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Preikestolen Winter Hike

1,090 NOK per person | ★★★★★ (26 guest reviews)

Those who venture up the trail experience the peace and solitude that comes with the stillness of wintertime. Join us on a hike to Preikestolen and experience the spectacular Lysefjord during Norway’s long dark winter!

Back in 2019!

Other Preikestolen adventures:
Preikestolen Winter Hike + Lodge Package | Jan. 22 – Mar. 11
Preikestolen Spring Hike | Mar. 12 – Apr. 23
Preikestolen Hike ‘Off the Beaten Track’ | Apr. 24 – Oct. 15
Preikestolen Sunrise Hike | Apr. 24 – Oct. 31
Preikestolen Autumn Hike | Nov. 1 – Dec. 31

Tour Includes

 • Hotel pick-up / drop-off
 • Transportation
 • Professional guide
 • Use of snow spikes
 • Use of hiking poles
 • Hot beverages & snack

Please Bring

• Proper hiking boots*
• Warm, thick socks x 2
• Water-resistant pants*

• Rain-proof jacket*
• Fleece or woolen sweater
• Warm hat and gloves*
• Small backpack*
• Packed lunch / water / snacks

*items can also be rented

Extras

• Photography package
• Hiking boot rental
• Hiking pants rental
• Hiking jacket rental
• Day-pack rental
• Hiking gloves
• Post-hike beer / tapas

Difficulty

MODERATE
Suitable for participants who are generally in good physical condition & have previous hiking experience.

Minimum age: 8 yrs.
(more information)

•  Distance: 8 kilometers
•  Ascent: 500 meters

Please do not book tours that exceed your skill-level or physical abilities.
(more information)

Group Size

14 people
(adults & children 8 yrs. +)

Weather Changes

Due to the possibility of rapidly-changing weather conditions, it may be necessary to make changes to scheduled trips. In the event that your trip needs to be rescheduled for another day or cancelled on short notice, you may choose between joining the rescheduled trip or getting a refund. In the event that weather conditions deteriorate during your trip, it may be necessary to turn around on the trail or head back earlier than planned. If this happens, no refunds will be given.

Lodge Package

This tour can also be booked along with overnight accommodation at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. Located just a stone’s throw away from the trail-head, we recommend this modern yet cozy lodge as a place to overnight before and/or after your hike. For more information and to book, see:
Preikestolen Winter Hike + Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
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Outdoorlife Norway invites you to experience a unique Preikestolen hiking adventure, guaranteed to be crowd-free! Join us on this unique hike to Preikestolen and delight in the crisp stillness of Norway’s long, dark winter. Hike in near-solitude while encountering breathtaking views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord, which are often blanketed in snow this time of year.

Your professional guide will meet you early-morning at your selected meeting point and transport you to the base of the hiking trail. After a short briefing, you’ll embark on your journey to Preikestolen.

Your guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. This early in the year, weather conditions are constantly changing and the trail is often covered with snow and ice. As needed, you’ll adjust the equipment you use to match the changes in terrain. Along the way, there will be opportunities to catch your breath, enjoy a warm beverage, and snap photos of the spectacular nature around you. After 2.5-3.5 hours* of trekking, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. Standing atop the 604-meter-high cliff, the views of the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains are nothing short of awe-inspiring. On top of that, you’ll have the privilege of becoming one of the very few to have experienced Preikestolen during wintertime =)

After a well-deserved break at the cliff’s edge, your guide will lead you back down to the trail-head, which will take about 2 hours*. The tour ends with transportation back to Stavanger.

*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.

Because of the presence of snow and ice, hiking to Preikestolen without a guide during the wintertime is not recommended. Our professional guides are trained to safely maneuver through the frozen landscape as well as winter’s rapidly changing weather conditions. They carry with them all necessary navigation, safety, first-aid, and outdoor winter equipment.

Duration:
Total: ~8-9 hours (depends on pick-up location and weather conditions)
Hiking: ~6 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)

Pick-up:
When booking, you can select one of the following pick-up locations**.

Pick-up locationPick-up time
Thon Hotel Maritim (back entrance)07:30am
Stavanger Bed & Breakfast07:35am
St. Svithun Hotel/Hostel07:40am
Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel07:40am
Clarion Hotel Stavanger (Arne Rettedalsgate)07:45am
Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel07:45am
Stavanger Tourist Information Office07:45am
Clarion Collection Skagen Brygge07:50am
Kanelsnurren Bakery07:55am
Scandic Stavanger City (parking lot, back entrance)07:55am
Lilland Hotel (Tau)08:50am
Verkshotellet (Jørpeland)09:00am
Preikestolen Mountain Lodge09:10am

**On occasion, during periods of high-demand, we may set up additional departures. When that’s the case, meeting and drop-off times will vary. Please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to check availability. 

