Norway | Preikestolen Hike

Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) has been named one of the most famous hikes in Norway & after completing the hike in April, I can completely see why…

It towers a whopping 604 metres above the beautiful Lysefjord, making the views absolutely INCREDIBLE!

I vlogged the entire hike & edited it down to a 3 minute video! See Preikestolen for yourself here: https://youtu.be/K8bgNgluwIg (it is my first vlog, be nice to me ha ha!)

Preikestolen, Lysefjord Norway:

In some ways we picked a great time to visit however in other ways we would have been much better visiting in the Summer. The positives were how quiet everything was, meaning we booked our ferry to Preikestolen on the same day, at the port without experiencing any difficulty with availabilty. It also meant the hike was extremely quiet, which made it so enjoyable!  When we reached the top of Pulpit Rock there were only around 40 people already there.  We were lucky enough to capture some great shots without other tourists in view.

On the other hand, traveling to Stavanger in the ‘winter’ months meant we were unable to reach Fløri 4444, Kjerag or Trolls Tongue easily. We were relying on public transport on a Saturday & Sunday which was impossible to get there in a short duration (we travelled Friday – Monday). The ferries don’t run as often in the winter months, therefore I would be sure to check the schedules before you book anything if these are the hikes you would like to do. (we were gutted we couldn’t make it to Fløri 4444, the view from the steps look incredible http://bit.ly/2p4LNHH!)

Whilst we were there, we looked at loads of different timetables/websites and it seemed June – September is the best time to go for ease of public transport around the hikes, although I am sure that will also mean it will be super busy!  If you are thinking of just hiking Preikestolen, I would definitely recommend late April.

We used a company called ‘Tide’ to book our Ferry & Bus tickets together, they were 350 NOK each when booking at the terminal on the same day.  I have since looked online and it is displaying at 320 NOK each, therefore it is cheaper to pre-book! Another bonus, is their website is really clear unlike alot of the other Norwegian websites > http://bit.ly/2qISkF2 <

We would definitely use Tide again, they offer some great tours in the summer, including trips to Troll’s Tongue & Kjerag.

The Hike

We caught the 11:15am ferry from Stavanger which meant we arrived at the bottom of Preikestolen around 12:30pm. It took 1.5 hours to reach the top of Preikestolen and boy, was the hike worth it! It was a moderate hike, the start was pretty steep however after the first 10 minutes it flattened off slightly and became much easier. I would recommend having good quality walking boots and lots of layers. We were cold at the bottom, hot in the middle and freezing at the top! It was also extremely windy at the top therefore bring a woolly hat and gloves to keep warm – I forgot my gloves and couldn’t feel my fingers! Saying that, we saw lots of people walking their dogs along the way and we even saw someone wearing a suit and brogues, they were sliding everywhere on the ice, but it shows it can be done in casual gear!

We were so suprised how quiet it was at the top, We spent around 40 minutes taking photos and then started to hike back down to escape the wind. There are some lovely little spots along the route too, which are perfect for a picnic.

In total, we were 3 hours 40 minutes. We started to hike at 12:30pm, reached the top in 1 hour 30 minutes and then we got back down to the bottom at 4:10pm, our bus left at 5pm – We made it in good timing!

The Lysefjord is absolutely beautiful and I would happily book a flight to Stavanger, to simply complete the Preikestolen hike. Our flights were so cheap too, find out how on this link > https://hannahswancott.co.uk/2016/09/10/weekend-escape/

We also did a cruise along the Lysefjord the next day, can you believe this is Pulpit Rock from down below? You can hardly believe that tiny little ledge is so famous!

Stavanger itself is really pretty too. We spent lots of our time in Ovre Holmegate, which is the most colourful street in the city centre. There are loads of cute little bars and restaurants, our personal favourite was Boker og Borst, it was so cosy! They had an entire bookshelf full of games and books….We were entertained for hours whilst we waited for our flight!

We stayed for 3 nights in the Thon Hotel Stavanger, which was great as it is so central. They included breakfast and also an evening meal, which was really helpful as Norway isn’t the cheapest country I have ever been too!

Take a look at the hike over on YouTube  https://youtu.be/K8bgNgluwIg

Any questions, let me know!

Happy Hiking – Hannah xo

 

 

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22 Comments

  1. May 6, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    That was gorgeous and adventurous, Hannah! Oh, and i love those colorful houses 🙂

    • travelthroughlifehannah
      May 6, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Thanks Matius, the street is so cute ✨

  2. May 7, 2017 / 11:55 am

    The scenery is so incredible! So rugged but so beautiful! I really must travel to Norway one day to see this kind of view. 🙂

  3. Sarah Tonks
    May 8, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Such beautiful views. I’d love to do this!

  4. May 10, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Wow looks amazing, so many beautiful views there. and the town looks so pretty where you stayed. Nice information about getting there as well, very handy for people that are visiting, or want to visit 🙂

    • travelthroughlifehannah
      May 31, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks so much Mia! That’s so kind of you, means the world. 😘😘

  5. June 2, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I love Norway. The country is so beautiful and clean even though it is very expensive to eat out.

  6. Trilby
    July 27, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    This is such a wonderful blog, I love it, what a creative, adventurous and daring woman you are! There’s no way you’d find me having my photo taken on the edge of a 600 metre cliff, vertigo, no no! I’ve been showing it to my English trainees here in France, in the hope it will motivate them to travel more which in turn will improve their English, thank you for this gem and all your hard work and effort. Bonne continuation! 😉

  7. December 18, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I love so much your blog…wonderful!!!

  8. December 18, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    Wow! Talk about mighty mountains and the village looks so quaint

  9. December 19, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    THE views are breathtaking! Way to go girl!

  10. December 28, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Wow what an adventure and those views are just incredible. Friends of mine went to Norway just before Christmas and they noted it was quite expensive x

  11. December 28, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    I remember just how expensive Norway was when I visited Oslo in 2016, not heard of Preikestolen and though I am not much of a hiker would love to check out the place

  12. December 28, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I love reading travel blogs x

  13. December 28, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    I have never been to Norway although I know that it has a reputation as being expensive so its great that HOTEL STAVANGER, included a breakfast and evening meal. Beautiful photos too!

  14. December 28, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Norway is beautiful and the view spectacular and we are loving all your photos. Looks like you are not afraid of heights either.

  15. December 28, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Your pictures are so stunning, I’d love to visit Norway but I think I’ll wait till it’s a bit warmer:-).

  16. December 28, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Oh wow, your photos are amazing. I woudl be too scared to be close to the cliff edge though, I’m too used to the chalk cliffs here in East Sussex that crumble under yoru feet. Norway is definitely on my hit list longer term. Thanks, Mich x

  17. hannah
    December 28, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    The scenery just looks amazing. i haven’t been to Norway

  18. December 29, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    What spectacular views. My parents went to Norway many years ago and told me how beautiful it was. I don’t think they enjoying the voyage on the North Sea very much though!

  19. September 27, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Those photos are amazing. I loved that colourful street, it has so much character.

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