Join Outdoorlife Norway on a guided 'off the beaten track' hike to Preikestolen and enjoy views that the majority of people only get to see in tourist brochures.
Are you up for an unforgettable hiking adventure? Join Outdoorlife Norway on their guided Preikestolen ‘off the beaten track’ hiking adventure.
As the Lysefjord's pinoneer in nature guiding, Outdoorlife Norway offers authentic, small-scale guided tours into the Lysefjord and its surrounding mountains. Their dedicated team of friendly and professional guides enjoy sharing exciting stories about Norway’s cultural heritage and unique fjord wilderness. Having led more than 1,250 tours to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), and more than 450 tours to Kjerag, Outdoorlife Norway's guides have the knowledge and experience needed to ensure you a safe and memorable outdoor adventure.
After an early-morning pick-up, your adventure will begin with a 30-minute transfer to the base of the hiking trail, including driving the world’s longest undersea road tunnel. After a warm cup of coffee and an information and safety briefing, you’ll embark on your hiking adventure to Preikestolen. First, you’ll glide in a canoe across the peaceful Refsvatnet Lake, which will take approximately 45-minutes. Once you have your feet back on dry land, you’ll begin the hiking portion of the tour. During 70% of the hike, you’ll follow a backcountry, unmarked trail. Other than by Outdoorlife Norway’s guides, the trail is rarely used, and the cairns that lead the way through its dense forests are difficult to locate. Once you hike above the tree-line, the trail ceases to exist all together. The remaining 30% of the hike is therefore comprised of off-trail hiking & scrambling. During this portion of the hike, you’ll experience out-of-this-world and rarely-seen views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord. Along the way, your guide will find a comfortable spot to take a lunch break.
After lunch and approximately 3,5 hours on foot, you’ll reach a location that offers panoramic views of Preikestolen, which the majority of people only get to see in tourist brochures. After a short break to ensure you’re able to capture great photos of Pulpit Rock from above, you’ll hike down to Preikestolen and experience standing atop the impressive plateau, which towers 604 meters (1,982 feet) above sea level. There, you’ll get to view the 1000 meter-high mountain walls surrounding the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord from a new perspective. After the break, your guide will lead you back down the main trail to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, which will take about 2 hours. Along the way, you’ll walk on paths that have were paved, using locally-sourced stones, by Nepalese sherpas. Once back at the trailhead, your guide will transport you back to Stavanger.
This is a demanding 7-hour, 9.5 km (round-trip) hike with a total ascent of just over 600 meters. It's suitable for people who are in very good physical condition and have previous experience hiking on unsteady surfaces in mountainous terrain.
- Stavanger pick-up / drop-off (see website for pick-up locations)
- Professional guide
- Canoe equipment rental
- Use of hiking poles
- Hot beverage & snack