Preikestolen
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  • Georgia M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom483 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do!
    An absolutely stunning hike, not to be missed if you’re in the area! We took the excursion from our cruise ship P&O Iona and didn’t have an awful lot of time but still enough time and absolutely worth it. Considering the low mileage and easy level of difficulty, it was harder and took longer than I expected. But definitely do-able in 1hr 30/45 each way if you’re used to walking/hiking. For me, it did live up to the title of one of the best hikes in the world. Not just for the final point but the hike itself is also scenic and beautiful. Would definitely recommend
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Edel H
    Tjotta, Norway5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning mountain, and really worth the hike!
    The view is amazing! I took a lot of pictures. It was back in 2012. Pulpit Rock has´nt changed that much I think. I can recommend the mountain to all. It is worth all climbing, it is a nice hike for most people, and one is always rewarded with a stunning view at the top. Best to do the hike in from June to September. Doing it in autumn, winter and early spring is not recommended. Some days might be cloudy.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 August 2023
  • scottcaps
    Chesapeake Beach, Maryland1,763 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can be challenging, but very rewarding; be patient with yourself and other hikers
    I reserved a guided trip as a cruise excursion about 3 months prior to the cruise, and am glad that I did because it did sell out. There were 3 buses from our Holland America ship. This is an all day excursion and yes, there are private tours to get there (such as with Go Fjords), but since this was such a long tour, I wanted the extra security of 1) being able to get off the ship on time and 2) the tour returning to the ship on time. I was also the only member of my family doing this hike and liked the thought of being with other passengers from my cruise. The bus ride there takes about an hour (each way) and the scenery through town and country is interesting. The guide related some great information about the area along the way. We also got to go through the longest traffic tunnel in the world (14km). A box lunch was provided – a delicious turkey sandwich, apple, brownie and a bottle of water. This can be a difficult hike depending on your athletic abilities and comfort levels and anyone considering doing this should research the trail to make sure that they are comfortable with the challenge (there are several great videos on YouTube). Good hiking shoes are a must as the majority of the trail is on large rocks. I did not use hiking poles, but there were several folks on the trail that did use them. There were also many more dogs than I expected, several of which did not seem to be enjoying their experience. There are a few sections that are over wooden bridges or wooden walkways and also there are sections that are dirt and tree roots. There is a significant elevation change, though there are ups and downs as well as some, thankfully, flat sections that serve as a nice break from the more strenuous sections. The terrain is very uneven. This is an incredibly popular trail, and there are some narrow sections where only one way traffic can pass...have some patience. Though total round trip distance is only 4.7 miles, don't underestimate the added challenge of the elevation gain plus the uneven terrain. As a rule of thumb, allow yourself 2 hours to reach the top. The return may take just as long getting back because while it is more downhill, the descent is hard on the knees and you will most likely be slowed down by other hikers in the more narrow sections. Unfortunately, the day of my hike was rainy with a couple of short periods of hard rain, but also a little sun and a lot of light rain. With good tread on my shoes, the wet rocks were not too slippery, but I did witness several people slipping. The non-rock parts were very muddy and there were several run off streams crossing over or flowing along the trail. At the summit, I could not see the Fjord below, as there was very thick cloud cover. But, I still enjoyed the challenge of the hike, seeing the beautiful surroundings along the trail, and seeing the plateau itself. And, once my shoes soaked through, it was even fun (and freeing) to cross the creeks. There are toilets, a cafe, a visitors center, and gift shops at the trail head, by the parking lot. There are no other facilities once you start the trail and signs everywhere pleading to leave no trash or any other solid waste on the trail.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Julie O
    84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike but pretty crowded on the trail
    Very popular crowded but worthwhile hike that culminates in great views both in terms of fjord vistas and people watching too. Lots and lots of hikers all along the trail. Lots and lots of hikers at the final destination, the massive pinnacle rock, that juts out…pretty entertaining to people watch as peeps stand in line to do all sorts of poses for their Instagram photos. Biggest problem: very limited parking for your car at the main parking lot near the trailhead. We ended up parking at the overnight campground. It was expensive and it added about 5 miles to the overall hike (about 4 km from the campground parking lot to the trail entrance to Pulpit Rock and then back again). There is a clean free bathroom that I very much welcomed about 1 km from the campground on my long return trip. There are ba
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • sam
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pulpit rock hike with P&O
    I thought this hike was nice but it wasn’t as scenic on the hike as I was expecting. The first 3km was tough, all uphill and up boulders and uneven ground; it was a harder hike than I was expecting. Beautiful when you get to the top though. Took us 92 mins to get up and about 75 mins to come down. Down was quite hard on my knees. Paid nearly £100 each for this with P&O. It’s free to hike up and lots of people shared a taxi there for £30 so much cheaper to do this yourself unless you prefer to book with the ship
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Elsa C. L.
    New York City, New York4,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the moderate difficulty hike up and down!!!
