Pulpit Rock
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  • Ian C
    Singapore, Singapore126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Hike with Breath Taking Views
    Beautiful hike up to very unique rock with breath taking views of the Lysefjord. You can drive to the Preikestolen (the name in Norwegian) Base camp. There is a lot of parking space, including space for motorhomes and caravans. Do note that you have to pay for parking and only cards are accepted by the terminal. The hike from there is well marked and is approximately 4-5 hours round trip. Do bring sturdy hiking boots with a good grip as some parts of the trail can be very slippery. And bring a good camera :)
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Joc
    66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    What a stunner. Hiking up to Pulpit Rock was a pleasure - there are some challenging parts of the climb but paths are clearly marked. Views over the fjord are very much worth the effort. Start early to avoid the crowds!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Sasha
    Hamburg, Germany15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience, be ware of shuttle busses tho
    somewhat challenging climb, it took us 2,5h to go up and around 1,5h to go down by climbing on moderate speed, so estimate 2-2 is correct. Definitely worth it, if you can do this while visiting Stavanger. Side note if you are booking shuttle bus: they have quite chilled approach meaning they will be somewhat late, our for the way back came on time by "had to rest for 45 min because of they had more than usual traffic".We almost missed our cruise, they gave 0 f*cks to that, made their unplanned break to the last minute. So shuttle buses are necessary evil just try to take not last route.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Janice S
    London, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth The Climb
    Visited Stavanger on cruise and booked the trip to climb Pulpit Rock. We did climb it about 12 years ago, but as we have walked around the town before we fancied a bit of a hike and wondered if we could still do it, as we’re not spring chickens. Well I won’t say it’s easy as there are quite large boulders to step over as you are climbing and steep steps but we made it to the top after a couple of hours. The views are spectacular and sitting on top of Pulpit Rock eating our lunch was magic. So if you’re able to climb it ( and you do need good footwear) then go for it, it’s definitely an achievement.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Alex
    Katwijk, The Netherlands74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view, challenging hike
    When you start you will think you can easy do this. But you will really challenge yourself to get up all the way to the top. It's a heavy hike, not as heavy as the other hikes in Norway. But it is a challenging one. To get up and done it took me 6 hours ( i didn't know what i would expect). The earlier you start your hike, the lesser the amount of people on the pulpit rock. If you don't own hiking gear, or if you forgot to bring some. Then you can rent it at the basecamp. Get yourself a keychain if you made it to the top!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Steve T
    Stalbridge, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning view, hard hike
    Worth the hike for the views. This is not an easy walk up a hill, the trail has large steps and uneven ground then is even more challenging on the way down, gets crowded in places on the route, with lots of people at the top taking pictures in key points. The views down the fjord and across the hills is stunning and so glad we did it
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Ann-Christin
    Torslanda, Sweden1,359 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenging but worth it
    Best advice - beat the crowds by getting there as early as you can. While it can be a bit of a challenge to scramble over rocks and boulders the hordes of people also make it a bit difficult. The view at the top is lovely though and well worth it.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Harrison F. Carter
    Auckland, New Zealand12,830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real treat...
    A much shorter and easier hike than Kjerag, but also as awesome. Loved this visit. Got very lucky with the weather - used yr.no online - and this was very accurate. Predicted a sunny dry spell of 4 hours, 6am till 10am, and this was our window... and it was right. The rain started just after 10am and we were down by then having enjoyed a wonderful hike and visit, and avoiding the huge crowds of people too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Georgia M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom483 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do!
    An absolutely stunning hike, not to be missed if you’re in the area! We took the excursion from our cruise ship P&O Iona and didn’t have an awful lot of time but still enough time and absolutely worth it. Considering the low mileage and easy level of difficulty, it was harder and took longer than I expected. But definitely do-able in 1hr 30/45 each way if you’re used to walking/hiking. For me, it did live up to the title of one of the best hikes in the world. Not just for the final point but the hike itself is also scenic and beautiful. Would definitely recommend
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Edel H
    Tjotta, Norway5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning mountain, and really worth the hike!
    The view is amazing! I took a lot of pictures. It was back in 2012. Pulpit Rock has´nt changed that much I think. I can recommend the mountain to all. It is worth all climbing, it is a nice hike for most people, and one is always rewarded with a stunning view at the top. Best to do the hike in from June to September. Doing it in autumn, winter and early spring is not recommended. Some days might be cloudy.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 August 2023
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MJ&Sander
Norway102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
An amazing hike that anyone can do, anytime of the year.. be aware.. the car parking is £££ (250nok around £20)
We went in May and got to the carpark around 11am, there were lots and lots of people so I think in Peak Season it will be really busy and take you twice as long, especially waiting for photos at the top.

