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The Pulpit Rock

Hiking to the Pulpit Rock

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Norway's wuthering heights

Looking out over the Lysefjord from the Pulpit Rock (also known as Preikestolen) is an experience of a lifetime. Combine the hike with a fjord cruise or join a guided tour at night or off the beaten track.

Other hiking offers near the Pulpit Rock

Iconic hikes with Lysefjorden hiking festival

The festival offers guided hikes, cultural history, and local food around the world famous Lysefjord, home to natural wonders like Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) and Kjerag, and man-made structures like the 4,444 wooden steps of Flørli.

Join an easy day hike or a more demanding trek, or design your own trip.

Preikestolen sunrise hike

An estimated 300,000 people will visit Preikestolen during 2018. If you want to make sure you get there in peace and quiet, this trip is for you!

The adventure begins in the middle of the night. After around 2,5 hours of trekking, you will reach Preikestolen just in time for the first golden sunrays to lighten up the cliff and reveal the incredible view over the Lysefjord. After a relaxing break, you’ll then be on your way back long before the first tourist buses arrive from Stavanger. Finish your hike with a well-deserved breakfast at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.

Price from NOK 1,290 per person

Pre-season hike to Kjerag

Experience the silence of the mountains before the high season kicks in. Join Outdoorlife Norway on this spring hike to Kjerag, the famous round rock that sits wedged in between two mountain sides.

You may choose to watch the boulder, which hangs at 984 metres above sea level, from a distance rather than stepping on to it. Nevertheless, the hike provides priceless views of the Lysefjord, where steep mountains rise 1,000 metres straight out of the water.

This is a challenging 6-hour hike, suitable for adults over 16 years who are in very good condition and have previous hiking experience. The tour is available 18 May – 9 June, and it is likely to be snow left in the mountains. If necessary, you will be provided with hiking poles, spikes and snowshoes.

Price from NOK 1,290 per person

Moon walking at Hellarsheia – Magma Geopark

Ever wondered what it is like to walk on the moon? In the Magma UNESCO Geopark, the rock is the same type as the surface of the moon.

Experience the lunar landscape on this hiking trip to Hellarsheia, where the terrain is dominated by craggy rocks and clear lakes, surrounded by majestic mountains. You will also see circular potholes that were formed as a result of pebbles swirling in the water at the end of the Ice Age, 10,000 years ago. The hike takes four to five hours and is available from April to October.

Contact the Magma park for more information and to get the full experience with a specialised guide.

Family hike to the Stone Wife statue

A lovely hike along the heath-clad moorlands of Jæren, with grand views of the North Sea. The area is refreshingly flat compared to the rest of Fjord Norway, and the hike is suitable for the whole family. Along the way, you are likely to see hares, foxes, deer and lots of different birds and plants.

The Stone Wife (Steinkjerringa) statue, also known Mother Norway (Mor Norge), is situated in the recreational area Synesvarden. It was carved by the artist S. Neandros at the end of the 19th century, and moved to its current place in 1927.

The hike starts by the lake Holmavatn, around one hour from the city of Stavanger by road, and takes around four hours in total.

Visit Bore beach

Just outside the city of Stavanger, you will find one of the finest beaches in Norway. Borestranden (Bore beach) is a three kilometre long sandy beach complete with a campsite, kiosk and toilets.

Located along Fv 507, you can get there in 30-40 minutes by car. From Stavanger, drive to Kleppekrossen/Kleppe and continue towards Voll. Just before Bore church, make a left turn to the North Sea Route and follow the signs to Borestranden.

Alternatively you can rent a bike and ride southwards along the North Sea Route.

Walk this way

This map tells you where you need to go to experience Preikestolen and other nearby hikes.

Hikes near the Pulpit Rock
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), the most famous tourist attraction in Ryfylke, towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. Read more
Moonwalking at Hellarsheia – Magma UNESCO Global Geopark. The Hellersheia plateau consists of massive anorthosite with visible signs of the… Read more
Steinkjerring is a sculpture in a conservation area at Høgjæren and a nice hike for families. Read more
Borestranden is 3 kilometres long and one of the finest beaches in Norway. Toilets and kiosk at camping grounds. Signposted parking area. Located… Read more
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    Getting here and around

    • Preikestolen hiking car

      By car

      From Stavanger, follow the Rv 13, take the ferry to Tau and continue on the same road to the south. Preikestolen Fjellstue is situated in the south of Jørpeland.

      From the South, head east to Sandnes on Rv 13 and take the ferry from Lauvik to Oanes. Continue on the same road to Preikestolen Fjellstue.

    • Preikestolen hiking bus

      By bus

      Take the ferry from Stavanger to Tau, where you can take the bus to the Preikestolen Fjellstue.

      From 01 July to 31 August, there is a daily express coach between Preikestolen and Trolltunga.

    • Preikestolen hiking boat

      By boat

      You can take a boat up to the foot of Preikestolen from Stavanger, Forsand or Lauvvik.

    Safety in the mountains

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    Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

    1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
    2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
    3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
    4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
    5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
    6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
    7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
    8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
    9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

    Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

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