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Category: Mountains, Local time: 02:26:13, Altitude: 1110m

Kjerag is an oval rock wedged between two rock faces with a 2-meter gap between each other. It is located in south-western Norway , about 10 km west of the village Lysebotn . The nearest bigger city is Stavanger , about 130 km west of the rock formation. Kjerag, together with the rock face Preikestolen and the overhanging cliff Trolltunga , belongs to the most intriguing natural monuments in Norway .

Basic information

Kjerag (the complete name is Kjeragbolten) means "a block of stone" in translation. The view of this unique rock is absolutely breathtaking. The large rock is wedged between two rocks at the altitude of 985 meters above the Lysefjord. The most courageous can even step on Kjerag and have a picture taken. Next to the rock, there is a rock plateau, which looks like a miniature of Preikestolen , where visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding nature after the demanding ascent.

Surrounding nature

Kjerag is the name of a nearby mountain of the altitude of more than 1,000 m above sea level. The surrounding landscape is characterized by rock cliffs, waterfalls and lakes. The rock cliffs offer panoramic views of the surroundings, especially the azure Lysefjord. The view from the rock Kjerag is one of the most charming ones in whole Norway .


Kjerag is not easily accessible because it is situated in the middle of mountains far from any civilization. The path to Kjerag opens in the second half of May and is usually closed at the beginning of October. Outside this time, the ascent is very dangerous as the path is covered in snow. You can reach Kjerag by car or ship. The voyage on the ship through the Lysefjordu (link Stavanger - Lysebotn ) is beautiful but there is a lot of traffic during the main season (from half of June to half of August) . From the port Lysebotn , visitors must manage to climb more than 600 meters of altitude to get to the tourist center Øygardstølen, where the rise to Kjerag officially starts. Another option is to go by your own or rented car. Follow road E39 and road no. 45 from Stavanger to the ski resort Sirdal, which is about 35 km south of Øygardstølen.

Rise on Kjerag

The rise on Kjerag itself is classified as difficult, so it requires convenient clothing and rainless weather. The rise is 6 km long and visitors climb the vertical distance of nearly 700 m. The path to Kjerag is steep and passes three ridges. There are mudded and snowy parts. It is usually quite crowded during the main season.

Information and Facts

GPS: 59.0331, 6.5924
Altitude: 1006 m
Highest peak -altitude (m): 1110 m
Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:52:12 PM

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