Another great Norwegian hike to finish your week! If you know anything about Pinterest and Norway, you have probably heard about or seen Trolltunga and Preikestolen.
Why You Should Go
With over 200,000 people visiting each year, Preikestolen is Norway’s most popular hike, and it is easy to understand why. The views that await you on this relatively short hike will leave you stunned. Nature just REALLY kicks ass.
Getting to Preikestolen
We drove from Stavanger to Jørpeland before continuing onto the base of Preikestolen. The drive is straight forward and does not require a ferry. I would recommend staying the night in Jørpeland. There is an hotel, hostel, and cafe at the base of Preikestolen. You must pay for parking at the base. We arrived around 730 PM with the plan to hustle our way up and down. We hoped to miss the crowds and catch “Pulpit Rock” relatively empty. This was a great plan!
If you don’t have a car, you can take either a bus to Jørpeland or a ferry to Tau. You can also take a bus from Jørpeland to the base. More information here.
The Preikestolen Trail
Dave and I ran-hiked our way over 3.8 km of trail in 1.5 hours, spent about 45 minutes at the top, and took 40 minutes to reach the bottom. If you’re a normal human (and not cray-cray like Dave and me), plan on a 4 or 5 hour trip. During the walk, you traverse boardwalks in a bog, a forest, and boulders. It’s rare to hike through so many different types of terrain on one trail! There are markers with “T” that tell you how much longer you have in the hike and “T” spray painted on rocks to mark the path, so we didn’t have to worry about wandering off trail too much. There are pools that are safe to swim in along the trail. Dave tested the water, and decided it was too chilly for an evening dip. There was hardly anyone on the trail, which is always awesome.
To reach the infamous Pulpit Rock, you have to walk along the edge of the cliff. Pulpit Rock is a platform about 25 m x 25 m and stands 600 m above the. GULP. If you don’t like hiking near cliff edges (understandable), you can take the “hill trail” to avoid the narrowest and most intimidating part of the hike. This hill trail splits off the main trail near the end, but it is more steep! The trail ends with an awesome viewpoint of Pulpit Rock, so check it out at some point. I’d recommend it for the trail home.
I was worried about running out of daylight, so we didn’t spend a lot of time exploring. We took our photos, ate a snack, and hurried back down.
- The trail was redone in 2012 by Sherpas from Nepal. They created the stone steps that make the trail so great!
- The sunrise happens directly in front of Preikestolen, and makes for a great photo opportunity.
- You can camp on Pulpit Rock!
- The trail is open from April-October.
- The best time to go is early or late in the day and on weekdays.
What to Bring
- Bring your backpack with layers of clothing and be prepared for changes in weather.
- Bring snacks, a compass, and follow Norway’s Mountain Code.
Preikestolen was an incredible hike, and I highly recommend it to anyone who feels comfortable hiking a moderate trail. The trail appears short, but is relatively demanding in various parts of the trail. If you are going to Norway and want one one trail to give you stunning views of the fjords, this may be your hike!
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