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.

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 Plateau).

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

SEASON – Mid June to mid September, these are approximate dates that depends on the weather, temperature and the amount of snow in the mountains.

SAFETY IN THE MOUNTAINS – 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 check the Weather Forecast before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms, in fog, in bad weather and when it is snow and ice on the trail and in the mountain! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack.

NOTE – This hike is not suitable for children! There are several steep, narrow and exposed sections on this hike, especially just before and on Preikestolen itself.

Here you can see a 360 panorama from Preikestolen and the Lysefjord. At the bottom of the panorama, you will find navigation buttons that allow you to “travel” around and focus on places you want to take a closer look at. Some panoramas allow you to “jump” to other locations.

Mt Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)

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

The hike to Mt Preikestolen starts from Preikestolen Mountain Lodge and there is a marked trail to the summit.

The four kilometer long hike and 330 meter climb takes about two to three hours one way.

Read about the hike to Mt Preikestolen at the Preikestolen 365 website. This is the official website for Mt Preikestolen, and there you can find great information about the hike,, how to get there and other useful tips.

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.

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

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

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 Swords in Rock monument at Hafrsfjord, five kilometer south-east of the center of Stavanger in Rogaland. This is the place where the battle of Hafrsfjord took place in year 872, when the Viking King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown.

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 and the other areas of Rogaland.

Hotels and Accommodation by Preikestolen and the Lysefjord

Preikestolen BASE Camp – Accommodation

Preikestolen – Useful Links

The official website of Mt Preikestolen Preikestolen 365.
Start of the hike to Preikestolen: Preikestolen Base Camp.



Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords. FAQ is an overview of articles that answer the most common questions you have when planning to visit the fjords in Western Norway.

The Hiking Trail to Preikestolen – Map Overview