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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. Ever since, the ‘Majesty of the Lysefjord’ has been suspended a heart-stopping 984 meters over the fjord.
Join Outdoorlife Norway on a 3-day winter expedition to the famous Kjerag boulder and breathe in the silence of Norway’s vast wilderness and pristine mountain air. Spend two nights at a cozy fjord lodge. Trek in solitude through a winter wonderland while encountering breathtaking views of the Lysefjord. Experience the exhilaration of standing on Kjerag’s cliff side, almost a kilometer above the fjord below.
This is a demanding 25-kilometer expedition with a total ascent of 1,300 meters.
Briefing at Outdoorlife Norway’s office in Stavanger
Accommodation at fjord lodge
Day 2: 25 km snow hike, ascent 1300 meters, descent 1300 meters
Fjord-to-mountain ascent to Kjerag’s Boulder
Accommodation at fjord lodge
Fjord cruise and return to Stavanger
Day 1 – Wednesday or Friday
Before starting the adventure, you’ll meet your guide at our office in Stavanger. You will receive an instruction and safety briefing to prepare you for the expedition. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know the guide(s) and other participants =)
After the briefing, we´ll be transported to the base of the fjord, catching glimpses of some of the region’s many natural landscapes. You’ll then cruise the full length of the Lysefjord by ferry, during which you’ll see world-renowned Preikestolen from below, as well as getting your first glimpses of the Kjerag Boulder. Once back ashore, you will be accommodated at a cozy fjord lodge, your new home for the next two nights. If you’re lucky, you’ll even enjoy a beautiful sunset over the fjord.
Day 2 – Thurday or Saturday
We will start our expedition in the midst of darkness, and hike with headlamps. The start of the expedition follows a spectacular road, which is closed for the season, as it switchbacks its way up through 26 hairpin turns from the village of Lysebotn up into the Sirdal mountains. We will be using spikes or snowshoes if necessary.
This time of year, at higher altitudes, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll encounter snow and ice. Your guide has the experience and know-how, and will provide you with hiking poles, spikes, and snowshoes. While the sun rises over the mountains, your guide will lead you up to the Kjerag boulder. This portion of the expedition consists of three slopes that are interspersed with two valleys. Breathe in the crisp, cool mountain air and experience the magic of hiking in solitude before the beginning of the high-season.
After 6 hours of trekking, you reach the edge of the mountain’s plateau. While standing on a 1000-meter-high cliff, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord: some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. At the boulder, hanging a heart-stopping 984 meters above the fjord, you will have time to relax and enjoy your lunch.
After lunch, it is time for our descent, which will take about 5 hours. We´ll be walking with headlamps through the twilight of the falling night. Tired and hungry, it will be a delight to arrive back at our fjord lodge. After a hot shower, and a change of clothes, your guide will prepare a hearty Norwegian stew that will warm both your body and soul.
Day 3 – Friday or Sunday
The last morning, we have time to sleep in a little bit and enjoy the tranquility of the area. If you still have lots of energy, you have the opportunity to participate in some more activities. After lunch, it´s time to travel back to civilisation. Your trip will end with a fjord cruise back out to the mouth of the fjord, followed by transportation back to Stavanger.
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 17.45 (5.45pm).
*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.