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Preikestolen Hike “Off the Beaten Track”

5 out of 5 based on 28 customer ratings
(28 customer reviews)

PRICE: 1,290 NOK per person

Some of the world’s most spectacular fjord-views can be seen from atop Preikestolen, one of Norway’s most popular hiking destinations.  In 2016, approximately 285,000 hikers made their way up to the cliff, hanging an impressive 604 meters above the Lysefjord.

Avoid the crowds by joining us on an ‘off the beaten track’ hike and enjoy a unique Preikestolen experience.  Hike in near-solitude while encountering out-of-this-world views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord – which only few have seen.

You’ll embark by crossing Refsvatn lake by canoe. Then the real adventure begins: Hike through Norway’s splendid nature while switching between off-the-map trails (70% of the time) and scrambling/off-trail hiking (30% of the time) to make your way up to the point where the mountains plunge into the spectacular Lysefjord. Hiking off-the-beaten-track means that you’ll have the pleasure of seeing new and exciting scenery throughout the duration of the trip.

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

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2017 Season: April 23 – October 15
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen after October 15, book the Preikestolen Autumn Hike (Oct. 16 – Dec. 23), the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. – Mar.), or the Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. – Apr.).

Scroll down for full tour description and additional information.

Product Description

NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen after October 15, book the Preikestolen Autumn Hike (Oct. 16 – Dec. 23), the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. – Mar.), or the Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. – Apr.).

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

06:50am St. Svithun Hotel / Hostel
06.55am Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
07:00am Clarion Hotel Stavanger
07:05am Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
07:10am Thon Hotel Maritim
07:10am Stavanger City Cente / Domkirkeplassen
07:15am Scandic Stavanger City
08:05am Lilland Hotel (Tau)
08:20am Verkshotellet (Jørpeland)
08:35am Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

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

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

Avoid the crowds by joining us on a ‘off the beaten track’ hike and enjoy a unique Preikestolen experience.  Hike in near-solitude while encountering out of this world views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord – which only few have seen.

This tour is organized in cooperation with the Norwegian Trekking Association and Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. It is highly recommended that you spend the night at this cozy mountain lodge, be it before or after your hike.

You’ll embark on your trip by canoeing across Refsvatn Lake. During 70% of the hike, you’ll follow off-the-map trails which are overgrown and have (almost) been forgotten. These trails are rarely used and the cairns that lead the way through dense forests are difficult to find. Once above the tree-line, the trail completely disappears: the remaining 30% of the hike is thus comprised of off-trail hiking & scrambling.

During this portion of the hike, you’ll experience out-of-this-world and rarely-seen views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord. After about 3,5 hours on foot, you’ll reach a viewpoint of Preikestolen that the majority of others only get to see in tourist brochures.

You will then hike down to Preikestolen and enjoy a well-deserved break atop the impressive plateau that towers 604 meters above sea level. There, you’ll get to view the 1000 meter-high mountain walls surrounding the 42 kilometer-long Lysefjord from a new perspective.

At that point, as you begin the long descent back to civilization, you’ll start by joining the masses of people who are following the main trail away from Preikestolen. After about 20 minutes, you’ll escape the crowds by detouring back onto one of the off-the-map trails. You’ll be able to enjoy the remainder of the hike in near-solitude while you take in the beauty of the Norwegian wilderness from ever-changing perspectives. The hike back to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge will take approximately 2 hours.

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

Included in this tour:

  • Transportation to/from the start of the trail (including ferry crossings)
  • Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
  • Personal-use of hiking poles
  • 30 minute-long canoe trip including necessary equipment
  • Hot beverages and a snack during the hike

2017 Season: April 23 – October 15
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen after October 15, book the Preikestolen Autumn Hike (Oct. 16 – Dec. 23), the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. – Mar.), or the Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. – Apr.).

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

Additional Information


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

Total Distance: 9,5 kilometers: 70% on off-the-map trails; 30% scrambling
Total Ascent: 1.000 meters


Total: 10 hours
Hiking: ~7 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)
Briefing & coffee Preikestolen Mountain Lodge: ~45 min.


