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Preikestolen also is known as the Pulpit Rock high above Lysefjorden, which is the southernmost fjord in Norway.
On the western coast of the country is one of the countries most famous landmarks and the most popular hike that Norway has to offer.
And when you get to the edge is it easy to understand why some of the largest news agencies in the world like BBC, CNN & Lonely Planet has named it one of the world´s most amazing viewpoints.
Preikestolen has been known as a tourist destination locally in Norway for more than 100 years, first visited in 1896. But it´s only over the last few years that it has been seeing record numbers of tourist. And especially after Tom Cruise climbing the face of the cliff at Preikestolen at the end of Mission Impossible Fallout. Even tho the scene was filmed in Norway so was the scene in the movie in Kashmir in India.
With the numbers of foreign tourist seen a rapidly increasing every year since 2004.
More than 350 000 tourists did visit Preikestolen in 2019.
Preikestolen is together with Kjerangbolten and Trolltunga the three most famous, spectacular and popular hikes in Norway.
Where is Preikestolen?
Preikestolen is located in Lysefjorden on the western side of Norway in the county of Rogaland, 40km/25miles west of Stavanger the fourth largest city in Norway and the “oil capital” of the country.
Preikestolen is a 7-hour drive from Oslo along E134 or the E18 and 5-hour drive from Bergen along the E39.
How To Get To Preikestolen With Your Own Vehicle?
Assuming you are already in Stavanger, follow the National Road R13 through the 14,4km/9mile-long Ryfast Tunnel the world´s longest and deepest undersea tunnel for cars.
When you are exiting the tunnel will there be a sign towards Jørpeland and Preikestolen, the road is very well marked, and you can´t go wrong once you exit from the tunnel.
From the tunnel exit to the beginning of the trail is there a 17km/10,5miles long and scenic drive.
There a two large parking lots at the trailhead.
Public Transportation To Preikestolen?
There are tourist busses from Stavanger which takes around 1 hour, and the surrounding areas to the beginning of the trail from March To November.
GoFjords.no From Stavanger city centre. The bus leaves every hour low season (April, May, September) and every half hour in the high season (June, July, August)
PulpitRock.no Leaves from both Stavanger and Jørpleland to the trailhead.
PellesReiser.no Offer transportation from Solbak Bus Terminal, Forsand Quay and Oanes Quay to the trailhead.
Closest Airport To Preikestolen?
Stavanger Airport Sola is the closest airport to Preikestolen, which is well connected to all of Norway and has more than 20 daily flights from Oslo Airport Gardemoen. Stavanger Airport also has flights to most of Europe with the following airlines.
KLM (SkyTeam) Amsterdam.
SAS (Star Alliance) London, Machester, Copenhagen, Stockholm.
Budget airlines like Norwegian and WizzAir also have daily flights to Stavanger from all over Europe.
Stavanger city centre can be reached by the airport bus.
Train To Preikestolen?
The closest Railway station is Stavanger Stasjon with four daily trains to and from Oslo Sentral Stasjon, taking about 8hours.
The route is serviced by GoAhead Nordic.
From Stavanger follow the guide with public transportation above.
Best Time To Visit Preikestolen?
The primary hiking season is from late April to early October, with June to September is the high season and should be avoided by all coast due to the high amount of tourist on the trail.
In June 2019 did 64 354 visitors do the hiking, which is about 2145 hikers each day, you will literally be walking in a queue up and down the trail and be waiting in a line to enter the Plateau itself.
So you will be much better of visiting Preikestolen during the shoulder season which is May and October.
How To Hike To Preikestolen?
If you been to Nepal earlier and done some hikes there, and you think the trail to Preikestolen looks similar to the trails in Himalaya.
That´s because of Sherpas from Nepal build the trail to Preikestolen which was finished in 2013, in fact, more than 200 hiking trails all over Norway including the trail to places like Preikestolen, Trolltunga, Geiranger, Ulriken etc.
Have all been built by Sherpas from Nepal over the last ten years.
Be aware, on the west coast of Norway do the weather change fast, very fast, during my short hike did I encounter, rain, sun, snow, hailing 5times! And then fog. All that during 1hour and 1 hour 40 minutes. So be sure to pack a rain jacket easy to reach.
The hike to Preikestolen starts just a few meters from the parking lot, with the first being straight up a gravel path.
Luckily so are just a few hundred meters on gravel, you will soon reach the first steps section which is made my Nepali Sherpas.
The first section of steps is short and easy, and not steep to what comes later on the trail. After you reach the top of these steps will you reach a flat section, one of a few along the trail.
The hike is a beautiful and diverse hike with a large part of the first 2km going through a forest,
Follow the stone path, and you will soon reach one of 2 long and steep climb upwards,
After the first sections of stairs is there a large wet area where the footpath is along a wooden bridge.
