3-day Kjerag Winter
Unique Guided Tour Designed by Outdoorlife Norway!
5,990 NOK per person | ★★★★★ (6 guest reviews)
Trek with a guide in solitude through a pristine winter wonderland and spend two nights at a cozy fjord lodge. Experience the exhilaration of visiting Kjerag’s famous boulder during Norway’s long, dark winter.
Includes a cruise through the Lysefjord (Sunday – Friday).
• Lysefjord cruise x 2
• Professional guide
• Snowshoe equipment
• Use of hiking poles
• Lodge accommodation | 2 nights
• Dinner | days 1 + 2
• Breakfast | days 2 + 3
• Lunch | days 2 + 3
• Proper hiking boots*
• Warm, thick socks
• Water-resistant pants*
• Rain-proof jacket*
• Thermal base layers
• Fleece or woolen sweater
• Down jacket*
• Warm hat + gloves/mittens
• Ski goggles
• 40 liter backpack
• Water bottle
• Sun glasses + sunscreen
• Personal hygiene items
A detailed packing list will be sent to you after booking. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
*items can also be rented
• Photography package | + 299 NOK
• Down jacket rental | + 500 NOK
• Hiking boot rental | + 500 NOK
• Hiking pants rental | + 250 NOK
• Hiking jacket rental | + 250 NOK
• Special diets surcharge | + 500 NOK
Suitable for adults in their physical prime – excluding people under 18 yrs. old – who are in extremely good condition, and have extensive hiking experience.
Mostly non-existent, unmarked trails. Mainly technical “off-the-beaten-track” hiking and scrambling. On rare occasion, facilitated with very simple technical equipment (ie chains, ropes).
TYPE OF TERRAIN
Mountainous. Mainly unsteady, snow/ice-covered surfaces and a wide variety of obstacles (i.e. creeks, rivers, swamps, bushes, boulders, and steep rock surfaces). For the entire trek, you will be hiking on snowshoes.
MAXIMUM | 14 Trekkers
≥ 18 years old
Please do not book tours that exceed 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.
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, Kjerag’s 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.
Join Outdoorlife Norway on our most demanding winter trekking tour: starting at the base of the fjord, trek 25 kilometers on snowshoes and/or spikes to the top of Kjerag and back in just over 11 hours (total ascent – 1,300 meters). Enjoy the silence of Norway’s vast wilderness while ascending 1,300 meters into the mountains in near-solitude. Encounter breathtaking views of the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains, breathe in Norway’s pristine mountain air, and experience the exhilaration of standing on Kjerag’s cliff side, almost a kilometer above the Lysefjord below. Before and after the expedition, spend the night in the comfort of a cozy fjord lodge.
This demanding, 25-kilometer expedition is perfect for people looking for the ultimate winter trekking challenge.
DAY 1 | Briefing in Stavanger + Lysefjord Cruise + Fjord Lodge Accommodation
DAY 2 | Fjord-to-Mountain-to-Fjord Snow Trek to Kjerag’s Boulder + Fjord Lodge Accommodation
DAY 3 | Lysefjord Cruise + Return to Stavanger
Total | 3 days
Hiking | 1 day – 11 hours
Distance | approximately 25km
Ascent | approximately 1300m
The tour starts with a briefing at our office in Stavanger
Address | Ryfylkegata 13, Stavanger | MAP
Meeting time | Day 1 – 11:00am
On the third day, the tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:30 (5:30pm)
DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY or FRIDAY
Before starting the adventure, you’ll meet your guide at Outdoorlife Norway’s office in Stavanger. There, you’ll receive an instruction and safety briefing to prepare you for the expedition. It will also be a great opportunity to get to know the guide(s) and other participants =)
After the briefing, you’ll be transported to the base of the fjord, during which you’ll be able to catch glimpses of some of the region’s many natural landscapes. You’ll then cruise the full length of the Lysefjord by ferry, view the world-renowned Preikestolen cliffside from below, and get your first glimpses of the Kjerag Boulder. Once ashore, you’ll have some time to settle in at the fjord lodge, your accommodation for the next two nights. At the lodge, which offers backpackers a simple yet comfortable place to rest, you’ll have time to settle into your shared rooms (single beds – up to four people per room) while your guide prepares a warm and hearty dinner. If you’re lucky, there will be a colourful sunset over the fjord.
DAY 2 | THURSDAY or SATURDAY
After a very early wakeup and breakfast of warm porridge at the lodge, you’ll start the expedition in the midst of darkness, using headlamps. From Lysebotn, the expedition route will follow a winding mountain road, which is closed for the season, as it switchbacks its way up through 26 hairpin turns into the Sirdal mountains. During the winter, at higher altitudes, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll encounter snow and ice. Your guide has the experience and know-how to navigate the frozen landscape safely, and will provide you with hiking poles, spikes, and snowshoes, as needed.
