This wild Norwegian tourist attraction could never exist in America


One of Norway’s most popular attractions will send shivers down your spine. It’s called Kjeragbolten, and it involves standing on a rock wedged between two cliffs, suspended hundreds or even thousands of feet in the air.

A terrifying view in Norway continues to shock tourists around the world. The natural attraction is called Kjeragbolten. It’s a big old rock wedged between two steep cliffs, above a waterfall that will make your palms sweat.

Other than (presumably) providing “look how adventurous I am” dating profile pictures of thousands of people, Kjeragbolten also recently made some ~waves~ on Instagram, where a video posted by Joseph “Joe” Ancog Cabahug racked up some 92,000 views. The video showed Joe stepping on the rock and dabbing (except with his head pointed skyward), Usain Bolt style.

The video sent some Instagram users into vicarious paralysis (or something like that), with one caption: “I got tingles in my legs watching this.” Another commented: “I got anxious watching this.” Another comment was: “I did it last year. In slippery conditions, snow/rain is terrifying – a 900 meter free fall.

“Anyone else instantly get 127 hours and the final destination in their head?”

Instagram user @tasha_lala1

Others have suggested that while dangerous, it’s not as scary as it looks. One Instagram user, for example, wrote: “I was 9 the first time I stood on this rock… no one tells you it’s flat at the top and a ledge to walk on… always a favorite walk, can’t wait for my son to be old enough to complete the summit.

According Unusual Traveler“Although it looks very dangerous, no Krejagbolten fatalities have been recorded due to falling from a rock. There are, however, 11 Kjerag fatalities of people who died from Base Jumping, but none of those deaths was due to the fall of this world famous rock.

Notably, there are no fences preventing tourists from accessing Krejagbolten, nor any obligation to have a guide. There’s a chain laying on the ground to help you get out on Kjerag, but as earth trekkers put it: “it almost seemed more dangerous to bend down to grab it than to just walk on the rock unaided.” Lots of people do the hike with kids as well (if not that last part on the rock).

It’s hard to imagine something like this existing in America, without all sorts of health and safety regulations (or all sorts of things going horribly wrong). But anyway… Apparently this viewpoint isn’t even the most dangerous piece of rock (in terms of the likelihood of it collapsing) in the area. There is another, much larger, flat rock platform along the boardwalk where people often picnic which – although not considered likely to fall anytime soon (geologists are constantly updating their ratings) – some think it’s more likely to fall sooner than the iconic stuck rock everyone’s snapping.

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Kjeragbolten is in southern Norway. The nearest town is Lysebotn, 7.5 minutes by car from Oslo (and 15 minutes by car from Kjeragbolten). Most people stay in Stavanger to do the Kjeragbolten hike. Stavanger is a two and a half hour drive from the Kjeragbolten hiking parking lot. Above all, you can fly from Oslo to Stavanger, avoiding the 7.5 hour drive.

As for the hike itself, it is a distance of 12 kilometers, an elevation gain of 570 meters and a duration of 6 to 8 hours. It should only be practiced in summer, and anyone with a reasonable physical condition should be able to do it in good conditions.

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