07:00am – 17:30 (5:30pm) (approximately; see times in product description)
(April-October: for available dates, please see calendar by clicking on ‘Book Now!’)


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)


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


Proper hiking boots/shoes*
Outdoor-clothing: water/wind resistant pants, rain-proof jacket
Small backpack with additional clothing layers (fleece/woolen sweater, etc.)
Packed lunch / bottled water / additional snacks

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


English, Norwegian, Dutch


Maximum: 7 people (adults + children 8 yrs. +)


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.

28 reviews for Preikestolen Hike “Off the Beaten Track”

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    This was a beautiful, challenging hike, and truly off the beaten track! I loved being able to experience solitude on a mountain that can otherwise be very crowded, and see the mountain from the side that most of the regular tourist will not get to see. A true gem of a hike and an unforgettable experience!

  2. 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed this hike. Especially knowing that you hiking in the quietness while not far away from the crowd. Starting with canoe was relaxing before the start of a hike that had some challenging parts with a little bit of climbing. Nice views of the fjord and the sea. A must do if you want to experience the Preikestolen in a different way!

  3. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Hiking of the beaten track to pulpit rock.our guides Johannes and Odin were fantastic so patient encouraging and informative.this trip exceeded all my expectations and is one of the best expeditions I have completed.cannoeing on the fjord at the start of the trip was the icing on the cake !

  4. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    What a wonderful exhausting day!

    If you like to enjoy fresh air, stunning nature off the turist main road, I will definitely recommand this daytrip.

    Together with my daugther we joined Johannes for a daytrip to Preikestolen. Even though we’re from Norway, we’ve never been at Preikestolen, and decided to take this alternative guided hiking tour. I must admit I had a second though about being guided by a guy from the pancake-flat Netherlands, climbing up to Preikestolen,, but after few minutes I forgot all about that. Johannes is a great wildlife guide, being more out climbing and hiking than most of us Norwegians. (Pfffft.)
    I took the responsibilty and was the last one in the group.

    The tour included everything: pick-up at the hotel, 30min ferry with coffe, nice chat. Cano over a nice water, hiking during a old forrest up to the mountain. Spectacular view over the Northsee, Stavanger and the fjords. Very gooood pics!

    Johannes is a hardworking nice and caring guide, easy to connect with. Go ahead!

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    An adventurous trip with amazing views, starting with canoeing on quiet Refsvatn Lake with a brief introduction on the landscape formation and hike up the mountain via the off beaten track. On this side of the mountain we can stay away from the crowd and enjoy the mountain by ourselves until we reach to the top and get down to the Perikestolen. It is an unforgettable experience. This hike is a challenging one but it’s all worth it. Highly recommended to anyone who would like to have different experience to the Preikestolen.

  6. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    I decided to take the “Off the beaten track hike”. When I read the description this was exactly what I was after and it did not fail to deliver! This was my first ever hike and a great one at that. We canoed across the lake with not a soul around on the first leg of the hike. During the hike up to Pulpit rock we did not see a soul until we reached the top. This is truly off the beaten track, the ONLY way to experience it. Johannes was an excellent guide with great knowledge of the trail and local wildlife. It was a challenging and rewarding hike which Johannes sprinkled with humour along the way.

  7. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    My son Cas and I joint guide Johannes for a hike ‘off the beaten tracks to Preikenstolen’. It became an unforgettable one. Along the first part we only saw the beauty of nature, silence & a great fresh smell. After 3 hours we climbed over the mountain top and saw the ‘madness’ on the Preikenstolen. We joined them. The contrast with part 2 couldn’t be bigger!!
    You are crazy when you don’t book this tour. Seeing the Preikenstolen only from the tourist route is a crazy thing to do. So join Johannes from Outdoorlife Norway and experience this contrast yourself.
    Ps: train yourself first at home. A good condition of your body is needed 🙂

    Our special thanks goes out to Johannes!

