Kjeragbolten – A Photo-Friendly Boulder Wedged Over a 3,228-Foot Deep Abyss

Kjeragbolten is one of the most instagrammable places in Norway. It’s an ancient boulder wedged in a crevasse by the edge of Kjerag mountain, in Lysefjord.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen photos of people standing on this giant boulder wedged in-between two stone walls, above this seemingly bottomless abyss. Well, technically, the abyss is 984 meters or 3,228 feet deep, so in terms of chances of survival in case of a fall, it might as well be bottomless. However, despite its dramatic appearance, Kjeragbolten is relatively easy to access on foot without any special equipment, making it one of the hottest tourist spots in Norway.

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There’s just something about the danger of falling thousands of feet to meet an unfortunate and gorry death that seems to draw people in. Kjeragbolten, the five-cubic-meter large block of stone suspended above 984-meter deep abyss, is no different. People from all over the world travel to Norway to hike up Kjerag mountain and have their photos taken on the famous suspended boulder.


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Even though Kjeragbolten is reportedly wider than it looks in most photos, it’s obvious that one or two wrong steps can have fatal consequences, so it’s somewhat surprising that no one has ever fallen off of it, at least in recorded history.


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Kjeragbolten doesn’t have a completely clean sheet when it comes to fatalities, though. Apart from its Instagram appeal, the place is also very popular with base jumpers who use it as a ramp for their crazy “flights above the beautiful Norwegian landscape. 9 or 10 such jumpers have lost their lives over the years, although Kjeragbolten was not directly responsible for their untimely demise.


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Kjeragbolten looks photoshopped, or at least placed there deliberately by someone, but in truth, it’s just an ancient glacial deposit that happens to look otherworldly.


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