Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
Winter / Spring Hike
+ Lodge Package
From 1,899 NOK per person
Beat the crowds! Join us on a pre-season hike to Preikestolen and enjoy dinner, a good night’s sleep, and breakfast at the unique Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.
Includes ‘Swords in Rock’ Viking Monument Visit!
(Send us an email if you can’t wait)
2019 Season: February 1 – April 30
Other Preikestolen adventures:
Preikestolen Winter / Spring Hike | Jan. 2 – April 30
Preikestolen Hike ‘Off the Beaten Track’ | April 24 – Oct. 15
Preikestolen Sunrise Hike | April 24 – Oct. 31
Preikestolen Autumn Hike | Nov. 1 – Dec. 31
• Stavanger pick-up* / drop-off**
• Professional guide
• Use of snow spikes
• Use of hiking poles
• Hot beverages & snack
• Post-hike hot soup (Feb. – April)
• Swords in Rock monument visit***
• Dinner at lodge
• Lodge accommodation
• Breakfast at lodge
* If staying at the lodge after the hike
** If staying at the lodge before the hike
*** If drop-off location is in Stavanger
• 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
• Photography package
• Hiking boot rental
• Hiking pants rental
• Hiking jacket rental
• Day-pack rental
• Hiking gloves
Suitable for participants who are generally in good physical condition & have previous hiking experience.
• Distance: 8 kilometers
• Ascent: 500 meters
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.
Outdoorlife Norway invites you to experience a unique Preikestolen hiking adventure combined with a cozy night at a mountain lodge. Early in the year, you can delight in the crisp stillness of Norway’s long, dark winter. You’ll hike in near-solitude while encountering breathtaking views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord, which are often blanketed in snow and ice. As springtime approaches, bright green foliage starts sprouting up through the snow and the Lysefjord begins its yearly transformation into a green fjord oasis. The busy summer season may be just around the corner, but visitor numbers remain low. Grab the chance to beat the crowds and enjoy Preikestolen and the Lysefjord during the serenity of Norway’s winter and spring.
PREIKESTOLEN WINTER / SPRING HIKE
Your professional guide will meet you early-morning at your selected meeting point and transport you to the base of the hiking trail. If you choose a pickup location in Stavanger, your adventure will begin with a 40-minute ferry ride, during which you can view Stavanger from a different perspective and get an overview of the surrounding fjords, islands, and mountains. Your guide will then 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, even well into springtime. As needed, you’ll adjust the equipment (ice spikes, etc.) 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. You’ll be one of the few that have experienced Preikestolen off-season.
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. If conditions allow, your guide will take a slightly different route on the way back down from Preikestolen. This alternative path is not found on any maps, and will therefore allow you to avoid anyone who might be on their way up the main trail. Your hike will conclude beside Refsvatn Lake, where you’ll enjoy freshly-baked bread and a well-deserved, delicious bowl of homemade soup at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.
If you will be returning to Stavanger after the hike, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a few last breathes of crisp mountain air before departing. On the way back to Stavanger, you’ll navigate a different route, including a second ferry crossing, which offers unique views of the mouth of the Lysefjord. Your adventure will conclude with a stop at the viking monument ‘Swords in Rock’, where king Harald Fairhair’s triumph in battle (between the years of 872 and 900) resulted in Norway finally becoming one kingdom.
Because of the presence of snow and ice, hiking to Preikestolen without a guide during the wintertime (January – March) 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.
Included in this package is overnight accommodation (1-night) at the unique Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, which is known throughout Europe as being architecturally unique and environmentally friendly lodging. The unusual character of the building and its harmonious interaction with nature gives visitors a memorable experience. Enjoy a well-deserved shower, restful night’s sleep, and local Norwegian cuisine while overlooking the tranquil Refsvatn Lake. You may choose to spend the night at the lodge before or after your hike (make your selection when booking).
Hiking: ~5 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)
Post-Hike Rest: ~2 hours (freshly-baked bread & soup Preikestolen Mountain Lodge)
Visit to ‘Swords in Rock’ viking monument: ~20 minutes (if drop-off location is in Stavanger)
If staying at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge the night BEFORE the hike
Your guide will meet you in the reception area of the lodge (for exact time, please see times for ‘Preikestolen Mountain Lodge / Trailhead’ in table below). After the hike, the guide will transport you back to Stavanger city-centre (arriving at approximately 17:00 – 5:00pm).
Please note: transportation to the lodge the day before the hike is not included. If you do not have personal transportation, take the ferry (see schedule here) from Stavanger to Tau (40 minutes), then a taxi to the lodge (25 minutes). To order, call +47 51 74 54 20 one day in advance. Please select Preikestolen Mountain Lodge as your meeting point when booking.
If staying at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge the night AFTER the hike
When booking, you can select one of the following pick-up locations.
|Pick-up location||Pick-up time|
|Thon Hotel Maritim (back entrance)||06:55am|
|Stavanger Bed & Breakfast||07:00am|
|St. Svithun Hotel/Hostel||07:05am|
|Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel||07:05am|
|Clarion Hotel Stavanger (Arne Rettedalsgate)||07:10am|
|Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel||07:10am|
|Stavanger Tourist Information Office||07:10am|
|Clarion Collection Skagen Brygge||07:15am|
|Scandic Stavanger City (parking lot, back entrance)||07:20am|
|Lilland Hotel (Tau)||08:10am|
|Preikestolen Mountain Lodge / Trailhead||08:30am|
Please note: transportation back to Stavanger the day after the hike is not included. If you do not have personal transportation, the reception staff can help you arrange transportation.
PREIKESTOLEN WINTER / SPRING HIKE + LODGE PACKAGE PRICES:
One Guest – Single room / dinner / breakfast: 2,490 NOK
Two Guests – Double room / dinner / breakfast: 3,990 NOK (1,995 NOK PP)
Three Guests (2 adults, 1 child) – Family room / dinner / breakfast: 5,790 NOK (1,930 NOK PP)
Four Guests (2 adults, 2 children) – Family room / dinner / breakfast: 7,590 NOK (1,898 NOK PP)
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