As the sun rises over the mountains, your guide will lead onward to Kjerag’s famous boulder. This portion of the expedition consists of three slopes that are interspersed with two valleys. After 6 hours of trekking, you’ll reach the edge of the mountain’s plateau. While standing on a 1000-meter-high cliff, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord, which is some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. At the boulder, which hangs a heart-stopping 984 meters above the fjord, you will have time to relax and enjoy lunch.
After the lunch break, your guide will lead you back down the mountain, which will take about 5 hours. As the sun sets and darkness takes over, you’ll again hike with headlamps. No doubt tired and hungry, you’ll arrive back at the warm fjord lodge. While you enjoy a hot shower and a change of clothes, your guide will prepare dinner: a hearty Norwegian stew that will warm both your heart and soul.
DAY 3 | FRIDAY or SUNDAY
On the last morning of your expedition, you’ll have time to sleep in, enjoy a simple family-style breakfast at the lodge, and savor the tranquility of the area. If you have energy to burn before lunchtime, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in additional outdoor activities. Early afternoon, your adventure will conclude with a second fjord cruise, which will transport you back out to the mouth of the Lysefjord. Once ashore, your guide will transport you back to Stavanger.
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 17.45 (5.45pm)
*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.
OTHER TOURS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
Preikestolen Winter Spring Hike | 1,190 NOK per-person
Hike in near-solitude while encountering breathtaking views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord, which are often blanketed in snow time time of year.
2019 Season: January – April
Wilderness Snowshoe Hike | 1,390 NOK per-person
Thick layers of snow often blanket Stavanger’s mountainous hinterlands well into springtime. Enjoy a unique adventure while hiking through a winter wonderland, on snowshoes!
2019 Season: February – April
The reviews below reflect several different tour programs and itineraries, which we have arranged in combination with this trek during previous seasons. Among other things, we have changed the type of accommodation included in this tour. Beginning in the 2019 season, we will no longer offer basecamp/tent accommodation. Instead, the tour will include two nights accommodation in a fjord lodge. For detailed information, please read the tour description (near top of this page) thoroughly before booking.
Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor
To encapsulate this journey in the space permitted is not possible….suffice it to say this was a trip 2 years in the making …
( We don’t have enough time or alcohol to discuss this in detail )…
First, I want to give Johannes an outstanding compliment
He remembered me from 2 years ago, and the original trip I booked with Outdoorlife
Norway … I lost a good bit of money due to circumstances beyond my control…
Johannes; however, was empathetic and he gave me a voucher for my current trip!!! … This was not expected, nor necessary, as he had nothing to do with the cancellation of my trip….( I must pause here to be very clear with everyone….I am not under any obligation to disclose this information, nor is Johannes required to supplement anyone’s travel plans that become derailed…especially if Outdoorlife Norway is NOT responsible for the derailment…) Yet, I wanted to tell everyone this part of my personal experience because it demonstrated Johannes passion, and conviction for creating an exceptional trek for all of his clients….⛺️
Moreover, if I sent emails to garner information about the trip, or ask questions to feel more comfortable about my upcoming adventure, he (or a staff member ) returned my emails the very next day at the latest….
From the moment his colleague, Eric picked me up, I knew I was going to have an amazing trip! Eric was engaging, and enthusiastic about the 3 day trek we were about to take… Once we arrived at the office, Johannes sat us down for an informational session, outlining the 3 day hike… no detail was too small to review, and his knowledge and training were evident from the start.
The ferry ride provided us with breathtaking views of the Cliffs similar to the ones we were to ascend once we reached our destination!!⛰ ( on a side note, we were able to see Preikestolen from the Fjord below, giving one an awe inspiring feeling of majesty in the mountains …
Johannes gave us solid instructions on the use of the snow shoes, and how to utilize our ski poles properly. We experienced ferocious winds on our initial ascent to our basecamp, and Johannes wasted no time in preparing us for the impact the wind would have on our climb… this was my first time hiking in heavy winter conditions, yet I felt confident in Johannes, and Eric’s abilities to guide us, and keep us on the right track to our destination…Base Camp…. ⛺️ Our meals were prepared each day, and they worked tirelessly to build a wind break wall around our camp, as well as a wall for the
Johannes provided the insight to know where we were going at all times, and to be realistic about the ever-changing weather patterns during our 3 days….He added extra treks for us to see The Fjords below, and to our ultimate day 2 destination….Kjerag
The boulder between the cliffs….!!!…
After some of the most grueling climbs ( Day 2 saw a few near vertical climbs ), and kilometers of trekking, we stopped. Johannes took this opportunity to speak to each of us individually to see if we were in good spirits, but more importantly, he wanted to make sure that each of us was mentally prepared for the long haul of hiking for the day. I genuinely appreciated this, and although I was excited and ready for more, I valued his attention to everyone in the group to see if anyone was overwhelmed….