It took us around 55mins to reach Prekistolen but we hoofed it up without any breaks, we also ran all the way back down (trail runners) so it was a nice challenge for us (1hr 27mins in total) but I think for the average person, take 3-4 hours round trip.

ANYONE can do this hike, it's literally made for purpose now; The path has changed alot and 99% of it has been created/laid by the wonderful Nepalese which makes the ground sturdy- even in winter hiking is possible as you don't hike on grassy areas that could be boggy. There are a few nice wooden bridges to cross which makes great photo opportunities also.

There is alot of steep sections, so take your time and take plenty of water and snacks. Respect the mountain and be courteous to your fellow hikers. We had glorious sunshine but be mindful the weather can change at any point, take a waterproof jacket as well as warm clothing.

TOP TIP: continue the hike up from Prekistolen, follow the red Ts up the side of the mountain and here you can not only enjoy a fresh water spring but we feel there were better photo opportunities as you enjoy looking down onto Preikestolen and also into the magnificent fjord. It is a lot quieter too, less people make the hike further up, we took the opportunity to do a bit of exploring and had our lunch with an amazing view!
Written 21 May 2024
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TheGuyFromNorway
Stavanger Municipality, Norway5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Hiking to Preikestolen/Pulpit Rock is no small feat. From the car park, the hike follows a well-marked trail for an 8-kilometre (5-mile) round trip. This means it'll take around 4–5 hours total. The hike to Pulpit Rock is classified as a moderate hike. you also gotta get to norway so it would be a cool place to visit in the hollydays
Written 15 May 2024
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Shevaani
Seattle, WA83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We drove/ferry from Bergen to Stavanger the day before. Spent the night in this quaint little town. We were told to get to the trail head early - it is about ~ 35 min drive from Stavanger downtime. We were one of the three cars when we go to the parking lot (around 6am).
Even the cafe and the guide shop wasn't open yet. It took us ~1.5hrs to get to the rock. The path to the rock is beautiful. The rock formations, the lakes and tarns are amazing. There are some steep areas and some almost flat land walking. Now we are hikers - it can take up to two ours or more if you have't done hike in a while. But it is still worth it. After we got to the rock - we were the 2nd couple to arrive there. We kept climbing further. That took another 2ish hours, again it was worth it. It felt like you are on a different planet and the views are out of this world.
It is definitely a must do. Easy to get to, clean trail, lots of amenities available at the start of the trail head. Parking lot is huge. Bathrooms are so clean and lots of it. You can't brush your teeth, wash your hair or take a shower in the public bathroom. Norway does an amazing job of trying to keep is clean -let's keep it this way.

Interesting fact - Nepalian Sherpas helped rebuild or improve the trails in 2016, they did a phenomenal job.

Highly recommend.

