Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Kjerag and Preikestolen: Rising Up

The Lysefjord is famous for its natural attractions. The two major of them are situated practically in front of each other: two rocks – Kjerag and Preikestolen – are visited yearly by thousands of tourists and the Norwegians themselves. 

Kjerag and Preikestolen: Rising Up


Kjerag is a mountain plateau that rises above Lysefjorden. Its highest point is 1084 meters above the sea level. 

However, the majority of tourists go there not only to enjoy the picturesque view but also to reach the famous Kjeragbolten, a 5-cubic-metre stone wedged between two rocks. It is a popular tourist attraction, and one can reach it without special equipment. Mind that the abyss below the stone is approximately 1 km. 

Kjerag and Preikestolen: Rising Up

The road to Kjerag starts from Øygardsstølen – “Eagles Nest”. From Stavanger, it is roughly a 2-hour drive. There you will find a café built roughly 500 meters high above the Lysefjord. Next to the café, there is a payed parking where tourists may leave their cars before the climb. Øygardsstølen offers a viewpoint that is open only in summer. From there you can see a steep road consisting of 27 turns that leads to the village of Lysebotn. 

The climb to the plateau starts from Øygardsstølen. The route is marked with the red letter “T”. In the most difficult places, rails are set that can be handy on both ways up and down. The overall elevation is about 500 meters. The distance between the start and the Kjeragbolten is approximately 4 km. In the reality, it is much longer because of the difficult landscape and significant elevation. In average, the trip to Kjerag takes 2,5 hours one way. 

Kjerag and Preikestolen: Rising Up

The tips for this trip are simple. Have comfortable and not slippery boots that fix a foot well, put on comfortable clothes as it may be windy and chill up there. It is not recommended to go there in a rainy weather. It may be quite dangerous because of slippery stones. 


Another famous tourist attraction there is Preikestolen – Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock. In the ancient times, its name was Hyvlatonnå. Preikestolen is a giant rock 604 meters high above the Lysefjord in the municipality of Forsand in Rogaland County. 

Kjerag and Preikestolen: Rising Up

Preikestolen is an almost steep cliff roughly 25x25 meters, which rises 604 meters above the fjord. The view it offers is stunning, that is why it is one of the most famous Norwegian natural attractions. 

The route to Pulpit Rock passes through various mountainous landscapes. The road is difficult, sometimes – very steep. It starts from the Preikestolhytta Youth Hostel at the height of 270 meters and goes up 604 meters. Usually it takes around 2 hours. Although the elevation is just 330 meters and the distance is 3,8 km, this route is more difficult than to Kjerag. 

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