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Autumn Hike to Preikestolen

4.9 out of 5 based on 21 customer ratings
(21 customer reviews)

PRICE: 1,190 NOK per person

On an annual basis, Preikestolen welcomes more visitors than any other trekking-destination in Norway. In 2016, approximately 285,000 hikers made their way up to the top of the imposing cliff that hangs 604 meters above the Lysefjord.

Join Outdoorlife Norway on an autumn hike to Preikestolen, and witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and post-equinox daylight. Experience Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air while hiking on trails that were recently upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas, who ‘paved’ the way using local stones.

By October, visitor numbers have become dramatically lower than they are during the summer.  The area’s flora and fauna prepare for the long, dark winter, and stillness has set in across Norway’s vast wilderness. Autumn is the perfect time of year to experience the Lysefjord and Preikestolen from a unique perspective. The shadows become longer and longer with every day that passes, and the ambient light seems to dance across the fjord’s mountainsides. Snow, when present, offers a splendid contrast to the flame-colored foliage.

Moderate Difficulty: Suitable for people of most ages – excluding children younger than 8 yrs. – who are in general good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

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2017 Season: October 16 – December 23
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen before October 16, book the Preikestolen “off-the-beaten-track” hike or Preikestolen Sunrise hike (April 23 – Oct. 15). If you want to hike to Preikestolen after December 23, book the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. – Mar.) or Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. – April).

Scroll down for full tour description and additional information.

Product Description

2017 Season: October 16 – December 23
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen before October 16, book the Preikestolen “off-the-beaten-track” hike or Preikestolen Sunrise hike (April 23 – Oct. 15). If you want to hike to Preikestolen after December 23, book the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. – Mar.) or Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. – April).

Pick-up
When booking, you may select from the following pick-up times and locations:

Drop-off
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 17:30 (5:30pm).

Moderate Difficulty: Suitable for people of most ages – excluding children younger than 8 yrs. – who are in general good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

Join Outdoorlife Norway on an autumn hike to Preikestolen, and witness the magic of the season’s shifting colors and post-equinox daylight. Experience Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air while hiking on trails that were recently upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas, who ‘paved’ the way using large locally-sourced stones.

Your professional guide will meet you early-morning at your selected pick-up location and transport you to the base of the hiking trail (please select a meeting-point when booking). 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 late in the year, weather conditions are constantly changing. As needed, you’ll adjust the equipment you use (ice spikes, etc.) to match the changes in weather. Along the way, there will be opportunities to catch your breath and snap photos of the spectacular nature around you. After 2.5 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 off-season =)

After a well-deserved break at the cliff’s edge, your guide will lead you back down to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, which will take about 2 hours*. (We strongly recommend this modern yet cozy lodge as a place to overnight before and/or after your hike). The tour ends with transportation back to Stavanger.

The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 17:30 (5:30pm).

*In the event that snow is present, your hike may last longer than approximated.

Included in this tour:

  • Pick-up and transportation to/from the start of the trail
  • Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
  • All necessary equipment (spikes, poles, etc.)
  • Hot beverages and a snack during the hike

2017 Season: October 16 – December 23
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen before October 16, book the Preikestolen “off-the-beaten-track” hike or Preikestolen Sunrise hike (April 23 – Oct. 15). If you want to hike to Preikestolen after December 23, book the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. – Mar.) or Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. – April).

Please read the “Additional information” and “General conditions of contract” before booking.

Additional Information

MODERATE DIFFICULTY

Suitable for people of most ages – excluding children younger than 8 yrs. – who are in general good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

Total Distance: 8 kilometers
Total Ascent: 500 meters

DURATION

Total: ~8 hours (depends on pick-up location)
Hiking: ~5 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)

WHEN?

08:00am – 17:30 (5:30pm) (approximately; see times in product description)
(October-December: for available dates, please see calendar above)

WHERE?

Pick-up/drop off at various locations in and around Stavanger.
See details in product description.
(Please choose your preferred time & meeting-point when booking)

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Transportation (including ferry crossings)
Professional Guide carrying navigation, safety, and first-aid equipment
Use of hiking poles
Hot beverages & snack during the hike

WHAT TO BRING?

