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!
The view from Preikestolen is beautiful in all weather conditions – even fog and snow!
Follow the T-marked trail a little longer to see the plateau from the opposite side
The 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.
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)
Bus from Tau to Preikestolen (200 NOK t/r)
Timetable with Boreal (from april-october)
Timetable with Tide (from march-october)
The 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.
I 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