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.
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