Trips

Hiking excursion to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)

Hike to Pulpit Rock, 604m above Lysefjord
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Colourful sunrise on Preikestolen (pulpit-rock) - famous tourist attraction in the municipality of Forsand in Rogaland county, Norway.

Overview

Travel from Stavanger by boat, bus and foot to Preikestolen
  • Season
    March 29th - October 28th.
  • Departure point
    Stavanger
  • Duration
    8 hours

Pulpit Rock is a glacial rock formation 604m above Lysefjord. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway which is why so many people hike up for stunning views of the fjord. The trek to the summit of Preikestolen is unguided and has a clearly marked path, but before you begin the hike, you need a simple way to get there.

The excursion begins at Stavanger and takes you to Tau by boat. From here, you will take the bus to Preikestolen Parking which is where you will begin your hike. Once you have arrived at Preikestolen, you can climb to the top of Pulpit Rock at your leisure. The hike ascends by 350m and is fairly demanding but the breathtaking views from the top make the uphill climb worthwhile. We want to make your journey to the start of the hike as simple as possible which is why we offer both the boat crossing and the bus transfer which takes you right to the start of your hike.

The bus will drop you off and pick you up from Preikestolen Parking which is where you will begin and end your tour. So leave the travelling to us and you can focus on conquering Pulpit Rock.

Tour times

There are a number of departures from Stavanger and Tau throughout the day, and plenty of return journeys from Preikestolen and Tau, so you’re sure to find a journey time to suit you. There are also additional bus and ferry departures which operate from 1st June to 31st August. When you are planning which ferry and bus to take towards Pulpit Rock, don’t forget to account for how long the hike will take so you can make it back in time for your return journey.

A suggested Pulpit Rock Hiking Itinerary

07:30- Depart by ferry from Fiskepiren boat terminal in Stavanger

08:15- Arrive by ferry at Tau

08:20- Depart by bus from Tau

08:50- Arrive by bus at Preikestolen Parking

09:00- Depart by foot from Preikestolen Parking

11:00- Arrive by foot at the top of Pulpit Rock

11:15- Depart by foot from the top of Pulpit Rock

13:15- Arrive by foot at Preikestolen Parking

13:25- Depart by bus from Preikestolen Parking by bus

14:05- Arrive by bus at Tau

14:15- Depart by ferry from Tau

15:30- Arrive by ferry at Fiskepiren boat terminal in Stavanger

Prices and departures

Prices

From Stavanger


From Preikestolhytta



Quoted prices apply to online bookings. An additional charge may apply on trips where purchasing on site is available.

There are various departure times from Stavanger to Tau and Tau to Preikestolen throughout the season and the same applies for return journeys. Between 1st June to 31st August, additional bus and ferry services will operate. 

The best way to plan your journey is by viewing our timetable and printing a copy or taking a screenshot of the timetable so you have all journey times to hand whilst on your trip. 

Departures

From Stavanger


In September we have several daily departures. Please see the full timetable.

In October we only run this trip on Saturdays at 08:15 a.m. and 09:45 a.m., and Sundays  at 09:00 a.m and 09:45 from Fiskepirterminalen in Stavanger.

From Preikestolhytta


 In September we have daily departures. Please see the full timetable.  Also note that we have added an extra departure leaving Preikestolhytta at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

In October this trip only runs on Satudays and Sundays. The only return departure leaves Preikestolhytta at 4:00 p.m.



Map

Highlights

Sights on the trip

  • Stavanger

    Spend some time in Stavanger before and/or after your trip to Preikestolen. Stavanger is the 4th biggest city in Norway and there is plenty to see and do. Experience unique museums, colourful buildings, quaint streets, Stavanger Cathedral and the market if you have more time in the city. There are also lots of shops and supermarkets so stock up on food, drink and any extra layers you may need before your hike.

