Mt Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) in Ryfylke is one of Norway´s National Hiking Trails, and the view towards the Lysefjord is epic. Map to use: Lysefjorden 1:50000.

Mt Preikestolen is a mountain plateau raging 604 meters above the Lysefjord. The four kilometer long hike and 330 meter climb takes about two to three hours one way.


Hiking - Safety, Responsibility and Season

The nature in Norway is beautiful but also dangerous. It is important to read about your own responsibility and how to explore the Norwegian nature in a safe way.

This hike is not suitable for children! The weather can change dramatically in the Norwegian mountains. This is why you should follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in Norway. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. Due to the challenging and long hike in rapidly changing weather, we recommend you to join a Guided Tour.

NOTE! Most of the hikes described on this website are intended for experienced hikers that know the area. This is one of those hikes. We recommend to use a map and compass on this hike, it also often happens that this mountain area is shrouded in fog.

SEASON & WEATHER: Season is depending on temperature and snow. Seasons mentioned on this website are approximately dates. Hikes mentioned in this website have different seasons. See links to the various hikes to read more about the hikes and season. It is recommended to avoid hiking if there are ice and snow in the terrain and on the trails. Always make your own evaluation about the danger of landslides before and during the hike. Always check the weather before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms and in fog and bad weather!

Use the information you find on at your own risk and your own responsibility. Errors and omissions may occur. Always make your own evaluation. Adapt your own risk to your own skills and by choosing where, when and how you travel. is not a guide or a travel planner, and the information on the pages should not be used accordingly. Marked and mentioned routes are not accurate and will also often change for various reasons, always look for updated information.

Region Stavanger

Region Stavanger is the official destination company for the Lysefjord Area.


FJORDS NORWAY - Preikestolen and the Lysefjord in Ryfylke.
Preikestolen and the Lysefjord in Ryfylke.

About season and other important information

GRADING – Medium. ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE – This hike starts at approximately 275 masl (Parking by Preikestolen Mountain Lodge). Highest point at approximately 604 masl (Preikestolen Mountain Plateou).

GUIDE – We recommend you to join a Guided Tour to Preikestolen.

SEASON – Mid June to mid September, depending on temperature and snow.

NOTE – This hike is not suitable for children! This is a long and demanding hike, you should be an experienced hiker to do this hike. There are several steep, narrow and exposed sections on this hike and especially on Preikestolen.

Mt Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)

The hike to Mt Preikestolen starts from Preikestolen Mountain Lodge and there is a marked trail to the summit. Read about the hike to Preikestolen at the Preikestolen 365 website.

Mt Preikestolen is a popular goal for both Norwegians and foreign tourists. In the high season, it can be crowded on the flat plateau that measures only 25 times 25 meters and with three of the edges going vertically straight down into the Lysefjord.

NOTE – Be careful not to go near the edges of the vertical cliffs!

The hike back from Preikestolen is on the same scenic trail as you came.

Lysefjord and Rogaland – What to See and Do

From island kingdom and the flat coastal area on Jæren to deep fjords and high mountains; Rogaland with Stavanger, Jæren, Dalane, Ryfylke and the area around the Lysefjord are known for the mountain formations Kjerag and Preikestolen (the Pulpit rock), Trollpikken (the Troll´s dick), Solastranden Beach and Flor og Fjære. Preikestolen is a flat mountain plateau raging 604 meters above the Lysefjord. The plateau measures only 25 times 25 meters and with three of the edges going vertically straight down into the fjord. Stay overnight in new innovative cabins while exploring the Ryfylke area. Go on a fjord safari or take a fjord cruise on the Lysefjord. Drive Ryfylkevegen and Jæren National Tourist Routes. Flørli is located deep into the spectacular Lysefjord, at the base of the Kjerag plateau. Flørli is popular for its 4444 steps right up the mountain, the longest wooden stairway in the world. Lysevegen road runs from Lysebotn at the innermost part of the Lysefjord to Sirdal. The Lysefjord is 42 kilometers long and 422 meters at its deepest and is located in the county of Rogaland, near Stavanger, which is a great starting point for experiencing Ryfylke and the Lysefjord, Jæren, Egersund og Dalane and the other areas of Rogaland.

Accommodation by Preikestolen and the Lysefjord

Preikestolen BASE Camp – Accommodation
Region Stavanger – Accommodation in the Rogaland and Lysefjord area

Preikestolen – Useful Links

Visitnorway: Safety in the Norwegian Mountains
Start of the hike to Preikestolen: Preikestolen Base Camp

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

The Hiking Trail to Preikestolen – Map Overview