How to get to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Norway and what to expect

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To figure out how to get to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) from Trolltunga we just did a quick Google search. It said it was about a 4.5 hour drive and we did it in just about that. Depending on where you’re coming from just put it in your maps.

We stayed at a very friendly and cute hotel, not too far from the start of the hike called Verkshotellet, Strand which cost us about $200 for the night. It was then a 10 minute drive to the Preikestolen carpark. It’s a bit confusing on where to start the hike but if you look for the signs you’ll find your way there.

What is Preikestolen?

Also known as Pulpit Rock it is a very steep cliff which towers a massive 604 metres over the Lysefjord. Looking down will give you chills but take your breath away.

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What is the closest airport to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)?

It’s only 1.5 hour drive from Stavanger airport.

What is the best way to get to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)?

We hired a Hertz car through Expedia which only cost us $300 for 3 days including insurance and as it was a Hybrid we only had to fill up petrol once.

What to bring to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)?

  • Water Bottle – bring a decent amount
  • Lunch and high-energy snacks
  • Warm and comfortable clothes – it can get really cold at the top
  • Hiking boots – or Nikes like us if you dare
  • Camera (I remembered the battery this time)
  • Toilet Paper – for obvious reasons

How to hike Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock?)

Preikestolen is a 6km round trip which starts at the mountain lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue. The internet told us it would take around 4 hours but we pumped through in 3 hours 15 minutes. On the way there, expect to lift your legs up stair-like rocks a lot! The track is very straight forward and like Trolltunga, there are also the red T’s for you to follow.

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Major Tip: Go early! We started the hike around 7am (which was late for us) and on the way back around 10am there was hundreds of people as they’d been getting off the buses. It’s fine if you like hiking in a group but makes it very hard to overtake because the track is quite narrow.

Recap:

Drive: 1.5 hours from Stavanger Airport of 4.5 hours from Trolltunga
Parking: 
Park at
Walk: 
6km round trip, 3-4 hours depending on how much you stop

Tips:

  • Stick to the right side when walking past people (if you’re used to the left)
  • Wear extremely comfortable clothes and shoes (it also gets cold up the top)
  • The earlier you can start the better. We started at 7am and were back at 10.15am

We hope you enjoyed this guide on how to get to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). Check out our guide on how to get to Trolltunga here and all of our other European adventures here.

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