Preikestolen – Pulpit Rock Hiking Trail
Hike the famous Pulpit Rock high above the Lysefjord
- Destination: Ryfylke
- Season: April-October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 7.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 440 meters
- Duration: 2-4 hours
About Preikestolen – Pulpit Rock
Easily one of Norway’s most famous hikes, Preikestolen is a steep cliff rising over 600 meters above the Lysefjord below. On top is a large plateau, perfect for a picnic and enjoying the views. The hike to the top consists of slightly hilly terrain with an elevation gain of 350 meters.
Always check the weather report before hiking. Bring sturdy footwear, warm clothing, food, and water. Check the packing list for day hikes in Norway to make sure you have everything you need. Good physical fitness is recommended and you should start early to make sure you can get up and back in plenty of daylight (and possibly avoid the crowds).
Hiking to Preikestolen when there is snow in the mountains is not recommended without a guide.
Fjord cruise & hike
If you want to experience both the fjord and the hike in the same day, there is a combined 8-hour tour for 930 NOK (adults) and 570 NOK (children aged 4 to 15). The tour runs from May to September.
The fjord cruise departs Stavanger at 10:00 and sails into Lysefjorden, directly below Preikestolen. At 12.15 there is a 25 minute bus ride from Oanes to the start of the trail. The hike is self-guided. After completing the hike, there are several scheduled buses back to Stavanger.
From April to September there is a daily bus between Stavanger and the Preikestolen trailhead. The round-trip cost is 490 NOK for adults and 240 NOK for children (aged 4 to 15). The hike is self-guided.
The departure times vary depending on the month, so check the website for the most up-to-date information.
From Stavanger, take the newly opened tunnel “Ryfylketunnelen” to Solbakk and from there continue on Road 13 to Jørpeland. Continue 4 kilometers past Jørpeland and turn left up Preikestolvegen.
Alternatively, drive to Lauvvik and take a ferry to Oanes (8 minutes) to the southern end of Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke. Follow the route 12 kilometers north along Road 13 before turning right up Preikestolvegen.
Starting from the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, a steep climb awaits you, but it won’t take long before you are scrambling up boulders amidst pine forests. If you are moving fast, you’ll soon be stripping off layers to stay cool. This is where you’ll be climbing up over rocky boulders and feel the thigh burn and will be most out of breath.
The route is signposted with lots of red-painted markers. Follow these and you should be fine. Along the path, you will walk on well-groomed trails, boardwalks, gravel pathways, and natural terrain. About halfway you will find flat terrain and this is where the views will start appearing. After the last push, all that’s left is to step out on to the rock that looks like it has been hand-carved by the gods.
There are two possible routes when you get towards the top. One will take you over the hilltop and the other one will take you down onto the ledge. It’s worth trying one on the way down and the other one back. No barriers are present along the trail and some might find this a bit odd, but this is to preserve the natural beauty of the cliff. Fear not, when hiking to the top you follow a wide path. The plateau itself is 25 by 25 meters, providing a perfect rest stop and a view that must be added to your photo album. Be extremely careful getting close to the edge.
The mountain itself has a large crack, separating the plateau from the rest. The legend says that if seven sisters marry seven brothers from the Lysefjord area, the cliff will fall into the fjord creating a tsunami to destroy all life around the area. So be sure to check out this hike before it is too late!
- Bring plenty of water and a backpack with sandwiches and snacks for a little picnic at the top.
- The hike is very popular and can be busy. To avoid the crowds consider one of the guided sunrise hikes in summer or a colorful autumn trek.
- For an even more unique experience head off the beaten track for rarely-seen views of Preikestolen.
- You shouldn’t attempt this hike in winter on your own as it can be dangerous. Instead, it's best to go with a guide who has all the necessary equipment and knowledge to make it a safe trip.
- Preikestolen Mountain Lodge has a café and restaurant
- Toilets at the café
- Mobile phone coverage is unreliable
Where to stay
There is a base camp at the parking lot for Preikestolen with three accommodation options. All accommodation options have awesome views of Lake Refsvatnet and include breakfast.
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