Far above Lysefjorden, a square formation of rock resembling a pulpit is jutting out from the surrounding mountainside.
Only 82 by 82 feet, this remarkable rocky plateau stands 1,981 feet above Lysefjorden, and receives well over 200,000 visitors every year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway.
Hiking to Preikestolen ("The Pulpit Rock")
The hike to the plateau will take about two hours. Your starting point will be the area around the mountain lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue, which offers accommodation and meals to the weary traveller. This area also has public toilets, ample parking, a kiosk, and other facilities available.
In recent years a team of skilled stonemasons and sherpas from Nepal have done an impressive job of improving the path to Preikestolen. Steps have been built in the roughest areas, and a rocky trail has been made to keep the impact on the environment localized and to a minimum. As a result, the hike can be undertaken by most people with no significant disabilities.
From Preikestolen Fjellstue the hike is 2.6 miles each way, with a difference in altitude of 1,082 feet.
Wear good shoes or hiking boots, as the trail may be wet and muddy in places.
Hiking to Preikestolen is free of charge. In fact, in the Norwegian countryside you can pretty much go where you please - but please be careful and considerate.
When to go
The best time is from April to October. The hike is not recommended in the winter, due to few hours of daylight and icy conditions.
Start early in the day and make sure you have enough daylight to get back down before darkness falls. The path will be difficult to navigate in darkness, so bring a small torch, just in case.
It pays to check the local weather reports before you set out. If the cloud cover is low, the view from the top will be limited.
See a 360-degree view of the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) and how actor David Spinx liked the hike to Preikestolen.
Getting to Preikestolen
There is no road of any kind to the Preikestolen plateau itself, so it is not accessible to wheelchair users or vehicles.
Preikestolen lies above Lysefjorden, in the Ryfylke region. There are several ways to get to the Ryfylke region, depending on where you travel from.
The most common way to reach Preikestolen is by car or by ferry and bus:
From Stavanger, drive to Sandnes and follow the E13 road east towards Lauvik, where you take the ferry across to Oanes. From there, follow E13 to Jøssang and turn right onto Rv529. Follow this road to Preikestolen Fjellstue, where you may park your car:
- Using the parking facilities costs 100 NOK, payable on departure.
- You may park overnight, but sleeping in vehicles is not permitted.
- Parking is free for guests staying at Preikestolen Fjellstue or the other nearby cabins.
In the summer, you can take the ferry from Stavanger to Tau and a corresponding bus from there to Preikestolen. Ticket sales for both are available on board the ferry. Travel time from Stavanger is about an hour each way.
The return ticket is valid for two days, and is not for a specific time - you can choose the departure that suits you best.
You will find the timetable for the ferry and bus in this PDF.
Accommodation near Preikestolen
There are several places to spend the nights in and around the Preikestolen area, but for most periods you should book well in advance, as capacity is limited.
Visit the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) website to book accommodation at any of the following places:
Preikestolen Fjellstue mountain lodge
A modern mountain lodge built in 2004, Preikestolen Fjellstue has a total of 27 rooms available, all with en-suite bathrooms. The lodge also houses a café, a restaurant, and conference facilities. This mountain lodge is open all year. It is owned and operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) which also has the following accommodation available in the immediate area:
This cabin offers a total of 15 rooms available in the period between April, 15 and September, 30. Some rooms accommodate up to four people in two bunk beds, while others are large or small two-person rooms. Sinks with hot and cold water are available in all rooms, whilst bathrooms and showers are found just down the hall. A large common room with a fireplace is available for guests to relax in. Closed in winter.
This building consists of a 9-bed dormitory, a 7-bed dormitory, and two rooms with four beds each. Please note that beds are rented out individually, so women and men may have to share rooms. A small kitchen is available for families and small groups to cook their dinner in, but this is not large enough to accommodate cooking for larger groups. Closed in winter.
This charming cabin has recently been refurbished and can accommodate up to five people. The cabin has electricity and running water, and pets are allowed. Closed in winter.
Discounts: For some of the establishments above, members of the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) receive a 20% discount on accommodation and a 10% discount on meals. Members of Hostel International receive a 10% discount on accommodation. Please take care to bring your membership card.
Read more about accommodation in the Ryfylke region.
There is no fence or barrier at the Preikestolen plateau, so take care and don't walk too close to the edge.
For other safety tips in Norwegian mountains, please read these leaflets and articles:
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