Proper hiking boots/shoes*
Outdoor clothing: water-resistant/insulated pants, rain-proof jacket, woolen sweater
Small backpack with additional clothing layers/thermal underwear
Packed lunch / bottled water / additional snacks
(NOTE: NO JEANS/SNEAKERS!)

*It’s possible to rent both hiking boots and outdoor-clothing from us.
(Please make your selection when booking)

LANGUAGES

English, Norwegian, Dutch

NUMBER/AGE OF PARTICIPANTS

Maximum: 14 people (adults + children 8 yrs. +)

CHANGES DUE TO WEATHER

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.

21 reviews for Autumn Hike to Preikestolen

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Had a day to spare in Stavanger during a business trip and decided to go with Johannes from Outdoor Life Norway on a guided hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). We were very lucky with the weather which made a very special day. Johannes does a great job of guiding; very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    I needed a weekend to get away and really wanted to give myself a challenge so I chose Stavanger and booked a place on this autumn hike to the Preikestolen. Johannes collected me right on time from my hotel and drove the group to the ferry where we did introductions. The ferry and drive to the start point was lovely and Johannes pointed out areas of interest. The hike itself was pretty challenging for me (pretty overweight!) but with the encouragement of Johannes, the group I was with and the knowledge I had of the destination I managed to achieve what I thought I could not! And it was so worth it. I recommend to anyone spending time in Stavanger to book this tour. It’s an incredible hike to an amazing place and going with Johannes meant that I learned a lot more about the local area and Norway in general that I could have alone. His knowledge and passion for what he does is so apparent in all he does.

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      Thank you Rachel. You really did awesome. Continue travelling and hiking! =)

  3. 5 out of 5

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    I needed a weekend to get away and really wanted to give myself a challenge so I chose Stavanger and booked a place on this autumn hike to the Preikestolen. Johannes collected me right on time from my hotel and drove the group to the ferry where we did introductions. The ferry and drive to the start point was lovely and Johannes pointed out areas of interest. The hike itself was challenging for me (pretty overweight!) but with the encouragement of Johannes, the group I was with and the knowledge I had of the destination I managed to achieve what I thought I could not! And it was so worth it. I recommend to anyone spending time in Stavanger to book this tour. It’s an incredible hike to an amazing place and going with Johannes meant that I learned a lot more about the local area and Norway in general that I could have alone. His knowledge and passion for what he does is so apparent in all he does.

  4. 4 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    My autumn preikestolen trip was very foggy so it took away the breath taking views but couldn’t fault Johannes, his knowledge is second to none and he is a great guy. This hike is very good as it isn’t very challenging and would highly recommend to anyone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    Great trip made perfect by Johannes as our guide due to his expertise and willingness to make our trip 100% . I suggest this to all kinds of fitness levels , this will not disappoint ! Only thing I can suggest is being some gloves for when you rest on the edge of the cliff face as it gets very cold. Thank you Johannes for making this experience so good

  6. 5 out of 5

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    I had such an amazing experience with the Outdoorlife Norway day trips. I did both the autumn hike to kjerag and the Pulpit rock hike. My guide was Johannes, who was absolutely incredible! The hike was fun, with breathtaking views. I would definitely recommend doing the guided tour as they give you lots of information about the surrounding town, and the hikes. They are very knowledgable guides. Also during both of my tours we left the regular path to take a lesser traveled path, which held lots of beautiful views.

  7. 5 out of 5

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    Our guide Audun took us for the day and it was an amazing trip. We had great weather ams the views were stunning. We left early to avoid the crowds as it does get busy during the day.
    Audun was an amazing guide. Very informative and good sense of humour.
    We were treated to snacks, chocolate and the local fruit drink whilst we were on top of the hike.
    Highly recommended it. Great job guys!

  8. 5 out of 5

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    Exellent trip with a great guide. He was inspiring and had lots of knowledge. Took good care of my 9-year old daughter, so that we both had a amazing hike to Prekestolen.

