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. 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Tips, hints and links
- Preikestolen Mountain Lodge has a café and restaurant
- Toilets at the café
- Mobile phone coverage is unreliable
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.