Hiking Kjeragbolten Norway

Kjerabolten

The Mission: Conquer my fears and step out onto “The Boulder”!

The Prep: There was no potable water available at the trail head so we filled up prior to arriving at the hike. We also packed a lunch to eat at the summit.

The Gear:  Please see Anatomy of a Day Hike

The Execution:

We arrived at Kjeragbolten around 7am and the parking lot was already beginning to fill with fellow hikers. We paid the parking fee, prepared our packs and began our day of hiking.

The initial ascent was rather steep, but there were chains bolted into the rocks for assistance in climbing. After a bit of tough uphill hiking, we stopped for a breath and a view in a nice flat valley.

After the flat valley, we were met with another climb. Luckily, this one was shorter and not quite as steep as the initial ascent. We continued on through the downs and ups, including a nice fairly level stretch near the summit. We continued to follow the red “T” trail blazes and eventually made our way to “the boulder”.

The walk out onto the boulder was much less terrifying than we had imagined. There is an easy way to walk right out onto the rock, but the scary part is definitely looking down! We took our photos and enjoyed our lunch before exploring more of the area. We spent quite a bit of time enjoying the views from the top with stunning sheer cliffs and deep blue water below.

The hike down was quite intense with wind gusts up to 40mph. At some points I could barely move because of the wind resistance. We were relieved when we finally made it to the bottom and had some reprieve from the weather as we warmed up in our car.

The Highlights:

  • Level of difficulty: Strenuous
  • Pay to park
  • Bathrooms at trailhead but NO POTABLE WATER
  • Cafe available at trailhead
  • Area at the top of the mountain is mostly rocky and exposed, not great area for camping
  • Gloves were essential for warmth and holding onto cold chains while climbing
  • A wind breaker was necessary this day as it was incredibly windy. It helped keep off the chill and keep us dry in the light rain.