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KjeragBolten, a Stone Pea Hanging Above the Abyss

N 592.023', E 635.6'
2018-06-25
Our rating: 6.60
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KjeragBolten Pea Stone is one of Norway's three most famous tourist treks, along with Preikestolen and Trolltunga.

KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

Many will say that Trolltunga is the most difficult route due to its length. The trail to KjeragBolten is shorter but much more difficult, so we can say that the routes are equivalent in complexity.

Getting to the start of the trail is not easy. There are no large and even small cities nearby. A trip from Stavanger via Sinnes and Suleskard by car will take at least two and a half hours.

Attention! The road is closed from October to May / June. The same applies to the trail to KjeragBolten, it only makes sense to walk along it in summer. To find out when KjeragBolten and Preikestolen can be visited subscribe to this page on FB. Usually the season lasts from June 9 to September 2.

We planned to start early in the morning, so we spent the night in the village of Lysebotn, which is located on the Lysefjord. Here is a view of the village from the trail.

KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

You can get to Lysebotn both by car and by ferry. Read more about the ferry in this article.

In the village you can spend the night at Kjerag Lysebotn Camping Resort. As of 2018 they offer 10 basic rooms, 6 cabins and camping. For information visit this page http://www.visitkjerag.no/where-to-stay. Price 850 NOK or 85 EUR (1030 NOK with breakfast). Checkin at the Olavs Pub & Bistro (N 59 03.263 E 6 38.924).

In any case, we had a tent with us, since everything can happen, for example our booking is lost. If you are a budget tourist then tent is the only option, as the prices for accomodation are pretty high.

There is a road with many turns from the village to the start of the trail.

Lysebotn and KjeragBolten
Lysebotn and KjeragBolten @

Near the start of the trail (Øygardstøl) there is a large parking lot and a restaurant. Parking fee is 200 NOK (20 EUR). Even if you do not plan to visit KjeragBolten be sure to go to the viewpoint in the restaurant.

KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

Now about the trail itself. Its length in one direction is about 5.5 kilometers. The problem is that you will not only go up, few times the trail goes down, therefore the total elevation difference is more than it might seem at first glance.

KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak


KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak


KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

In many places you will need to climb the rocks. Even with the help of the chains it is not easy. Now imagine how this is difficult in bad weather. Therefore, if you see that the weather is not perfect, be sure to have trekking boots.

KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

On the way you will meet the house. They are installed on the routes in case of bad weather, so you can warm up and relax.

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KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

If you're lucky, you can watch the sea of clouds. View from the ground

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KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

and from the drone

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KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak


KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

On the trail there are few easy parts where there is a flat plateau.

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KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

Since we started at 7 am, we reached KjeragBolten among the first. In the afternoon, the queue can stretch over 50 or more people.

KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

To get to the stone itself is easy, but quite dangerous. If you have problems with coordination or with height, then please be veeeeeeery careful. If you are alone, you need someone to make photos.

KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

We were lucky and for the first time we were able to observe an interesting phenomenon - the Brocken spectre or Glory.

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KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak


KjeragBolten
KjeragBolten Yuriy Buriak

In total the walk took us 6 hours.

The Kjerag Plateau is also one of the best places in the world for base jumpers.

Despite the beautiful video 10 people have died here over the past 20 years. And serious incidents happen almost every month.

Getting there: Go Fjords organizes bus tours from Stavanger for 640 NOK (64 EUR), find here the information. Car parking N 59 02.743 E 6 39.077. You can get there via Sinnes and Suleskard by car or by ferry to Lysebotn (information). If you come to Lysebotn by ferry then you can climb to the beginning of the trek (Øygardstøl) by taxi. If we were traveling this way, then we would simply ask someone to pick us to the parking lot, since everyone on the ferry goes there.
Tags, Norway: ecological trail, fjord, rocks

Tags, all countries: ecological trail, fjord, rocks
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