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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.

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.

About the area

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.

Read more about Stavanger and Ryfylke

Other hiking offers near the Pulpit Rock

Preikestolen sunrise hike

An estimated 300,000 people will visit Preikestolen during 2017. 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

Preikestolen off the beaten track

This offer is for those who are up for a challenge, and want to experience Preikestolen via the forgotten, overgrown trails off the map.

Starting the adventure by crossing Refsvatn lake by canoe, you will then hike up to the point where the mountains plunge into the Lysefjord in near-solitude. Surrounded by out-of-this-world sights all the way up, you get the additional thrill of experiencing something most tourists don't get to see.

This is a more challenging trip than the usual hike up to Preikestolen, suitable for people over 12 years in good physical shape with previous hiking experience.

Price from NOK 1,190 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.

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Bore beach
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    Getting here and around

    • By 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.

    • By 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.

    • By boat

      By boat

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

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