Hiking Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Norway – The Ultimate Guide

Hiking Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Norway – The Ultimate Guide

(updated February 3, 2021)

Have you dreamed of Hiking Preikestolen in Norway?

Preikestolen or “Pulpit Rock” holds the title of being one of the most spectacular viewing points in the world, and I can vouch for that! Here is everything you need to know about Hiking Preikestolen in Norway.

hiking priekestolen

1. Getting to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

There are numerous ways to get to Preikestolen. The most common way is taking the ferry from Stavanger to Tau. Read alternative ways to Preikestolen here

The ferry from Stavanger to Tau will cost you approximately 60 kroner ($7 USD) and typically run every 40 minutes, however, make sure to check the google timetables as they may change depending on the day and season.

hiking priekestolen in Norway
Lilland Hostel Vaulali

2. Where to stay 

Lodging in Tau will be the closest option to Preikestolen. However, Stavanger is only a 40-minute ferry ride and a short drive.

If you are really trying to save money, skip the comfort accommodation and pitch a tent, camping is legal anywhere in Norway as long as you don’t start a campfire!

  1. Lilland Hostel Vaulali – The view of the fjord this hostel sits on is unbeatable, and breakfast is included! Although it says “hostel” you are not sharing rooms with anyone, it’s just not quite as luxurious as a hotel room would be. You cannot get here without a car, it’s a beautiful getaway in the middle of Tau’s beautiful nature. Paddleboarding & canoe rentals are available as well! *This hotel is only open during peak season*
  2. Lilland Brewery Hotel – A boutique hotel & microbrewery 10 minutes from the ferry dock. You can enjoy a pack of locally brewed beer along with a delicious breakfast. This hotel is more centrally located in Tau and one of your best options if you don’t have a car as the Preikestolen bus tours depart at the ferry dock.
  3. Lilland Hostel Tau – Located directly next to the hotel and a 10-minute walk from the ferry port. Equipped with kitchens and entertainment facilities, perfect for families.

My recommendation– Lilland Hostel Vaulali. It is breathtakingly beautiful and by far the best value (see photo above). Again, check to make sure it is open during your traveling dates, and book in advance as this is the most popular accommodation in Tau. In addition to staying in Tau, I would highly recommend staying a couple of nights in Stavanger, it’s a lovely city.

hiking priekestolen in Norway

3. Hiking at Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

People of all ages and moderate physical activity are able to enjoy hiking Preikestolen. All you need is a light jacket, durable hiking or tennis shoes, a water bottle, snacks, and a camera! It is crowded most of the day, but in the afternoon/early evening is the best time to go, as that’s when all the tourists are leaving.

Tip- google Pulpit Rock Weather before arranging your trip. Odds are, it will be at least drizzling when you go, but you don’t want to go in the pouring rain!

Hiking at Preikestolen was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my time in Norway. If you will be traveling near the south of Norway – you must make this hike at the top of your list! Who knows, maybe you’ll see Tom Cruise hangin’ out? 🙂

hiking Preikestolen in Norway
pic credit “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” movie

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