Kjerag, Forsand Municipality

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Towering above other peaks along the fjord, Kjerag has become a popular destination for hiking, mountain climbing, and base jumping. You can walk up the path following marked trails and traversing several ridges to the plateau or cruise around the fjord and admire the mountain face from a ferry or a sightseeing boat. More adventurous visitors may try climbing the Kjeragbolten, a massive round stone jammed firmly in a mountain crevice. Try to find a spot near the peak where a natural phenomenon triggered by a strong east wind occurs--some locals say you'll hear the sound of a gunshot followed by smoke when the wind blows at a certain intensity. Wear solid hiking shoes and warm clothes, and be sure to take plenty of water and food with you. Using our international travel planner, Forsand Municipality attractions like Kjerag can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I could recommend to start your tour on a lovely summer day in the evening hours. If you’re a sports guy and in shape ;) pay for a short time parking ticket (4h). You can save some money. I needed app...  more »
  • First of all: If you want to hike to the Kjeragbolten in October, you have to be aware that there may already be snow and that the road to the parking lot may be closed. We didn't know that and were lucky that everything was open. We paid 300 NOK for the parking lot. Friendly staff welcomed us, besides 2 guided tours we were the only car in the parking lot. Later, when we came back there were about 6 more cars. The restaurant with panoramic views for a tea afterwards was no longer open but now to the tour: Overall, back and forth to the Kjeragbolten it is about 10km and you are about 5 hours on the way when small breaks are taken. We were more amateurs about climbing. Luckily, we at least had the right equipment with us: hiking boots!, hardshell jacket and gloves (less because of the cold but more because of the chains that you could hold on to or pull up at steep ones). On some ascents, especially right at the beginning, it goes steeply uphill on partly extremely smooth stones, so that good grip through the hiking shoes is indispensable. In total, there are three major increases. The last 30min is more or less at a high level. During our hike there was already a little snow upstairs. The melting ice in combination with mossy stones carries a risk of slipping. Arriving at Kjeragbolten, it's just madness! Good thing about this time of year is that there is really nothing going on and of all the hustle and bustle you have read here, nothing was noticeable on site. So we were the only ones at the finish and were happy when a little later two more tourists arrived at kjeragbolten. The people who came later were 90% experienced hikers. What looks so simple in the pictures turned out to be a huge overcoming. We were told at the parking lot to stand in front of the stone for about 3min and then decide if you dare to take the step - sorry but I wouldn't have been able to stand that. Either you turn off your brain, don't look down, or you might leave it. Many do not go to the stone and there is also the possibility to pose obliquely over the stone, that should be decided by everyone. It was a huge feeling of happiness for me when I stood back on firm ground, but I was also afraid of every person who came after us that something could happen. It's just really a small platform at 1000m in front of and behind the stone and in October the wetness comes along. Conclusion: Everyone can create this hike because there is enough time when we start by noon. No one should force themselves too much to climb the stone because once the legs tremble it becomes dangerous. We would be told 40% go on it. Have fun!
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  • Amazing!!!! It worth to go there. The view just takes your breath away...and being close to that stone it's just crazy, maxim adrenaline.😍
  • Literally amazing trip, but definitely not an easy one.
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