Preikestolen Trail (Pulpit Rock)

MODERATE 34 reviews

Preikestolen Trail (Pulpit Rock) is a 8.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Eiane, Rogaland, Norway that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
502 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

Located in Western Norway in the municipality of Forsand (just south of Jørpeland) in Rogaland County, this trail goes to Preikestolen (also known as Pulpit Rock) and is one of Norway's most popular hiking trails. Looking out over the Lysefjord from the plateau of Pulpit Rock is an incredible experience with spectacular views 1,982 feet above sea level. You can reach the trailhead by car or by public transportation (which requires a ferry ride followed by a bus). The trail's starting point is at the mountain lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue where there is a parking area. Allow a few hours to complete this hiking trip. If you prefer, you can choose to do a tour with a travel guide which run daily from April to October (dependent on weather), or admire Pulpit Rock from fjord tour on a boat. Preikestolen is a busy trail and you will likely be sharing the it with many people. To avoid crowds, you can start the hike at night and get to the top by sunrise for an incredible view. Make sure to wear hiking shoes, as there are some rocky sections on the hike. This is a relatively easy hike compared to other hikes in Norway but is not recommended for young children. If you are looking for lodging, there are a few places to stay nearby including Preikestolen Fjellstue and Lilland Hotell. You can also stay in Stavanger and take a fjord cruise on the Lysefjord. Make sure to check the weather forecast prior to heading out your trip.

4 days ago

Amazing views!! Pretty tough uphill portions but overall not too bad.

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7 days ago

amazing views!

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23 days ago

We started at 3:00 am to avoid crowds and we had a beautiful hike that included sunrise.

Amazing views. Very windy at the top. went out of season so it was very quiet. wonderful hike

25 days ago

One of the best views I’ve had at the end of a hike. Got to eat lunch dangling 1800 feet above the water.

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3 months ago

Fantastic hike. It is challenging and you need to be in decent shape. The view from the top is absolutely amazing. We took a Fjord cruise followed by the hike. It was cool to see the Fjord from the bottom and then the top. Make sure to actually wear shoes appropriate for hiking. There were a few tourists trying to do this hike in high heels. It was a sprained ankle waiting to happen.

4 months ago

Simply amazing! Can be busy but still excellent.

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8 months ago

Nice hike, great view. One of the more busy/toeristic hikes in Norway.

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing view ! Be careful a lot of wind at the top.

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9 months ago

If this hike were just about anywhere else, I would give it 5-stars. This one is great, but it just doesn't compare to Trolltunga or Kjerag. If you do this one, make sure you hike up above Pulpit Rock and do the loop trail. There are far fewer people and the views are much better than on the rock itself.

9 months ago

This hike is not for the faint of heart. It is worth attempting. Not necessarily difficult, just continuous effort. We've been twice with our 6 and 8 yr olds. Certainly, the summit is breathtaking, but there is much to see on the way up and back. Our first climb was on a sunny 21 degree day in June. Our second climb, was maybe 18 degrees and rainy (not a sprinkle, heavy rain) in late July. I'd do it again!

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely awesome trail for the avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast. Short distance wise but you get a respectable 2000ft elevation gain. If you ever find yourself in the beautiful country of Norway, you simply have to partake in this fjord-set adventure. In the upper parts of the trail you'll come across a series of little lakes and rain basins dotted with colorful heather and various conifers. Once you summit the Pulpit Rock you'll be able to indulge in a beautiful vista that is the Lysefjord gleaming in vibrant turquoise color. You'll experience varied terrain ranging from compacted earth, man-made wooden bridges spanning across swamps to boulder fields and near vertical talus slopes. Some scrambling is required.

11 months ago

Nice view, too crowded in summer

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Awesome!

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