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Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Photo: Hanne Sundbø
Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Photo: Hanne Sundbø
Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Photo: Majola
Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Photo: Hanne Sundbø
Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Photo: Hanne Sundbø
Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) Photo: Hanne Sundbø

Hike facts

Effort level
  • Challenging
Duration
  • 4 hours
Landscape
  • Mountain
Season:
April - October

Contact information

Description

Preikestolen fjellstue - Preikestolen - Preikestolen Fjellstue

The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. Startingpoint from The Pulpit Rock Mountain lodge, which is also an excellent starting point for several other marked trails. From here, there is a trail to the Pulpit Rock climbing 350 metres through somewhat uneven terrain. Along the trail, there are picnic areas and excellent bathing spots. Remember proper walking shoes/boots, walking sticks, warm clothing and food.
It is a 2 hours hike from The Pulpit Rock Mountain lodge to Preikestolen (one way).In old times, the plateau was called Hyvlatånnå ("planed tooth"). This flat mountain plateau, approximately 600 square metres was most likely formed with the melting frost 10,000 years ago.

One can imagine that enormous blocks on either side of the Pulpit Rock have plummeted into the Lysefjord. You can easily imagine what will happen when the cracks get deep enough. It is a great experience to be at the top of the plateau.
The Pulpit Rock lodge is located near the main road (Rv 13) south of Jørpeland and can be reached by car or, in the summer, by bus from Tau.
There is a paying car park, an information booth and sanitary facilities (May-September).

It is also wonderful to experience the Pulpit Rock from the fjord, either from a sightseeing boat or from a car ferry going from Lauvvik, Oanes, Stavanger, or from several other places of call on Lysefjorden. See timetable at www.norled.no
Season: April - October.

The Pulpit Rock is also a point of interest in the Ryfylke Multiguide - a free app for your smartphone.

Categories

  • Hiking Hiking

Facilities

  • General facilities

    • parking
    • food and beverage service
    • toilet
    • coach/truck parking
    • open part of year
  • Season

    • april
    • may
    • august
    • july
    • june
    • september
    • october
  • Nature and terrain

    • hiking area
    • mountains
  • Other accommodation

    • accommodation
  • Grading

    • challenging
  • Duration

    • 4 hours
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Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) - Photo: Hanne Sundbø

Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

Preikestolen fjellstue - Preikestolen - Preikestolen Fjellstue The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers...

Hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

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