Lysefjord Hiking – Lysebotn, Norway

For the second half of our journey in the fjords of Norway, we spent our time in Lysebotn.  A small town that sits at the mouth of the Lysefjord, Lysebotn is surrounded by 3,000+ foot cliffs.  In some parts of the fjord, the water is as deep as the mountains are high.  That is crazy.  I’m guessing it may be a little too cold to swim?  Of course, with its mountains comes some spectacular hiking.  Two of the three most famous hikes in Norway – Kjeragbolten and Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) – are situated in the areas surrounding Lysefjord.  (The third popular route, Trolltunga, is near Odda, Norway, which we already completed.) We dared to climb the Kjerag Mountain and stand on the Kjeragbolten, a boulder that is wedged between two cliffs.  Unfortunately for us, there wasn’t a good route to get from Lysebotn to hike Pulpit Rock (it would have taken us over 3 hours of driving each way), so we’ll have to settle for two out of the “big three.” 

The valley of Lysebotn (this is our hotel) – The fjord is “behind” me in the photo

Country living in Norway

The beginning of the hike; there were lots of sheep to keep us company!

View down to the Lysefjord and the town of Lysebotn (the green patch in the valley)

Kjeragbolten itself is a 5 m³ glacier deposit wedged in Kjerag Mountain’s crevice.  If you have a fear of heights or suffer from vertigo, I wouldn’t recommend standing on the boulder, as it is suspended above a 984 meter (3228 foot) deep abyss.  Unlike Trolltunga, which is rather wide, flat, and harmless, I did feel a little daredevil-ish climbing atop the kjeragbolten.  In fact, I’m going to admit that my legs shook.  (Maybe I shouldn’t say that since I know my mother reads this blog!)  We did see a young French girl climb out on the rock with her older sister and shortly after, she started having a panic attack.  Her father, holding a small pooch, didn’t do much to help her and I felt horrible.  The girl was terrified.  I’m thinking that maybe it’s not a place to take children, although we saw many on the trek up and down the mountain.  You’ll be happy to know that I can’t find any information about people falling from the rock, although 9 BASE jumpers have died over 80-some years.

Bobby on top of the world!

It’s a long way down!

Group shot on Kjeragbolten

Close-up

Because of its height and incredible view, it is also a popular site for BASE jumpers.  We actually saw several people carrying parachutes up the mountain. We overhead one of these people, who happened to be a 70-ish year old woman, talking to a guide who told her “at least you won’t have to hike back down!”  That lady has some courage.  They generally jump from a platform-like rock around the corner from kjeragbolten so as to be closer to the edge of the mountain.  You can see the platform in the photo below.

View of the Lysefjord from Kjeragbolten (the flat part on the left of the cliff is where the BASE jumpers take off)

Some BASE jumpers getting ready to jump

Ahh!

Comments

  1. tonya evans says:

    How did you get down to the boulder? Was there a rope we can’t see? I am glad I didn’t see this before you did it! Wait till Dad sees this one!

  2. TheFlammias says:

    Behind the cliff to the left in the photos, there is a footpath wide enough for one person. You walk around the edge and on to the boulder!

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