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Hike to Kjerag

  • Øygardstøl, Forsand
  • +47 51859200
  •  /  km From You

Season: June - September. Out of season you should hike with a guide. This majestic geographical legacy rises 1 000 metres above the Lysefjord, and is a real natural beauty. Admire an astonishing view of the fjord or take a walk to the top of Kjeragbolten for an adrenaline boost.

This majestic geographical legacy rises 1 000 metres above Lysefjorden, and is a real natural beauty. Admire an astonishing view of the fjord and take a walk to the top of Kjeragbolten for an adrenaline boost. Learn more about the attraction and how it was formed during the Ice Age.

The mountainside that swoops vertically to the fjord below is an impressive sight from the deck of a boat. Understandably, Kjerag is a seductress of mountain climbers and basejumpers during summer. There is a marked trail from Øygardstøl to get up there; a 4-6 hours return trip, through physically demanding terrain. The hike is not recommended for children under 10 years. Remember sturdy hiking boots, suitable clothes and a packed lunch.

Access by car
Take the tourist car ferry between Lauvvik and Lysebotn before driving up the famous hairpin bends to the parking area at Øygardstøl (parking fee). Øygardstøl is the starting point of the hike to Kjerag. You can alternatively drive from Stavanger towards Ålgård on the E39, then turn onwards to road Fv45 to Sirdal. From here it is signposted to Lysebotn (152 km). Read about the tourist ferry on the Lysefjord between Lauvvik and Lysebotn.

Access by bus
Between mid June util the end of August there is a bus connection to Øygardstøl, where the hike starts. The bus leaves from both Stavanger and Sandnes. After the hike up Kjerag you can return by bus.  Read about the bus and timetable to Kjerag.

Duration of the entire trip: 13,5 hours.

New in 2016: Bus from Stavanger to Øygardstøl and return by bus and ferry from middle of June to end of August. Read more here. In the weekends, 25 June - 28 August you can travel by speed boat to Lysebotn and return by bus, or you can go by bus to Lysebotn and return by speed boat, more information here.

Duration of the entire trip: 13,5 hours ferry and bus, 12 hours with fast boat and bus. 

The hike to Kjerag is only possible in summer. During winter it is not possible to do the hike as the road is closed due to snow. Additionally, the hike is too dangerous during the winter months. 

When hiking to Kjerag, bring proper hiking shoes, warm clothes and packed lunch and drink. It is recommended to do the hike together with others. However if you hike alone, please let someone know about your plans and let them know when you are expected back. Always check local weather information before starting on hikes in the mountains. Do not attempt this hike in winter!

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  • Source: Region Stavanger


Effort Level
5-12 hours
Fjord area
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Forsand, Norway
The latitude and longitude
59° 2' 44" N / 6° 39' 8" E
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