P.s - if you are an American tourist ( iam an America) please refrain from loud music, throwing your cigarette butts and garbage along the trail. Norway does their best to keep the trail clean and it was sad to see my fellow Americans completely disrespect the nature and do the things we are unfortunately known for...
Written 13 May 2024
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tomas e
Sandnes, Norway4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Me and my family took a lot of pictures because of a fantastic experience and the visibility was so very nice. Its about 600 feets above the watter. There is also so much more stuff u can do in Lysefjorden where prekestolen is.
Written 5 April 2024
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the crazy norwegian
Stavanger Municipality, Norway75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I went with my frend that also has a trippadvisor his name is jonas dhal so chek him out. i had a grate time and it wase funn hiking because ther is a lot of places you can swim in a cool yourself dow. i wold recomend to go in the summer and that you have good hiking gear like good shoes. when you are on the topp you can get a beutefull weiw of the fjord that is underneth
Written 5 April 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Preikestolen is located 600 meters above one of the deepest fjords in Norway – Luse Fjord. The top of the cliff is a square measuring 25 by 25 meters, which offers a breathtaking view of the fjord. The approximate age of the rock is 10,000 years. The Pulpit is one of the most easily accessible attractions in Norway, as it is located near Stavanger. The road to Preikestolen is divided into 2 parts: by bus and by foot. By bus you need to get from Stavanger to the Preikestolen Parking lot, from which the bus trail begins. There are two companies that can be reached directly: Go Fjords (from Radisson Hotel) and Pulpit Rock Tours (from Clarion, Thon, Scandik hotels). This is the fastest and most expensive way. Tickets can only be purchased online. I did not do this in advance, I chose public transport. I took bus 100 Columbus from the bus terminal in Jørpeland to the other side of the fjord of the world's longest subsea tunnel, Ryfylketunnelen. It cost 95 Nkr in one direction. Without waiting for the bus to the parking lot, I walked. From Jørpeland to Preikestolen Parking is about 8 km along the fjord, and then uphill along an asphalt road. It's not difficult. The road to Preikestolen begins from the parking lot, which can only be reached on foot. The route is only 4 km long, but since you have to go uphill and not always on a good trail, the round trip takes 3-4 hours, depending on the level of training. The first 15 minutes are the easiest, because you walk along a wide pebble road. Then the sweet life ends and you have to walk a narrow path strewn with stones. Then there is a beautiful lake where you can rest. After that, the ascent of the stone staircase begins. It requires concentration of strength and attention, because ankle sprain is the most common injury among mountain tourists. The last section of the path is a trail along the cliff with a fascinating view of the Luce Fjord. It is impossible to get lost on the trail, because there are posts along it indicating the distance from the parking lot to the Preikestolen and vice versa. I was lucky with the weather on the trip, but this is the exception rather than the rule. The wind is at the top, often squally, so you should stock up on appropriate clothing. There is a queue at the edge of the "Pulpit" to take a photo. if there are several of you, then you can take a photo from the side. For a classic photo with a "Pulpit" and Luce fjord at the bottom, you need to climb another mountain above the "Pulpit". I didn't have the strength for that anymore. " The return journey is faster, but more dangerous, again because of the threat of ankle sprain. It is better not to rush, and even more so not to run. I took a taxi from the parking lot to Jørpeland with two American women. It turned out to be only 100 NKr per person, and then again by bus 100. I got 45,000 steps on my pedometer in a day. Decent, but compared to what was waiting for me on Trolltunga, it was an easy walk.
Written 17 February 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The weather was wet wet wet so we were surprised the hike was ON. Nonetheless it was a beautiful hike made challenging by the strong winds, heavy rain and hail. Thankfully, we were blessed with some brief fjord views when we reached the Pulpit Rock! Our quiet guide and group was caring and looked out for each other.
Written 17 October 2023
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MNowosad
San Jose, CA173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
The towering Pulpit Rock is at the end of 4km trail. It is a hike with moderate difficulty that rewards the adventurous tourists with breathtaking views of the Lysefjord and spectacular scenery. Be sure to prepare yourself for the hike, by wearing comfortable shoes and pants (jeans are not recommended) and by bringing water and food for refueling. Also note that weather conditions can change very fast at the top of the mountain, so it is always advisable to bring additional warm and wetproof clothes. For a complete experience, I recommend taking the Preikestolen cruise & hike, which includes a cruise through the Lysefjord and a bus ride to the beginning of the Pulpit Rock trail. Tickets for this experience can be purchased online.
Written 4 October 2023
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Lc100
Melbourne, Australia78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My wife and I took her parents on this hike which we were led to believe it was 'moderate' rating. Certainly learnt that European hiking trail grading system is harder than Australia. As such, my in-laws had to stop about 3km in to reserve energy to return back down.
Personally I loved the hike and think I could do it comfortably < 3hrs return however took us closer to 5 with the oldies. Thankfully no injuries but I'd hate for someone to get injured up there as no easy access back.

Great to see the rock in it's natural beauty but slightly concerned that those people choosing to get the Insta-worthy shot sitting with legs hanging off the edge, would hate for the trail to be closed and fenced because of a careless mistake.

Assume the flowing water along the trail is drinkable so no need to pack a heap, just refill.
Written 20 September 2023
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Nataliya K
Province of Valencia, Spain26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Amazing 🤩!I felt like in fairy tale with all that nature around,felt speechless for a moment ,we took a boat from
Stavanger and 3 hours of an amazing journey!Stopped in several places ,accompanied with music 🎵 like from gale of thrones !
Written 16 September 2023
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