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Join Outdoorlife Norway on an early-morning summer hike and visit to one of Norway’s most visited natural icons – Kjeragbolten. Relax and savour the views during a boat trip into the Lysefjord*. Hike in small groups on trails that have been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas, and enjoy the exhilaration of standing atop the boulder before the crowds of tourists arrive.
Your journey to Kjeragbolten begins in the early-morning hours when your professional guide meets you at the pick-up location you chose during the booking process. First, you’ll be transported to the edge of the fjord, where the group will board a speed-ferry* before being transported into the Lysefjord. During the boat trip, you will pass abandoned farm sites, waterfalls, and the famous Preikestolen cliff, which towers 604 meters above the fjord. Once ashore in the village of Lysebotn, you’ll be driven to the Kjerag hike’s trailhead at Øygardstøl.
Before the crowds of tourists have begun to arrive, you’ll be well on your way up to the Kjeragbolten boulder. During the 2.5-hour hike, you’ll encounter 3 periods of steep climbing interspersed with 2 shallow valleys. The final stretch leading up to Kjeragbolten is relatively flat and will allow you to focus more on the experience. Once you reach the edge of the mountain’s plateau, while standing atop a 1000-meter-high cliff, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord. If you dare (and conditions allow), you may stand atop Kjeragbolten, which is wedged into a crevice 984 meters above the fjord. You will be given plenty of time to relax while eating lunch near the boulder.
After the break, your guide will lead you back down to Øygardstøl, which will take about 2 hours. On the way back to Stavanger, which takes about 2.5 hours, you will be driven through the municipality of Sirdal and over a mountain pass where you’ll experience a barren, glacier-scoured landscape. You’ll also pass through a variety of other dramatic landscapes including mountains, fjords, and bright green valleys.
PLEASE NOTE | On Saturdays, the speed ferry does not run and we must drive around the mountains. 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.
The hike to Kjeragbolten is a demanding 5.5-hour, 11-kilometer (6.85 miles) trip with a total ascent of 800 meters (2,625 feet). It is suitable for adults who are in very good condition and have previous hiking experience.
• Stavanger pick-up / drop-off
• Professional guide
• 1-hour boat trip through the Lysefjord*
• Use of hiking poles
• Hot beverages & snack
*Sunday – Friday
- Proper hiking boots*
- Warm, thick socks (2 pairs)
- Water-resistant pants*
- Rain-proof jacket*
- Fleece or woolen sweater
- Small backpack*
- Packed lunch / water / snacks
*items can also be rented
Our Tripadvisor Reviews
I organized my trip to Norway around the hikes I wanted to do. After researching companies, I ran into Outdoor Life Norway on Instagram and the first thing that caught... read more
Guide Erlend was fantastic in helping out and showing us the sights. Probably one of the best tours I've ever done overall. No complaints at all. Just too amazing.
This is the second time i hiked with Outdoorlifenorway and they proved once again that they are the best at what they do.We had a fantastic experience with our guide... read more
A great experience from pick up to drop off, friendly knowledgable amazing guide, couldn’t ask for more, definitely recommend
We had booked a sunrise hike and turned out to be the only ones for that day.
Our guide Sal was great and we had a fantastic experience!... read more
Last month I finally found a perfect weekend for attempting the Pulpit Rocket. As a total novice in hiking, I decided to book a hike with Outdoorlife Norway for the... read more
I would highly recommend booking hiking tours with Outdoorlife Norway if you're looking for unique guided hiking experiences outside of the often crowded beaten tracks to popular destinations such as... read more
Salvatore the Guide
Really great “Sunrise tour” to Preikestolen with Sal as our private guide! The hike offers amazing nature, stunning views of lakes, Lysefjord and the sunrise at ... read more
The Sunrise Hike to Preikestolen was a great experience. I had amazing views during all the hike. And we had plenty of time on the top to enjoy the sunrise.... read more
Visited the famous Preikestolen and Kjerag with the Outdoorlife. This tour company is very professional. The two guides Sol and Hilde are very polite serious and professionals. Told us many... read more
Booked 2 hikes with Outdoorlife Norway (Kjerag Summer Hike and Preikestolen Off the Beaten Track-Sunrise), the Flørli 4444 hike was fully booked so I couldn't do it with them. I... read more
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