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Hiking to Preikestolen in Norway – a travel guide

Preikestolen in Norway (also known as the Pulpit Rock) has more than 200,000 visitors each year and it is not hard to understand  why. It is a fairly easy hike and the reward is an outstanding view over the beautiful Lysefjord.

Preikestolen is a flat 25 x 25 m mountain plateau that thrones 604 vertical meters above the fjord.  Standing on the edge of the plateau, you really have no idea of this height. But at a distance where the eye can follow the vertical rock wall all the way down to the water, you suddenly get a litte scared of heights on behalf of the others standing on the plateau. A great chance to take some amazing pictures!

preikestolen pulpit rock travel guide The view from Preikestolen is beautiful in all weather conditions – even fog and snow!

preikestolen pulpit rock travel guide Follow the T-marked trail a little longer to see the plateau from the opposite side

preikestolen pulpit rock travel guideThe trip to Preikestolen

To avoid the high season crowds I visited the plateau in early April. After a solid breakfast in the restaurant at the Preikestolen Fjellstue (with the most beautiful panorama view over Lake Revvatnet and the mountains) I started off.

I had expected the trail to be free from snow and ice, but nevertheless the snow fell quietly all morning and the ground was covered in a thin layer of snow. But that only contributed to the serene atmosphere. The trail was beautiful and quiet and there were almost no other hikers on the trail the first hours.

preikestolen lysefjorden view

preikestolen pulpit rock travel guide

Plan your trip to Preikestolen

If you want to visit Preikestolen yourself, Stavanger is the closest airport. From here airport buses (25 mins) go directly to the port Fiskepiren in Stavanger, where you can catch the ferry over the fjord to the small town of Tau (40 min.). From here another bus will take you to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge where the trail starts (25 min.).

The bus company Tide offers day trips from Stavanger, where you can buy a combined ticket for both bus and ferry, but that requires you to return the same day. If you want to spend more than a day on the mountain you should buy the tickets individually. Plenty of daily departures and the possiblity to pay with card in both bus and ferry makes this very easy.

You can also drive your car on board the ferry, but note that it costs 200 NOK to park it by the trail – unless you stay at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.

From the parking lot at the Mountain Lodge, the hike takes 2 hours each way – 4 hours in total. If you also want to have time to admire the view, take pictures and a have a few breaks along the way the hike will take you approximately 6 hours.

Airport bus from Stavanger lufthavn to the ferry (200 NOK t/r)

Day trip with Tide (320 NOK t/r)

Timetable ferry (tickets are bought on board /50 NOK pr. trip)

Bus from Tau to Preikestolen (200 NOK t/r)

Timetable with Boreal (from april-october)

Timetable with Tide (from march-october)

preikestolen fjellstue refsvatnetThe Preikestolen Mountain Lodge has the most beautiful view over the lake Revsvatnet

Places to stay at Preikestolen

The start of the Preikestolen trail is only one hour from Stavanger which makes it a perfect day trip from Stavanger. But if you, like me, would like to stay a little longer in the mountains you can spend the night at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. The Lodge has both hotel rooms, a hostel with private rooms and one with bunk beds, so there is something for every traveller. There is no supermarket on site (the nearest is in Jørpeland about 5 km away). The lodge has a good but slightly expensive restaurant, where breakfast is also served for all guests staying on site.

The area around the lodge is really beautiful and definitely also worth exploring. Among other things, there is a trail around Lake Revsvatnet.

if you prefer to sleep in a tent there is a campsite situated 4 km from the start of the trail. Or you can take the tent all the way up to the plateau to watch the sunset and sunrise. However, there are no facilities of any kind up there.

Places to stay in Stavanger

Preikestolen Fjellstue

Preikestolen Camping

preikestolen fjellsture hostelI stayed here at Preikestolhytta. A cozy but very simple hostel run by the Mountain Lodge.

Winter atmosphere at Preikestolhytta

An alternative accommodation option? 

I just love waking up to beautiful frosty mornings in the mountains

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14 Comments

  • Reply tarjas blog Wednesday September 13th, 2017 at 03:23 PM

    beautiful pictures!

