Kjerag is a mountain located almost at the end of the Lysefjord. With its almost 1.000 meters drop, hiking up there might be quite a challenge. This mountain is mostly known because of Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged between two rock walls.
This information is valid for 2014
A couple on Kjeragbolten. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norge
Starting 14 June until 31 August there will be a bus departing every day from Stavanger at 07:30 from the boat and ferry terminal. The bus, which is operated by Tide Reiser, will drive through the city of Sandnes, then down to the town of Ålgård, make a small stop at Byrkjedal (a cozy typical Norwegian souvenir and candle shop), continue around the mountain until getting to Øygardstøl at 10:45. This is the place where the hike starts. It usually takes more or less 2,5 hours to hike up, and the same to come back down.
The bus will depart from Øygardstøl at 16:45, which means that you will have 6 hours to do the hike. The bus will be arriving to Stavanger at 19:15.
You can buy your tickets at the tourist information office in Stavanger or online by clicking here at least one day in advance.
If you want you can also buy the tickets directly on the bus the same day, but you can only pay with credit card and you will only get a place if there are places left on board, so a reservation is strongly recommended.
The prices are:
Adult: NOK 490
Children: NOK 390
If you have your own car then you have two options.
One is to drive all the way there around the mountain following the same path that the bus previously mentioned takes. This means that if you leave from Stavanger you would have to drive down to Ålgård by using the highway E39. From Ålgård you will take the road Fv 45 until Sirdal, and then you will follow the directions towards either Lysebotn, Øygardstøl or Kjerag. You will park your car at Øygardstøl.
Another option is to take a ferry along the Lysefjord and then drive up to Øygardstøl. There are two ferries to choose from.
Fjord1 operates a big ferry that goes between Lauvvik and Lysebotn between 6 June and 31 August. It is available every day at 09:00 and at 15:00. You also have the option to come back from Lysebotn at 12:00 and 18:00. You can buy these tickets here.
Another ferry that goes is a small one that you would need to make a reservation before taking it. The company in charge is Kolumbus, and you may take the ferry from Lauvvik at 06:05 from Monday to Friday, at 13:55 every day except Saturday, and at 16:45 on Friday and Sunday. You also have the option to take this ferry from Stavanger to Lysebotn on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 13:15. You can book this ferry here. You can see their timetable here.
Take good shoes, comfortable clothing and food up to the mountain. There might still be some snow and ice even in July, so be careful.