Visit Pulpit Rock

Information about hiking to the Pulpit Rock:
Preikestolen, known as the Pulpit Rock, is one of the main tourist attractions close to the city of Stavanger in Norway. It is a very tall rock towering 604 meters above Lysefjorden, with a spectacular view!
The ferry terminal from Stavanger is close to House St Hans, so you can easily walk to the terminal, or you can drive your car onboard the ferry leaving for Tau.

Travel to Preikestolen without a car

If you do not have a car you can take the ferry from the ferry terminal Fiskepiren in Stavanger to Tau. When you arrive at Tau a bus will bring you up to the parking area where you will start your hike up to the Pulpit Rock. You first take the ferry from Stavanger at Fiskepiren (very close to all our properties), and get a combined ferry/bus ticket. The bus will be waiting on the other side when you go off the ferry. The Pulpit Rock-bus has several daily departures between Tau and the Pulpit Rock parking between April and September. See information about the Pulpit Rock bus. (This bus does not go during the winter!)
You can also take the combined Pulpit Rock cruise & hike. The best of both: Pulpit Rock from the water and from the summit! This is a great combination tour. First, you see famous Pulpit Rock towering above the waters of the fjord, and then, after a couple hours of hiking, you can look down from the summit itself. This trip is organised by Rødne Fjord Cruise. Read more and book with Rødne Fjord Cruise

Travel to Preikestolen with a car

If you have a car, you can take the car ferry from Fiskepiren (very close to our property) to Tau. From there, you can drive up to the parking area for the Pulpit Rock at Preikestolen Fjellstue. Please find the timetable to the car ferry to Preikestolen / Tau here


What to wear and bring

If you are hiking to the Pulpit Rock good sturdy boots or hiking shoes or trainers should be worn. The path to the Pulpit Rock is not leveled, but follows the contours of the landscape, and can be steep in parts. It is also advisable to dress in layers, with a water- and windproof jacket on top. It is highly recommended to take along something to drink during the hike, and also bring enough food (the total hike will be about 5 hours!). The best is to have a large bottle of water. It is possible to refill and drink the water that you find in the mountain streams, however there are no places to buy food on the way. Please do not drop any wrappings or similar, and leave the nature in the same condition you would like to find it yourself.
The total hike to get up and down from the parking area is around 8 kilometers, and the height difference is about 340 meters from the parking area where the hiking starts. It is usually suggested 2 hours walk up and 2 hours walk down, and then about 1 hour to stay on top to enjoy the view and the food & drinks you bring with you. Total duration is normally around 5 hours. During summer you might meet crowds of other tourists, so then it might take longer. The altitude is not a problem, but do not underestimate the rocky path leading up to the Pulpit Rock. Take your time, and stop on the way to drink and eat. It is advisable to bring a small backpack with extra clothing, a big water bottle and food! Also - do not be foolish and set out in bad weather - it is NOT a walk in the park.

On the way up to the Pulpit Rock you will pass a small lake, and it can be very refreshing and nice to take a swim here during hot summer days, so bring your bathing clothes along!
Please remember that the weather can change very fast in Norway, so check out the weather before you set off! We do not recommend this trip in rainy, windy and cold weather if you are unexperienced. Further down on this page you will find a few videos -  We especially advice you to have a look at the video about safety before doing the hike!


Want to visit Preikestolen during winter?

Because of the presence of snow and ice, hiking to Preikestolen / Pulpit Rock without a guide during the wintertime is not recommended. However, Outdoor Life Norway can organise Preikestolen Winter Hikes. Please do NOT set out alone on this hike during winter! It can be very dangerous!

Packing list for your mountain hike in Norway. See video under and be smart!

Photo Gallery: Visiting Pulpit Rock