  9. 5 out of 5

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    We have just returned from a day trip up to Preikestolen. What a fantastic day! The guide and company owner Johannes was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He made everyone welcome and took us off the beaten track whilst hiking. A great day – thank you! Highly recommend booking through this company – worth every penny.

  10. 5 out of 5

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    The Hike, views and landscape outstanding. What makes this company great is the outstanding service. I had travelled from the U.S., not knowing language and how to get around outdoor life handled everything (tickets for the ferry, transportation, small smack)! The e-mails with times were spot on. The guide Enroll (spelling is incorrect) was amazing. So educated about Norwegian life, folklore, traditions, and Biology. We ate edible plants and drank from natural waterfalls.

    If I get the chance I will be back with them to do another hike. What a great small company. I couldn’t recommend any more!

  11. 5 out of 5

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    I had the opportunity to hike with both Johannes and Erlend on my hike to Kjerag (Approximately 8 hours) and Preikestolen (Approximately 5 hours), respectively.
    As an exchange student on a tight budget, I am glad I made the decision to hike with Outdoorlife Norway!
    The experience is very personalized on both occasions; both Johannes and Erlend made sure I felt comfortable and safe. To be guided by someone who genuinely take pride and joy in their work was absolutely delightful.
    It is a must-do if you plan to visit Norway; No matter the season, Stavanger lies at the heart and Outdoorlife Norway is the perfect guide to Norway.

    Takk for turen! Jeg håper å gå tur med deg igjen

  12. 5 out of 5

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    Our guide erlend was polite and kind. He gave us an informative tour about the city, the route, plants and birds. He climbed up and down to take picture for us. The scene at preikestolen was breath-taking and it was a wonderful experience to hike with Outdoorlife Norway

  13. 5 out of 5

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    Booking. Extremely easy. We found the companies website before we arrived in Norway. It shows what days are available for what hike, and you can book and pay online. Minimal communication but instructions are extremely clear.

    Day of the hike.
    Show up to a drop spot which are numerous around the city and very easy to find. Johannes shows up in a van and comes out for introductions. He knows how to spot you!

    A ferry ride and a short drive to the start of the hike. The guide is talkative and inquiring the entire way.

    The actual hike itself is demanding, but an average person is able to complete it. Its approximately 2.5 hrs up and 2 hrs down. The trails are marked very well but its best to follow your guide.

    The pace was quick, but walk your own pace. The guide goes ahead to ensure your safety on the trail. He takes photos too so just because he goes faster doesn’t mean you have to. There are a lot of stops on the way to catch your breath and soak in the scenery.

    Once at the top you stop for lunch (bring your own) and some local hot juice (supplied) You stop for pictures and view gazing.

    We were taken a different way down the hill which is the same way as the only bad review that was given to this company. It doesnt deserve a bad review. It was beautiful. More rugged yes but this is a path that only locals go and it was a treat to be taken off the beaten path and experience “real” Norwegian hiking as Johannes put it.

    The entire trip we were told stories and interesting facts about Norway, the land, the hike, the people who are making the hike safer. Johannes was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. We were extremely happy booking with this company and intend on returning for a longer hike next year!!

  14. 4 out of 5

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    Good and almost individual service from Erlend. Nice touch keeping the group discussing and getting to know each other. Weather was excellent, no rain and also sunny when returning to the car. View from Preikestolen is unic but wonderful scenery also on the way. Lakes and forests far below.

