I’m still sore and aching from the hikes I did over the weekend (Kjerag and Preikestolen) but I’ll share more about my experience on Kjerag first. The 7 of us (6 girls 1 guy LOL) decided to embark on this crazy adventure because… Well, we’re in Norway!! Everyone does it while they’re here. Right?!?!
And anyway, the pictures of the view which I saw online were just amazing. Kjerag was pretty interesting because of that rock in between boulders. Apparently you can only Kjerag during a certain season, like now, when it’s quite sunny in Norway. It gets too dangerous during winter so… Pick the correct dates to fly if you’re coming just for the hike! It changes every year.
Before I get carried away, here’s a summary of the “Shoulds” and “Should Nots” if you’re planning to get to the top, unscathed and unharmed.
- Set off early for your hikes, a.k.a, be out of the door by 630am
- Prepare your meals on the first day you land, bearing in mind how tired you will be in the morning and at night when you get back
- Get bus tickets from the city centre of Stavanger the day before your hikes (we got ours from Tide Reiser)
- Get accommodation near the city centre/Byterminal, walking distance, so you don’t have to cab there early in the morning
- OR just rent a car and drive up (we should have done that and camped at the site!)
- Pack lunch (sandwiches are a great option) for a satisfying meal on the peak
- Prepare snacks, energy bars, water (at least 1l of it), etc for your 5 hour journey
- Bring a good sweater, thick tights (mine was lined with fleece), gloves!!, a cap, wool socks, and comfortable high cut hiking shoes
- A permanent marker (LOL you’ll understand why later)
- Wear running/normal shoes, especially if you are a noob and not Norwegian
- Bring a whole lot of nonsense in your bag, the climb is painful enough without the extra weight
- Rush, unless you want to slip and fall to your death
- Give up
Okay let’s begin.
So we left the house at 630am in the morning and the 7 of us jumped into a cab that headed towards the Byterminal, which is the bus terminal in Stavanger. We were staying quite a distance from town and realised that if we took the first bus, we wouldn’t be able to make it in time. So yeah, try to get a place near the Byterminal! This way you’ll save on the cab.
We paid about 360 NOK per trip by taxi. It wasn’t so bad actually, considering the fact that we had 7 of us to spilt the bill.
I had yogurt and granola for breakfast because it’s easy to eat, and cheap too. We also baked frozen pizzas in the morning and grabbed a slice or two per person to prepare for the climb. We needed A LOT of energy for Kjerag. I think it’s a good alternative when you have to get up at 5 to make food and prepare and all…
We got to the bus terminal a little earlier than expected and stopped for awhile for some pictures.
I was very well prepared (in terms of food and snacks).. LOL. I brought a whole box of nuts which I got from Rema 1000, located at the bus terminal, the day before. It was just AWESOME having these to munch on during the climb. The perfect food for a quick energy boost.
Jw and I with our hiking gear.
We got our high cut hiking boots from XXL sports in Oslo Sentral at about 1299 NOK. You must be VERY careful to buy boots that are sturdy, waterproof/Goretex, and with amazing soles. The high cut was to make sure we didn’t sprain our ankles while doing the climb. Quite important IMO!! Running shoes are just a no-no for me as this was my first major hike. The mountain terrain is no joke. Our hiking boots are from Solomon, a pretty good brand.
Oh and TIGHTS. For girls. I got these tights lined with fleece from XXL sports as well. It was on sale at 399 NOK. Not cheap, but very good for hiking. It gives you loads of flexibility and you have no problem stretching about and the cold doesn’t become much of a problem. A really good investment if you’re staying for winter. You can use the tights when you exercise or go hiking or running around the lakes/towns in winter I guess…?
Ok so anyway, we got on to our ride and I slept the WHOLE WAY to the pit stop because I was just too tired to function. I don’t think I missed much anyway, conserving energy is very important before the hike up Kjerag.
When I woke up, I was greeted by this amazing view of the pit stop and the mountains behind it. Apparently we had already travelled about 1.5hrs by the time I woke up! I snapped a few pictures before using the loo located in the restaurant at the stop. I was almost tempted to get myself a meal… But nawww, I’d rather explore after having a great breakfast!
The mandatory jumpshot when the view is as awesome as this!
