Kjerag Autumn Hike

1,390 NOK per person | ★★★★★ (27 guest reviews)

Witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air. Snow, when present, contrasts splendidly with the flame-colored foliage. Join our autumn hike to Kjerag before the season is over!

2018 Season: Oct. 1 – Nov. 11

Other Kjerag adventures:
3-day Kjerag Winter Basecamp Trek | Feb. – May
Preseason Hike to Kjerag | May
Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd” | June – Sept.

Tour Includes

 • Hotel pick-up / drop-off
 • Transportation
 • Professional guide
 • Use of hiking poles
 • Hot beverages & snack

Please Bring

• Proper hiking boots*
• Warm, thick socks x 2
• Water-resistant pants*

• Rain-proof jacket*
• Fleece or woolen sweater
• Warm hat and gloves*
• Small backpack*
• Packed lunch / water / snacks

*items can also be rented

Extras

• Photography package
• Hiking boot rental
• Hiking pants rental
• Hiking jacket rental
• Day-pack rental
• Hiking gloves

Difficulty

MORE DIFFICULT
Suitable for participants who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.
Minimum age: 16 yrs.

•  Distance: 11 kilometers
•  Ascent: 800 meters

Group Size

Maximum: 7 people
(adults/children 8 yrs. +)

Weather Changes

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.

Join Outdoorlife Norway on an autumn hike to Kjerag, and witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air. Hike on trails that have recently been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas, who used local stones and made overcoming the final (and steepest) slope a little easier. Though the hike to Kjerag is filled with breath-taking views of the Lysefjord, the trip’s highlight for many is standing atop Kjerag’s famous boulder.

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.

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 Kjerag 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 Kjerag boulder. 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 hike to Kjerag is relatively demanding: you’ll trek 11 kilometers (round-trip) with an ascent of 800 meters in approximately* 5.5 hours.

Duration:
Total: ~11 hours (depends on weather conditions + pick-up location)
Hiking: ~ 6 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~2.5 hours (each way)

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

07:00am Clarion Hotel Stavanger
07:05am Stavanger Tourist Information Office
07:05am Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel
07:05am Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge
07:10am Scandic Stavanger City (back entrance)
07:15am Thon Hotel Maritim (back entrance)
07:15am Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
07:20am Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
07:20am St. Svithun Hotel / Hostel
07:25am Scandic Stavanger Forus
07:30am Kronen Gaard Hotel

Drop-off
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 18:30 (6:30pm).
*This is an approximation which depends highly weather and other factors.

OTHER TOURS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Preikestolen Autumn Hike
1,190 NOK per-person

During autumn, visitor numbers begin to drop. Shorter days create stunning light conditions. The forests turn yellow, orange, and red. Sometimes there’s even snow on the ground.Moderate kjerag autumn hike - Kjerag Autumn Hike - Moderate

2018 Season:
Oct. – Dec.

 

 

GUEST REVIEWS

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We did the very last hike to Kjerag for this year! I think we were quite lucky with the weather for this time. There were no people around and we had the whole view just for ourselves! I really enjoyed the hike and Johannes is a very good guide. I would definitely recommend Outdoorlife Norway.

Milena B

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Trip was brilliant. Last day of the season, challenging hike but worth it for the views from the top! Didn’t get to stand on kjerag but didn’t mind as it was very icy! Our guide Christopher was great, provided crampons and yummy blackcurrent tea, if you get him as your guide ask him about his funny stories

Renée H

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This tour is really great, Johannes is a very good guide. This hiking was very challenging because of the weather but Johannes did everything to make it happen for our group. Also Hendrick at the parking lot is very funny and helpful!!! Totally recommend it, but do it when it’s sunny 🙂

viajedavidmoni

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Just do this! Bucket list, adventure goal- whatever you want to call it. Kjerag hike fills the bill. So grateful to Johannes as guide and Andrea in office for rebooking when weather canceled our plans. Grateful to have found the website.

MinnesotaWolf

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My friend and I went on the hike to Kjerag and absolutely loved every minute of it. The guide (Johannes) was very professional, giving us safety briefings and tips along the way. He was easy going and friendly making the day really enjoyable. We were lucky there weren’t many people at the rock and it was a beautiful day. This hike was a good challenge for someone who is moderately fit. Would definitely book with this company again.