    We are in our mid 60s and exercise but not regularly. It took us four hours r.t. to hike the Preikestolen minus picture taking and having snacks when we got there (10:00 a.m. to 14:20 p.m.). For me it was a moderate difficulty trail although on our return hike it was raining; hence, our descent was more challenging. There are no outhouses along the trail so use the bathroom before you start your hike. Mr. Sander of Thon Hotel Stavanger advised us not to take a tour; rather to take the bus and hike on our own. We booked the Boreal express bus (pink and white) online. It stops at Klubggata across our hotel when we flag it. Please refer to the pictures to gauge whether or not you would hike the Preikestolen. The incline at the very beginning made me huff and puff but the rest were negotiable. There was a long stretch of stairs of rocks amongst other short ones. Where there are clearings, there are short flat parts of the trail with either gravel or boardwalk. Always look for the steel markers (approximately 18-24” in height and 2” in width) with arrows and distance in order to head in the right direction as there are areas where the semi flat boulders are expansive. The distance sort of encourages you when the climb feels tough. The vista of Lysefjord as you approach the last climb and on the Preikestolen itself is magnificent! It is absolutely worth flying to Stavanger and hiking up the mountain!! We heeded the advice of bloggers and had layers of clothes, hiking boots with very good grip and ankle protection, raincoat in case it rains, water, apples, snack bars, dry clothes to change into, and most importantly, our phones for capturing the captivating scenery. The Hiker’s Cafe was still open on 15 September 2023 so we were able to have hot chocolate after our hike.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Lc100
    Melbourne, Australia78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the climb up but not easy
    My wife and I took her parents on this hike which we were led to believe it was 'moderate' rating. Certainly learnt that European hiking trail grading system is harder than Australia. As such, my in-laws had to stop about 3km in to reserve energy to return back down. Personally I loved the hike and think I could do it comfortably < 3hrs return however took us closer to 5 with the oldies. Thankfully no injuries but I'd hate for someone to get injured up there as no easy access back. Great to see the rock in it's natural beauty but slightly concerned that those people choosing to get the Insta-worthy shot sitting with legs hanging off the edge, would hate for the trail to be closed and fenced because of a careless mistake. Assume the flowing water along the trail is drinkable so no need to pack a heap, just refill.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 September 2023
  • MNowosad
    San Jose, California173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of Norway natural wonders
    The towering Pulpit Rock is at the end of 4km trail. It is a hike with moderate difficulty that rewards the adventurous tourists with breathtaking views of the Lysefjord and spectacular scenery. Be sure to prepare yourself for the hike, by wearing comfortable shoes and pants (jeans are not recommended) and by bringing water and food for refueling. Also note that weather conditions can change very fast at the top of the mountain, so it is always advisable to bring additional warm and wetproof clothes. For a complete experience, I recommend taking the Preikestolen cruise & hike, which includes a cruise through the Lysefjord and a bus ride to the beginning of the Pulpit Rock trail. Tickets for this experience can be purchased online.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Navigate08997659486
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pulpit Rock hike
    The weather was wet wet wet so we were surprised the hike was ON. Nonetheless it was a beautiful hike made challenging by the strong winds, heavy rain and hail. Thankfully, we were blessed with some brief fjord views when we reached the Pulpit Rock! Our quiet guide and group was caring and looked out for each other.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
  • the crazy norwegian
    Stavanger Municipality, Norway75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hiking trip
    I went with my frend that also has a trippadvisor his name is jonas dhal so chek him out. i had a grate time and it wase funn hiking because ther is a lot of places you can swim in a cool yourself dow. i wold recomend to go in the summer and that you have good hiking gear like good shoes. when you are on the topp you can get a beutefull weiw of the fjord that is underneth
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 April 2024
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Clare H
Bristol, United Kingdom152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
We were staying in Victoria Hotel, Stavanger. Booked on a Boreal bus, Pulpit Rock Tours, picking us up outside the Radisson Blu hotel. Bus on time, and a smooth ride (through a very long tunnel) to the base car park for the hike. It rained all the time but the route is very clearly marked and stone staircases and walkways/bridges are very well maintained. Route very steep in places, and great views along the way. Once actually on the rock, the views are stunning. Quite a breathtaking experience. Took some stunning photographs.
Written 9 July 2024
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Kobi G
Modiin, Israel25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Spectacular views that reward the effort of reaching the rock. Better to get there early to have the place less croweded.
Written 30 June 2024
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debcox
Oxford1,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
As everyone has said an early start will reward you with a more peaceful experience at the top and the path. The day after we went a guy fell to his death and not deliberately at all he narrow path close to the top so that’s a warning if ever there was one.
Written 9 June 2024
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Kate B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Fun hike but do it before the crowds. We went during shoulder season and happy we did. Not too many people to pass as our pace was quick. Round trip 3.5 hours with a picnic stop.
Written 31 May 2024
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adings
Shanklin, UK445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This place is stunning, there’s a decent walk to the rock which took us about 75 minutes, when you reach the top you are literally on a platform with a 2000ft drop - no barriers. You can see the platform without going onto it although I would recommend visiting the actual platform. You can also get some decent views of the platform by leaving the actual path to the right on the way down. You don’t have to pay for entry - the best views I’ve ever seen.
Written 22 May 2024
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MJ&Sander
Norway149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
An amazing hike that anyone can do, anytime of the year.. be aware.. the car parking is £££ (250nok around £20)
We went in May and got to the carpark around 11am, there were lots and lots of people so I think in Peak Season it will be really busy and take you twice as long, especially waiting for photos at the top.

