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Regardless of whether you’re drawn to it for the views, the nature or the hype, Preikestolen and Kjerag are both worth the effort.

Below is a guide on what to expect, how to get there and tips on what to bring in your daypack besides a power bank to make sure your phone camera lasts through all the clicking and filming.

What to anticipate on the hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

Preikestolen, which is also known as Pulpit Rock, is a cliff that stands 604 m (1981 ft) over the Lysefjord. Hiking Preikestolen will give you a unique, up-close perspective of the impressive rock — and reward you with bird’s eye views to the fjord from the top.

The hike itself is between moderate and challenging, roughly about 4 hours to go up and down again. However, the almost 8 km ( 4.7 mi.) clearly signposted returns hike will pass by in a whirlwind of ever-changing terrain, from swampland and forests to the beautiful granite stairways engineered by Nepalese Sherpas.

How to get to Preikestolen

Go Fjords runs the Preikestolen Express bus that takes you from Stavanger city centre to the start of the trail in just an hour. The bus has multiple daily departures.

What to expect on the hike to Kjerag

Roughly 50,000 people hike to the Kjerag boulder every year. The trail is 5 km each way and with a 600 meter (2,600 ft) elevation gain. The duration of the hike varies, but a good rule of thumb is to estimate 3 hours each way.

The hike can be quite tough, with some intensive uphills and potentially slippery rocks. Along some of the most challenging parts, there have been set up chains to help climb the sections. It is a demanding hike even for experienced hikers.

Once you get to the Kjerag boulder you can enjoy stunning views over the Lysefjord’s southern part, and if you dare, step out onto the famous boulder Wedged in a mountain crevasse 1032 meters (3,385 ft) above sea level.

How to get to Kjerag

Go Fjords runs a comfortable direct bus right from Stavanger city centre.

3 smart packing tips for Preikestolen and Kjerag:

  • Be sure to wear proper gear, and especially comfortable and durable hiking boots. The terrain on both hikes is rocky, and if it is rainy it can get very slippery.
  • Pack a pair of light gloves and a hat in your day pack in case the weather turns and it gets cooler than anticipated.
  • Bring extra food and drinks. Once you start your hike you won’t pass any places to refuel along the way.