Preikestolen Winter / Spring
Sunset Hike + Fjord Cruise
1,690 NOK per person | ★★★★★ (1 guest reviews)
Enjoy the Lysefjord during the serenity of Norway’s winter/springtime while experiencing Preikestolen from two unique perspectives! View the impressive ‘Pulpit Rock’ from aboard a fjord cruise at sea level. Then embark on an afternoon hike to the famous cliffside. You’ll be rewarded with some of the most unforgettable scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer.
Unique Tour Designed by Outdoorlife Norway!
2019 Season: January 2 – April 30
OTHER PREIKESTOLEN ADVENTURES
Preikestolen Winter / Spring Hike | Jan. – April
Preikestolen Winter / Spring Hike + Lodge | Feb. – April
Preikestolen Hike ‘Off the Beaten Track’ | May – Sept.
Preikestolen Sunrise Hike | April – Oct.
Preikestolen Autumn Hike | Nov. – Dec.
Preikestolen Autumn Sunset Hike + Fjord Cruise | Nov. – Dec.
• 2-hour fjord cruise
• Professional guide
• Use of snow spikes (if needed)
• Use of hiking poles
• Use of head lamp
• Hot beverages & snack
• Stavanger hotel drop-off
• 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 | + 299 NOK
• Hiking boot rental | + 200 NOK
• Hiking pants rental | + 150 NOK
• Hiking jacket rental | + 150 NOK
• Day-pack rental | + 50 NOK
• Hiking gloves | + 79 NOK
Rental prices are listed as
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.
NOTE: We cannot guarantee that the sunset will be visible during all hikes.
As with all outdoor activities, weather is not something humans can control. Based on our experiences with past guests, we don’t cancel our tours in advance because of grey skies, light rain, or fog. Guests have a wide range of expectations, but it is our experience that most would rather go through with their hike, regardless of the weather conditions. Hiking under blue skies is nice, but there is also beauty in hiking through clouds, fog, and light rain. Some of the most spectacular sunsets have resulted from such conditions =)
Join us on an exciting tour that combines Rødne’s 2-hour fjord cruise and Outdoorlife Norway’s Preikestolen Winter/Spring Hike. Cruise through the Lysefjord by catamaran and experience Norway’s ‘Fjord of Lights’ as it begins its yearly transformation into a green oasis. Peer up at Preikestolen, which clings to the mountainside 604 meters overhead. Enjoy a winter/spring hike to the cliffside on trails that have been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas. Take in the stillness of being one of the few to stand atop Preikestolen during the off-season and enjoy some of the most spectacular views in all of Norway.
Your adventure begins midday in Stavanger with a 2-hour cruise into the Lysefjord. After departing the harbor, you’ll be able to view Stavanger from a different perspective and get an overview of the surrounding fjords, islands, and mountains. Having left the city behind, you’ll glide through the Høgsfjord, and then cruise under a suspension bridge that’s located above the inlet to the Lysefjord. Here, steep mountain walls towering hundreds of meters above the fjord emerge. From sea-level, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on majestic Preikestolen, which appears to reach into the sky above the Lysefjord.
While the cruise navigates back out of the fjord, you’ll visit Vagabond’s cove, where Rødne will share the legend of this mysterious natural landmark. The captain will also carefully steer the boat’s bow up to the Hengjane waterfall, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample its delicious crystal-clear water. During the cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between enjoying the striking scenery from the comfort of the boat’s sheltered cabin or venturing out onto the spacious sundeck.
The second portion of your adventure begins back at the mouth of the Lysefjord where you’ll be met by your Outdoorlife Norway hiking guide, who will transport you onward to the Preikestolen trailhead. After a short information and safety briefing, you’ll start the hike to Preikestolen.
Your guide will lead you up through marshlands, forests 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, often well into springtime. As needed, you’ll adjust your 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, while standing atop mighty Preikestolen, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the Lysefjord and its surrounding mountains and valleys. The exhilaration of standing atop the 604-meter-high cliff is nothing short of awe-inspiring. You’ll be able to feel content in knowing that you’re one of the few that have experienced Preikestolen during the off-season. After a well-deserved break at the cliff’s edge, your guide will lead you back down to the trailhead*, which will take about 2 hours.
On your way down to the trailhead, you’ll be facing Stavanger and the north sea. You’ll be able to watch as the sun sets over the horizon, sometimes illuminating the sky with vivid colors. When darkness falls, your guide will provide you with a headlamp to ensure that you’re able to safely hike the last stretch of the trail. During the drive back to Stavanger, your guide will take an alternative route, which includes a different ferry crossing. At the end of the day, you’ll arrive back in Stavanger full of unique memories that will surely last a lifetime.
*Near the trailhead you’ll see Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. We strongly recommend this modern yet cozy lodge as a place to overnight after your hike.
Total | ~8-9 hours (depends on weather conditions)
Fjord Cruise | ~2 hours
Hiking | ~5 hours (including breaks)
Land Transportation | ~1.5 hours
The Rødne fjord cruise departs from Stavanger harbor, Vågen, at 11:00am.
Please arrive 20 minutes before the departure time. The boat will not wait for late arrivals.
When booking, you may select from the following drop-off locations:
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 19:30 (7:30pm).
In the event that snow is present, your hike may last longer than approximated.
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Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor
Had a fantastic time hiking up to Preikestolen, and would definitely love to go back again in clearer weather! Our guide Hilda met us from the boat, and drove us to the start of the trek. She was friendly and chatty, and knowledgeable about the area. The hike itself wasn’t too tiring, and the fog gave it a mysterious edge. We had Preikestolen to ourselves when we were up there, which was an added bonus. Hiking back in the dark was a great experience too!G5363FBmichaelv