And you’ll see that the sign’s pointing to Kjerag.
The gorgeous restaurant!!! I loved the colours so much. That’s Vicky in the picture btw.
We took these jumpshots like a million times and Deveka actually took a Snapchat of us doing these jumps… Her caption was “After 20 tries…” HAHAHHAHA.
Only Wan Ling looks good here…..
Taking a photo with Jw and got photobombed by this stupid bus which was going by… B@LLS hahahaha.
The view was damn nice even on the way up there. Norway why are you so beautiful!!??!?!
They also had this mini farm of some sorts at the pit stop and we went around to snap pics. This goat was damn greedy la.. Kept trying to eat my french plait!! Wtf. Eh hello, french PLAIT leh not french croissant!!
No f-s given mountain goat…
Vicky started showing off her dancer moves. SIAN so jeally of her nice poses!! She always looks damn good in these shots… On the flipside…….
DANCER VS NON-DANCER
Next time my daughter CONFIRM need to join ballet. I don’t care.
Got back onto the bus after a 30 minute stop and I caught this while travelling on the bus!! So pretty…… Ugh… I hope you’re not bored of these pictures already. There’s many more to come below.
You see that bright circle in the middle? That’s the f**king MOON. Wtf!! Moon is broad daylight!! Stared at it for a good minute or two before coming to terms with it. It’s so cool!!!!
The shagged out faces of the girls who woke at 5+am in the morning. They are going to kill me for posting this. HAhahaha. Pays to be the photographer on the trip, at least I get to vet the photos HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
See those white patches? That ain’t water. It’s unmelted snow. Or glaciers, whatever they call them. So queer to have just one patch in the middle of nowhere!
And alas, we reached the feet of Kjerag. Jw barely had to queue for the toilet while the girls… Well, you can see the line above. But still, it’s so important to go for a pee break BEFORE you get up the mountain. No toilets there ok!! And don’t be an idiot and take huge gulps of water before your climb, you confirm need to pee!!
Take small sips throughout the climb when necessary.
YEPPPP. This is it. We’re doing it!!!
5 hours (estimated) of climbing and scaling insane terrains before we get to the top! The hike up to Kjeragbolten (the rock thingy) was a total of 12km, back and forth, in distance.
We started our climb at around 1130 am and aimed to get down by 4.45pm because that’s when the bus would leave. We were cutting it very close. And the stupid part about this is that there’s only ONE bus that leaves PUNCTUALLY at 4.45pm from Kjerag. If we don’t reach by then……. Then bye-bye. Take a 1000SGD cab back to the city. OR hitch hike.
Shld have drove really.
Ok but honestly at that point in time, we weren’t thinking so much about getting back, the biggest problem was getting UP the mountain. It wasn’t till we started the journey when we realise how pressed for time we would be.
So hence, the happy faces. BEFORE the climb. HAHAHAHA.
Full force!!! Minus Jw who was in the gents.
Random sheep waiting for humans to feed them. They are hilarious. They have bells attached to them and it’s just so cute when they run and go MEHH MEHH MEHHHHH~~!!!!
Some mandatory shots because we were so high up in the mountains. Looking down was like @_____@……
“WHY DID I EVEN TRY….”
Ok I didn’t take a very good picture but looking at that image on the left hand corner of the sign… You can see the 3 major mountains that you would be scaling to get to Kjeragbolten.
LOL. Looks damn easy in the picture until you get up there……..
And off we went!!!!
Oh and here’s a tiny chihuahua mix climbing up the mountain w her owner. Wtf… Prince would just faint coming down from Kjerag. HAHAHA. I think I’ll need a helicopter for my dog if I ever bring him up. LOL.
But anyway!! This is damn common!! We saw so many others climbing with their dogs and I was just damn amazed by it… Like wow Norwegian dogs r damn fit!!!! Wtf. And actually I haven’t seen a SINGLE OBESE/FAT Norwegian dog since I got here. All the dogs look damn fit and healthy ok!!
Must be all the salmon they’re eating. It’s so cheap here!! It’s cheaper than the Origen dry food that Prince eats ok?!? I wish I could have a dog here in Norway….. Prince would be so happy!!!! Everyday eat salmon…
Off I go!!!!!!!!!
