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This tour is organized i cooperation with and sponsored by Hilleberg
Join Outdoorlife Norway on a 3-day winter hike / camping trip to the famous Kjerag boulder and experience the tranquility of the region’s long, dark winters. Breathe in the stillness of Norway’s vast wilderness and pristine mountain air. Hike in near-solitude while encountering breathtaking views of the Lysefjord, which is often blanketed in snow this time of year. Your nature guide will lead you through a winter wonderland and onward to the mountain’s cliff side, where you’ll witness the majesty of Kjerag.
This is a demanding 3-day, 25-kilometer trek with a total ascent of 1,250 meters.
- Day 1: 8 km, ascent 825 meters, descent 75 meters
Fjord cruise, followed by fjord-to-mountain hike
Accommodation at Kjerag Basecamp
- Day 2: 9 km, ascent 350 meters, descent 350 meters
Snow hike to Kjerag’s Boulder
Accommodation at Kjerag Basecamp
- Day 3: 8 km, ascent 75 meters, descent 825 meters
Mountain-to-fjord hike, followed by fjord cruise and return to Stavanger
Day 1 – Friday
Your journey begins when your professional guide picks you up in Stavanger city-center at approximately 11:30pm (see above for specific pick-up times and locations). At Outdoorlife Norway´s head quarter, you will receive an instruction and safety briefing to get you ready for the expedition. It is also a great opportunity to get to know the guide(s) and other participants a little bit.
After the briefing, we´ll be transported to the base of the fjord, catching glimpses of some of the region’s many natural landscapes. You’ll then cruise the full length of the Lysefjord by ferry, during which you’ll see world-renowned Preikestolen from below, as well as getting your first glimpses of the Kjerag Boulder. Once back ashore, your guide will lead you on a 8-kilometer-long hike starting at the fjord’s edge and upward to an altitude of 825 meters above sea-level.
Most of today´s hike follows a spectacular winter-closed road, switchbacking its way up through 26 hairpin turns from the village of Lysebotn up to the Sirdal mountains. We will be using spikes or snowshoes if necessary. The last kilometer will be off-road, to reach our pre-set up Kjerag Basecamp, located in a beautiful snow-covered valley. We´ll be walking with headlamps through the twilight of the falling night.
At Kjerag Basecamp, made possible by sponsorship of Hilleberg – providing us with the best winter basecamp tents on the market, you can move into your new home for the next two nights. Your guide will prepare a hearty Norwegian stew that will warm both your body and soul. If you’re lucky, you’ll even enjoy a beautiful sunset over the fjord.
Day 2 – Saturday
This time of year, at higher altitudes, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll encounter snow and ice. Your guide has the experience and know-how, and will provide you with hiking poles, spikes, and snowshoes. While the sun rises over the mountains, your guide will lead you up to the Kjerag boulder. This portion of the trek is about 4.5 kilometers long and consists of two slopes that are interspersed with a valley. Breathe in the crisp, cool mountain air and experience the magic of hiking in solitude before the beginning of the high-season.
Once you 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: some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. At the boulder, hanging a heart-stopping 984 meters above the fjord. you will have time to relax and enjoy your packed lunch.
We have dedicated a full day to be able to hike in peace and having enough time to enjoy Kjerag in winter conditions. After lunch, we will return to Kjerag Basecamp for another night in winter wonderland. Experience Norway’s long cold winter while sleeping under the stars!
If weather conditions are favorable, you may also have the opportunity to participate in a sunset and/or moonlight hike (optional).
Day 3 – Sunday
The last morning, we have time to sleep in a little bit and enjoy the tranquility of the area. If you have lots of energy left, you have the opportunity to participate in some more snow activities. After lunch, it´s time to get down from the mountains and back to civilisation. The 8 kilometer decent back down to the fjord, will take approximately 3 hours. Your trip will end with a cruise back out to the mouth of the fjord, followed by transportation 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.
Included in this tour
(A detailed packing list will be sent to you after booking. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.)
- Pick-up and transportation to/from the start of the trail
- Ferry cruise along the Lysefjord x 2
- Professional guide(s) carrying navigation, safety, first-aid, and winter/outdoor equipment
- Snow shoe equipment
- Accommodation in pre-set up winter tents including equipment (sleeping mat, winter sleeping bag including liner)
- Warm footwear and down jackets to be used in / around camp
- Dinner (day 1 and 2); breakfast (day 2 and 3); lunch (day 2 and 3)
- Hot beverages and snacks
Not included in this tour:
- Water / additional drinks and snacks
- February: Friday 16th – Sunday 18th
- February: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th
- March: Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th
- March: Friday 9th – Sunday 11th
- March: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th
- April: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th
- April: Friday 13th – Sunday 15th
- April: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd
- April: Friday 27th – Sunday 29th
- May: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th
When booking, you may select from the following pick-up times and locations:
11:30am St. Svithun Hotel / Hostel
11:30am Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
11:35am Clarion Hotel Stavanger
11:40am Stavanger Tourist Information Office
11:40am Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge
11:45am Scandic Stavanger City (back entrance)
11:50am Thon Hotel Maritim (back entrance)
11:50am Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
The tour ends in Stavanger (Sunday) at approximately 17.45 (5:45pm)*
If you want to visit Kjerag before 2018, book our Autumn Hike to Kjerag (Sept. 1 – Nov. 5). Other hikes to Kjerag in 2018 include our Preseason Hike to Kjerag (May), or our Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd” (June – Sept.).
Please read the “Additional information” and “General conditions of contract” before booking.