Preseason Hike to Kjerag

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 14 customer ratings
(14 customer reviews)

PRICE: 1,390 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.

Fjord cruise included!*
Join an early-morning preseason spring hike to the famous Kjerag boulder, and enjoy the spectacular Lysefjord. Witness Norway’s bright green -and sometimes snowy- wilderness as it awakens after the long, cold winter. Breathe in the crisp, cool mountain air and experience the magic of hiking in near-solitude before the beginning of the high-season. If you dare (and conditions allow), stand atop the Kjerag boulder, which hangs a heart-stopping 984 meters above the fjord. Hike in small groups and enjoy the panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. This time of the year, you’ll need expect the possibility of snow conditions while hiking to Kjerag. As needed, your professional guide will provide you with hiking poles, spikes, and snowshoes.

This is a demanding 5.5-hour, 11 kilometer hike with a total ascent of 800 meters. Snow and ice may be present (hiking poles, spikes and snowshoes will be provided, if necessary).
*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: May 12 – May 31
If you want to hike to Kjerag before 2018book 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 Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd” (June – Sept.).

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2018 Season: May 12 – May 31
If you want to hike to Kjerag before 2018book 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 Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd” (June – Sept.).

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* 17:30 (5:30pm).

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 an early-morning preseason spring hike to the famous Kjerag boulder, and enjoy the spectacular Lysefjord. Witness Norway’s bright green -and sometimes snowy- wilderness as it awakens after the long, cold winter. Breathe in the crisp, cool mountain air and experience the magic of hiking in near-solitude before the beginning of the high-season. If you dare (and conditions allow), stand atop the Kjerag boulder, which hangs a heart-stopping 984 meters above the fjord. Hike in small groups and enjoy the panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. This time of the year, you’ll need expect the possibility of snow conditions while hiking to Kjerag. As needed, your professional guide will provide you with hiking poles, spikes, and snowshoes.

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 just over 6 hours. During the 3-hour* hike to the boulder, you’ll encounter periods of steep climbing interspersed with shallow valleys (see diagram above).

The last 2 kilometers before reaching 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. You’ll then have time to relax while eating lunch near the Kjerag Boulder. Those who dare will have the opportunity to stand atop the boulder. After the lunch break, your guide will lead you back down to the Eagle’s Nest, which takes about 3 hours*.

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

The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 17:30 (5:30pm).

Included in this tour:

  • One-hour fjord cruise through the Lysefjord
  • Transportation to/from trail-head
  • Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
  • All necessary equipment (spikes, poles, snow shoes, etc.)
  • Hot beverages and a snack during the hike

2018 Season: May 12 – May 31
If you want to hike to Kjerag before 2018book 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 Kjerag Summer Hike “Beat the Crowd” (June – Sept.).

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: ~12.5 hours (depends on weather conditions)
Hiking: ~ 5.5 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~2.5 hours (each way)

WHEN?

07:00am – 19:00 (7:00pm) (approximately; see times in product description)
(May-June: 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
Fjord cruise
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

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.

14 reviews for Preseason Hike to Kjerag

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    I booked a few weeks ago with johannes. He pick me up early in the morning and se headed with 6 other “partners” in this adventure. The weather was rough but Johannes provided us with walking poles and we hired hiking boots, waterproof pants and a jacket. It was very well organised.
    It took 2.5 hours to get to the top, walking at a gentle pace with several stops throughout. Unfortunately due to the weather, it was very cloudy and foggy so we didn’t get to see much, but managed to get on top of Kjeragbolten and lived to prove It . However, we were the only 6 people on the entire Mountain!!
    We had hiked through a bit of rain, hail, snow, sleet and wind, but What and adventure!!
    We then took another 2.5 hours to hike down followed by waffles at the tourist information office.
    We were back in Stavanger at 19:30
    I would love to go back and do it all over again – would highly recommend!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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    Me and my husband did the Kjeragbolten pre-season hike and it was one of the most amazing holiday experiences we’ve ever had! The hike seemed quite intense for us and we were very happy that we had Johannes as our guide – the experience wouldn’t have been the same without his guidance. He showed us the most optimal route that avoided the most dangerous climbs and slippery/muddy parts which made the hike much more enjoyable. It was also great to learn a lot about the history and the culture of the region from someone local. The views were just breathtaking throughout the hike but the scenery at the very top truly made us think that it was worth the 3 hour journey!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker)