Thanking God I decided to spend about 400SGD in XXL Sports to get the right gear for this trip. I forgot to buy gloves and immediately regretted it because it would have saved me so much pain. You’ll actually have to climb using metal chains and grabbing rocks etc… So ya. Please be prepared!! Gloves r damn important!!!!
Conquering the first half of the mountain!!
Already scary as f because this mountain had the steepest incline downwards. The only thing going through my head was “HOW AM I GOING TO GET DOWN OMGGGG..”
One slip and bye bye.
The metal chains are for you to support yourselves. I actually relied on them loads until I saw some broken chains… W t f. But yeah, better than nothing la IMO. So I just grabbed on to them for my dear life.
I currently associate metal chains with danger on every mountain/hike. ONLY WHEN IT’S TOO STEEP WILL THERE BE A CHAIN SO YA.
Taking a short break and waiting for the rest to catch up. Vic was snapchatting/whatsapping the climb to her fam. Lol damn scary I didn’t even dare take a video please. I only whipped out my camera when I was seated down. If not, NO WAY.
Immaculate views. Just completely amazing..
After conquering the first half of the first mountain, the roads got significantly easier for a bit… Climbing down was a bit of a problem but we were pleasantly distracted by the view below. It was so nice!!!!!!!
I swear there’s something going on behind the works of Mother Nature. The whole trip went like this ok….
HARD AS F, I WNA GIVE UP > Eh actually quite easy now > OMG DAMN STEEP NEED GO DOWN > Wa but the view here damn nice, I think we should go forward > OMG WHY DID I DECIDE TO DO THIS
They just keep “rewarding” us after every hard hike/climb and it just kept pushing us to go forward. It also helped that there were LOADS of Norwegians climbing the trail and they made it look like an absolute PIECE OF CAKE.
They were like gazelles and mountain goats ok. I am not even kidding.
Us Asians were like “OMG I WNA GIVE UP ALRD SIAN BALLS NOOOOOO…”, and then you look beside/in front of you… People walking/running/jumping/galloping through the path as though it was flat.
It really pushes you to continue because of our “cannot lose face” attitude and you’ll just feel like, “Hey if they can do it, so can I. Just a bit slower… I guess…”
REALLY!!! I bet if the Norwegians weren’t there I would have given up. Haha. The climbing atmosphere was very important. So… Try not to go for this hike with partypoopers?? Like those who will convince everyone to give up, it’s so not worth it to give up. This hike is hard but SO AMAZING.
We saw people pitching up tents to camp in this area and I swear I wanted to do the same!! I mean, especially for those who are considering driving to Kjerag. If you’re an inexperienced climber you’ll probably be too tired to drive by the time you get down.
Camping is an amazing idea!! And you’ll have all the time in the world to take pics at the Kjeragbolten, WITHOUT A F**KING QUEUE, in the morning when you get there. I really regret not doing this!! It would have been damn fun….
CAMP IF YOU CAN!!!! RENT A CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amazing views. I cannot stop saying this. It was mindblowing!!!
And we pressed on for the next mountain… Climbing up to the top.
The whole time we would chant to ourselves, ALMOST THERE ALMOST THERE. So our official hashtag for this trip in Stavanger was #almostthere. HAHAHAHAH damn funny. But really, it motivates you and pushes you on!!
We reached a stream of running water and it was so clear! It was also icy cold and we all took sips of it straight from the stream! Of course.. After washing our hands in the same water. LOL.
No one got a tummyache so.. It’s safe to drink. Don’t worry.
Vicky who was shag as f but looking good. We all just gave up on our make up routines in Stavanger…. Ain’t nobody got the time for that!
It was starting to get damn windy as we got higher and higher to the peak… Hair was flying all over the place by then. And cold too!!! So please bring a good sweater/windbreaker. But nothing too ridiculous… Because when hiking your body temperature does go up and if the sun just decides to come out, you’ll be stripping urself and it’s just super inconvenient.
My trusty longchamp bag which got brutally scratched on this mountain. You can’t help it when you’re going down and squatting on your ass I guess. So sad though T___T… Gna get another when I fly to Paris!! I love this bag so much.
The view at the “flat ground” before the last stretch leading to Kjeragbolten!!!!
