Preikestolen Hike “Off the Beaten Track”

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 54 customer ratings
(54 customer reviews)

PRICE: 1,390 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 2017, approximately 300,000 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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Season 2018: Apr 24 – Oct 15
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen before April 24, book the Preikestolen Autumn Hike (Oct. 16 – Dec. 23), the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. – Mar.), or the Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. – Apr.).

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Product Description

Season 2018: Apr 24 – Oct 15
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen before April 24, book the Preikestolen Autumn Hike (Oct. 16 – Dec. 23), the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. – Mar.), or the Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. – Apr.).

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

06:45am Thon Hotel Maritim (back entrance)
06:50am Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
06:55am St. Svithun Hotel / Hostel
06:55am Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
07:00am Clarion Hotel Stavanger
07:00am Stavanger Tourist Information Office
07:05am Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel
07:05am Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge
07:10am Kanelsnurren Bakery
07:10am Scandic Stavanger City (back entrance)
08:05am Lilland Hotel (Tau)
08:20am Verkshotellet (Jørpeland)
08:35am Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

Drop-off
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.

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

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

POST-HIKE BEER & NORDIC TAPAS – NOK 490 per-person
(optional – please select number of participants during booking)

As an added option alongside our Preikestolen day-hikes, we have partnered with Lilland Microbrewery Hotel to offer a craft beer tasting:

After your hike to Preikestolen, instead of driving you directly back to Stavanger, your guide will drop you off at Lilland Microbrewery Hotel. Once there, you’ll be given the option of enjoying a hot shower or relaxing in the lounge before sampling a selection of craft beers and regional Nordic ‘tapas’.  After the tasting, you’ll return to Stavanger independently by ferry*. Duration:  1½ – 2 hours

Included:

  • Hot Shower (optional)
  • Sampling of 3 local microbrews
  • A selection of Nordic tapas/snacks
  • Ferry ticket back to Fiskepiren in Stavanger city center*

*Transportation between the ferry terminal and your hotel in Stavanger not included.

NOTE: Minimum drinking age in Norway is 18 years.

Season 2018: Apr 24 – Oct 15
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen before April 24, 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

MORE DIFFICULT

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

DURATION

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

WHEN?

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!')

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
Canoe & equipment rental
Use of hiking poles
Hot beverages & snack during the hike

WHAT TO BRING?

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
(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: 7 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.

54 reviews for Preikestolen Hike “Off the Beaten Track”

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Wells (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anne

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    A S

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grete R

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela Li (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    DontActLikeATourist

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    WimvEijk

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cas & Wim

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelley Zhuojun CHEN

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Antonio Gonzalez (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cheryl (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kim

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kimberley F

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    CGVong

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    randyelles

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca M

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Zuleyka M

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ettana

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    rsure

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick B

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    PRSMinnesota

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marion A

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emily C

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    lkershaw2016

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    rey_agudo

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    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gert M

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    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.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    DiegoC-1976

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    I did “off the beaten track” on April 29th, It was an incredible combination of stunning views and beautiful hike, all with no people, just you and nature. First at all we canoeing for a while across a beautiful lake and after that, we start to hike for amazings trails, snowy and with amazing views. We reached Preikestolen above itself… we can enjoyed a particular view of this incredible place with the fjord at the end.
    I have to thank to Johannes, an amazing and smiley guide, he take care about us and show us a lot of things about this landscapes.
    Takk for turen Johannes¡¡¡¡¡¡ I hope to see you again

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth D

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    A must if you’re in Stavanger, Norway. A great and demanding hike where you get a wonderful view over the fjord landscape. A very good guide that took good care of the Group. We had a great time.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helén K

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    Vi var 4st i en grupp på 8st. Började dagen med kanot och sen vandring kring bergen upp mot Preikistolen.

    Många fina vyer och många höga berg att ta sig upp för. Skönt och rogivande att slippa allt kaos som sedan är när man når själva Preikistolen.