Drop-off:
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 18:30 (6:30pm).
You will be dropped-off at the same location from which you were picked-up.
*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.

OTHER TOURS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

3-day Kjerag Winter Basecamp Trek
4,990 NOK per-person

During the winter, the main trail to Kjerag is inaccessible. Trek on snow shoes to Kjerag’s famous boulder, camp in snow-covered mountains, and experience the serenity of Norway’s wintertime. preikestolen winter hike - Preikestolen Winter Hike - More difficult snow 1

2018 Season: Feb. – May

 

Wilderness Snowshoe Day Hike
1,390 NOK per-person

Thick layers of snow often blanket Stavanger’s mountainous hinterlands well into springtime. Enjoy a unique adventure while hiking through a winter wonderland, on snowshoes!preikestolen winter hike - Preikestolen Winter Hike - Moderate snow

2018 Season: Februar – April

GUEST REVIEWS

Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

Nice hike, good guide

I would definitely recommend outdoor life Norway. Especially in Winter it is hard to get to the start of the hike, so it is good to be picked up and taken there. While there is snow, the marks that lead the way are hard to find, so it is very useful to have a guide – who was very friendly and competent.

Ja N

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Perfect tour and amazing experience

Our guide was very friendly and professional with good hiking knowledge to guide us up to preikestolen in winter time. Preikestolen Hiking in winter is slippery and dangerous. Go with this tour guide if you are not very experienced in hiking on the icy rocks and steep steps.

JOJO_Miao

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A wonderful day full of magnificent views, great photos and memories for life

I took a winter hike 2 days ago now with outdoor life Norway and it was a great day. It’s a very well organised trip. As we were a larger group we were split into two groups and are guide Allen was very attentive and knowledgeable. He used our driving time well to engage the group and used the time so that we could get to know one another.
He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area even recommending me a wonderful Ethiopian restaurant in Stavanger to try but that’s for a separate review.
He took some wonderful photos of the group and knew the best places to take photos that would give you the best views, can’t recommend the Preikstolen hike enough. I would come back again in a heartbeat.

SBK93

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The guides at Outdoorlife are fantastic. Joannes is very friendly and energetic and Alan is also a great guide with loads of knowledge and he takes excellent photos. I really recommend paying for the photo package it saves carrying your own equipment and the shots are amazing.
The winter hike is fantastic andthe views are unrivalled from the top. I wasn’t sure I would make it as I was recovering from a broken ankle but the guides set a perfect pace and got them up and down in one piece. They provide excellent gear where required. They really love what they do and I cannot recommend them enough.
Takk for turen

Laptoprob1979

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Recommend Preikestolen Winter Hike!!!

Was so happy to find out that you can do the Preikestolen winter guided tour, as I was bit concerned due to the snow and icey conditions, however our tour guide Ole took care of us tremendously. He came with his dog Kenny which added a lot of fun and humour to the trip. There were 7 of us in total, some did not have the appropriate clothing so he suggested and offered his advice. Crampons, poles, and shoes etc were also provided. Ole was very attentive throughout to those less experienced hikers. He also took photos for us and told us the best spots. Hot drink and snacks were also given which were nice. Overall an excellent 3800m hike, recommend it if you come in the winter to avoid the crowds. I willconcur Kjerag next time 🙂

Reggie_lu

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Highlight of my visit to Norway

We booked the guided tour a day in advance and got picked up at the B&B were we stayed. Our tour guide was great! He lived in the town nearby and knows everything there is to know about the area. We were provided with ice spikes en picks for the icy parts of te hike, also warm bevearages and a snack. We were in a group of five and had a lot of fun together. I highly recommend this winter hike for everyone going to Norway, espcecially because you avoid the masses of tourist you would meet in the summer

Stephvtw

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Perfekter Tagesausflug

Ich kann jedem der zum Preikestolen möchte nur empfehlen einen Guide mitzunehmen. Die Tour mit Christopher war perfekt. Er hatte alles an notwendigem Equipment dabei und stets ein angenehmes Tempo für die Gruppe vorgegeben. Er hat unserer Gruppe eine super Stimmung mit seinen Erfahrungen und Unterhaltungen gegeben. Touren mit einem echten “Local” sind immer die Besten. So haben wir gleichzeitig etwas von der norwegischen Kultur erfahren.