  8. 5 out of 5


    This is an unforgettable, beautiful hike. Join it, and you will experience the contrast between part 1 of the hike with his silence, great smell, taste & beautiful points of views (for about 3hours). You meet no other people…..and the crazy part 2 when you see and meet all the tourist on Preikenstolen. A big contrast we will never forget.
    What a fantastic hike!! Special txs to guide Johannes

  9. 5 out of 5


    Climbing to Preikestolen “off the beaten path” was one of the most memorable hikes of our lives! Our guide, Johannes, was knowledgeable and competent. His anecdotes about the geological and natural history of this stunning site only added to the exhilarating experience of seeing the Lysefjord from that spectacular view. This experience truly allowed us to appreciate the beauty of the Norwegian landscape!

  10. 5 out of 5


    This hiking experience with Johannes is magnificent. If I could only choose one thing to do during my two-week stay in Norway, hiking off the beaten track in Preikestolen is the one! The breath-taken view along the way and the sense of achievement at the top are absolutely unforgettable in life. Moreover, Johannes has been very helpful and patient to me as I am first-time hiker. With his assistance, my potential has been inspired. I am truly grateful that Johannes was my guide. I will be back! 🙂

  11. 5 out of 5


    This trip is truly memorable. Johannes is an excellent guide who really takes you into into nature and allows you to explore the different landscapes on the way to Preikestolen. Highly recommended for those looking for a challenging but extremely enjoyable trip to the top!

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    I made the trip with Johannes and a great group and it was one of my best experiences in my life…IT IS SPECTACULAR !!! The new track starts with a funny and relaxing canoe trip, and then we started the trail… The views and the path itself were incredible, and Johannes makes it even better with his help, snacks, explanations, jokes and advises… We didnot see anyone until we reached Preikestolen, what makes it more interesting. I enjoyed it a lot and was my best experience in Norway, completely different and worthy. Thanks Johannes for this great day we spent together !!

  13. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    Loved this way up to the rock! Starting off with the calm and gorgeous kayaking across the lake then heading up through different terrains was super fun! The first part was mossy forest then onto the open rocky areas where you saw a totally different view of the lake and back into the bay of Stavanger and then the incredible views of the fjords at the top. I’m a pretty serious hiker and this was easy at the beginning, slightly challenging at the top for scrambling on about 20 feet of rocks then super easy after that and ALL of it was enjoyable and rewarding. I did the Sunrise hike before this Off the Beaten Path hike and BOTH are highly recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5


    How lucky we were to find Johannes, and what an adventure he took us on into the beautiful fjords. This was a trip of a lifetime as we took a unique route up the mountains far away from the crowds. Johannes was very well equipped with everything we needed for the demanding but rewarding hike and his organisation and knowledge of the area was seamless. I could not recommend a trip with Joannes more, what a way to explore Norway!

  15. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    I got in touch with Johannes after reading trip advisor reviews and I am so glad they had been written. We wanted to see the fjords on our trip to Norway and I could not think of a better way to see them. This was a trip of a lifetime as we took a unique route up the mountains far away from the crowds. Johannes was very well equipped with everything we needed for the demanding but truly rewarding hike and his organisation and knowledge of the area was seamless. I could not recommend a trip with Joannes more, what a way to explore Norway!

    Outdoor Life Norway was the best investment into a vacation that I’ve ever made! I booked a few hikes with Johannes that were all very rewarding and wonderful. I could’ve done the typical tourist-packed trips through typical places, but instead I chose to go with Johannes’ services which provided very small-group tours to the best locations and also provided wonderful…

  16. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    It’s been a month and i’m still buzzing from the breathtaking views and fantastic experience from the hike. My brother and i, happened to stumble across this website trying to find a unique tour of the Lysefjord and i am 100% glad that we did!
    The group size is perfect; you are introduced to some fantastic people, something that is less likely to happen in a large and overcrowded group. You meet Johannes, an outstanding man of the great outdoors: experienced, patient, accommodating and at times witty!
    We enjoyed everything and i mean EVERYTHING! From booking to our car meeting; caneoing to hiking (LORD OF THE RINGS QUOTES IS A MUST). How much more can i praise this hike, other than by you going there and experiencing it yourself?!

    Half way through the tour i lost my phone in the middle of nowhere. Annoyed and distressed as i was, i didn’t let it dampen my spirits.
    A well thought out trail with the expertise of our guide, you felt you really were experiencing hiking at its best.

