The Kjerag mountain soars up to 1000m above the Lysefjord and your hike takes you up to the plateau with the ultimate goal of standing on the Kjeragbolten!
A marked single route trail, the sights atop the Kjerag plateau or, if feeling brave, perched on the Kjerag bolt are majestic and endless to the north, south and west.
The Kjerag is a barren mix of granite crags and crevices. Walkers should be aware that the plateau is difficult to get to at the best of times, let alone in wet conditions. The difficulty is in the initial sections where one is faced with steep gradients and climbs up smooth rock. There are chains installed along these sections, and the path is not binding in that these steep sections can be skirted around, however sticking to the suggested path is advised. Having ascended 150 metres early on, you descend for a short while before another steep ascent of 120 metres followed by another steep ascent of 260 metres. The final approach to the Kjerag plateau and bolt is straightforward, although care should still be taken as it can be slippy. The adrenaline rush upon reaching the plateau is well worth the effort but take care.
The terrain can be quite mixed on todays walk with exposed granite, striations, steep uneven steps, some wooden boards through marshy areas – if raining there are areas of marshy land however these can be skirted around.
The hike to the Kjerag plateau and Kjeragbolten is demanding with challenging ascents up bare, polished granite from the get go – which can be very slippy, especially if rock is wet so care must be taken at all times. There are aided sections with chains attached to the rock for you to hold on to, so free hands are required going up.
Walking boots with good ankle support and good tread are recommended for this walk.
Kjerag Café & Restaurant (Oygardstol) Fully serviced café and restaurant offering a good selection of food stuffs including supplies for the walk itself.
Today is more remote than the Preikestolen, the Kjerag is just as popular, indeed it is the highest vantage point along the Lysefjord. Again, the Norwegian mountain association have done an excellent job in making the path as clear as possible using the red Ts in the same way as on the way to the Preikestolen, however the path is not as binding – that is it is not a man-made path for the entirety as is the Preikestolen. Instead red Ts are used as directional markers. Providing walkers are headed in roughly the right direction (Ts in sight) a fair bit of freedom is afforded in making your own way up to the plateau. As was mentioned in the summary, walkers can choose to zig-zag their way up steep sections rather than tackling them head on, therefore brief route notes are provided although it is unlikely you will need them due to the frequency of way markers (red Ts) and fellow walkers on the route.
The Kjerag Bolt: A boulder wedged (solidly) in a deep crevice, that was created during the last ice age the Kjerag Bolt is the highlight of the walk for most visitors. Even towards the end of the season in September it is likely there will be a queue of those waiting to get their picture taken on top of the bolt – not for the faint hearted!