Tessa D

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Johannes (owner/guide) was our guide leading me and another American, and what an experience it was. Our hike was up to Kjerag boulder and although it was rated as difficult, Johannes guided us through different climbs that made our going more efficient and easier. He was supportive of our different skill levels and explained where we were, and how long it would take to get at the top. At the boulder, he gave us a treat and took our photos. He was also full of stories and knew a lot about Norwegian culture and was also interested in ourselves, which made for a pleasant journey to and from the site. In the very last 10 minutes of the journey, I had the unfortunate accident of slipping which resulted in a pretty bad, but not serious, cut on my hand; Johannes offered first aid and bandaged me up like a pro. I would recommend this guy and this tour 100% it made my trip to Norway spectacular!

williamv473

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I can’t say enough good things about this trip! I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it up Kjerag but Johannes was amazing in showing us how to hike and climb safely. Not only was he informative but also the nicest person. He took great action shots, had lots of encouragement and guidance, and yummy currant juice for us at the top! Overall if you are thinking about going up Kjerag I would highly recommend. Also the hike itself is very challenging. I’m of moderate fitness level but don’t do a lot of up/down hiking so this was quite the challenge. Thankfully Johannes kept safety in mind the whole way. Absolutely amazing!

mmr55

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I just returned from my hike to Kjerag and I wanted to tell everyone what an absolutely AWESOME time I had. I also wanted to express my appreciation for our guide Johannes. He did a phenomenal job! He was very professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and encouraging. It’s obvious that Johannes love the outdoors and he did everything possible to make this trip a fantastic and safe experience. The route on this hike may be long and difficult at times, but I got to see a lot of Kjerag and experience much of its quiet and majestic beauty. To say the least, this was the first trip I had taken where I left with a sense of accomplishment. It was the experience of a lifetime.

Miriam M

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I spent this weekend in Stavanger and hiked Kjerag on Sat and Pulpit Rock on Sun. I highly recommend both hikes. Kjerag is more physically challenging in terrain and time but very satisfying when you complete. Both hikes offer unforgettable scenery and majestic views. Johannes offer personalized service as hiking groups are small. I enjoyed not having to worry about where to go and to actually walk a path not used by everyone else. He sets a good pace but adjusts to the abilities of the hikers and takes safety seriously. I am planning to come back for his snow shoe trip with overnight stay in a snow cave!

sandra m

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I’ve literally just got back to our accommodation after our day trip to hike Kjerag with Outdoor life Norway. What an experience.

Johansen our guide was fantastic, and you can tell very quickly that he’s in it for his passion of nature and in general just being a good human. You get the feeling that he really does want to give you a memorable experience, and not just because of financial reasons.

He was the only tour operator we could find hat was still doing hikes at this time of year. I was told that in peak season the car park is full and bustling, and that you may even have to wait an hour when you get to the boulder to have your photo. As we went so late and the end of season, there was literally no one there when we parked up. Throughout the whole hike we probably encountered around 5 other groups of hikers…perfect!

We had some snow higher up and Johansen had provided snow spikes for us all the wear, it really did feel like we were on an expedition!

All in all a great day, and one we will remember. On route back I asked about the other trips he offers…one for next year 😉

Don’t hesitate and get your trip booked!!!

krisso123

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This was the highlight of my trip to Stavanger. The hike was enjoyable and the view from the top was amazing. The weather was pretty bad on the day that we went but I felt safe with such an experienced guide, who was also easy to get along with and chat with in the car and on the hike.

I opted to the photo package and the photos are amazing, definitely worth adding to the package. If I had have been in the town longer I’d have had no hesitation in booking onto one of the other hikes the company offer.

Colin H

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The hike was excellent, with the best guid (and owner Johannes C. Apon). Very informative and well planned.

Prasath_SIvalingam

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This ended up being the sole reason for my first trip to Norway! Johannes was a fantastic and knowledgable guide who took some amazing photographs. He is very passionate about the outdoors and it shows in his enthusiasm for hiking. I would definitely recommend the optional photo package as it leaves you to truly experience the amazing scenery, without having to worry about taking photos to look back on. I look forward to returning to Stavanger and taking part in one of Outdoorlife Norways’ other excursions.

