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Autumn Hike to Kjerag

5 out of 5 based on 19 customer ratings
(19 customer reviews)

PRICE: 1,290 NOK per person

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 where it has hung ever since. Though it’s suspended a heart-stopping 984 meters above the Lysefjord, fearless visitors get the opportunity to feel the pure exhilaration that comes with standing atop the Kjerag boulder.

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. For many, the trip’s highlight is standing atop Kjerag’s famous boulder, but the trek also provides hikers with an abundance of breath-taking views over the Lysefjord. Snow, when present, contrasts splendidly with the flame-colored foliage. 

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.  To facilitate hiking through the most difficult types of terrain, Norway’s government has contracted Nepalese Sherpas to start making improvements to the trail. 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 periods of steep climbing interspersed with shallow valleys.

The final 2 kilometers leading up to the Kjerag boulder are relatively flat and will allow you to focus more on the beautiful 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.

*In the event that snow is present, your hike may last longer than approximated.

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

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2017 Season: September 1 – October 31
NOTE If you want to hike to Kjerag before September 1, join our Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd” (June – Aug.). If you want to hike to Kjerag after October 31, join our 2-day Kjerag Winter Hike (Feb. – May).

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NOTE If you want to hike to Kjerag before September 1, join our Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd” (June – Aug.). If you want to hike to Kjerag after October 31, join our 2-day Kjerag Winter Hike (Feb. – May).

Pick-up
When booking, you may select from the following pick-up times and locations:

07:00am Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
07:05am Clarion Hotel Stavanger (on Arne Rettedalsgate)
07:10am Thon Hotel Maritim (outside of main entrance)
07:10am Stavanger City Centre / Domkirkeplassen
07:15am Scandic Stavanger City (outside of back entrance (facing the parking lot))
07:20am Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
07:20am St. Svithun Hostel / Hotel (outside of main entrance)
07:30am Kronen Gaard Hotel

Drop-off
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 18:30 (6:30pm).

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

 

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.

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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. To facilitate hiking through the most difficult types of terrain, Norway’s government has contracted Nepalese Sherpas to start making improvements to the trail. 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. 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 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.

*In the event that snow is present, your hike may last longer than approximated.

The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 18:30 (6:30pm). 

Included in this tour:

  • Pick-up and transportation to/from the start of the trail
  • Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
  • All necessary equipment (spikes, poles, etc.)
  • Hot beverages and a snack during the hike

2017 Season: September 1 – October 31
NOTE If you want to hike to Kjerag before September 1, join our Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd” (June – Aug.). If you want to hike to Kjerag after October 31, join our 2-day Kjerag Winter Hike (Feb. – 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 hours (depends on weather conditions + pick-up location)
Hiking: ~ 6 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~2.5 hours (each way)

WHEN?

07:00am – 18:30 (6:30pm) (approximately; see times in product description)
(September-October: for available dates, please see the calendar above)

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 to/from trailhead
Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
Personal-use of hiking poles + spikes (if necessary)
Hot beverages and a snack during the hike

WHAT TO BRING?

Proper hiking boots/shoes*
Outdoor clothing: water-resistant/insulated pants, rain-proof jacket, woolen sweater
Small backpack with additional clothing layers/thermal underwear
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, Dutch

NUMBER/AGE OF PARTICIPANTS

Maximum: 7 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.

19 reviews for Autumn Hike to Kjerag

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

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

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    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!

  3. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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!!

  4. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    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!

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    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

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    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

  8. 5 out of 5

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    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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!

  10. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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!

  11. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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!

  12. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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!

  14. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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!

  15. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

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

  17. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    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!

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