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Lysebotn & Kjerag

The Lysefjord is home to some of Norway's most famous attractions: Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten as well as the wooden stairs of Flørli. At the foot of this fjord lies Lysebotn - a small village that offers the perfect starting point for a hike to Kjerag.

22/06/2019

dear(travel)diary, 

wow, that was quite a route! It felt like we were driving through the set of Lord of the Rings on the way to Kjerag. The drive over the pass from Sirdall to Lysebotn was simply breathtakingly beautiful! The 4-hour drive from Gaustatoppen to Lysebotn went by in a flash.

The drive definitely gave the right first impression! Because the entire hike to Kjeragbolten was characterized by multifaceted nature and great trails. The views of the Lysefjord were particularly impressive. Although the hike is challenging, it was well worth the effort!

Many years ago, a rock fell into a crevice at Kjerag and became wedged there - the Kjeragbolten. That is a picture in itself. But that's not all: you can climb on the stone! Just the feeling of standing on the rock was super exciting!

The entire hike was also characterized by good company. We started the hike together with our “neighbors” from the campsite and got to know other nice people at Kjeragbolten. We struck up a conversation with a globetrotter and a hospitable Mexican. We also showed a Spaniard, who was a bit afraid of heights, how to climb Kjeragbolten. Moments like that put a smile on everyone's face.

xx Chiara

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Hiking

In total, the hike to Kjeragbolten is 9.8 km long with a difference in altitude of approx. 460 meters. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there and a little less to get back. The hike takes you up and down several ridges, which makes it quite strenuous. In some places, the rocky surfaces are also very steep and slippery, so you should be careful and ideally always pull yourself up using the chains provided.

Before we arrived at the well-known Kjeragbolten, we lingered on the summit of Kjerag about 300m beforehand. It was much quieter here than at Kjeragbolten.

At regular intervals, you can hear a gunshot-like bang on Kjerag, followed by smoke rising from the rock face. We actually witnessed this too. The cause of this has not yet been clarified. However, it is assumed that the bang is caused by water coming out of the rock face under high pressure.


FERRY RIDE ACROSS THE LYSEFJORD

From Lysebotn you can take a tourist ferry to Lauvik. From there, it's not far to Preikestolen. The trip is a kind of round trip through the Lysefjord. Unfortunately, the ferry doesn't run every day, which is why we couldn't take it. But if you can make time for the ferry trip through the Lysefjord, you should definitely take it! In hindsight, we are really sad that it didn't work out for us. We did take a boat through the Geirangerfjord, but we found the Lysefjord much more impressive!

You can find out about departure times and prices here. Lysebotn also has a tourist office with helpful staff. A nice lady there also helped us to get from Lysebotn to Preikestolen. She recommended a ferry (Forsand - Oanes), which departs further away from Lysebotn and doesn't make a round trip through the fjord, but runs almost around the clock.


parking & Where to sleep

We saved ourselves the parking costs at the Øygardstøl parking lot by simply walking from our overnight spot - a parking lot at a small waterfall, a little further along the road towards the valley.

The parking lot didn't cost us a cent. There were garbage cans and a table with benches. You can also “shower” under the waterfall. I can only say from experience: it's very cold!

If you prefer to stay at a campsite, there is one in the valley in Lysebotn. From here, however, you should drive to the starting point of the hike, as it is still a long way to the Øygardstøl parking lot.


Gas Stations

The pass from Sirdal to Lysebotn is a highlight! You should therefore definitely plan to stop several times. However, with so much untouched nature, you should remember to refuel beforehand. We filled up just before the pass in Dalen.



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.