Preikestolen in Rogaland was on my list for hiking for quite a while and for this trip I nailed it on my map. I drove up from Kristiansand, spend 2 days in Stavanger and when the weather turned to be good again, I took the ferry over to Tau/Jorpeland.
It is indeed an amazing photo subject, and one of the world’s most spectacular viewing point. It rises 604 meters above the Lysefjord, a 25 x 25 meters’ plateau most probably shaped by the expansion of ice approximately 1,000 years ago.
- Ascent: 350 m
- Time: 4-6 hours up and down, depending on your fitness level
- Distance: 6 km from Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
- Season: April to October is the best time for the hike. Winter will be very difficult because of snow, which makes the hike quite dangerous.
The terrain and the path is quite hilly. You will have to manage a 350-meter difference of altitude. So be prepared. It’s not a Sunday walk in the park at home. It goes up and down and flat. There are sections on the path that are steep, which will challenge your condition. Rocks and sometimes rocks formed to stairs. But there are also areas with a plateau with wooden walkways over muddy areas for a more relaxed walk, which gives your legs time to recover but also really nice spots to take a rest with nice views.
About ¾ of the hike you will get to a plateau with ponds of water. A nice area to rest and cool off your feet before the last quarter to the top. Maybe you want to jump into the ice-cold water. It sure is nice to refresh and will definitely give you the feeling of “doing the wild thing”.
When you finally reach the top, you certainly will get rewarded by an amazingly beautiful view over Lysefjord and the mountain plateaus across Preikestolen. It is truly breathtaking. It will immediately stop you from complaining all the way up on why, why you did go on this challenging hike. Sit down for a while and breath.
Now you will be ready to walk closer to the edge, maybe all the way and sit right on the edge for a picture. I personally didn’t sit on the edge with my legs hanging over.
My plan was to camp up on the top and have a breathtaking view when waking up in the early morning with no people around. So, when I arrived at the parking lot I packed my backpack for one overnight and started to hike this steep trail up. Wow … it really challenged my fitness conditions. Up and down steep walks, rocks and again rocks. I had to rest several times but the view was amazing.
It was already in the afternoon and thus other people were on their way down. At first it looked like that I will be the only one up there but later some Norwegians also hiked up with full gear for one overnight. It was great when I finally reached the top. I was indeed very proud that I made it up with a 20kg backpack. Next time I will certainly decide on what of my camera gear I will carry with me.
O.k. one last hike of to the very top, overlooking the plateau from above was ahead of me. It was worth it!
Finally – I made it. The very top. I found a beautiful spot to put up my tent, prepared dinner and had a cup of tea. For the rest of the day I decided to just sit and enjoy this breathtaking view. Later when it was dark, I joint the Norwegian hikers at a log-fire, and sharing some good stories form previous hikes. The temperature was at 5C at night. I think not too cold for a good night sleep.
When I opened my tent next morning, I think it was about 6 a.m., the view was just great. I got water from a nearby pond and had a good cup of coffee. After breakfast, I packed my gear and slowly headed back down. I reached the Lodge before noon. Time for a small lunch, sorting all the photos I took, and checking the maps for my next destination – TROLLTUNGA !
SAFTY NOTES FOR HIKING
- I really recommend good trekking shoes or hiking boots, warm clothing, food and drinks. I have seen many people on this hike just wearing sneakers, which is very dangerous or just a t-shirt with no extra jacket! I saw them freezing on the top! You will have to walk on rocks that can get slippery when wet or step into mud.
- Please, check the weather forecast before you go on a hike. Remember, the weather can quickly change from warm and sunny weather to wind and rain. If there is snow, it’s recommended to go with a guide.
- Don’t forget the timing. Make sure you start early to have enough time to enjoy the amazing view on the top and to avoid the loss of daylight on your return hike. Google or ask at the local tourist information for the time of sunset as well as weather conditions.
- By car: take the ferry from Stavanger to Tau/Jorpeland. It’s approximately a 15-20 minutes’ drive from the ferry. There two parking lots. One at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge and another one about 2 km before you will get to lodge. The fee for parking is about 200 NKR.
- By bus: there is a bus from the ferry to the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. You can buy a combined return ticket for the ferry and bus from Stavanger for approximately 350 NKR.
- Hotel: The Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
- Hostel: There is a hostel located at the lake by the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, managed by the lodge.
- Camp ground: The camping site is located 4 km from the start of the trail to Preikestolen. In the main building, you will find the reception, restaurant, gift shop and internet café as well as tourist information. There is enough space for campers and tents to not be so close to your neighbors.
OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
- Preikestolen Camping offers helicopter sightseeing flights, which will take you over the Preikestolen and through part of the Lysefjord. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
- Guide Kayak Tours: From June 1 until September 1 there are guided kayak tours departing from the Jørpeland quay. The trip takes about three hours and tours the Jørpelandsholmen area. The islands you will pass are quiet, with nice beaches and offer a variety of sea life. If you’re lucky you might see seals or eagles during the tour. The tour can be taken in single or double kayaks and is suitable for both, beginners and advanced kayakers.
- Preikestolen from the Fjord: To see Preikestolen from the fjord It is also wonderful experience. You can see Preikestolen from the fjord, either from a sightseeing boat or from a car ferry going from Lauvvik, Oanes, Stavanger, or from several other places.
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- Golf: Next to the camp ground is the Preikestolen Golf Club. Go for a round of golf with a wonderful view of the mountain range. prgk.no
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