There are lots of places you could choose to take a selfie in, but some are more dangerous than others. Some might make it onto your bucket list, if you have one, and we suspect some people would add Kjeragbolten in Norway to that list. Why? Simply because this is the name of a rock. Not just any rock, though – this rock happens to be wedged in a crevasse in a mountain called Kjerag. So, the name Kjeragbolten means the Kjerag rock. This still doesn’t describe it well, though, as the rock is suspended over a drop of 984 metres! To put it into context, that is around two-thirds of a mile straight down, should you brave the challenge and end up falling off the edge.
Even this may not put you off visiting the area, should you ever find yourself in this part of Norway. Plenty of people visit the country every year, and 31.6 million guest nights were enjoyed across the country in 2015 alone. You can be sure some of those people thought it would be a great opportunity to see this famous (or infamous, perhaps) rock for themselves. Some take selfies from a safe distance, choosing not to climb onto the rock. However, for daredevils, nothing beats standing on the rock, which can be done without any climbing equipment. It is not for the faint-hearted, though.
Avoiding a fall
No one would expect to survive a fall from a point two-thirds of a mile above the ground, as would be the case with Kjeragbolten. Thankfully, most people are careful with heights and take appropriate precautions. We know falls from heights can be potentially fatal in many situations. For example, fatal falls in the workplace in the UK in 2015/16 accounted for just over 25% of all fatalities. However, mountain environments are very different from workplaces of any kind. Conditions can change quickly, even if things look fine when you set out.
It makes sense to be prepared for anything and everything, and in doing so, to ensure you stay safe and don’t overestimate your abilities. The last thing you should do is to stop to take selfies if you are not in a safe position to do so. It’s worth noting though that mountaineering is safer than many people assume, despite the conditions it takes place in. In England and Wales alone, a little closer to home than Norway, no fatalities occurred throughout the whole of 2012 and 2013, with only one death in 2011.
Base jumping also takes place at Kjeragbolten
It seems no one has yet fallen off the rock while managing to attain the achievement of standing on it. Base jumping also takes place here, and some say this carries more risk. However, even then, the risk of death is minimal. One study into base jumping at Kjerag discovered a fatality rate of just 0.04% over a period of 11 years. This equates to one fatality for every 2,317 base jumps.
While that is great news, you may still decide to view Kjerag and the famous Kjeragbolten rock from a safe distance, rather than venturing out onto it yourself. Many accidents could be prevented by knowing your limitations, making sure you are wearing proper boots designed for hill walking and mountaineering, and having other safety gear with you as well. And of course, you must pay proper attention to your surroundings to avoid a fall.
What should you do if you have an accident while on holiday abroad?
Obviously, the main thing is to try and avoid the accident to begin with. Taking appropriate safety precautions, particularly if you are indulging in an extreme sport or you want to visit somewhere like Kjeragbolten, is vital to minimise risk as much as possible. Being sensible could be an action that saves your life.
However, even if you are very careful, you may still find yourself in a situation where someone else causes an accident. This could be a car accident, a sports-related accident or even a basic slip, trip or fall. A fall doesn’t have to be from an extreme height to cause injury or even death – much smaller heights can also be troublesome and cause serious injuries.
Making sure you have proper travel insurance can help ensure you are covered for any medical expenses that may arise. Read the small print too – only 12% of travellers ever do this when taking out travel insurance. You should know exactly what you are covered for – and what you may not be covered for, such as extreme sporting activities.
Find out today if you’re able to claim something for injuries sustained on holiday
Not all holidays take place at dramatic locations such as Kjeragbolten. It’s perfectly possible to be injured on holiday even in the UK. We know taking selfies is a popular activity, especially with younger people, but if you’re involved in an accident while doing so, there is still a chance you may not be at fault. For example, if you’re standing on a pavement taking a selfie with someone else, and a car leaves the road and hits you, even though you’re standing safely away from the road, that driver could be to blame.
To get some answers that apply to your situation, call Accident Advice Helpline now. By ringing 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, it’s easy to determine whether you can claim anything. Our claims are conducted on a no-win, no-fee* basis with the assistance of a trained personal injury lawyer. You don’t even have to call us to find out your chances of making a claim, either. Completing the 30-second online test available on our site today will also lead to some answers, and we’ll call you to have a chat as well. Wherever you were when you were taking selfies, and whatever happened to you, isn’t it time you discovered whether a compensation award could be due to you?