We all made it, and we worked together as a team to encourage one another, and make this a memorable trip for each other….not to mention, the plethora of pictures Johannes and Eric took of us for the photo package ( I HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING THE PHOTO PACKAGE…PERIOD )…
In closing, this was a phenomenal experience for me. A Life-Affirming trip! One that recharged my internal battery after a long year and a half of Professional studies
From the physical challenges of the trekking, to the meals, and comraderie, this trek did not disappoint.
Johannes provided a first class experience, and one that I will remember, well, forever.
People usually provide something negative as an “honest” appraisal of the trip, or hotel, or meal, or whatever they are reviewing…..
However, The only negativity for this expedition would be the negativity you bring yourself….If you want to challenge yourself, stretch your limits, and do something you have never done before, then bring the positive energy with YOU, and this will be an amazing experience for you too.
Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor
Me and my girlfriend did the 3 day kjerag winter hike, with Johannes and Eric as our guides. The hike itself was amazing, if not slightly challenging at times! The surroundings were breathtaking and the views we managed to get on some of the cliffs were out of this world. As for the guides, they went above and beyond their roles and made the whole experience simply splendid. They were friendly, supportive and no question or request was too much. They were extremely experienced hikers and guides who made us feel safe and allowed us to enjoy our trip massively. We highly recommend this company, its a once in a lifetime expereince that you certainly won´t forget. Thanks so much guys!!!!!
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I never usually write reviews, but for Johannes and the team I will make an exception. We did the Winter Hike to Kjeragbolten which is a 3 day hike, sleeping overnight in base camp style tents; from start to finish the experience was fantastic. We were lucky in that although my partner and I were the only two booked on the hike, it still went ahead which meant I could sneak my proposal in at the summit! In summary, Outdoorlife Norway are professional, competent, confident guides, excellent cooks, great photographers and all round good guys who went above and beyond the requirements more than once. Moreover, the hike really had a unique “expedition” experience – in the 3 days we didn’t see another soul on the mountain. This hike is the only way to reach Kjeragbolten in winter, we are both experienced hikers and campers but would not have had the skills to make this hike without going through Outdoorlife Norway. On top of all this the price is very reasonable in my opinion.
The kit they provide you with (e.g. Rab down jacket) is more than good enough to keep you comfortable in the conditions (though make sure you follow the packing guide carefully), the food and snacks they offer are ample, and on top of all that their English is excellent. I will say that you should be honest with yourself in terms of your camping and hiking ability, at points the terrain is quite steep which can be challenging in snow shoes depending on snow conditions, and camping when it is -10 degrees may not be for everyone, though I will reiterate that the kit provided is good enough to cope.
I would recommend getting the photography option – for the equivalent of £15 I now have very high standard pictures of my proposal which we will keep for a lifetime!
I’m trying to think of negatives to give the review some balance but I honestly can’t come up with many; the only one that springs to mind is that one of the guides had winter goggles which was not mentioned on the kit list, they would have come in very handy on the last day in +40mph winds so I would recommend packing these.
I hope if you’ve got this far you have found this review helpful, in summary Outdoorlife Norway 10/10!
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I went on the hike with Johannes.
On the first day we went from the valley to the middle station. After camping and almost being snowed in over night, we went to Kjerag the next morning and then all the way back to the valley. As it had snowed a lot over night and continued snowing until about mid-day, there was at least half a meter of fresh snow and we were wearing snow-shoes the entire second day. This made it very challenging, but also made it feel like a proper expedition rather than an ordinary hike.
Overall this was an extraordinary experience that I would not want to miss, it was challenging and offered spectacular views. I can only recommend going to everyone who likes leaving the ordinary hiking tracks!
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First i did the trip to Kjerag,slept in the tent in the mountain with a lot of snow and enjoyed the silence,the beautiful night sky full of stars,the serenity and the magic of the moment.It was amazing,once in life time experience.All equipment was provide by the company-tent,sleeping bag,spikes,pols,down jacket you can hire shoes from them also.The next day with our guide Johhanes we hiked and no regret,stunning views and scenery.Johhanes was amazing,very enthusiastic, so passionate and clearly he loves his job,he is very helpful,he will provide you with a lot of knowledge,nice sense of humor also.The weather was very nice and everything was magical.Next hike i did was Preikestolen was also another unique experience with Erlend-the other guide,who is also very dedicated to his work and will tell you a lot about the fjords,also very caring and attentive.I really had the time of my life and i will definitely will book more tours with them in the summer. Im strongly recommending Outdoorlife Norway.You will feel inspired,by the nature and also from this two young men who follow them dreams,who make the impossible possible,people with vision.