Preikestolen is one of Norway’s most popular hiking routes. This rock formation will have you standing on a breathtaking mountain plateau that sits 604 metres above Lysefjord. Hiking to Pulpit Rock is an experience like no other, and it starts with a bus ticket.
Our one-way ticket runs from Stavanger to Preikestolhytta, the starting point of your hiking trip. Once we’ve got you from A to B, you’re free to explore Pulpit Rock and the surrounding area of Ryfylke. It’s such an amazing place, visitors become enchanted by the stunning scenery and choose to spend a few days in the area. Who can blame them! That’s why we offer one-way tickets from Preikestolhytta to Stavanger, so you can make the return journey when you’ve finished making memories. You’re free to explore at your own pace!
There are a number of departures from Stavanger and Preikestolen throughout the day.
The ferry will take you from Stavanger to Tau, and our bus will transfer you to Preikestolhytta and drop you at Preikestolen car park. Once you arrive at the car park, it’s an unguided climb to the top of Pulpit Rock.
Stavanger to Pulpit Rock transfer
Ferry from Stavanger to Tau, and bus transfer from Tau to Pulpit Rock
There are various departures from Stavanger to Pulpit Rock. Which is good because we’ll have one to suit your plans! The transfer takes around 40 minutes by ferry and 30 minutes by bus.
The best way to plan your journey is by viewing our timetable and printing a copy or taking a screenshot of the timetable so you have all journey times to hand whilst on your trip.
It’s an unguided walk to the top of Preikestolen but we want to give you a little more information. That way, you’ll know what to expect. It’s a good hike that’s very well signposted, so you shouldn’t get lost but the terrain is a little bit tricky in places. The paths can be narrow and there are some steep sections that you’ll need to take your time with. Don’t worry though, the ascent to the top is well worth the effort. It’s a travel experience that’s out of this world!
【N.B.】Please note that this bus operates on a first come first serve basis. If the bus is full you will have to wait for the next departure. We cannot guarantee you a seat on the bus. In cases where you need to catch a cruise departure or similar, it is your responsibility to make sure you leave enough time to get back to Stavanger.
Sights on the trip
Preikestolen lies in the southernmost part of the Ryfylkeheiane mountains. The area consists of high mountain plateaus with steep drops down to the fjords, along with peaks, hills, lakes and bogs. There is a well-developed network of paths here, along with many tourist cabins. The area is also important for the production of electricity.
Facilities at Tau
- Cashpoint (Coop)
Facilities at Preikestolhytta
Preikestolen Mountain Lodge is conveniently situated at the start of the hike up to Pulpit Rock. It provides key facilities to hikers at the beginning and end of their adventures. It also offers lots of activities onsite such as fishing, hunting and kayaking. If you’re staying in the area for a few days you might want to try some of the activities on offer here. The facilities on site include:
- Gift shop
- Grocery shop
- Additional shops, restaurant and cafes in Jørpeland
Please note that there are no toilet facilities during the hike to Pulpit Rock.
What to wear
No matter what time of year you go hiking in Norway you need to be well prepared. It goes without saying that you must dress appropriately on your hiking trip to Pulpit Rock. Here are the basic essentials:
- Hiking shoes (the rocky terrain can be slippery)
- Lightweight jacket and trousers that are waterproof and windproof
- Additional layers (fleece, socks etc.)
- Hat, scarf & gloves (weather dependent)
- Backpack to carry your food and drink
Check the weather before you set off as you this will determine what else you might like to bring along. For example, if you’re lucky enough to be walking on a sunny day make sure you pack that sunscreen!
Remember, bad weather conditions add risk to your hike. If you find that the weather turns against you during your walk, consider turning back.
Where to eat
While Preikestolen Mountain Lodge has a lovely restaurant and cafe for you to enjoy pre and post-hike, it’s important that you bring your own food and drink for the walk. The hike takes roughly 4-6 hours but that’s dependent on a whole host of things such as fitness level and weather conditions. So, it’s up to you make sure you are well fed and watered during this time.
Last but not least, make sure that camera of yours is fully charged and ready to go! You’re about to see something that is truly amazing and you need to capture the moment.
Here at Go Fjords, we want you to have an enjoyable travel experience which meets your expectations in every way. With this in mind, please read through our general conditions of travel before departure.