  • Reply Nicoline Berthy Tuesday September 5th, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Wow! Helt klart på min bucket list. Jeg bor i Sydney lige for tiden og selvom jeg elsker det her, så har jeg virkelig også fået øjnene op for, at jeg gerne vil se mere af Europa og hvorfor ikke starte med landene tættest på Danmark? 🙂

  • Reply Line Wagener - Alleud.dk Monday July 31st, 2017 at 01:54 PM

    Fantastisk!!
    Der er så vanvittigt smukt i Vestnorge! Området ved Stavanger og Bergen har bare SÅ meget at byde på!
    Tak for de flotte billeder og den fine beskrivelse.

    Jeg har vandret meget i sydpå (Østrig, Schweiz, Italien og Slovenien) – men har over de seneste år også fået smag for Danmark som vandredestination.
    Senest blev jeg faktisk ret overvældet over naturen i Sønderjylland, da jeg vandrede Gendarmstien. Naturen når ikke Norge til sokkeholderne – men målt i dansk skala var det ret flot! 🙂
    Vh. Line

    • Reply Sarah Green Tuesday August 1st, 2017 at 12:29 PM

      Ja helt vildt! Jeg mangler stadig at udforske alperne, men det står højt på listen! Jeg skal til Østrig til september og det bliver skønt. Du har også rigtig mange fine ture på din blog. Elsker også at vandre og cykle i Danmark!

  • Reply Ann-Mari Friday May 19th, 2017 at 07:28 AM

    Så fin artikkel og flotte bilder! Jeg bodde i Stavanger i 20 år, men har bare tatt båtturen inn til Lysefjorden og sett Preikestolen fra bunnen av. Det er også en fin opplevelse 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Green Saturday May 20th, 2017 at 04:52 PM

      Tusind tak Ann-Mari! At sejle ned ad de norske fjorde må også være en helt fantastisk oplevelse!

  • Reply Camilla Thursday May 18th, 2017 at 06:57 PM

    Så smukke billeder, Sarah! Besøgte selv Preikestolen for 2 år siden nu, og de her billeder giver mig helt klart lyst til at komme forbi igen og opleve det, når det er dækket af sne (:
    Camilla | http://Cammi.dk

    • Reply Sarah Green Saturday May 20th, 2017 at 04:58 PM

      Tak Camilla! Ja, jeg så at du postede dine fine billeder på Instagram fra Preikestolen, mens jeg selv var der. Lidt skægt 😀

  • Reply afootdk Wednesday May 17th, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Jeg har stadig Preikestolen til gode, men den er absolut ikke røget længere ned af listen, efter at have set dine lækre billeder. Tak for dem 🙂
    Toni/afoot

    • Reply Sarah Green Saturday May 20th, 2017 at 05:03 PM

      Den tur må I klart tage en dag. Det må nok være verdens nemmeste tur for jer garvede vandrere!

  • Reply Two Danes On Tour Wednesday May 17th, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Ih, altså nogle flotte billeder. Vi MÅ bare af sted en gang. Nu har du skubbet endnu mere til rejselysten. Hvor mange dage var du i Norge på denne tur?
    Glade hilsener
    Anne Marie
    Two Danes On Tour

    • Reply Sarah Green Saturday May 20th, 2017 at 05:12 PM

      Det MÅ I bare gøre ja 😀 Jeg boede ved Preikestolen i 3 nætter hvilket var mere end nok tid! Som jeg også har skrevet i blogindlægget, kan turen snildt klares på en enkelt dag (hvis man alligevel er i Stavanger) eller med en enkelt overnatning.

  • Reply Fantasiresor Sunday May 14th, 2017 at 07:42 PM

    WOW! Love your pictures! I really really want to go there too.

    • Reply Sarah Green Saturday May 20th, 2017 at 07:52 PM

      You really must! I thought about going to Trolltunga as well but ended up going to Preikestolen only – because it is a much easier hike! And still so beautiful!

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