Kjerag boulder Winter Basecamp Trek

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About 10,000 years ago, the last ice age ended and massive glaciers scraped their way from the mountain tops down toward sea level. In the process, Norway’s rugged landscapes, most notably its fjords, were formed. At some point, the famous Kjerag boulder was wedged into a mountain crevasse. Ever since, the ‘Majesty of the Lysefjord’ has been suspended a heart-stopping 984 meters over the fjord.

  • camp under the stars in high-quality, spacious winter tents including required equipment.
  • experience the exhilaration of standing on Kjerag’s cliff side, almost a kilometer above the fjord below.
  • trek in solitude through a winter wonderland while encountering breathtaking views of the Lysefjord area.
  • breathe in the silence of Norway’s vast wilderness and pristine mountain air.

This is a demanding 3-day, 25-kilometer trek with a total ascent of 1,250 meters. Your guide will lead you through a winter wonderland and onward to the mountain’s cliff side, where you’ll witness the majesty of Kjerag.


PRICE: 4,990 NOK per person

Season: February 16th – May 6th 2018

Scroll down for full tour description and additional information.

Description

 

Included in this tour:
A detailed packing list will be sent to you after booking. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Pick-up and transportation to/from the start of the trail
  • Ferry cruise along the Lysefjord x 2
  • Professional guide(s) carrying navigation, safety, first-aid, and winter/outdoor equipment
  • Snow shoe equipment
  • Accommodation in winter tents including equipment (sleeping mat, winter sleeping bag including liner)
  • Warm footwear and down jackets to be used in / around camp
  • Dinner (day 1 and 2); breakfast (day 2 and 3); lunch (day 2 and 3)
  • Hot beverages and snacks

 

Day 1 – 8 km, ascent 825 meters, descent 75 meters

Your journey begins when your professional guide picks you up in Stavanger city-center at approximately 11:30am (see below for specific pick-up times and locations). At the guides headquarter, you will receive an instruction and safety briefing to prepare you for the trek. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know the guide(s) and other participants.

After the briefing, we´ll be transported to the base of the fjord, catching glimpses of some of the region’s many natural landscapes. You’ll then cruise the full length of the Lysefjord by ferry, during which you’ll see world-renowned Preikestolen from below, as well as getting your first glimpses of the Kjerag Boulder. Once back ashore, your guide will lead you on a 8-kilometer-long hike starting at the fjord’s edge and upward to an altitude of 825 meters above sea-level.

Most of the hike on day-1 follows a spectacular road, which is closed for the season, as it switchbacks its way up through 26 hairpin turns from the village of Lysebotn up into the Sirdal mountains. We will be using spikes or snowshoes if necessary. The last kilometer will be off-road, to reach the Kjerag Basecamp, which is located in a beautiful snow-covered valley. We´ll be walking with headlamps through the twilight of the falling night.

At the Kjerag Basecamp you can move into your new home for the next two nights. Your guide will prepare a hearty Norwegian stew that will warm both your body and soul. If you’re lucky, you’ll even enjoy a beautiful sunset over the fjord.

Day 2 – 9 km, ascent 350 meters, descent 350 meters

This time of year, at higher altitudes, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll encounter snow and ice. Your guide has the experience and know-how, and will provide you with hiking poles, spikes, and snowshoes. While the sun rises over the mountains, your guide will lead you up to the famous Kjerag boulder. This portion of the trek is about 4.5 kilometers long and consists of two slopes that are interspersed with a valley. Breathe in the crisp, cool mountain air and experience the magic of hiking in solitude before the beginning of the high-season.

Once you reach the edge of the mountain’s plateau, while standing on a 1000-meter-high cliff, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord: some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. At the boulder, hanging a heart-stopping 984 meters above the fjord. you will have time to relax and enjoy your packed lunch.

We have dedicated a full day to ensure a peaceful hike that allows enough time to enjoy Kjerag in winter conditions. After lunch, we will return to Kjerag Basecamp for another night in winter wonderland. Experience Norway’s long cold winter while sleeping under the stars!

If weather conditions are favorable, you may also have the opportunity to participate in a sunset and/or moonlight hike (optional).

Day 3 – 8 km, ascent 75 meters, descent 825 meters

The last morning, we have time to sleep in a little bit and enjoy the tranquility of the area. If you still have lots of energy, you have the opportunity to participate in some more snow activities. After lunch, it´s time to descend back down into civilisation. The 8 kilometer decent will take approximately 3 hours. Your trip will end with a fjord cruise back out to the mouth of the fjord, followed by transportation back to Stavanger. The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 17.45 (5.45pm).
*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.

