towering 1,100 meters above sea-level
The highest peak along the Lysefjord
Towering 1,100 meters above sea-level, Mount Kjerag is the highest peak along the Lysefjord. Due to its sheer, almost 1,000 meters high cliffs looming over the fjord, the mountainous area is often referred to as the Kjerag Massif.
The trail to Kjerag’s Boulder makes up a demanding 11-kilometer hike, which takes 5-6 hours in total (roundtrip). The trail, which includes significant changes in terrain, includes three steep hills separated by shallow valleys. Total elevation gain: 750 meters.
The famous bolder
Traditionally, locals and tourists admired Kjerag from aboard a ferry. Nowadays, Kjerag is mostly known for its famous boulder, wedged into a mountain crevasse, 984 meters above the fjord. Every year, about 70,000 hikers make their way up the trail to the plateau above the cliffs. For many visitors, having their picture taken while standing on the boulder is the climax of their hike. Kjerag has also become one of the best locations in the world for BASE jumping.
The trail is part of the Stavanger Hiking Association’s wider network of trails around the Lysefjord. You can reach the Kjerag trailhead by ferry (to Lysebotn) and bus (to Øygardstøl), or by driving the mountain pass from Sirdal Valley to Lysebotn. Both roads to the trailhead are closed from November to end May, due to ice and snow conditions.
When to go
The road to the Kjerag trail head is open from late May throughout October. The parking lot facilities and tourist information office are open from late May to mid-October.
The trail to Kjerag is well facilitated and marked and should be easy to find and follow. However, there is always a risk of accident or sudden illness. Mountain rescue and emergency services are on standby.
In case of an emergency – dial 113
The Norwegian ‘allemannsretten’ (pronounced ALL-eh-mahns-ret-en) gives people the freedom to roam in nature, regardless of whether the land is publicly or privately owned. In Norway, and at Kjerag, you hike at your own risk. The allemannsretten also assumes hikers behave responsible, taking other hikers´ and nature´s wellbeing into account.
The trailhead at Øygardstøl is located on the southern side of the Lysefjord, 7.5 kilometers from Lysebotn. Kjerag is a demanding hike. You must be fit, healthy and up for the challenge.
Remember to eat a proper breakfast before the hike to ensure you’ll have energy throughout the day. Make sure you bring a backpack with a packed lunch, extra snacks and plenty of water
When hiking in the Norwegian mountains you need to be prepared. Be a pro and bring the right equipment. Your safety, wellbeing and a great experience depend on it. In the video, you can see what type of clothes and equipment we recommend using throughout the year.
There are garbage bins at the parking lot/trailhead only – there are no garbage bins along the trail.
We believe all hikers are nature lovers, who do not like to see garbage in nature. Please respect the common ‘leave no trace’ practice. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. If you can take something with you up the mountain, you can also take it back down.
Do not take disposable barbeques to Kjerag. It is our experience that many people do not take them home because they are hot. Smoke can be inconvenient for other hikers, and during periods of drought barbeques may pose a fire hazard.
There are toilet facilities at the parking lot/trailhead only – there are no toilets along the trail.
Be prepared to be out in nature 6 to 7 hours, without having access to a toilet. Make sure you have visited the toilets at the parking lot before starting your hike. During peak-days, there can be a few thousand people on the trail. It is our desire that all visitors will have a pleasant hike, without having an impact on nature. Therefore, if at all possible, we kindly ask you not to relieve yourself in nature. If you really must, please do not leave any toilet paper or other sanitary products behind.
The parking lot is run by Lysefjorden Utvikling and has a capacity of 400 cars. Upon arrival, you will be met by parking attendants. To ensure a smooth parking experience and avoid unsafe traffic situations, please cooperate with the crew and follow their instructions.
The parking fee is 250 Norwegian kroner per car. 100% of the parking fee revenue is used to finance daily operations and reinvest in infrastructure. This includes staff salaries, security and rescue measures, cleaning, maintenance and improvement of the parking and toilet facilities, the trail and signposting, and much more.
Hiking with kids
Kjerag is a demanding hike, part of the trail goes alongside high cliffs. Here, it is very important to take good care if you bring children. It is not recommended to take smaller children to Kjerag. Several sections of the trail are very exposed and/or steep. Using child carriers is therefore not recommended.
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