Hike to Preikestolen

Preikestolen Trail

Hang out above the clouds on this 5.2-mile hike in Jørpeland, Norway. 

On the day i was there it was rainy in the morning so the trail and everything else was wet.

From the parking lot the trail is well labeled and the hike being a short 2.6 miles is pretty tough since the elevation changes over 1000 feet. The once rough trail has recently been redone by some Nepalese Sherpa and its much more tourist friendly.

The hike takes you through the woods and as i mentioned up some rocky faces which can be slick, so good hiking shoes are recommended. As you'll see from one of the photos, sandals and heels are not good for this hike.

At the top you'll hike around a few lakes before taking the trail along a step cliff to the plateau. From here, you get beautiful views of Lyse fjord. and if you're daring enough a cliff hanger photo op you'll never forget.

Pack List

  • Good Boots
  • Change of clothes
  • Food and Water
  • Camera Gear
  • Head lamp (in case you're there in the afternoon/evening)
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RT Distance 5.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake

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Easy Hike, Beautiful Views

This is a gorgeous way to see the fjords of Norway. I considered it pretty easy, and it was shorter than I expected. Take your time at the rock, meet some people there. It will likely be pretty crowded (unless you go around sunrise/sunset), so be aware that getting a photo without people in your background will be almost impossible. And don't miss exploring the nearby town of Stavanger while you're there.

One of the best spots on earth

From what I heard this is the most popular destination in all of Scandinavia, and for good reason. The landscape of the fjords, the forest and wetlands along the trail and of course the stunning sheer drop of the cliff make this a truly exceptional spot. Go in the off-season if you can, but be well-aware of weather conditions because it can be much more dangerous in the winter.

Life Changing Experience

I did this hike in 2014 and it is still the best hike I have ever done. Incredible views, extraordinary nature, and nothing short of worth it. Anyone who completes the climb will surely feel the same. It is worth the time!


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