The wooden trail is a nice change from the hard rocks which make up most of the trails; there are also a few benches along this section where you can have a rest, and if you level of fitness is not the best, is it a good idea to have a rest here, for after the wooden trail will you head to the steepest part on the whole trail.
After you are done with climbing the steepest section of stairs, will you reach a vast open area called Tjødane, an area with three small lakes.
There´s an emergency shelter on this section; the shelter is closed with a code lock, the only way to get the code is to call the phone nr on the wall.
From the lakes will the path continue along the rocky hill, your only about 15minutes from the end of the trail from here.
From here can you choose two different paths, the cliff trails the easiest one to the Plateau and the hill trail to the viewpoint overlooking Preikestolen. Both trails will take you to Preikestolen, but the hill path is steeper and rockier, but you will get a stunning view along the way.
If you choose to do the cliff trail section will you reach a small wooden bridge, be careful the bridge was super slippery after the snow.
After the bridge is there only about 5 minutes left to you reach the end of the trail.
The section after the bridge is steep and can be very slippery as well since there´s a lot of water running down this section after it been raining.
After this section is out only the last and short part along the cliff edge left before you reach Preikestolen.
Is It Difficult/Hard To Hike To Preikestolen?
The hike itself is only 3.8km/2,3miles and very diverse, but it´s steep and mostly upwards. The hike consists of hilly terrain with mostly steps up the steepest parts.
While the hike is not a long hike, so can the steepness be hard for unfit people.
The difference in altitude is 350m/1148feet.
With some parts can be very slippery after rain and snow, so good shoes with a grip are essential.
The trail is well marked with red painted T on stones along the trail.
How Much Time Do I Need For The Hike To Preikestolen?
Depending on your level of fitness but most people will use between 1,5hour to 2 hours from the parking lot to the Plateau and about the same time go back down to the parking lot again.
You should add around 2 hours to soak up the beauty of Preikestolen, and to walk to the surrounding hills to get the best view.
So the whole trip will take you around 6hours plus transportation back and forward.
Best Place To Take Photo Of The Entire Preikestolen.
The best place to take photos of Preikestolen is not from the plateau itself, but from the right hill across Preikestolen, there´s a marked trail up there, but it can be hard to find.
All the photos in this photos where you see the entire Preikestolen is taken from this spot.
If you follow the hill trail will you follow the path which goes along the top of Preikestolen, also from here can you get great photos.
Accommodation Options Around Preikestolen?
There are a few accommodation options just a few hundred meters from the trail beginning, Preikestolen Fjellstue and Hostel is the closest and most popular option.
There´s a camping ground for camper vans just a few km from the trail, and you have tons of AIRBNB, guesthouses in Jørpeland which is 7km away.
Stavanger is home to larger and international hotel chains if you prefer to stay in the city.
Other Useful Information.
- There´s no toilet on the trail, but there´s a free clean public toilet at the parking lot just before the beginning of the trail.
- There´s also nowhere to buy drinks or food along the trail, to be sure to bring enough water and snack for the hike with you.
There´s a small kiosk at the parking lot, so are the prices there very high. So be sure to go to a supermarket in either Stavanger or Jørpeland before you head to the hike.
- Camera Drones is not allowed on Preikestolen.
- There are no trashcans along the trail, so bring a small plastic bag to collect your garbage. But There´s a recycling station on the parking lot where you can throw your trash.
Can You Camp At Preikestolen?
You are not allowed to camp at Preikestolen plateau itself, but you can camp around it and before it.
But be aware most of the grounds can be very wet so it might be hard to find a proper place to pitch your tent and be sure you use your guidelines, it can get very windy.
What To Pack For Preikestolen?
Since there are no shops on the trail will you have to bring enough water and lunch with you.
A rainproof wind jacket, as already mentioned, can the weather change very fast here, so be sure to bring a good jacket with you.
Warm clothes, this is Norway and even summers can it get cold here. So bring some warm clothes you can change into once you reach Preikestolen.
Something to sit on, so you don’t get wet and cold.
A walking stick or poles if you have any problems with your knees.
Can You Visit Preikestolen During Winter?
Preikestolen is open all year and possible to visit even during the cold winter months, but there´s no public transportation here during the offseason so it will be only possible to get here with your own vehicle.
Crampons are required if you want to do the hike during winter.
Entrance Fee To Preikestolen?
There´s no entrance fee to Preikestolen; all nature in Norway is free and open to everyone.
But there´s a hefty parking fee for all kinds of vehicles at the parking lot at the entrance to the hike.
The parking fee only payable by credit card upon exit with either VISA or Mastercard through the automated gate.
Parking fee for motorbikes: 100kr.
Parking fee for car: 250kr.
Parking fee for campervans/busses: 800kr.
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