Kjerag

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Kjerag
Lysefjorden fjord.jpg
Lysefjorden seen from the northern cliff of Kjerag
Elevation 1,110 m (3,640 ft)
Location
Kjerag is located in Rogaland
Kjerag
Kjerag
Forsand, Rogaland, Norway
Coordinates 59°02′00″N 6°35′33″E / 59.03333°N 6.59250°E / 59.03333; 6.59250Coordinates: 59°02′00″N 6°35′33″E / 59.03333°N 6.59250°E / 59.03333; 6.59250
Topo map 1313 III Lyngsvatnet

Kjerag or Kiragg is a Norwegian mountain, located in Lysefjorden, in Forsand municipality, Ryfylke, Rogaland. Its highest point is 1110 m above sea level, but its northern drop to Lysefjorden attracts most visitors. The drop is 984 m (3,228 ft) and it is also the site of Kjeragbolten, a 5 m³ stone located between two rocks.

Kjerag is a popular hiking destination. Some go there because Preikestolen has become too crowded, some to jump onto Kjeragbolten and some BASE jumpers from all over the world go there to jump off the high cliffs. Kjerag is also a popular climbing destination, with many difficult routes going up its steep faces.

The easiest ascent starts from the visitors center Øygardsstølen, with a 2.5-3-hour walk each way. From Stavanger, it is roughly a 2-hour drive (closed in winter season). One can also take the tourist ferry from Lauvvik to Lysebotn in summer. The best season for walking is considered late June to September depending on snow conditions.[citation needed]

Kjeragbolten[edit]

Main article: Kjeragbolten

Kjeragbolten is a 5 m³ boulder wedged in a mountain crevice by the edge of the Kjerag mountain (59°2′0.8″N 6°35′32.8″E / 59.033556°N 6.592444°E / 59.033556; 6.592444). It is possible to walk onto the rock without any equipment, but there is a direct 241 m drop below and then another 735m gradient down to Lysefjorden. The name means "Kjerag Boulder" or "Kjerag Bolt".

BASE jumping[edit]

Kjerag has become a popular BASE jumping destination. In the period 1994 to 2008 29,000 jumps were performed.[1]

In this period there were ten fatal accidents. A list of jumpers who perished at Kjerag is provided below:

In the Norwegian documentary film Loop, Kristen Reagan climbs up the 1000 meter drop before BASE jumping off the same cliff.

The name[edit]

The name is possibly a compound of kje 'kid' and ragg 'goat's hair, shag'. The rough surface of the mountainside has been compared with the shaggy hair of a kid goat.

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