txo91

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We were staying in Stavanger for a conference and I found this awesome hike for my husband to go on while I was at the conference. This company was awesome. They picked him up from the hotel and had a small group (8 people) they took on the hike. He had a great time and said the guide was really helpful. They provide the necessary winter equipment and even take photos for you. Views were amazing! Not crowded like it can be in summer. Highly recommend this company and this trip!
Cait O

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Loved it, fantastic hike

We did the Preikestolen Winter Hike and loved the experience. Johannes, our guide and the owner of the business, was amazing and you could see his passion and love for what he does. He was very patient with everyone in our group, and lots of information about the area to share. While locals might be fine to do the hike by themselves in winter, but for visitors I would recommend the guided hike due to not knowing the track, the conditions, and just the general experience of having someone help you out and keep you informed. We definitely needed the spikes to go over our shoes (the spikes were provided with the tour) to help us get over the ice.
The hike itself wasn’t as strenuous as I’d expected, more just the difficultly of walking across the ice. Anyone who is younger will manage fine, people over 50 or 60 who walk alot and are in decent physical shape will also find it manageable, but maybe more challenging. If you have bad knees, tape them up or get a brace prior to the hike, or have a good management plan afterwards (advice from a physio).
The view from the top certainly makes it worth it.

rachelav13

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Once in a life time trip.

I came all the way from Australia for this. If you have a chance to go and do it with outdoor life! My Guide Allan(sorry I forgot the Norge spelling) was fantastic. I was the only one on the hike (which I’m sure they lost money on) but it was no problem. He was funny and very professional. you definitely need a guide. I personally saw one person who had an accident and others wandering off in the wrong direction only to be pulled up by Allen out of concern for their welfare. The hike was amazing and fun and the pay off was the best. We had the rock to our selves! Go in winter and enjoy the ice and snow as well as the lack of crowd. Two days latter I’m still buzzing about one the best experiences of my life. Thank You out door life!!!! I wish I could give more than 5 star review!

danielmays2017

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Personal and informative!

My friend and I were in Stavanger for 3 days and booked two trips with Johannes – Preikestolen Winter Hike & Winter Snowshoe Hike. Both trips with Johannes were with very small groups (just my friend and I in fact!) which made the experience very personal and memorable. As promised, there were snacks (nuts) and a hot drink (black currant juice) at the top. We came during the off season, so the conditions for the snowshoe hike weren’t great (icy wind) but Johannes reminded us that the goal was get closer to nature – sometimes that’s not comfortable. I would book again with Outdoorlife Norway in a heartbeat, I don’t think there’s any other way to safely explore nature in Norway!

Sky A

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I spent an incredible day with outdoorlife Norway during my hiking to Preikenstolen. The guide was awesome 🙂 good job guys

piervi1985

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Great hike

Loved our winter hike to preikestolen! Our guide Oula (probably spelled that wrong) and his adorable dog Kenai (probably spelled that one wrong too) we’re knowledgeable and fun for the trip. We didn’t have a car so it was nice being picked up and dropped off at our hotel and not have to worry about transportation, especially since cabs are so expensive here. We were provided hiking poles, chains for our boots, nuts for a snack and delicious, hot fruit drink during the trip. Totally worth the money for such a great experience and magical views of Norway!!

adrienepetrillo

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Great hike up Preikestulen with amazing view of the fjord

Really enjoyed the hike up to Preikestulen! Definitely recommend the tour, the group was really small and Johannes was a super nice guide. We went in January so luckily there weren’t many people round this time of the year. All in all the trip wasn’t too difficult (4 hours in total), but make sure to bring proper clothes & shoes

karoline0091

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Great trip

We had a great time Everything was well organized,the pick up was on time and our tour guide Johannes is an easy going guide with a lot of information I would recommend this trip especially in winter when it’s hard to get to there without public transportation

Hedde R

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Great hike!

Beautiful landscapes and great hike. The guide Erlen was really nice. Too bad we faced a foggy weather.. :/

Romain T

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Awsome hike !!!

Wonderful day of hiking !! Our guide told us some interesting stories while hiking, he was friendly and professional. This hike is a must if you visit Norway ! Young company that deserve to get known !!

