Explorer Passage: Iconic Hikes in Fjord-Norway
This trip is a three-day exploration of western Norway, taking you to Preikestolen and Kjerag, some of the most famous destinations in all of Norway
This tour is uniquely tailored for guests' attending the Explorer Passage cruise. It is a three-day long tour to some of Norway's most known destinations and hiking icons. In the summer of 2018, Preikestolen was also scenery for the production of Mission Impossible - Fallout. In a small and social group, you will visit the world-famous natural wonder of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), situated high above the Lysefjord, it has long been one of Norway's most photographed and famous destinations for decades.
During our tour, we trek to Mount Kjerag and the famous Kjeragbolten (The Kjerag Rock). The pictures from the spectacular rock are well-known, and the unique scenery attracts each year numerous hikers from all over the world. The stone is situated 1,000 meters above the Lysefjord, and the round trip itself takes around 6 hours.
We stay at charming accommodations, during your stay you will live at the prize-winning and architecturally unique Preikestolen Mountain Lodge near the Pulpit rock. Your second accommodation and in a lovely restored farm in a rural and scenic environment.
DAY 1: The pulpit rock
Flight to Stavanger and transfer to the award-winning Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. The new lodge opened in 2008, and have won several prizes for its unique architecture. Lunch at the mountain lodge, before hiking. Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) is one of Norway's most famous hikes – and it’s a four-hour round trip. The view of the mountain plateau is breathtaking. CNN and others have underlined this by naming Preikestolen as one of the natural wonders of the world. It is a hike described as “remarkable” (Lonely Planet) and “magical” (BBC).
You will hike in the afternoon or early evening. In that way, you will have the chance to enjoy the sunset and the fjord view in spectacular scenery. If the weather allows, you will eat outdoor-picnic at the plateau. Overnight at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
DAY 2: Fjordcruise at Lysefjorden and Kjerag
We leave the lodge after breakfast and head for the ferry at Lysefjorden. Surrounded by a wild and mystical landscape, the Lysefjord is one of Norway's most famous fjords. From the ferry will be able to see Preikestolen from a completely different view than last night. All around, you will see high mountains, dramatic mountain walls and rugged scenery.
The ferry ends at the innermost part of Lysefjorden. From here, we head for Mount Kjerag. Kjerag is a famous boulder, squeezed between the massive mountain walls. The round trip itself takes around 6 hours. We must have our cameras ready in case any of the members of our group are brave enough to stand on the Kjeragbolt – no one will believe you otherwise! At this time of year, it might also be a chance to meet the base jumpers who jump out of the 1000 meters cliff! The hike to Kjerag is a 6-7 hour round trip. Sauna, three-course dinner, and overnight in an old restored farm.
Day 3: leaving the fjords
Relaxing morning at the farmhouse, short guided walk in the area and return transfer by boat or bus to Stavanger. Return flight (Stavanger has several flights to Oslo, Copenhagen, London and Amsterdam).