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Relax and admire stunning views over the Lysefjord from Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) in Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Photo: Preikestolen Fjellstue
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Fly Norwegian directly to Stavanger to admire Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) towering above the Lysefjord. It takes only two hours to fly from the UK. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life 2011

Preikestolen - the Pulpit Rock

Preikestolen towers over the Lysefjord in Ryfylke near Stavanger, and is one of Norway's top attractions. Each year, it is visited by 150,000 people.

The steep hike up from sea level to this remarkable rock formation towering 604 metres above the Lysefjord will immerse you in the stunning nature Norway is famous for. It is also a possible to get here from the mountain hut Preikestolen Fjellstue.

It is nowadays believed that Preikestolen was created 10,000 years ago, during the last ice age when the glacier which carved out the Lysefjord reached the edge of the rock. Water froze in the mountain cracks and large angular blocks of rock broke off and were carried away by the glacier. Preikestolen has been a tourist destination since around 1900. Every year 150,000 visitors walk out onto the dizzying plateau, which is just 25x25 metres.

Watch a video of a fjord cruise on the Lysefjord and see the Pulpit Rock.


The hike from Preikestolen Fjellstue (DNT) is approximately 6 kilometres long and takes about 4 hours return. Season May-October.

See a 360-picture from the Pulpit Rock.

Getting to the Pulpit Rock

By car from Stavanger on Rv13 via ferry to Tau and then continue on the same road southbound. Preikestolen Fjellstue sits alongside the Rv13 south of Jørpeland. By car from the south, head east in Sandnes on Rv13, catch the ferry Lauvik-Oanes. Then continue on the same road to Preikestolen Fjellstue.

By bus to Preikestolen Fjellstue from Tau (ferry from Stavanger).

By boat to the foot of Preikestolen from Stavanger, Forsand, Lauvvik, or for example Lysebotn at the head of the fjord.

Where to stay

The nearest place to stay is Preikestolen Fjellstue, but you can easily overnight in Stavanger, especially if you want to catch the boat trip on the Lysefjord. Also check out:

It is also possible to stay in Stavanger and take a daytrip to the Pulpit Rock.

Visit regionstavanger.com for more information about accommodation in Stavanger.

Last updated:  22 May 2013
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) towering over the Lysefjord in Fjord Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) towering over the Lysefjord in Fjord Norway
Hike to the top of the Pulpit Rock and admire spectacular views over the Lysefjord, Fjord Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life 2011
Hike to the top of the Pulpit Rock and admire spectacular views over the Lysefjord, Fjord Norway
Enjoy breathtaking views from the iconic Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) in Fjord Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger
Enjoy breathtaking views from the iconic Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) in Fjord Norway
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Relax and admire stunning views over the Lysefjord from Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) in Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Region Stavanger

Preikestolen - the Pulpit Rock

Preikestolen towers over the Lysefjord in Ryfylke near Stavanger, and is one of Norway's top attractions. Each year, it is visited by 150,000 people.

Preikestolen - the Pulpit Rock

Source: Visitnorway

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