 

Pick-up:
When booking, you may select from the following pick-up times and locations:

11:30am St. Svithun Hotel / Hostel
11:30am Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
11:35am Clarion Hotel Stavanger
11:40am Stavanger Tourist Information Office
11:40am Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge
11:45am Scandic Stavanger City (back entrance)
11:50am Thon Hotel Maritim (back entrance)
11:50am Stavanger Bed & Breakfast

 

Available dates in 2018:

  • February: Friday 16th – Sunday 18th
  • February: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th
  • March: Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th
  • March: Friday 9th – Sunday 11th
  • March: Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th
  • April: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th
  • April: Friday 13th – Sunday 15th
  • April: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd
  • April: Friday 27th – Sunday 29th
  • May: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th

 

Please read the “Additional information” and “General conditions of contract” before booking.

Additional information

MORE DIFFICULT

Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

Total Distance: 8 kilometers (day 1); 9 kilometers (day 2); 8 kilometers (day 3)
Total Ascent: 825 meters (day 1); 375 meters (day 2); 75 meters (day 3)

DURATION

Total: 3 days

WHEN?

Friday 11:30am – Sunday 19:45 (7:45pm)
(approximately; see times in product description)
(Feb. – May: for available dates, please see calendar by clicking on ‘Book Now!’)

WHERE?

Pick-up/drop off at various locations in and around Stavanger.
See details in product description.
(Please choose your preferred time & meeting-point when booking)

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

Pick-up and transportation to/from the start of the trail
Ferry cruise along the Lysefjord x 2
Professional guide carrying navigation, safety, first-aid, and winter/outdoor equipment
Snow shoe equipment
Accommodation in winter tents including equipment (sleeping mat, winter sleeping bag including liner)
Warm footwear and down jackets to be used in / around camp
Dinner (day 1 and 2); breakfast (day 2 and 3); lunch (day 2 and 3)
Hot beverages and snacks

NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

Water / additional drinks and snacks

WHAT TO BRING?

Proper hiking boots/shoes*
Outdoor clothing for winter: water-resistant/insulated pants,
rain-proof jacket, woolen sweater, hat, and gloves
Small backpack with additional clothing (layers/thermal underwear/etc.)
Bottled water / additional snacks
(NOTE: NO JEANS/SNEAKERS!)

*It’s possible to rent both hiking boots and outdoor-clothing from us.
(Please make your selection when booking)

NOTE: A detailed packing list will be sent to you after booking.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

LANGUAGES

English, Norwegian

NUMBER/AGE OF PARTICIPANTS

Maximum: 14 people (adults/16 yrs. +)

CHANGES DUE TO WEATHER

Due to the possibility of rapidly-changing weather conditions, it may be necessary to make changes to scheduled trips. In the event that your trip needs to be rescheduled for another day or cancelled on short notice, you may choose between joining the rescheduled trip or getting a refund. In the event that weather conditions deteriorate during your trip, it may be necessary to turn around on the trail or head back earlier than planned. If this happens, no refunds will be given.

2 reviews for Kjerag boulder Winter Basecamp Trek

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Neli P

    First i did the trip to Kjerag,slept in the tent in the mountain with a lot of snow and enjoyed the silence,the beautiful night sky full of stars,the serenity and the magic of the moment.It was amazing,once in life time experience.All equipment was provide by the company-tent,sleeping bag,spikes,pols,down jacket you can hire shoes from them also.The next day with our guide Johhanes we hiked and no regret,stunning views and scenery.Johhanes was amazing,very enthusiastic, so passionate and clearly he loves his job,he is very helpful,he will provide you with a lot of knowledge,nice sense of humor also.The weather was very nice and everything was magical.Next hike i did was Preikestolen was also another unique experience with Erlend-the other guide,who is also very dedicated to his work and will tell you a lot about the fjords,also very caring and attentive.I really had the time of my life and i will definitely will book more tours with them in the summer.You will feel inspired,by the nature and also from this two young men who follow them dreams,who make the impossible possible,people with vision.Im strongly recommending it!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Per

    On the first day we went from the valley to the middle station. After camping and almost being snowed in over night, we went to Kjerag the next morning and then all the way back to the valley. As it had snowed a lot over night and continued snowing until about mid-day, there was at least half a meter of fresh snow and we were wearing snow-shoes the entire second day. This made it very challenging, but also made it feel like a proper expedition rather than an ordinary hike.
    Overall this was an extraordinary experience that I would not want to miss, it was challenging and offered spectacular views. I can only recommend going to everyone who likes leaving the ordinary hiking tracks!

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