Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) towers 604 metres above the Lysefjord and the hike up is one of Norway’s most famous mountain hikes. The interest in Preikestolen increases each year and in 2017, more than 300,000 nature-loving hikers visited the renowned rock formation.
The hike to Preikestolen is a total of eight kilometres and the round trip takes four hours. The hike has an elevation gain of about 500 metres, and some sections are steep. As the hike is graded as medium difficult, you should have some experience from trekking in rough terrain before embarking on this trip. Preikestolen can now be visited all year round. The summer season extends from April to October/November. During the winter season and on days with rough weather, it is very important to follow the advice of the Preikestolen staff in the parking lot.
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.
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 options for getting to Preikestolen.
Source: Visit Norway