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Preikestolen
Safety tips for summer hiking to Preikestolen.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Matador Network / Fjord Norway / Bleed / Visitnorway.com

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Safe summer hike to Preikestolen

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Proper hiking equipment

Pack a 30-litre backpack to be sure that you have enough room for everything you need in the Norwegian mountains. A map and compass, first-aid equipment, a fully charged mobile phone, and a headlamp are just some of the things we recommend you keep in your backpack. Scroll down the page for a complete packing list.

Warm, suitable clothing 

Good hiking boots are recommended. Some parts of the hike go across rough terrain, and you will need ample foot and ankle support. There are occasional strong gusts at Preikestolen, so please use wind and waterproof outerwear. An extra set of clothes including a cap, a scarf, and gloves or mittens belong in your backpack.

How to get there

The hike starts at Preikestolen fjellstue mountain cabin, and you can get there by car and boat. There is also a bus service from Stavanger. If you drive from Stavanger, you can take the ferry from Stavanger to Tau, and then drive to Preikestolen fjellstue via Jørpeland on Rv 13. If you travel from Sandnes, you can take the ferry from Lauvik to Oanes and drive up to Preikestolen fjellstue from there. Check out more options for getting to Preikestolen.

Food and drink

Always bring enough food and drink when you set out on a trip. It is important to have enough refills to make sure your energy reserves last all the way.

Guided hikes

If you are inexperienced or feel unsure about doing the trip, we recommend that you join a guided hike. A good guide can turn a bad day into a fantastic experience.

Other hiking routes in the area

There are many other hikes around Preikestolen and in the nearby areas, including easier options. Check out the hiking alternatives in the area.

Weather conditions in the mountains

Even if sunshine and fair weather are predicted, the weather conditions can change quickly. Always check the weather forecast before you start your trip, and talk to the locals about what kind of weather to expect. They will often know if there is a risk of rain and windy conditions even if the weather forecast is promising.

Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Download Yr’s free weather app for iOS or Android.

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Summer hiking packing list.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / visitnorway.com

Packing list for your summer hike

With a good backpack filled with the right equipment, you have a great base for a wonderful experience in the mountains. Choose a backpack with a volume of 30 litres to be sure to have enough space for everything.

Clothing

  • hiking boots
  • wind and waterproof jacket and trousers
  • wool underwear and a wool sweater
  • an extra set of clothes and socks
  • cap, scarf and gloves or mittens

Equipment

  • enough food and drinks for the whole trip
  • a fully charged mobile phone in a plastic bag to avoid water damage
  • a small headlamp and extra batteries
  • sunglasses and sunscreen
  • plastic bags for garbage and other things
  • first-aid kit and extra blister plasters
  • map and compass
  • pocket knife
  • Nordic walking poles for maintaining your balance in rough terrain
  • reflexive vest in case you need rescuing
Tourists hiking in the mountains with umbrellas
Top mistakes tourists make.
Photo: Film production: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / visitnorway.com

Do’s and don’ts

Every year, Norwegian volunteer rescue crews go into the mountains to retrieve travellers who have lost their way, are tired or injured or have encountered problems after dark. These travellers are often dressed in everyday clothes and lack suitable equipment.

Do this:

  • Research the length, duration, and recommended physical conditioning for the hike you want to do.
  • Check the weather conditions and always listen to local mountain residents.
  • Buy or rent the right equipment for your trip.
  • Always bring enough food, drinks, and an extra change of clothes in your backpack.
  • Check out the possibility of joining a guided tour.

Avoid this:

  • Don’t wear jeans, trainers, or other everyday clothing.
  • Don’t start your trip too late in the day, as you might risk having to hike in the dark.
  • Never start your mountain hike without being in good enough physical shape.
  • Don’t depend on a map on your mobile device as there is not always coverage in the mountains.
  • Don’t leave anything, including trash, behind.

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