Hiking to Pulpit Rock
It's time to grab your hiking boots! If you want to set your sights on the beautiful scenery that's on offer you're going to have to work for it.
The Pulpit Rock hike starts at Preikestolen Fjellstue (Preikestolen Mountain Lodge). It’s estimated that the 6 km climb will take around 5-6 hours to complete. Although, most people complete it in less. Needless to say, you will cover hilly terrain, tackling steep climbs and uneven rocks. As you ascend, you will pass through pine forests and sections of narrow pathways. The route itself is well sign-posted with wooden posts and rock piles marked with the letter ‘T.’
It can get very busy in high season so be prepared to share the Pulpit Rock walk with other tourists. When you get to the top it’s time to reach for the camera. The plateau is a spectacular Pulpit Rock lookout point for admiring the deep blue waters of Lysefjord. The surface area is not fenced, so take care near the edge.
You'll want to take a break when you're at the top. Rest up and refuel before you start to make the journey back down! Be careful as you follow the meandering footpath back down.
This hike will leave you breathless in more ways than one. We can guarantee that every step and every bit of effort to reach the top is 100% worth it. There really is nothing like it.
Getting from Stavanger to Pulpit Rock
Most people who are planning to hike to the top of Pulpit Rock stay in Stavanger. It’s the closest city to Pulpit Rock meaning that you can grab a few extra hours of sleep. You’re going to need it! There are a number of different ways to get to the beginning of the route at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.
Ferry and car
From Stavanger, it is possible to get the car ferry across to Tau. Once at Tau, it is then a 25-minute drive on the Rv13 National Route.
The car ferry price is around 182 NOK and visitors will also have to pay 200 NOK to park at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. It is worth noting that car parking can become a challenge over the summer months due to the high number of visitors.
Ferry and bus
In peak season, between March and September, Go Fjords can get you from Stavanger to the Pulpit Rock. We run ferries from Stavanger to Tau followed by bus transfers from Tau to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. Visitors will have time to explore and complete the hike before making the return journey.
What you need to take
There is nothing worse than setting off on a hike and realising that you are wearing the most uncomfortable clothing. You don’t want something like that to spoil your day.
Make sure you think about the clothes you are going to wear and take the correct equipment with you. Don’t get caught out by the ever-changing Pulpit Rock weather! Even in the summer months conditions can rapidly change. It’s recommended that you take the following items:
- Good shoes. Ideally, you should wear hiking boots for maximum support.
- Warm clothes. Bring extra layers of clothing with you, including waterproof clothing.
- Food and water. Stay hydrated and keep your energy levels up.
Whether you’re going on a guided hike or exploring alone there are a few rules you should stick to when it comes to safety.
Take the recommended equipment
Simple precautions such as wearing the appropriate footwear will reduce the risk of an accident the Pulpit Rock walk. Make sure you have the right equipment before setting off.
Check the weather forecast
You’re probably aware by now that the weather in Norway can be unpredictable. Check the weather forecast on the day of your hike so you wear the right clothing. If very bad conditions are predicted, you might want to reschedule.
There are no barriers or railings on the hike so be wary when walking on narrow pathways. When you are taking photographs on top of the mountain plateau don’t stand too close to the edge.
Go at your own pace
Climbing Pulpit Rock in Norway is moderately challenging. It’s important to complete the walk at your own pace. Make sure you take a rest if you feel you need to.