It took us around 55mins to reach Prekistolen but we hoofed it up without any breaks, we also ran all the way back down (trail runners) so it was a nice challenge for us (1hr 27mins in total) but I think for the average person, take 3-4 hours round trip.

ANYONE can do this hike, it's literally made for purpose now; The path has changed alot and 99% of it has been created/laid by the wonderful Nepalese which makes the ground sturdy- even in winter hiking is possible as you don't hike on grassy areas that could be boggy. There are a few nice wooden bridges to cross which makes great photo opportunities also.

There is alot of steep sections, so take your time and take plenty of water and snacks. Respect the mountain and be courteous to your fellow hikers. We had glorious sunshine but be mindful the weather can change at any point, take a waterproof jacket as well as warm clothing.

TOP TIP: continue the hike up from Prekistolen, follow the red Ts up the side of the mountain and here you can not only enjoy a fresh water spring but we feel there were better photo opportunities as you enjoy looking down onto Preikestolen and also into the magnificent fjord. It is a lot quieter too, less people make the hike further up, we took the opportunity to do a bit of exploring and had our lunch with an amazing view!
Written 21 May 2024
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TheGuyFromNorway
Stavanger Municipality, Norway5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Hiking to Preikestolen/Pulpit Rock is no small feat. From the car park, the hike follows a well-marked trail for an 8-kilometre (5-mile) round trip. This means it'll take around 4–5 hours total. The hike to Pulpit Rock is classified as a moderate hike. you also gotta get to norway so it would be a cool place to visit in the hollydays
Written 15 May 2024
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Shevaani
Seattle, WA105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We drove/ferry from Bergen to Stavanger the day before. Spent the night in this quaint little town. We were told to get to the trail head early - it is about ~ 35 min drive from Stavanger downtime. We were one of the three cars when we go to the parking lot (around 6am).
Even the cafe and the guide shop wasn't open yet. It took us ~1.5hrs to get to the rock. The path to the rock is beautiful. The rock formations, the lakes and tarns are amazing. There are some steep areas and some almost flat land walking. Now we are hikers - it can take up to two ours or more if you have't done hike in a while. But it is still worth it. After we got to the rock - we were the 2nd couple to arrive there. We kept climbing further. That took another 2ish hours, again it was worth it. It felt like you are on a different planet and the views are out of this world.
It is definitely a must do. Easy to get to, clean trail, lots of amenities available at the start of the trail head. Parking lot is huge. Bathrooms are so clean and lots of it. You can't brush your teeth, wash your hair or take a shower in the public bathroom. Norway does an amazing job of trying to keep is clean -let's keep it this way.

Interesting fact - Nepalian Sherpas helped rebuild or improve the trails in 2016, they did a phenomenal job.

Highly recommend.

P.s - if you are an American tourist ( iam an America) please refrain from loud music, throwing your cigarette butts and garbage along the trail. Norway does their best to keep the trail clean and it was sad to see my fellow Americans completely disrespect the nature and do the things we are unfortunately known for...
Written 13 May 2024
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tomas e
Sandnes, Norway4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Me and my family took a lot of pictures because of a fantastic experience and the visibility was so very nice. Its about 600 feets above the watter. There is also so much more stuff u can do in Lysefjorden where prekestolen is.
Written 5 April 2024
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the crazy norwegian
Stavanger Municipality, Norway75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I went with my frend that also has a trippadvisor his name is jonas dhal so chek him out. i had a grate time and it wase funn hiking because ther is a lot of places you can swim in a cool yourself dow. i wold recomend to go in the summer and that you have good hiking gear like good shoes. when you are on the topp you can get a beutefull weiw of the fjord that is underneth
Written 5 April 2024
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