    The next day my brother received a phone call, Johannes, Thomas and their guide group found my phone! Seriously, what were the chances! It was the cherry on top of a fantastic trip!

    I can’t thank you enough! X
    As i write this review i am using the same phone, that was lost and found by the Outdoorlife Norway gang.

    If you’re looking for something different, like meeting new people, up for a challenge and seeing Norway’s beauty off the ‘beaten track,’ then book these guys. 100%.

    A trip for me next year is on order!

  17. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    While in Norway we did two trips with Outdoorlife Norway and had an incredible experience on both adventures.

    Our first adventure was the “Preikestolen Hike – Off The Beaten Track” which took us across a beautiful mountain lake by canoe then up through a densely populated forest filled with lush green trees and moss covered rocks before rising above tree line to a high alpine environment with scenic overlooks and misty mountain tops.

    The hike was appropriately rated “advanced” requiring good physical health and basic hiking skills. There are a few sections that require you to scramble your way up, over, and under rocks which make it for a fun yet challenging adventure you won’t forget. Anyone can hike up the well marked trail to Preikestolen but you won’t find this off the beaton path experience without the guidance of Outdoorlife Norway.

    Our second adventure was the “Stavanger Snowshoe Hike” which in comparison to the “Off The Beaton Path” adventure a shorter distance and less challenging yet still very beautiful and unique adventure. If you haven’t snowshoed before don’t worry it’s fairly easy to pick up and I’d feel comfortable recommending this to a variety of skill levels.

    No matter what skill level you are I’d highly recommend packing for weather that can most definitely change over the course of your trip. While we were visiting in the off season of late April we encountered rain, snow, sleet, sun, and strong winds so it’s important to pack a waterproof jacket, light down or fleece insulator, gloves, sunglasses, winter hat, as well as a pair of waterproof hiking boots and pants, plus some snacks and water to enjoy along the way! If you don’t have this gear you can rent it through Outdoorlife Norway at a very reasonable rate.

    Two thumbs up and high fives all around to Outdoorlife Norway Guides Johannes and Erlend for making our trip one we’ll never forget!

  18. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Our trip with Johannes was unforgettable, we had a fabulous time exploring the countryside around Pulpit Rock with some beautiful views of the lake, Fjords and rock itself which you wouldn’t get anywhere else and which were way superior to the usual route. We are reasonably fit, and this walk was a little testing at times, but Johannes was great at adapting to our pace and gave us a lot of knowledge about the local countryside & formation also. Highly recommended!

  19. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    This hike up to Pulpit Rock was simply incredible. My friends and I didn’t really know what we were doing but decided to give Outdoorlife Norway a try because it sounded like so much fun. WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER WITH OUR DECISION. This was the highlight of our trip to Norway. Johannes was wonderful and we all had a great time! Thanks again JOE! 🙂

  20. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    I woke up early in the morning and I looked through the window and I saw clouds, rain, and wind… Fantastic day to hike isn’t it?
    But the weather and the challenging conditions make the experience unforgettable and after all my effort, in recompense, I saw the amazing pulpit rock and the fiord! The weather at the end gave the fiord a special charm, I was very happy despite of getting up really early!

    Johannes and Sol walked with me all day long and from here I would like to thank them for the grate job and wonderful day I spent. They are very professional guides, friendly and you will be captured by their enthusiasm for the nature. I did the “Preikestolen Hike – Off The Beaten Track” and I strongly recommend it, as you have completely different point of view of the fiord and the pulpit rock avoiding the standard path. It is an exceptional experience and it is worth doing it. Also, the trip it is very organized and you don’t have to worry about transportation, bus schedules, boats, parking… You just have to enjoy. You will not regret.

  21. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    We have no hiking experience and yet could manage to do this challenging hike thanks to our wonderful guide Erlend. We would recommend this hike to anyone wanting to see the pulpit rock as it is so totally worth the money. The hike is good, canoeing is awesome and the scenery through the hike is breath taking. Lyseford views that you get in this hike are out of this world. It’s a long tiring day but you won’t realize it as you will be so amazed by the scenic beauty. Would definitely recommend outdoor life off the beaten path

  22. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Johannes was a great and fun guide who clearly loves what he is doing! You have to work for the views with this hike but it’s so worth it especially missing the crowds along the hiking trail. This was my favorite hike we did in Norway and I’d recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone deciding!