    Rekommenderad om ni vill slippa allt folk och ha naturen för sig själva!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Meredith S

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    We went on two separate hiking tours with Outdoorlife Norway – to Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten, and absolutely loved them both! The tours were fun and interesting… both guides were very friendly and informative and taught us a lot about Norway and the nature around the hikes. The trips were beautiful and the tour guides were very good about taking professional photos of us along the way… a wonderful memory of two incredible days! We highly recommend Outdoorlife Norway to anyone interested in a personalized, supportive tour that is off the beaten path (and away from hundreds of tourists!)

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    _crlo95

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    Off the Beaten Track is the only way you should experience Preikestolen. The path up to the top is completely natural and it is truly just you, your group, and nature. The views leading up to the view point are breathtaking.

    Chris and Sindre were such fun and informative guides. Highly recommend, thanks guys!!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert B

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    What a great day! My 19 year old son and I had a great hike with Outdoorlife Norway (OLN). We are not avid hikers but our guide Ehrland did a great job. By going with Outdoorlife we were able to go on a different path than the one used by everyone else. It had little traffic and seemed to be a more interesting trail. We also were able to start our day with a nice canoe ride across a lake – only available with Outdoorlife. Leading into the trip Johannes was very helpful with pre-trip planning and questions. The hike is definitely strenuous but doable. Real hiking boots are a must. I also highly recommend the water/windroof jacket and pants that we rented from OLN. The price is very reasonable and they were very helpful. It was nice doing the hike with some other people. I also highly recommend the photo package. The price was great as were the photos. This was a very special day for us and was made so much better by using Outdoorlife Norway. I highly recommend them.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ute S

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    We booked the “off the beaten track”-tour, as the sunrise- tour was not available that day. We did not regret it! Our guide Erland ( sorry to have called you Alan all the time…) was friendly and empathetic and as a studied biologist showed us many interesting things like birds and flowers along the way. The tour started with a fantastic calm and breathtaking ride in the kanus across the lake. We had our two dogs with us who’ve never been on a kanu before but as Erland and the rest of the group were super friendly and helpful we easily made it. We then hiked up quite steeply in nearly untouched nature through a beautiful forest. Some might find this part quite challenging. During the hike Erland provided us with interesting information about the nature around us. Above the tree border we had wonderful views over the lake and fjord. Erland gave everyone enough time to take pictures and we had nice drink&snack breaks with beautiful views. Then there were some challenging climbing parts, where Erland showed us exactly where to put our feet and even lifted the dogs the way up. When we came to the Preikestolen, he showed us the best photo points from above and on the rock itself he took great pictures of us. We spent a wonderful day with Erland and our international ( Brazil Texas Saarbrücken) group in a relaxed and warm atmosphere.
    We absolutely recommend this tour to experienced hikers in good condition who want to avoid the crowds. You will love it!
    Thank you for this excellent experience!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lindsay D

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    We booked two hikes, with a day in between. The first, ‘Kjerag beat the crowds’, was a beautiful day topped with the awesome pic of standing on Kjerag boulder. Our guide Sindre was friendly and informative. I accidentally forgot my phone in the van on drop off and got some personalized service from Andrea in the office to deliver it to me the next day. Fantastic. Then a day later we embarked on the Preikestolen Sunrise hike, which departed at 1am. Very novel it was, walking in the dark. It was great to get up there and have photos without the hoards of people normally there. The clouds that morning prevented us seeing the actual sunrise, but visibility down the fjord was great. All in all, these tours are worth it if visiting Stavanger. The cost of doing this yourselves, to rent a car, pay for fuel, pay for ferries, time the ferries appropriately, and then have enough energy to drive, especially after a tiring day of hiking – is just not worth the marginal savings. Easier and safer to just go with these tours and avoid the crowds!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gabriele F

