Preikestolen Hiking

  • Photo: Samuel Taipale

  • Photo: Samuel Taipale

  • Photo: Samuel Taipale

  • Photo: Samuel Taipale

Essential info

  • January – December
  • Medium
  • 3.9 kilometers
  • 450 meters
  • 1 – 4 hours

About Preikestolen

Preikestolen is one of the most iconic hikes in Norway. With stunning views over the fjord and picturesque landscapes, you’ll be totally captivated.

The main season is from April to September. We don't recommend doing this hike in the winter.

The hike: Follow the well-marked trail from the Preikestolen Fjellstue (Mountain Hut). You will walk through various different terrains, from dirt trails in thick woods to open rocky landscapes.

Once you’ve reached the top, be sure to enjoy the iconic views down to Lysefjorden. Time for a photo op! There is a large flat platform at the top of Preikestolen (Preacher’s Chair or Pupils Rock in English), that is 25 by 25 meters wide.

Be sure you have proper mountain footwear, clothing for hiking and extra layers. You’re in the mountains, so be prepared for the weather to change quickly. If you’re hiking outside of high season, be sure you start & return early, as it gets dark quickly.

Pack a lunch to enjoy at the top. Bring water.

Getting there:

By public transport in main season from April to September: Ferry from Fiskepirterminalen in Stavanger to Tau and take the corresponding bus to Preikestolen Fjellstue where you start the hike.

By car:
Drive to Lauvvik via Rv 13 National Tourist Route Ryfylke, cross with ferry to Oanes (8 minutes) and continue along Rv 13 and follow the signs to Preikestolen. Or go by ferry from Stavanger to Tau (40 minutes) and drive south on Rv 13 following signposting. 

Pay parking is NOK 150 per car and NOK 60 for motorcycles.