After just a half hour ferry ride from Stavanger and twenty minutes drive from the coast you’ll find yourself at one of the area’s most popular attractions: Preikestolen. Its name translates to Pulpit Rock and it is a favorite destination for travelers who prefer their adventure with a side of fresh air and a dash of acrophobia (a fear of heights). Pulpit rock is a shear cliff face with a large flat top that overlooks a nearly 2000 foot drop to the river below. To reach the cliff with its magnificent view of the surrounding area, travelers are treated to a moderate hike over a well groomed trail with scenic views. The hike to Preikestolen is roughly 2.8 miles long and rises about a thousand feet in elevation.The trail begins right off of the parking lot with an immediate elevation change in a short distance. The trail, which continues about 2.8 miles before reaching pulpit rock, alternates between flat surfaces and large elevation gains for the duration of the hike. Much of the path is a well groomed and wide conglomeration of large flat stones built by Sherpas which provides easier traffic flow and more stable hiking paths. Even so, the trails can be quite tiring in some areas where there are some steep elevation climbs. The hike in total takes anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on athletic ability and how often you stop to take photos. The hike is nearly as striking as the final destination, with lush greenery and fjord views along the way. And once you reach the top you will be rewarded with stunning views of the sheer cliff that rises 1,982 feet above the Lysefjorden.
How to get there:
Take the ferry from Fiskepirterminalen in Stavanger to Tau. There will be clearly stated signs that will point you in the right direction. If you have a vehicle, pull into one of the 3-4 lanes and then drive directly onto the ferry. Tickets can be bought on the ferry so no reservation is needed for the journey. The ferry will take just over 30 minutes to reach Tau. From there you will drive or take the public bus another 30 min to Preikestolen Fjellstue. The parking at Preikestolen costs 150 NOK which is to be paid when exiting. There is a bathroom located at the parking lot and we would recommend you use it before embarking on the hike as there are no bathrooms along the way.
When to go:
The ferries and buses run year- round however due to weather conditions the hike to pulpit rock isnt always open for hikers. The best time of year to visit is from April to October.
What to bring:
Make sure to wear comfortable hiking boots or trail running shoes. Dress in layers and pack a light rain jacket. Bring some snacks, like a small energy bar to fuel you along the way and don’t forget your camera!