My husband and I visited Norway (Stavanger) in particular to visit Kjerag and Preikestolen. We went tp Preikestolen on the first day and attempted to go to Kjerag on the second. Because it was so late in the season, (they close the road to Kjerag in winter) the buses had already stopped going out to the trail so we rented a car.
It is a two hour drive to the trail head, however the first time we tried, we got almost there (about 30 minutes more), but there was a road closed sign and a man next to it. Come to find out, the week before there had been a rock slide that cover the road and they were still fixing it. He said the road was only open at 7-8 am and 4-5 pm. So we decided to go back and try again the next day. So moral of the story, keep up with local news to make sure all roads are open. There is a ferry that you can take all the way up the fjord, but it was completely booked because of the road closure.
The second day we got through at 7 in the morning. The drive is lovely, though a bit scary at times. We got to the trail head and it is 100 nok; however, we did not have any coins and it is coin only. Also, the restaurant and park info was closed so we didn't end up paying although we intended too. We had no way to do so. We even waited until 9 am to see if someone would come, but I think because the season technically had ended...everything was closed.
The hike is quite strenuous. It going practically straight up for a good bit and then flat and then up again and so on. We hiked in tennis shoes that had decent grip, but I would suggest something more like hiking boots as it can be slippery. The day we went was gorgeous...no fog...clouds...just the beautiful sun. There are chains to help, but beware that some of them were loose. We pretty much used them only when absolutely necessary and always tugged on them first just to be sure they were in there good. The trail is very well mark with red "T" (Turistforening). When you come down the crevasse, you see the boulder suspended. It's pretty amazing. Walking out onto it was more scary then actually standing on it because it's so narrow. We had a blast though. And We did it!! It took us a good 5 hours roundtrip. Definitely bring a snack and water. It was so worth the hike and feeling the accomplishment! Another must-see in Norway!
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