Information about hiking to Kjerag:
A hike to Kjerag will take you into beautiful and wild Norwegian nature along the amazing Lysefjorden. Kjerag is located 1000 meters about the fjord, and it is close to the end of Lysefjorden, not far from the city of Stavanger in Norway.
This would be a day trip, and we recommend that you leave Stavanger early in the morning. The whole trip will be around 10-12 hours in total from Stavanger and return!
Kjerag is a massif towering 1000 meters up from the fjord Lysefjorden. The smooth face of the Kjerag mountain is on the south side of the Lysefjord, at the very end of the fjord near Lysebotn. The vertical face of Kjerag is the result of the retracting ice during the ice age. As no or little water has rippled down the mountain from the Kjerag-plateau, no eroding has affected the face. Hiking here during the summer months is a popular activity.
Kjeragbolten is a boulder located on the Kjerag mountain. The rock itself is a 5 m³ glacial deposit wedged in the mountain's crevasse. It is a popular tourist destination and is accessible without any climbing equipment. However, it is suspended above a 984-meter deep abyss. It is also a popular site for base jumping during the summer season.
If you want to visit Kjerag this must be done during the summer season (in winter it is not possible due to snow, ice and bad weather).
Travel to Kjerag with a car
You can drive to Kjerag by car from Stavanger – you must drive to Øygardstøl (Kjerag Café & Restaurant), from where you hike to Kjerag. See the driving route from Stavanger to Kjerag (Øygardstølen). The car must be parked at Øygardstøl and then you can hike up to Kjeragbolten (about 2,5 hours walk each way. The length of the hike is 11 kilometers in total, and the hike itself will take around 5 hours with return to Øygardstøl.
Travel to Kjerag by bus
Please note that the hike is not guided. The route is well marked. The trail is considered demanding and only recommended to adult, experienced hikers.
If you are hiking to Kjerag good sturdy boots or walking shoes or trainers should be worn. The path to Kjerag can be steep in parts, especially in the beginning. This hike can be quite demanding, and is recommended for experienced hikers! It is also advisable to dress in layers, with a water and windproof jacket on top. It is recommended to take along something to drink during the hike, and also bring food. The best is to have a large bottle of water. It is possible to refill and drink the water that you find in the mountain streams, however there are no places to buy food on the way.
Also - do not be foolish and set out in bad weather - it si NOT a walk in the park. This hike is not recommended during winter!!!
Please do not drop any wrappings or similar, and leave the nature in the same condition you would like to find it yourself.
See photos and videos about the hike to Kjerag further down on this page! We especially advice you to have a look at the videos about being smart and safety first before doing the hike!
Safety tips for your summer hike to Kjerag in Norway
- Please see the videos underneath! -
Packing list for your mountain hike in Norway. See video under and be smart!