    Amazing trip! The guide is very nice and sometimes bring you a little surprise in the tour. Preseason hiking is brilliant, because there are no too many tourists and no hurry on the way.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Did Preikestolen and Kjerag. Both very challenging hikes. Johannes and Alan did everything to help me, and they told a lot about the landscape and the Area. The landscape is so unbelievable beautiful. Highly recommend this trips and the company.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker)

    Awesome genuine guide and a great hike, far better than expected!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    I did both the Kjerag preseason and Pulpit Rock Off the Beaten Path. The day hikes were awesome. The sights were beautiful and pristine and Johannes and his guides were great, providing tons of information about these regions and Norway in general. The Off the Beaten Path was especially nice because it avoiding the crowds and you get to the see the rock from a much different and beautiful angle.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

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    Such an amazing trip, would definitely recommend the pre-season hike to Kjerag. Scenery is beautiful for the entire way. Stunning diverse picturesque landscapes everywhere. Johannes, our guide, was very informative. Certainly a trip that I will always remember, loved it. ‘Takk for turen!’

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker)

    Its definitely worth it to hike with Johannes to Kjerag. He has so much knowledge to share and I definitely got more out of the trip doing it with Outdoorlife Norway. A great experience overall and one I would gladly do again!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker)

    Highly recommended! Johannes provided us with an unforgettable experience. He is a very knowledgeable, attentive and all-around great guide. He provided us with stories about the area, made sure we were safe and comfortable at all times and kept a good pace. We had a bit of extra fun sliding down the slopes in the snow afterwards. What a wonderful day!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker)

    Awesome hike of an awesome location. Johannes was a great guide, I’d highly recommend him. A good example of some of the benefits of going with an experienced guide: he was able to spot a snow bridge that was close to falling in over a creek that many people had crossed, he spotted it for us and helped mark the true bridge for other hikers so they did not end up in the creek.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Great hike to Kjerag. I enjoy every step of the way. They give you information about history, geography, biology and also tips to improve your hiking skills. I absolutely recommend the trip!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Was looking for a tour company that offered hikes to Kjerag in the spring, this is the only company. They were great, on time and a pleasure to be with. I highly recommend!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    We did the Kjerag Spring hike and Off The Beaten Track hike to Preikestolen. Johannes was prompt and very helpful in booking the tours as we were planning to visit in May and weren’t sure what our best options were at that time of year. He was a great guide very informative and climbing the boulder at Kjerag was so fun! In my book every holiday should include at least a bit of an adrenaline rush:). The view was incredible. Our second hike was another fun one this time with Allen and it is the way to go see Pulpit Rock if you’re not into following what feels like a million tourists going up:). The views along the way were even more lovely than the view at Pulpit Rock and that was pretty impressive in itself. Thank you Outdoorlife Norway for a great experience in seeing this part of your beautiful country can’t wait to come back!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    I did the Kjeragbolten pre-season hike on June 6th. Johannes, company owner was my guide and God bless him, made of this day the most beautiful one in Norway. It’s not an easy hike but his experience and contagious passion for his job make it fun and safe; to listening to him permitted me to learn a lot. The entire hike takes 5-6 hours but once on top you can be proud of yourself and the view takes your breath away.
    Johannes and his companions are very professional and take care of you from the first moment to the end. Takk For Turen Outdoorlife Norway, I hope to meet you again for other fantastic adventures !

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