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A rock between two hard places

Norway's Kjeragbolten boulder was wedged in place around 50,000 B.C.

If you’re looking for a high altitude fix when the snows subside, you may want to consider Norway’s Kjeragbolten. Wedged firmly in place around 50,000 B.C, the boulder for bolder hikers bridges a 6 1/2-foot gap 3,228 feet above the stony abyss of Lysefjord, a 26-mile-long fjord popular with BASE jumpers. The same glacier that carved the fjord left Kjeragbolten stranded in Kjerag Mountain, jamming it in place before melting away during the last Ice Age. Kjeragbolten, which means “Kjerag Boulder,” is a popular hiking destination as it can be reached without any special climbing gear, and, of course, most find the chance to pose on top for an irresistible photo op. Check out this scary stone skywalk below.

Mountain sheep are common to the area, and apparently fearless. Image by 7ty9

Kjeragbolten is wedged within a fjord named Lysefjord, which means “light fjord,” a reference to the pale color of the granite. Image by Leo-seta

If you’re standing atop Kjeragbolten, and can bear to look down, this is what you’ll see.
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At 176.5 cubic feet, Kjeragbolten has much more substance than a tightrope, but balancing atop it is no less scary. Image by 7ty9

With a 3,228-foot drop below, plenty of visitors need a little encouragement. Image by Tijs Vrolix

The same large glacier that filled the valley and carved the fjords wedged Kjeragbolten into place during the last Ice Age. Image by Tijs Vrolix

With its high altitude and sheer cliffs, it’s little wonder this area is very popular with BASE jumpers.
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It’s estimated that Kjeragbolten was wedged into place about 50,000 B.C., around the same time as the emergence of the first behaviorally modern humans. Image by Deeds



Many visitors make the climb to Kjeragbolten with this “must take” photo in mind. Image by Yodod

There are many ways to pose in this 6 1/2-foot gap–and all of which must be done carefully. Image by Yodod