We decided to join a guided tour for this hike as we weren't quite sure what to expect despite reading a lot of blogs and tips about hiking Kjerag. We used the company called Outdoorlfe Norway which I highly recommend! However, the trails are clearly marked so this hike could also be done without a guide but if you are a newbie, do it with a guide!
We were picked up at our hotel in Stavanger at 5:05am and took us around 2.5 hours to get to the base of the Kjerag which is the car park. From there, we started the hike at around 7:45 am.
Kjeragbolten is one of the most popular hikes in Norway and we just had to do it whilst we're there. For someone who's only done 2 hikes in her entire life I'd say it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but some parts can be quite challenging. I am quite active myself and I do a lot of running and swimming here and there but not climbing or hiking. However, for someone who is not as active, this hike could be VERY challenging and demanding which is how most websites/blogs described it to be.
The hike is around 12km with a total ascent between 600-800 metres. There is a lot of walking and scrambling. There are basically three climbs that you have to do and each involves a rather steep, streneous climbs and these are the areas I found quite challenging but it is doable. Anything is possible!
It took us around 5.5 to 6 hours to do the full hike including breaks - and we had plenty. Some people take their time and takes them between 7-8 hours to do the hike especially if the weather is wet or if it is foggy and visibility is not good. The weather at the beginning of our hike was average and then it got SO HOT by the time we start to climb back down. Too hot in my opinion (it was around 29 degrees celsius!) and I'd rather do this hike when the weather is much cooler.
Once you get to the top, you will find the ever so famous Kjeragbolten - a giant boulder wedged in between two mountains and hangs 984 metres above the fjord. This is what most people do the hike for! To step on to the giant rock and take photos! During busy times, you actually even have to queue and wait before you can get on the boulder. Crazy! I'd say this is sort of the "reward" after doing all that climbing and scrambling lol. But it is NOT for the faint-hearted and you do this at your own risk. Other than that, the view of Lysefjord is just stunning!
Honestly, I truly enjoyed this hike. The views once you get to the top especially at the final climb are unbelievable and so all the walking, scrambling and waking up at 3am are all worth it.
It felt like I was in my best self whilst doing this hike and it felt like I was doing something I truly and genuinely love. Just thinking about that day makes me want to do the hike again! Trolltunga, here I come!!!
What to bring and what to wear
- Hiking boots are really recommend! A really solid good hiking boots that will give you good ankle support.
- Warm clothing or even waterproof jacket and pants (depending on the weather). I managed to get away with just wearing my normal gym clothes because of the weather that day so it is best to check the weather first so that you can plan your outfit.
- Sunscreen - if you have to!
- Lots of water - I had 2 litres of water in my backpack which was enough for me during the whole hike
- Food - I had some fruit bars, rice cakes, banana and almond butter with me.
- Towel - to wipe your sweat off
- Hiking poles - these really helped me especially during the steepest climbs and these were provided by the tour company we went with
- Camera - I brought my go pro with me and as well as my Olympus camera and my phone. Luckily I didn't have to take as much photos as we paid a photography package that the tour company provided and so all we had to do was pose for the camera lol
Below are some photos that I managed to take during the hike and as well as photos from the tour company. Enjoy!