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.
The six kilometre hike starts at the mountain lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue. Allow a total of four hours for this moderately demanding roundtrip that ascends 350 metres.
Join one of the guided tours that run daily from April to October (subject to weather conditions), or admire the cliff from a sightseeing boat on the fjord, or do both – some tours offer combined hikes and cruises.
If you are concerned about sharing Preikestolen with too many people, start the walk at night and you will experience a bit of magic when the sun rises.
The nearest places to stay are Preikestolen Fjellstue and Lilland Hotell. You can also stay overnight in Stavanger, from where you can take a boat trip on the Lysefjord.
The hiking season lasts from May to October.
Stavanger and Ryfylke offer endless opportunities for adventure. A few ideas for an active holiday are canoeing, kayaking, fishing, salmon safari, kiting, climbing, ZIP line, rappelling, SUP, boating, skiing, cycling, hiking or extreme sports like base jumping or paragliding. Stavanger is also where you find Norway’s best surfing conditions, along the beaches in Jæren.
This map tells you where you need to go to experience Preikestolen and other nearby hikes.
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.
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.
You can take a boat up to the foot of Preikestolen from Stavanger, Forsand or Lauvvik.
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.
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