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Afraid of heights? Kjeragbolten will make your knees buckle.

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Uh, that's scary. (iStockphoto.com/VitalyRomanovich)

What you see to your right is Kjeragbolten, a boulder wedged between two rock faces that tower about 6.5 feet (2 meters) apart, 1,000 meters above the Norwegian fjords. Word on the street is that the rock got stuck there sometime during the last ice age. Today, believe it or not, it’s a popular place to get your picture taken.

Yes, even though the boulder hangs more than a half-mile above the water below, and there’s no hand rail or safety net, people walk (in some cases, crawl) out onto the rock for a photo opp. Evidently the rock’s surface is flat enough that walking out onto it is relatively easy. Just don’t look down. If you get dizzy, lose your balance and fall into the chasm below, well, it won’t be pretty.

On a less gruesome note, this area of Norway is absolutely gorgeous! Kjeragbolten is reachable from the Kjerag plateau, a peak that towers above all others in the Lysefjord area. The plateau has become a popular, if risky, BASE jumping site. (In fact, one source noted that several BASE jumping accidents happen here each year, and BASE jumping from the plateau may eventually become illegal.) But if you don’t plan to jump from the plateau, you can simply take in an incredible view of the blue fjords below, the surrounding mountain cliffs, and, weather permitting, an azure sky. The climb to the plateau isn’t easy. The hike is a short 3.6 miles (6 kilometers), but it’s a vertical one; there’s an elevation change of 1,500 feet (500 meters) between start and finish.

To add to the intrigue of the Kjerag mountain, there’s a place near the summit where you’ll hear the sound of a pistol and even see smoke. It’s not a ghost shooting at you. It’s just the wind, blowing in from the east.

Here’s a video of a guy making his way out onto the rock:

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