Most people are satisfied with taking in the mesmerising views from the top of the mountain, however for some hikers, the highlight seems to be taking one’s photo on the Kjerag boulder, this round chunk of rock wedged into the crack of the mountain. Kjerag has also become a popular goal for mountain climbers and base jumpers.
Fun facts about Kjerag
At mountain Kjerag, in one specific place just before reaching the top of the mountain, you can sometimes hear a sound similar to that of a gunshot and see smoke coming out of the mountain. This happens again from time to time. A surveying engineer experienced this phenomenon in 1855. His story goes: “I first heard a few bangs that gradually became more frequent and stronger, then I heard a terrible noise as I witnessed a beam of light shooting horizontally out from the rock and into the middle of the fjord, where it dissolved and vanished. “ Why this happens, nobody knows for sure, however, the locals have for years assumed that it is water being forced out of the mountain.
Getting to Kjerag by ferry, bus and car
With car and ferry:
In spring, summer and autumn, you can get to Kjerag by taking the express boat or car ferry to Lysebotn, and then go by car or taxi further up to Øygardstøl, the starting point of the trip.
If you have your own car, you can either take the ferry or drive through Sirdal to Lysebotn (closed road during winter from around October to May/June, contact Statens vegvesen, phone 175).
There is parking with a fee at Øygardstøl.
In high season, you can go by express bus from Stavanger to Øygardstøl.