Jay G

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Hiking in Norway has been on the top of my bucket list for a long time, and this hike is one to remember! Everything about it was fantastic – the landscape and views were just incredible, and the degree of challenge was just what I was after. But I think what really made the hike something special was Johannes, our guide from outdoorlife Norway. I could instantly tell that he is passionate about hiking and all things outdoors, and he is so enthusiastic to share this with people and get people excited too. One thing you could tell was that he really knows his stuff, and has so much knowledge of and experience with the outdoors. The hike itself was organised seamlessly, and he made every effort to ensure everyone was safe and enjoying themselves – this was really important for me as I was travelling solo. I hope to hike with outdoorlife Norway again one day!

Melika S

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My brothers and I were excited to see the Kjeragbolten but didn’t know what to expect.

It was our first hike and the guide made us feel like it wasn’t that big a deal. He gave us enough confidence to do things right and the most important thing, he didn’t help us, he taught us how to do them. Even at the boulter he made us feel quite safe! And don’t worry if you’re too afraid of heights he can help you get in there so you can overcome your fear 😀

He even gave us snacks during the hike and a sort of norwegian tear after the kjeragbolten.

It was definately a unique experience that we totally recommend.

Takk for turen Johaness!

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I had blast to go with Outdoorlife Norway because the guide have really make it easy on us and more unforgettable as he took is to more cool view point on the way up and the way down i really recommend it i would go again with them and defiantly recommend it to any one wish to go there.

SuLaiman A

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I am an inexperienced hiker and this Autumn hike to Kjerag is my first hike ever! Without the help of the guide, Mr. Johannes, I don’t think I could made it up to Kjeragbolten. His impressive knowledge of Norway places, useful hiking tips and consistent guidance made the whole trip full of excitement and satisfaction for me. When I reached the site of Kjeragbolten, the astonishing view of those mountains, fjord, and the amazing famous Kjeragbolten made me realized that this trip was worthy, and my decision to travel with OutdoorlifeNorway is right.

On the way back to Stavanger on car, I told my hiking buddies that I might not hike again. Well … I guess I just anyhow said it due to fatigue at that moment. I might probably hike again. Maybe I will think about hiking to a more challenging place such as Trolltunga and of course with OutdoorLifeNorway!

P.S. I really like the hot beverage Johannes provided during the break. The feeling of drinking it with crazily blowing wind at the top of mountain was awesome. 😀

Takk for turen!

Ruki y

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Johannes is the best guide I’ve had, across a few different outdoor activities in Norway and in other countries. He makes it feel safe and manageable, he’s open and friendly, and he knows plenty about the landscape. Kjerag is a beautiful hike, and Johannes knows the best way to get to the bolt and back so that you will be less tired and sore by the end of the day. I want to go anywhere that Johannes leads!

Greench

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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!

Seowoo K

Johannes is an excellent guide for this trip up to the Kjerajbolten. It was not just a normal hiking trip but also an educational one.

At the foot of the 2nd mountain, he vividly illustrated his salute to the Nepali whom were hired to split boulders for making stairs up to the 2nd mountaintop.

At the top of the 3rd mountain and the plateau to the Kjerajbolten, he also explained the confusion of Norwegians of how individual boulders actually sat on the plateau when there are no taller accompanying mountains.

As we are the last group of the Autumn climb, the plateau was already covered by snow and some of the permanent routes are made dangerous due to flowing water and ice. His expertise and experience brought us to the Kjerajbolten safely.

As for the wet autumn hike, it was a very wise choice of us to have rented the climbing boots from Johannes because his shoes have extremely good grip. The boots literally survived being sunk into the mud and ice. For most of the granites which were wet, his shoes simply held it firmly and you will have less heartaches when you miss a step and scrapped his boots at the side. Of course, the best part is that you don’t have to clean up the mess after that. That is a brilliant service provided by him on this aspect.

On the return route, he was able to find easier paths which are less taxing for those who are already struggling, rather than just blindly following a formal stipulated path and I think that is the reason why you would hire a private guide. That is probably where your money is made worthy for.

