About the Preikestolen in Norway /

The Preikestolen, also known as the Pulpit Rock, is one of the most famous and most photographed rocks in Norway. The rock protrudes above the Lysefjord, at an altitude of 604 meters. The fame of the rock formation also ensures a growing number of visitors. Hundreds of thousands of people now visit the Preikestolen every year. According to VisitNorway, a total of 300,000 tourists hiked to the Preikestolen in 2017.
 

Lysefjord /

The Preikestolen towers above the Lysefjord, a fjord over 40 kilometers long. Glaciers have shaped the fjord in the past and made the light granite rock visible. The fjord probably also owes its name to this, because the name means Light fjord. The Lysefjord offers several tourist attractions. Besides the Preikestolen, the Kjeragbolten rock and the scenic route Lyseveien are also known and popular. The scenic route Ryfylke is also close by.
 

Walk to the Preikestolen /

The Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) can only be reached by walking. It is not possible to get to the protruding rock formation by car, bus or other means of transport. Unlike the Trolltunga, the walk to the Preikestolen is not long. In total, a hike to the rock formation takes about four hours, this includes a round trip.

During the walk, the hikers cover a distance of 8 kilometers and a difference in height of 500 meters. Along the way there are a number of steep parts on the trail. The Norwegian authorities describe the walk as ‘moderately difficult’. There are three parts of the route that are qualified as ‘more difficult part’. It is therefore important to have hiking experience and to be prepared for this hike. But the view makes it all worth it.
 

Weather at the Pulpit Rock /

At the top of the mountains it is cooler than in the valley, so it is important to take the right clothes with you. Because there can be strong winds at the Preikestolen, it is recommended to wear wind and waterproof outerwear. It is also recommended to bring an extra set of clothes.

Several roads and hiking trails are closed in the winter months due to the snowfall, this is not the case with the Preikestolen. The rock formation can be visited all year round. It is necessary to wear appropriate clothing in winter. On days with bad weather it is important to follow advice from staff. The staff is present at the Preikestolen parking lot.
 

Accessibility & parking /

The Preikestolen is accessible from the Preikestolen fjellstue. There is a car park here where vehicles can be parked, after which the journey to the Preikestolen can be made on foot. There are also buses from Stavanger to the starting point.
 
Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Norway
 

Highlights near the Preikestolen /

The Preikestolen is located in the Lysefjord, a fjord known for its light granite rock. At the Lysefjord, several highlights are close to each other. We have listed them for you.
 

Lysefjord /

The Lysefjord is located in southwestern Norway, in the county of Rogaland. The nearest major city is Stavanger, a city with over 130,000 inhabitants and several tourist sites.

In addition to the beautiful nature and views, the Lysefjord itself also offers various sights. It is the ideal place to enjoy the beauty that Norway has to offer.
 

Road Lyseveien /

Norway has several beautiful and challenging roads. One of the well-known is the Trollstigen, where you go up or down with 11 hairpin bends. Less well known is the scenic route Lyseveien, located in the Lysefjord. You drive up or down the mountain in 27 hairpin bends. In addition, a 1.1 kilometer long tunnel is part of the mountain road.

Scenic route Lyseveien
 

Kjeragbolten /

If you like amazing rock formations, you should definitely not miss the mountain Kjerag with the world famous Kjeragbolten. This hanging rock is, by Norwegian standards, near the Preikestolen. In a total of 6 to 10 hours, round trip, you will hike to the top of Kjerag. Here is also the Kjeragbolten, a rock that hangs between two mountain walls. From Kjerag and the Kjeragbolten you have an amazing view over the Lysefjord.