The hike to Preikestolen starts from the fee-based car park at Preikestolen Basecamp. The car park is approximately a 10-minute drive from Jørpeland and a 40-minute drive from Stavanger. There is a service building with toilets at the parking.
About the Preikestolen hike
The hike to Preikestolen is 4 kilometres one way and has a total elevation gain of 500 metres. It's common to estimate around 2 hours each way.
Preikestolen rises 604 metres above the Lysefjord. The mountain plateau has been named one of the world's most spectacular viewing points by both CNN Go and Lonely Planet.
The first 500 metres take you up a winding gravel road with an elevation gain of over 80 metres. It levels out a bit before the trail continues gradually upward on the mountain. It is well-prepared with bridges over the wettest sections and Sherpa steps on the steepest and most demanding parts. This makes the hike easier, while also preserving the environment.
There are many nice spots along the trail to take a break. Tjødnane, about 1 kilometre from Preikestolen, is a great place to combine your meal break with a refreshing dip in the small lake.
During the hike, you'll pass through birch forests and walk on smooth rocks in a gently rolling terrain. When you catch a glimpse of the Lysefjord, you'll know you're getting closer. As you walk alongside the famous fjord, Preikestolen suddenly comes into view with its characteristic shape. Upon reaching the flat plateau, which is only 25 x 25 metres in size, you can enjoy the fantastic view of the Lysefjord.
After taking the obligatory photos and having a well-deserved break, the hike back follows the same route.
Remember to bring packed lunch, good shoes, and warm clothing, even in summer. Despite the pleasant temperature at the car park, there's often a chilly breeze at the top.
Off season hike
You can hike to Preikestolen all year round, but the peak season is from April to October. To avoid crowds during the summer, it's wise to take advantage of the long days by starting the hike early in the morning or late in the afternoon, but never so late that you won't be back before dark.
Visiting Preikestolen during the off-season is becoming increasingly popular. Witnessing the autumn sunrise and embarking on a winter trek with crampons on a snow-covered and icy trail are unique hiking experiences you will never forget.
Due to the winter weather conditions, we recommend using a guide from January to March. The professional guides from Explore Lysefjorden are trained to navigate safely through rapidly changing weather conditions and carry all necessary safety equipment.
Furthermore, the guide company organizes transportation, which can be a challenge during the off-season.
At Preikestolen 365, you can get updated information about the weather, trail conditions, and parking.
How to get to Preikestolen?
By bus to Preikestolen parking:
By car to Preikestolen parking:
From Stavanger, drive the subsea tunnel to Solbakk and follow signposting to Preikestolen. Parking fee.
Remember to bring:
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Warm clothing - there's often a chilly breeze at the top, even in summer
- Water - you can't refill along the trail