Feng

Absolutely great trip with Johannes , he really made the trip well worth it with his expertise and experience. Got very luck to get great photos for an autumn day with the fog clearing perfectly in time. Overall and awesome experience that I would recommend to anyone who is keen for a cool adventure with some slightly difficult sections

Jake

Johannes is a super cool guy. Loved doing this trip and got very lucky with the weather for autumn in Norway. Definitely recommend to anyone visiting Norway this should be on the top of your list

Dylan

I could not recommend this hike to Kjerag with OutdoorLife Norway any higher – we were so impressed! The tour to Kjerag in the Autumn with Johannes was well organized and executed perfectly. His guiding and hiking skills, with knowledge of Norway and the terrain are outstanding and were greatly appreciated! Anyone choosing to hike to Kjerag, definitely do so with OutdoorLife Norway – choose the guide and the personalized service, you will have only good memories (no regrets!) when all is said and done. Thank you Johannes for your kindness, expertise and hiking poles!, and OutdoorLife Norway for an unforgettable experience, we will see you the next time we are in Norway!

Jaime

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Johannes provided an outstanding day-trip to Kjeragbolten. Communication before the trip was seamless and pickup from my hotel was right on time. He provided excellent information on the topography of the land that we were hiking over and kept us a little off-the-beaten path. He is very full of energy, has an amazingly positive attitude and surprised our group with some nice little treats along the way. His van only holds eight people so you will always be with a small group limited to seven guests. I would love to hike with him again and strongly recommend any trip that he would offer.

Kenneth B

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Outdoor Life Norway and Johannes were impeccable from the first contact via email to the receipt of our photos on the Kjerag rock shortly after our travels. For a Fall/Autumn/September hike this was the best (read: almost only) way to do a Kjerag hike as it is the end of tourist season and the Tide Reiser service does not extend past summer. Thank GOODNESS this was the case, because I can’t imagine having done the Kjerag hike any other way. Johannes’ service was timely, courteous, thoughtful and showed great expertise in hiking, guiding, Norway, and customer service overall. The 2.5 hour drive was lovely, made better by Johannes’ thoughtful conversation, interesting facts, and our mixed company of hikers!

We felt safe, cared for, and encouraged throughout the hike. I am so glad we had such a knowledgeable guide for this hike; yes you can do it without a guide, but Johannes’ knowledge of the trail, where to go/not to go, tricks and tips really made this experience a magnificently rewarding one, as well as an achievable one. It was nice to not have to focus too hard on how to get to Kjeragbolten, since we could just follow our expert guide.

The nummy hot berry juice after the first steep hill was also a lovely surprise after climbing hard in the wind and cooler air. September is an amazing time to climb: crowds are low and the weather is varied (we had cooler temperatures, gray skies, some sun, a little rain, wind) which makes it exciting!

Remember a change of clothes for after the hike, you’ll get dirty climbing, maybe falling a couple times in the muck, and sweating; there are restrooms at the start/end of the hike.

Thank you Johannes for the once-in-a-lifetime experience; when we’re in the region again, we’ll make sure to look you up for another fun, probably custom excursion!!

fatmar

I am an inexperienced hiker and this Autumn hike to Kjerag is my first hike ever! Without the help of the guide, Mr. Johannes, I don’t think I could made it up to Kjeragbolten. His impressive knowledge of Norway places, useful hiking tips and consistent guidance made the whole trip full of excitement and satisfaction for me. When I reached the site of Kjeragbolten, the astonishing view of those mountains, fjord, and the amazing famous Kjeragbolten made me realized that this trip was worthy, and my decision to travel with OutdoorlifeNorway is right.

On the way back to Stavanger on car, I told my hiking buddies that I might not hike again. Well … I guess I just anyhow said it due to fatigue at that moment. I might probably hike again. Maybe I will think about hiking to a more challenging place such as Trolltunga and of course with OutdoorLifeNorway!

P.S. I really like the hot beverage Johannes provided during the break. The feeling of drinking it with crazily blowing wind at the top of mountain was awesome. 😀

Takk for turen!

Han

Amazing Hike, very Scenic! Johannes is a very knowledgable and helpful guide. The trip to the Kjerag boulder was awesome!

Zander

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