  23. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    This Preikestolen hike is MUCH MUCH MUCH better than the normal route that you would take from the visitor center. A short canoe trip takes you to a long forgotten rustic trail that is not for the beginners, but was fantastic for experienced hikers. After a challenging and very diverse climb, we had some excellent viewpoints. At one point we could see the entire LyseFjord- a far better view than you get from Preikestolen, which is lower and packed with people. We made our obligatory stop there, and then had an interesting trip down, again avoiding the crowds on private trails.

    The guides were fantastic, giving us interesting local and biological facts.

    Overall one of the best hikes I’ve ever been on, and one that is FAR BETTER with this guide group than if you were to do it on your own following hundreds of people like cattle in the public trail. Do this one!!

  24. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    I would recommend the hike to Preikestolen with Outdoorlife Norway for everyone looking for a one day trip in the fjord from Stavanger. The trail is away from the main touristic one and you are really immersed into the wilderness, away from the crowds of the public path (that day there were hundreds of people walking up this trail!).

    The hike is not super difficult but you have to be attentive to where you walk as there is no track to follow. Also, I recommend wearing long pants and waterproof shoes as you are literally walking in the bush. Our guide Eric was really good and gave us insights of the Lysefjord, especially one place where you have a 360 viewpoint on the fjord, which is not accessible from the public trail. The view above the Preikestolen is stunning, far better than from the rock itself!

    We have of course walked to the famous spot and hiked a bit on the main trail with the crowds (so glad we didn’t go this way!) and then left it to go back off the beaten track.

    This is one of the best hike I have ever done: perfect for nature lovers and adventurers! I am looking forward to going back to Norway and do more hikes like this one 🙂

  25. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Highly recommend the hike tour to Preikestonlen! The views are stunning although it was a heavy rain when we are on the way back. It doesn’t destroy the mood. The guide, Erlend is so nice, he did explained a lot to us about Stavanger and also the nature there. Along the hiking routes to the rock, we saw 2 little frogs and nice plants and flowers as well. The guide also helped us to take some nice picture so you can buy from the link that they provided!

  26. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Almost anyone can hike the main trail to Preikestolen . The advantage of this trip is the extras. A canoe paddle to start; a hike on a rarely used trail that provided vistas of fjords without the hassle of hundreds of people; and a highly entertaining and knowledgeable local guide who gave us inside information on the route, history and flora. Perfect for sporty families, couples and those interested in ‘more’ than just the plain hike itself.

  27. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    I booked for Preikestolen off-the-beaten track hike with Outdoor Life Norway, the pick-up time started early at 7:10am and the hike started promptly. Erlend, our guide was very professional, patient, informative and on-time, I really enjoyed the hike especially because of the beautiful spots overlooking the fjords where our guide took us and he was very informative & patient all throughout the hike. I was also lucky to have a friendly and cool group during this hike, now I gained another set of great friends! We had breaks along the way to wait for others to catch-up and our guide gave us some ideas about the plant species we passed by along the way (some of them are edible and tastes like green apple), another new learning for me. Seeing the beautiful sceneries is breath-taking plus a great guide made this hike truly a memorable birthday event for me that I will always cherish in my lifetime. I highly recommend them and definitely will come back for more. Thanks and all the best, cheers!

  28. 5 out of 5


    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    My Son and I (16 and 54) joined the hike – of the beaten track – to Preikestolen with Johannes.
    It is of course possible to go to Preikestolen by the beaten track which you probably would rate at an 7 or 8. To make it a 10 you have to experience nature around it, the quietness of the lake, the wet track trough the forrest, the friendly frog in the woods, the climbing over rocks and the spectacular views over the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains. You won’t forget having lunch at edge of a clif high above everything befor descending down to the crowdy Preikestolen.
    Johannes is a very nice guide that will show you nature as it was intended.

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