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    I chose the “Preikestolen off the beaten track hike” for my only day of stay in Stavanger, and I did the right choice! What a wonderful experience!!. I would highly recommend to choose this hike to anyone who wants experience the quietness and the relaxing power of the norwegian nature far away from the noisy crowds walking through the traditional preikestolen track.
    My guide for that day was Erlend. He was very professional, nice and helpful and along the route he gave me also useful information about the norwegian flora and fauna and tips how to take the best pics allowing me to appreciate even more the hike. Even if that day was a a bit rainy, i enjoyed so much the hike and being alone with my guide (what a luck!!..) gave me a unique experience of two lone hikers in the middle of nature, which it was exactly what i was looking for.
    The hike begun canoeing through a glacial lake near the preikestolhytta, and then went up really off the beaten tracks in the woods toward the fjord ridge. The whole hike requires good physical condition, since there are some steep sections both in the woods and nearby the fjord ridge but it is not that difficult if you had previous hiking experience. Once we reached the Preikestolen i had time to take some pics and enjoy the view, then we started our way down again off the beaten tracks in the woods.
    In conclusion if you want a memory lasting experience and not just the selfie on top of the pulpit rock, and above all, if you are really passionate about walking in the quietness of the nature i would highly reccomend to choose this hike.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kylie M

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    My boyfriend signed us up for the Preikestolen hike without giving me much background information but I can positively attest this Outdoorlife hike was the absolute best piece of our trip to Norway. Our guide, Eric, was fantastic! The hike up was gorgeous and after reaching Pulpit Rock, I am so grateful we did not take the standard hike with the hundreds of other tourists to the top! Physically it was a pleasant challenge but nothing a slightly fit person can’t handle!! I would recommend this trip to anyone!! Can’t wait to go on another adventure!!!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lucainsomewhere

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    I traveled to Stavanger alone just for the Preikestolen. I found Outdoorlife Norway offered a off-beaten tour to Preikestolen. Because I went there in May, some people said it is a bit dangerous to hike there alone. This tour gave me a guide and tour mates which made me feel save, even though the hiking is not easy. I am kind of a beginner, the path is tough and you must need a pair of hiking shoes. But the views of the tour is better than the normal path, there are too many people on the Pulpit Rock. This tour also offers canoeing, but May is still cold in Norway. Last but not least, our guide Christopher is an experienced and strong guide, he brought his dog, Thea, which made the tour more fun!!!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eszter H

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    I can’t express in words how much I enjoyed both hikes (Preikestolen And Kjerag)! It was awesome! Both guides are utmost, professional and passionate about nature! I am very thankful that you shared a lot about Norway! Norway was always in my heart, but after this awesome experience it also scored my heart. I will definitely come back and participate in more adventures with You! Thank you!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    XaRa Y

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    We were a group of 6 young people hiking with our guide Christopher up to the Preikestolen. The hike was tailored for us, completely out of the touristic routes, and the schedule was well respected. He was open and friendly, though very professional. We highly recommend Outdoorlife Norway to anyone who like adventurous hikes ! Price is correct for Norway. If you like to take awsome pictures, it’s the place to go !

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shuang Z

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    My boyfriend and I joined the “Off the Beaten Path to preik stolen” on aug 5th. It was a great adventure! We followed a very nature and undeveloped path. Sometimes we need to climb very big rocks, which makes the hiking very challenging, especially in rainy days. Luckily, our guides were very professional and kind. They helped a lot during climbing!
    Although we were unlucky on that day ( it was raining all the time, we could not see too much) , but the hiking itself was very interesting and exciting! It is an unforgettable experience and highly recommended!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa C

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    I booked the Beat the Crowds hike to Kjerag and was highly impressed from start to finish. Our group was picked up on time and Johannes was a knowledgeable host and guide. During the hike I felt like my safety was a priority while we enjoyed breathtaking views. The hike is demanding. Be sure you are fit for high intensity cardio. Pack snacks and water. I highly recommend the photography package so you can focus on the scenery. After the hike we had plenty of time to change into dry clothes and grab a take-away meal which I ate on the fary ride. The added boat ride was lovely. Johannes is very knowledgeable about Norway’s history, the geography and the natural landscape. I cannot over-emphasize the attention to detail. When I come back to Norway I will definitely re-book this tour. Thank you for a fantastic experience!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Timothy R