Jw and I just stood there for awhile watching the clouds go by. It was like he said, “so incredible it looks like the backdrop of XXX (can’t rmb what game, prolly FFX)..”
You’ll have to get there to see it. It’s so worth the hike. At that moment, I figured the hike is worth it even though it was so trying. Imaging the climb down was worse… But worth it.
I think this might be one of my favourite pictures which I took during the hike. YES!!!!! KJERAGBOLTEN!!!!!!!!!!!! We are reaching!!!!!! Really #almostthere!!!!!!!!!
Now this is why I say bring a permanent marker… Super regret not bringing one and marking it down!! I mean, if one day I climb this mountain again I’d be able to show others like HEY!! Look, it’s still there!! It’s like a very ostentatious time capsule, I love it!! Marking down this memory in stones would have been awesome..
Evelina evidently looking damn happy HAHAHAHAA.
And after a good 40minutes or so from the rocks…….
WE REACHED KJERAGBOLTEN!!!!!!!!!!
Kinda underwhelming after the whole hike actually. It’s literally just a rock stuck in between 2 cliffs. LOL.
The only draw was taking a picture whilst standing on it, but WE HAD NO F**KING TIME CUZ WE WERE RUSHING TO GET DOWN THE MOUNTAIN AND CATCH THE ONE AND ONLY BUS.
Sian. Damn sian.
But on the other hand, the view of the Lysefjord 1000m/3000 feet below us was just… Amazing.
I’ve run of out vocabulary for this. I could only manage a “WOW”, “OMG” by the time I got there. I was damn shag and damn hungry. Could only think of the ham and cheese sandwich which I prepared for lunch at the top.
LUNCH IS A DAMN GOOD MOTIVATION TOO. I swear. Make a good/easy to carry lunch and you’ll feel even happier when you get to the top.
We couldn’t queue 1/2hours for a picture on the rock… But we did this instead. SELFIE!!!!!!!!
And then LUNCh.
After walking and climbing 6km… I ate without guilt for the first time in my life. I gobbled my whole sandwich down in seconds. HHAHAHAHAHA. SHIOK!!!
The feeling is really damn shiok. Eating without guilt is the best damn feeling on earth!!!!!!!!! I wna do this every week if I can ok….. #lifegoals #aims
After lunch we took more pictures of the Lysefjord below us, albeit standing near the edge of the cliff. F**king scary la.
And now for some YOLO shots…
AHHHH SO CHIO!!!!!!!!!!
People queuing to get on the rock. I AM DAMN SIAN I DIDN’T TAKE A PIC ON IT OK. Sighpie. Thinking if I want to go through that whole ordeal again… I swore I wouldn’t do it again but now that I’m back in the comfort of my room and on flat ground… I think I might actually do it again. Lawl. Damn champion…..
Lol at the woman who’s crawling back. HAHAHA. Everyone damn scared but must gungho abit.. I guess.
No pictures on the climb down because we were rushing + practically on our asses half the time leading to horrible knee and neck pains…… But let me tell you this, you’ll never be so happy to see a car park on the last mountain down. REALLY.
All you’ll have in your head is “OMG LAND, WE ARE REACHING YES YES YAAAASSSS!!!!!”
I actually ran down the last lap of the mountain, like the last 50m LOL, shouting “WOOHOOO I DID IT I DID IT I FREAKIN’ DID IT!!!!!!!”
No f-s given because it was a HUGE accomplishment. I never thought I could do this, nor did I think I would EVER find hiking such a difficult mountain fun… I pushed my limits and I did it!! I am so glad I didn’t go do EXTENSIVE research abt Kjerag and scare the sh*t out of myself before the trip.
I brought the necessary gear and I did it. So yes, if you’re like me, a very average fitness (I don’t even run actually or exercise, for that matter) human being… You can do it too. Just take your time and don’t rush, it’s not worth risking your life just to catch a bus/get ahead to be with all your friends.
Pace yourself and you’ll be fine! Please hike Kjerag!! I loved the experience so much!!!!!!!!!!! IMO the view at the top is not as beautiful as the view you get during the journey, so take short breaks and enjoy the scenery.
I’d be glad to help, although I am just a noob at this, if you have any questions. Drop me a comment and I’ll be sure to reply! Cheers!!!!!!!!!!