  15. 5 out of 5

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    We were hiking on the Pulpit Rock with a guide Johannes. For us it was first hiking and it was very funny and spectacular trip. The guide told us a lot of interesting facts about fjords and was very funny and friendly guy. You must to try it!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

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    I was in Stavanger on a November business trip and had the weekend free so decided to book this tour with Outdoor Norway, since they seem to be the only company to do off-season hikes out of Stavanger, and they were recommended to me by a friend who works in the Norwegian tourist sector. Booking was easy, and I opted for the shoe and clothing rental (I don’t recommend doing this in jeans and sneakers, unless you like being cold and wet).
    Our group of six couldn’t have asked for a better guide than Alan. Norway is astoundingly beautiful on any given day, but what made this trek even better was that there was hardly anyone else on the trail – not something that would ever happen during summer. Also, the snow-covered landscape is something that you wouldn’t get to enjoy during a summer trip, which made this more special. Even though it snowed during the climb, we were lucky to have good, clear weather when we got to the top… and it being November meant that there were hardly any people on the top to inadvertently photobomb our pictures.
    This is easily one of the best hikes I’ve done, and I really recommend the Outdoor Norway climb for anyone that likes hiking and the outdoors.

  17. 5 out of 5

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    Very good hike with excellent guide. The weather was amazing. They rent very high quality weather proof clothes and boots. The guide (Allan) was very dedicated and provided great attention. 100% recommended!!

  18. 5 out of 5

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    it was such an amazing experience. Outdoor life Norway is a great company, they are very concerned with their customers. The guide was very friendly and helped us a lot. the view from preikestolen is priceless. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone who’s looking for the beauty of nature and if it’s your first time I’d recommend Outdoor life Norway as they are awesome.

  19. 5 out of 5

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    We were unsure if we would be able to hike up to Preikestolen during our visit as we had read that it is unadvisable during late autumn/winter. After a bit of research we found outdoorlife Norway did guided hikes up to Preiketsolen all year around. Our initial thoughts were it seemed a bit expensive (approx £100 each) but decided to go for it, as we were not confident to walk without a guide. We were definitely not disappointed. The whole trip was worth what we paid for it, amazing day, amazing guide and amazing service.
    Everything was smooth running, we were lucky to be on a trip of just 4 visitors, the pick up was very easy (from a local hotel). The costs covered the pick up, ferry over to Tau and the trip up to the car park and then back again (we even got dropped off at our apartment on the way back!).
    Our guide, Ivan (sorry Ivan, I wasn’t sure how to spell your name!), was brilliant, knowledgeable, funny, patient, a great photographer (knows all the good photo spots!) and made the day even more enjoyable. We were lucky to have great weather, blue skies and only a bit of ice (the company provided ice spikes for shoes and walking poles- thank God!), and when we got to the rock there were only 4 other people there!
    I would not hesitate to recommend outdoorlife Norway as a company to guide you to preikestolen, especially off-season when the weather is unpredictable, and I would say its great value for money!

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Went for the autumn hike on 13th Dec which is the off peak season and not exactly recommended by many to hike up to Preikestolen due to the weather condition. However, we decided to book a guided hike with Outdoorlife Norway and totally didn’t regret the decision.

    It was a rainy and foggy morning, however, we continued the hike – something we would not have done if not for the fact that we had an experienced guide who is familiar with the terrain. When we reached the top, we were very very very lucky. The skies cleared, and we had a great view from Preikestolen. And because it was off-peak season, there were only us when we reached. That means, we could spend lots of time taking photos and enjoying our packed lunch in peace.

    Our guide was Audun who obviously likes what he’s doing and loves the nature and Jack & Jacklin (the 2 birds residing at Preikestolen). We were a small group – 4 ladies and Audun made the effort to set the pace of the hike according to our energy level, so even my friend who has not done much hiking before managed to make her way up.

    I would recommend this guided tour especially during off-season as there aren’t many people / local there during this period, there’s no way you can follow anyone up or ask for directions if you get lost. And if the fog comes, you can really get lost there.
    Hiking poles are provided and hiking boots/clothes can be rented from them.
    Layer your clothes as you’ll be perspiring when you hike, but will feel cold once you reach the top and stop to rest. Bring a pair of waterproof hiking boots (there’s mud and water puddles), and raincoat/waterproof jacket for the hike.

  21. 5 out of 5

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    My wife and I hiked up Preikestolen with Outdoorlife Norway in December and had an amazing time. Our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable about the area and we learned a great deal from him about Norwegian culture as well. Totally worth the money to book with this great company if you would like a guided hike!

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