Our combined licensed guide and drivers can take you or your guests to the magical Lysefjord with the famous Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) and the Kjeragbolt Rock Formation in a comfortable limousine or mini-bus.
Two of Norway’s most spectacular natural attractions are located in the Lysefjord, a branch of the fjord near the city of Stavanger. The easiest way to experience these is from the fjord below, by taking a three-hour boat trip from Stavanger. However, for more adventurous visitors, hiking is the most direct and rewarding way to experience the dizzying heights and dramatic drops of this famous fjord landscape.
– Watch the amazing drone video of Lysefjorden that has over 200 million views further down in articles.
Our guests, a father (63) and son (28), were eager to visit both attractions and experience the thrill of an authentic Norwegian hike. Even though the Pulpit Rock and Kjerag
bolten are on opposite sides of the same fjord, it takes several hours to drive between the starting points for the two hikes. This makes it difficult to do both in one day. We therefore set out on a two-day trip. This gave us plenty of time to visit both attractions and appreciate the beauty of the mountains.
We begin our journey in Stavanger on a bright September morning, driving through the open landscape and crossing the fjord by ferry. After a further 90-minute-drive, we arrive at the Preikestolen cafeteria and rest-stop, where we park and start our hike.
The hiking trail up to the Pulpit Rock has been made more accessible with stone steps and occasional boardwalks. It is not a particularly challenging hike. Along the way we run into many elderly tourists, who are luckily wearing sensible footwear. Towards the end of the hike, we are exposed to dizzying heights but fences have been put up at the worst spots. As we are all in good shape and are pushed onwards by the youngest member of our party, our journey to the top of the cliff takes approximately 1.5 hours. However, most visitors are likely to need approximately 4 hours for the entire trip.
The view from the top of the cliff is truly spectacular. On a beautiful day, people line up to have their photo taken alone at the very edge of the cliff. However, there is never a line to sit on the edge with dangling feet, an experience which is not for the faint of heart. There are no fences and the drop down to the fjord is 600 meters! After a brief photo session, a cliff-edge lunch of coffee and sandwiches, we hike back down to the car. Before going home we stop at the excellent Preikestolen Fjellstue cafeteria.
After a good dinner and comfortable night’s sleep, we are ready for our next challenge: Kjeragbolten. This is a rock formation in which a large rock (approximately 5 m2) is stuck in a crack in the mountain. It the appearance of a bolt, hence its name.
The journey to Kjeragbolten begins along the same road that took us to the Pulpit Rock. But instead of taking the ferry we head inland on the opposite side of the fjord. After a 90-minute scenic drive up the zig-zagging mountain road, we arrive at Kjerag Fjellstue cafeteria and parking lot. It is a rainy day, and the temperature is only 2 C. However, we are all wearing good shoes, warm clothes and rain gear. We have also brought plenty of food, water and hot coffee, so we are up to the challenge. Left:The view we did not see.
Although parts of the trail have been made more accessible, this is a far more demanding hike than Preikestolen. The ground is rocky and slippery and there is little vegetation. There are some stone steps and gangways with stone tiles. At the most difficult spots there are metal chains to help us pull ourselves up and provide support on the return journey. It is a challenging hike, and most visitors will probably need about 6 hours in total.
We reach Kjeragbolten after about two hours. Unfortunately, we see little of the fjord due to the rain and fog. We are left to imagine what it would be like to stand on the famous rock with the fjord visible beneath us. We decide it is too dangerous to climb onto on the slippery rock in the rainy weather. But we do take some great photos from below. Another tourist, however, seemed to have no qualms risking his life for a photo!
After a cold and wet return journey to the car, we arrive healthy and invigorated, looking forward to defrosting in the sauna and having a well-earned dinner!
There are several flights a day (almost hourly) from Oslo to Stavanger Airport. There are also direct flights to and from many international destinations.
Should you wish to tour the Lysefjord area we are happy to arrange a suitable itinerary in collaboration with our partners. If you wish to visit both the Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten, we recommend spending 2-3 days. Our driverguides will give you entertaining and informative commentary along the way. Please note that we are not authorized mountain guides. However, we have enough mountain experience to recommend equipment and accompany guests on these two hikes in summer weather.
If you are a travel agent or incoming operator for Norway tours, we are happy to cooperate to create the best possible travel experience for your guests.
If you’re still not convinced that this is the destination for you, check out the drone video “Kjerag from the air” made by 17 year old Simen Haughom from Norway. The video has been viewed over 200 million times.
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