Alexis G

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Fantastic hike!

An absolutely fantastic hike, despite the inclement weather! The guide was very knowledgeable and super friendly. I had an absolute blast and the view was spectacular.

rhin0aus

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Fly all the way from south east asia and have totally NO regret to have first experience of winter hike and glad to join OutdoorLife Norway with a team of good guides on winter hike to Preikestolen. A passion for nature, professionalism, safety come first are bringing hikers confidence, enjoy the hike journey and worth catching the amazing views on top. To wear ice spikes made the hike easy along some snowy and icing patches in the terrain, have free of charge fresh ice stick are really great experience for me who live in 365 summer days. It is highly recommend to everyone who has no worry and love to have some adventure hike experience.

Jenny F

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We came to Norway to experience adventure and phenomenal views; and Johannes is the man to deliver exactly that. He has professionalism, yet is very charismatic and easy to talk to. He has in-depth knowledge of hiking all around Norway and abroad, and shared great insight into Norwegian culture and Preikestolen itself. We felt like the entire experience couldn’t have been more perfect, and this is due entirely to Johannes and his careful planning and ability to guide. It was an extraordinary way to spend our three year anniversary together and we highly recommend to everyone and will be sure to spread the good word to family and friends. Cheers, James and Maddie 🙂

James P

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Johannes is an excellent guide, he was born to be a guide, he is that good. He gets to know everyone in the group, remembers everyone’s name, provides interesting facts whenever we took breaks on the hike. Took just the right amount of breaks, not too many and at the most scenic spots. He brought extra boots and rain protection in case someone needed it (which they did). Going during the winter is amazing because of the juxtaposition of water, ice, and snow. We had the hike and the mountain to ourselves.

Melanie S

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3 weeks before our visit to Stavanger we decided to book the winterhike to Preikestolen. The forecast back than was really cold winter weather and snow, so we were confident it would stay that way… Unfortunately the weather changed a week before we came and the snow melted away. Snowzilla fortunately saved some snow for Europe and the night before the hike the mountains were glazed by a white layer of snow!

We were picked up early in the morning in the centre of Stavanger and drove to Preikestolen where we started the winter hike. Johannes and his intern Erlend were great guides, knowleadgeable about the area and gave good tips on how to walk in this winter conditions with the equipment they provided us with. We were with a small group of my 2 friends and 3 others.

The winterhike to Preikestolen took us a total of 6 hours of which we spent around an hour on the top. Especially in winter I would recommend to book the trip with Outdoorlife Norway. They provide you with the right equipment, gave good advice on what to take with you from home and they know the dangerous bits of the hike, In summer there are hundreds of people doing the hike but in winter you are by yourself. It is safer to go with a guide who knows the area and conditions!

Globeskater

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It was AWESOME! We were very lucky because the night before the hike it had snowed a lot. It was an amazing experience to be the first (and almost only one) who walked there that day. I went together with 2 friends and 3 others joined as well. It was a nice group and both Johannes and Erlend were great guides. We spent almost an hour on the top, enjoying the view and making many pictures. The hike was a nice challenge. In Holland we’re not really used to walk in the mountains and snow but I really loved it! It was great that we got spikes for our shoes which made walking a lot easier.

Globeskater

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It was AWESOME! We were very lucky because the night before the hike it had snowed a lot. It was an amazing experience to be the first (and almost only one) who walked there that day. I went together with 2 friends and 3 others joined as well. It was a nice group and both Johannes and Erlend were great guides. We spent almost an hour on the top, enjoying the view and making many pictures. The hike was a nice challenge. In Holland we’re not really used to walk in the mountains and snow but I really loved it! It was great that we got spikes for our shoes which made walking a lot easier.

Aukje163

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This company provides the best hiking tours I have ever been on. Johannes is extremely experienced, and I felt comfortable being guided by him the whole time. He provided reliable, clean and well kept equipment to assist with the hike. He did very well to keep all of us at the same pace, and we had an amazing experience.

I did the Kjerag hike and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Definitely do it with Johannes!

Billy Y

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It was such an incredible experience hiking to Preikestolen in the winter. We had perfect weather and were virtually alone – it was only our group up on the rock for the whole time we were there! The views were incredible the whole way up – it felt unreal. I was told that I needed to come up with new a new phrase as I was constantly saying, “wow” and “amazing”.

Johannes was an amazing guide and the gear and service he provided was top notch. Would love to do this again!

IanJMcG

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