Preikestolen Hike in Norway – The Ultimate Guide

Last Updated on May 6, 2024 by Natalie

Have you dreamed of accomplishing the iconic Preikestolen Hike in Norway?

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About Preikestolen

Nestled in the breathtaking Norwegian fjords, Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock, stands as an awe-inspiring natural wonder that captures the hearts of adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. This enchanting 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.

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My Preikestolen Essentials

How to get to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

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There are many ways to get to Preikestolen. The most common way is taking the ferry from Stavanger to Tau.

Ferry from Stavanger to Tau 

If you’re driving to Preikestolen from Stavanger, it will take approximately an hour and a half, including a ferry transfer.

Ferries from Stavanger to Tau typically run five times a day and costs vary depending on season, number of travelers, and whether or not you have a vehicle. During the weekend, they do not run as often.

Be sure to check the Google timetables as they may change depending on the day and season. Purchase ferry tickets to Tau here.

Once you get to Tau, you can continue to drive or wait for the Pulpit Rock shuttle, which will take you to the starting point of the hike.

Hike Transfers and Guided Tours

Booking a roundtrip transfer or all-inclusive guided tour can offer a stress-free, relaxed Preikestolen experience if you don’t want to worry about ferry timetables and transportation.

Check out this guided hiking tour to Preikestolen.

GoFjords has an express shuttle bus that departs from Stavanger.

Where to stay 

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Plan your stay in Tau or Stavanger. Lodging in Tau will be the closest option to Preikestolen, however, it’s a small town and there isn’t much to do there. Stavanger is much bigger and only a 40-minute ferry ride and a short drive. If you can afford to stay near the city center in Stavanger, that will likely be your best option.

I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at a hostel nearby in TAU (no longer in operation) so I was already based in the area.

Stavanger is pretty expensive, so here are a variety of lodging options for your trip.

$ – Best Western Hvaly Hotel

$$ – Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel

$$ – Lilland Brewery Hotel (Tau)

$$$ – Thon Hotel Stavanger

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Tips for Preikestolen Hike

People of all ages and with moderate physical activity can 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 the afternoon/early evening is the best time to go, as that’s when all the tourists are leaving.

Be sure to 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!

Pulpit Rock stands as an awe-inspiring testament to the wonders of nature and the thrill of adventure. Its panoramic cliffs offer an unparalleled view of the untamed beauty of the Norweigan fjords below.

Whether you are an experienced hiker seeking a challenge or an adventurer in search of inspiration, Pulpit Rock’s allure as an amazing hike remains undeniable, beckoning travelers from all walks of life to answer the call of the wild and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Have the most incredible time on your Preikestolen hike adventure.

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  1. Wow this is so beautiful. My “moderate fitness” might even take me there one day. I always thought it is a strenuous long hike and the number of people I saw on pictures put me off.

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