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    We took the Beat the Crowds hike up the Kjerag and we are so happy we chose to go thru Outdoorlife Norway. It was a great day, an amazing hike, and we got the most out of it because we had a guide with a plan. As a couple of mediocre Midwest US hikers in 50 year old average fitness bodies, on our first trip to Norway, there is no way we could’ve pulled this off as successfully without Outdoorlife. Highly recommend taking this hike with this small company. One of the best experiences of our whole trip, and not something I will ever forget.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Akrd D

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    Hi, I opted for the hike with beer tasting on August 13th.my guide was Alan and curiously enough I was the only one hiking with outdoor Norway on this particular hike, this allowed me to experience the hike in a unique way. The highlight of the hike was the guide, he is amazingly knowledgeable about everything from plants to people on the way.

    There were many be 5 people on the whole hiking path that I encountered, so it like a very private hike. Anyone who is looking to go off the regular should surely opt for this. Keep talking to Alan, he is very entertaining and thought me a lot about Norway’s culture.

    Post the hike, the beer tasting is just an amazing experience on its own, the staff will explain each and every beer you taste, the food and ambiance will certainly appeal to anyone.

    I would rate this 10/10 for the guide and views alone about the beer tasting just makes it’s an unbelievably great thing to do. Highly recommended!!!!

    P.s. I would recommend that anyone who is hiking opt for the weather proof clothes and hiking boots provided by the company as they are battle tested.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    haifa b

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    An amazing hike with professional guide. It was really an excellent Experience. A must if you’re in Stavanger 🙂

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    ncolesh

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    La mejor decisión que pudimos tomar fue visitar Preikestolen por la ruta off-the-beaten-truck. Tranquilidad y maravillosas vistas que no ves yendo por la ruta normal. Nuestro guía Erik fue una gran compañía. ¡¡1000% recomendable!! Nathalie y Marianne, Chile.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    hiking2018

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    We went up with Erlend the morning of the 26th and can honestly say it was one of the best hikes we have ever been on. We really lucked out with the weather which allowed us to see the incredible Norweigian landscape. Erlend was such a friendly guide with a fantastic sense of humour. This tour is truly one of a kind where the only people you see for the entire morning are those in your group. I think we were all actually disappointed to get to Preikestolen and be surrounded by so many people! The quiet nooks and incredibly scenery on the way up your own private path truly makes this a must-do hike. Couldn’t recommend this any more.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mariano C

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    Hice 2 tours con Outdoorlife Norway

    Preikestolen “Off the Beaten Track” y Kjeragbolten “Beat the Crowd”

    Preikestolen:
    Maravillosos paisajes sin la cantidad de gente que toma el camino normal hasta el Preikestolen.

    Esta ruta alternativa pasa por un sector de remo en canoa, bosque con vegetación abundante, vistas maravillosas hasta llegar a una vista superior de la roca destino para luego bajar hasta la Pulpit Rock.

    Nuestro guía Sindre, fue muy amable y comimos unos sandwiches en un lugar mágico guarecidos de la lluvia, allí probamos una típica bebida caliente.

    Imperdible!!

    Kjeragbolten:
    En esta oportunidad nuestro guía fue Johannes (dueño de la compañía), experto, gran conocedor, muy responsable y con excelente trato y amabilidad.
    La ruta es muy entretenida, con pequeños tramos “técnicos” pero muy llevadera hasta llegar al boulder.

    Las vistas son IN-CRE-Í-BLES!!!
    Subir a la roca fue sencillo luego de los consejos de Johannes, pero con mucha adrenalina!!
    Recomiendo contratar el paquete fotográfico!!!

    Sin lugar a dudas contrataría nuevamente a Outdoorlife Norway y les recomiendo a todos hacer algún tour con ellos!!

