, the cost of paying the guide and gas alone probably already surpass the cost I paid for the tour that day).

    In conclusion, I can’t recommend this tour enough! And if you were able to win a double lotteries by being the only person on the tour and having Audun as your tour guide like me, then you are one very lucky person.

    Kasidis (Hayden).

  48. Rated 4 out of 5

    Richard-Roadman

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    Our guide was Are and we were with a group of 5. The rain was expected on the returntrip so we wouldn’t want to waste to much time getting to the boulder. So in a steady pace, but with short stops at the three tops, we tackled the mountain. We followed the “hikerspath” which meant we almost didn’t used the chains but hiked thru the grassy parts. Are said it was easier and better for the legs, but it makes you walk more. As there are some steep parts you must be able to do some kind of climbing and don’t think of going when youre out of shape or aren’t comfortable climbing or walking long parts over uneven rockfaces. Once at the boulder Are made the picks for those who did stand on it. Big plus of taking this tour is that a ferry trip thru the fjord al the way to Lysebotn is included. And also the road to the Eaglesnest is a attraction in its own. The ride from town to the start almost takes 3 hours but you drive thru some nice country-side with beautiful views. And in the end we made it up and down without rain.
    You can do the trip on your own if youre confident enough and the wheather is clear enough to spot the markers, but the guidedtour added lots of extra plusses and info. And this is the only way to do the hike, and have a fjordcruise included.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Natacha J

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    Both hikes were great. We had unfortunately bad weather for the hike at Preikestolen but it still was a beautiful experience to cross the lake with a canoe and go to the pulpit rock off the beaten track. The next day in Kjerag was amazing! We had good weather and a wonderful view on the mountains, lakes and fjord. The Highlight was seeing base jumpers jumping down the cliff! I also liked the drive in the morning and the ferry in the afternoon. Thus we could get a good overview of this fantastic region! Johannes was a great guide explaning well and taking care of the group. I highly recommend to book a hike with him!

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny J

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    I had Johannes, the owner of this small company, as our guide for Kjerag hike. I knew it would be good weather thanks to our communication before the tour. It was indeed fantastic! During the whole time of guiding us to the top, driving us back to Stavanger, Johannes has been very attentive and energetic. He is very passionate and knowledgeable about outdoor life, arctic circle, and very friendly. Equally important, we had a nice group and overall that made my trip to Norway wonderful. Many thanks!

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Larry K

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    Despite the wind and rain, Outdoorlife Norway honored their commitment and went through with a great hike to Kjeragbolten. The guide did a great job and even brought his dog. Good times!

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Arthur C

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    Fantastic experience! Johannes is super friendly and a highly experienced guide. Even with the wind and rain we managed to make it to Kjeragbolten and take photos and videos. Do note, as the tour description already says, do make sure you have proper clothes and gear on the day and be in decent shape to do the hike if you want to get the most enjoyment out of it.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emily A

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    We visited Stavanger in July and went on Outdoor Lifes Kjerag Summer Hike. Johannes was our guide and we had the best day! He told so many interested stories that we would not have known doing the walk ourselves. This hike was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and we would recommend if your travelling with others or by yourself as it is very sociable. There were many steep and rocky parts but Johannes gave great advice on the best way to get up. Thanks for the great day!

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ann K

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    There were 4 people in our group. Johannes was excellent – very helpful guide and really added a lot to the experience. I would highly recommend doing Kjerag this way. It is worth the early pick-up (4:50 AM). We had a great time!

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    SureshK82

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    I did managed to book both Sunrise Hike to Preikestolen as well as Beat the Crowd Kjerag Hike with Outdoor life Norway and the whole trip was amazing and very well organised. Both Johannes and Allen were very experienced hiking guides, more so ever they are very encouraging and well versed with the terrain. They absolutely made sure all of us kept at ease, however ensuring the safety. Completely enjoyed both the hikes and subsequently had the confident to finish Troltunga hike too! so can’t ask for more! I would absolutely recommend Outdoor Norway for amateur hikers like me to ensure things are done safely however still will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the hikes!
    “Takk for turen”! for the whole team

  56. Rated 4 out of 5

    Enen L

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    Go with them if you have any doubt about hiking! Feeling safer makes everything more interesting. Go outdoors and enjoy every adventure and LIFE!

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    DD12345_00

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    I did a “Kjerag summer hike” with Outdoorlife Norway on August, 30th and I totally loved it! Many thanks to our guide – Johannes – with whom the hike was definitely easier, safer and of course more interesting. It’s always a pleasure to deal with people who are passionate about their work and do it professionally.
    We were lucky with the weather – it was a sunny day so we were able to enjoy fantastic views. The hike does require a physical effort, but if you practice some physical activity on a regular basis you should be ok. You will probably feel a bit of muscle tension in your legs for a few hours after the hike, but it’s a pleasant sort of tiredness like after a good work out. I used hiking poles which I’d been dismissing before and as it turned out – quite unjustly: the poles do help a lot, they allow to distribute the load between your muscles more evenly, provide additional support when you go up and keep you from sliding when you descend.
    As for getting onto the boulder – to me it was much more of a test than the hike itself 🙂

    P.S. Do follow the recommendations given in the information package sent along with the booking confirmation as they will make your hikes a more enjoyable and safe experience.

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