Mt Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) in Ryfylke is one of Norway´s great hikes, 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 2-3 hours one way.
SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY: 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. SAFETY – BEFORE YOU GO HIKING – THE NORWEGIAN MOUNTAIN CODE IMPORTANT! 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. We recommend to use a map and compass on this hike since parts of the hike go in areas where there is no trail. It also often happens that this mountain area is shrouded in fog. SEASON & WEATHER: Mid June to Mid September, depending on temperature and snow. Seasons mentioned on this website are approximately dates. It is recommended to avoid hiking if there are ice and snow in the terrain and on the trails. 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 fjords.com 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. Fjords.com 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.
NOTE – This hike is not suitable for children! We recommend the use of a guide. 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. It is recommended to use and know how to use Map and Compass.
The hike to Mt Preikestolen starts from Preikestolen Mountain Lodge and there is a well marked trail to the summit which is one of the best views in Norway.
Mt Preikestolen is a popular goal for both Norwegians and foreign tourists. 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. 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.
IMPORTANT! The weather can change dramatically in the mountains. This is why you have to follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in the Norwegian Mountains. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes!
Video – Safety tips for your summer hike to Preikestolen
From island kingdom to deep fjords and high mountains; Ryfylke and the Lysefjord area are known for the mountain formations Kjerag and Preikestolen (the Pulpit rock). 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 National Tourist Route. 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 Rogaland county, near Stavanger which is a great starting point for exploring the Lysefjord and Ryfylke area.