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ariane M

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    We asked for a custom “Off the Beaten Track” since our cruise ship arrived too late to join the regular tour. Johannes and Christopher arranged everything perfectly, even though we had less time at our disposal than usually required for the tour. The tour itself was wonderful and luckily almost entirely avoided the crowded paths of the regular way to Preikestolen. In the end, we were a little disappointed by the Preikestolen – but only because the views Christopher had shown us before were even more stunning! We would advise everyone to book a tour to Preikestolen with Outdoorlife Norway. You’ll get a wonderful hike, stunning views and a true glimpse at life in Stavanger!

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cheesecheick

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    I booked the “Off the Beaten Track” hitinerary to Preikestolen and I didn’t regret; besides the big star of the show, the pulpit rock, every 100 meters it was possible to admire fabulous views. Walking alongside the fjord, watching it in its entirety from the highest peak, was a show comparable to the emotion of sitting on the edge of the Pulpit rock, more than 600m high from the sea level. The trail is not that hard if you are in good shape, but I’ve been also lucky to find lovely weather. The guide Alan (that’s the name I used to call him ’cause his real name was to difficutl to pronounce for me) has been a real star, explaining me during the journey everything about the Lyserfjord area and entertaining me with tales about Norway. If I will go back to Stavanger I will definetly choose to hike with this company again.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simone

    Erlend (the guid) is a very nice und helpful guy.
    The trip was one of the best I have ever done.
    Paddeling in the canoe was a fantastic way to start the trip. The water was so quiet and clean. It was a short recover in the beautiful nature.
    Then we started hiking and somtimes it was nessassary to climb. It was a hard challenge to get on the top of Preikestolen. But it was worth. It is a unbelieveable feeling to achieve the top and to see the whole Fjord.
    I recommend the trip to all people who are atheletic and interested in nature. I would do the trip again!
    The trip is not suited for people with a big fear of heigths. And it is really neccassary to have waterproof hiking boots with good grip!

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    _sk_mandy

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    Wer in der Region Stavanger Urlaub macht sollte unbedingt auch den Lysefjord und seine wunderschönen Naturhighlights besuchen.
    Da ich allein unterwegs war, aber nicht allein in den Bergen wandern wollte, habe ich bei Outdoorlife Norway zwei Touren gebucht und kann rückblickend sagen: es war die beste Entscheidung überhaupt!!
    Eine Tour führte abseits des bekannten Trails zum Preikestolen. Die andere zum Kjerag.
    An beiden Tagen war Johannes (der Gründer von Outdoorlife Norway) unser Guide.
    Er holte die Teilnehmer der Gruppe in Stavanger ab und im Kleinbus und mit Fähre erreichten wir unsere Ziele.
    Johannes hat uns super auf die bevorstehenden Touren vorbereitet, viel erklärt und unsere Fragen beantwortet. Ich kann mir keinen besseren Guide vorstellen! Unterwegs zeigte er uns, wie man bestimmte Hindernisse am besten überwindet, erklärte uns die Umgebung, machte wunderbare Fotos und wanderte in einem sehr angenehmen Tempo. Beide Wanderungen mit Johannes waren wunderbar 🙂 !
    Auf der Website von Outdoorlife erhält man wertvolle Tipps und Infos zu den Wanderungen. Man sollte diese auch wirklich ernst nehmen und sich selbst nicht überschätzen. Die Tour zum Preikestolen wird in der Beschreibung zu recht auch als ‘more difficult’ beschrieben, da man nicht den gewöhnlichen Weg nimmt, den sonst alle Touristen laufen. Um zum Kjeragbolten zu gelangen muss man mehrmals auf- und absteigen. Das kann durchaus sehr anstrengend sein.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam B

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    If you are thinking about doing one of these trips, stop thinking and just do it! Amazing experience! We did the “off the beaten track” and couldn’t have asked for a better guide in Johannes, very friendly, informative and a good laugh. The canoeing to start with on this trip is a very nice touch and we were very lucky to have amazing weather. Well worth the money.

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