    A reflection of down town Stavanger waterfront with the silhouette of a young man mirrored in a glas monument.
  • The hiking terrain

    The hike from the starting point by Preikestolen Mountain Lodge to Preikestolen is one of Norway's most popular hikes. The goal is of course Preikestolen with its unique rockformation. However, the hike to and from Preikestolen is also beautiful as you walk through gorgeous Western Norwegian forest terrain.

    A person walking on a wooden path on the way to Preikestolen. He is surrounded by green grass and forest trees.
  • Lysefjord

    Lysefjord is a 42km fjord in the south west of Norway. The fjord is almost completely straight and is lined with walls of mountains and granite rock formations which tower up to 3000 ft above sea level. From the top of Pulpit Rock, you will have magnificent views of the fjord and the surrounding scenery which will take your breath away. Admire the stunning geology and landscape of the Lysefjord, which was originally formed by glaciers in the ice age.

    A girl with blond hair, pink head band and a blue hiking jacket having eye contact with her golden colored dog at Preikestolen. Between the two you see the Lysefjord and the rock landscape that surrounds the area.
  • The Pulpit Rock

    Pulpit Rock is one of Norway’s top attractions. The mountain ledge is 604m above sea level and provides stunning views over Lysefjord. Climbing to the top of Pulpit Rock takes around 4 hours, including the return journey, but can take longer depending on fitness levels and breaks along the way. Despite the climb being challenging in places, it is well worth the hike so you can tick Pulpit Rock off your bucket list and experience stunning views over the fjord.

    Two girls lying on a cliff above Preikestolen looking down at a large crowd of people that are walking on the rock itself. In the background you see Lysefjorden and the surrounding rock landscape.

Practical information

Top tips and advice

Facilities at the departure points

Stavanger

  • Stavanger Tourist Information Centre
  • Supermarkets
  • Cafes/Restaurants
  • Shops
  • Cash points

Tau

  • Supermarket (Coop)
  • Cashpoint (Coop)

Preikestolen

  • Car park
  • Tourist information
  • Toilets
  • Restaurant and cafe in Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
  • Gift shop
  • Hire walking gear from Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
  • Book additional activities from Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

Please note that there are no toilet facilities during the hike to Pulpit Rock. 

What to wear

It is essential that you should dress in comfortable walking gear and also pack additional layers so you are prepared for any changes in the weather. You will need to be well prepared for hiking in Norway no matter what time of year you are travelling, so here are the basic essentials:

  • Hiking shoes (the rocky terrain can be slippery)
  • Lightweight jacket and trousers that are waterproof and windproof
  • Additional layers (fleece, socks etc.) 
  • Hat, scarf & gloves (weather dependent)
  • Backpack to carry your food and drink

Before you set off for your hike, make sure you check the weather forecast so you can dress appropriately as you may need sunscreen on a sunny day or extra warm layers if it is colder.

Most importantly, bad weather can make your hike even riskier. If the weather starts to change on your ascent, you may want to start heading straight back to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge rather than compromising your safety. 

Where to eat/buy food & drink

There is a restaurant and cafe in Preikestolen Mountain Lodge which is great for a bite to eat before and after your trip, but you will need to take a packed lunch with you as well. The hike can take 4-6 hours, depending on how physically fit you are and how fast you walk. However, the weather can change quickly so you need to make sure you have enough food and drinks to sustain you in case the hike takes longer. In which case, there are lots of supermarkets close to Stavanger where your tour departs from, including Organic Grocery AS and KIWI Magasin Blå, which are both within a 5-minute walk of the departure point.

Additional information

The hike to Pulpit Rock is unguided and taken at your own risk. It is around 6km long over hilly terrain and is well marked. 

Once you’re ready for your trip, make sure you have fun, stay safe and don’t forget your camera to capture the magnificent views from Pulpit Rock.

The tour is operated by Tide. If you have any questions, please contact Tide's customer service desk at [email protected] or phone +4755238700. Opening hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.