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Preikestolen Spring Hike

5 out of 5 based on 24 customer ratings
(24 customer reviews)

PRICE: 1,190 NOK per person

The busy summer season may be just around the corner, but during the springtime, visitor numbers remain low. Grab the chance to beat the crowds and enjoy Preikestolen and the Lysefjord during the serenity of Norway’s springtime.

Your adventure will begin in the crispness of a bright green -and sometimes snowy- spring landscape. Your professional guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. There, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. Standing on the 604-meter-high cliff, the views of the Lysefjord are awe-inspiring. You’ll be one of the very few that have experienced Preikestolen off-season.

Before heading back to town, your group will wind-down beside the Refsvatn Lake where you’ll enjoy freshly-baked bread and a well-deserved (and delicious!) bowl of homemade soup at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.

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: March 13 – April 22
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen before March 13, book the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan 6 – Mar 12). If you want to hike to Preikestolen after April 22, book the Preikestolen Sunrise Hike (Apr 23 – Sep 17), or the Preikestolen Hike ‘Off the Beaten Track’ (Apr 23 – Oct 15).

Scroll down for full tour description and additional information.

Product Description

NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen before March 13, book the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan 6 – Mar 12). If you want to hike to Preikestolen after April 22, book the Preikestolen Sunrise Hike (Apr 23 – Sep 17), or the Preikestolen Hike ‘Off the Beaten Track’ (Apr 23 – Oct 15).

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

06:50am St. Svithun Hostel / Hotel
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 Tourist Information Office
07:15am Scandic Stavanger City
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).

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.

The busy summer season may be just around the corner, but during the springtime, visitor numbers remain low. Grab the chance to beat the crowds and enjoy Preikestolen and the Lysefjord during the serenity of Norway’s springtime.

Setting off early in the morning, you’ll start your adventure in the crispness of a bright green -and sometimes snowy- spring landscape. Your professional guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. There, winter’s ice and snow often last well into springtime. This early in the season, weather conditions are constantly changing. As needed, you’ll adjust the equipment you use (ice spikes, etc.) to match the changes in weather. After approximately* 2.5 – 3.5 hours of trekking, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. Standing on the 604-meter-high cliff, the views of the Lysefjord are awe-inspiring. You’ll be one of the very few that have experienced Preikestolen off-season.

If conditions allow, your guide will take a slightly different route on the way back down from Preikestolen. This alternative path is not found on any maps, and will therefore allow you to avoid anyone who is on their way up the main trail. Your adventure will come to its conclusion beside the Refsvatn Lake where you’ll enjoy freshly-baked bread and a well-deserved (and delicious!) bowl of homemade soup at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. After the soup-break and a few last breathes of crisp mountain air, you’ll return as a group to Stavanger. (TIP: spending the night at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge is highly recommended – whether it be the night before or the night after our hike.)

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

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

Included in this tour:

  • Transportation
  • Professional Guide
  • All necessary equipment (spikes, poles, etc.)
  • Hot beverages during the hike
  • Freshly-baked bread & soup at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

2017 Season: March 13 – April 22
NOTE: If you want to hike to Preikestolen before March 13, book the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan 6 – Mar 12). If you want to hike to Preikestolen after April 22, book the Preikestolen Sunrise Hike (Apr 23 – Sep 17), or the Preikestolen Hike ‘Off the Beaten Track’ (Apr 23 – Oct 15).

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.

DURATION

Total: 9-10 hours
Hiking: ~5 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)
Post-Hike Rest: ~2 hours (freshly-baked bread & soup Preikestolen Mountain Lodge)

WHEN?

07:00am- approximately 17:30 (5:30pm)
(March-April: For available dates, please see the calendar above.)

WHERE?

Pick-up/Drop-off: Stavanger OR Tau OR Jørpeland
(Please choose your preferred time & meeting-point when booking.)

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Transportation
Professional Guide
All necessary equipment (spikes, poles, etc.)
Hot beverages during the hike
Freshly-baked bread & soup at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

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)

GUIDE 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.

24 reviews for Preikestolen Spring Hike

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    The most memorable hike ever! Johannes is a really passionate nature guide, along with his colleague Erlend. We were provided with shoe spikes and hiking pole for our safety. The view was so mesmerising and they also helped us to take some high quality photos which was sent via email. A highly recommended hike during spring! :))

  2. 5 out of 5

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    We did it in snow and foggy weather. Although it was no sight it was a great experience and we had a lot of fun. Thanks to our experienced and responsible guide Allan and a great hiking group from all over the world! Takk for turen! Kai

  3. 5 out of 5

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    With very few companies offering a tour of Pulpit Rock earlier in the year, we considered hiring a car and making our way there ourselves. I am now so glad we did not. All the hassle was taken out of actually getting there by Johannes and Alan (the great tour guides who are both nice, funny and knowledgeable) and on the hike itself they get you there safely, taking some unusual routes off the beaten track the few others know about.

    The views on this walk are spectacular and Google images doesn’t really do it justice – you have to see it for yourself. I would strongly advise people to take this tour earlier in the year as according to Johannes summer will be very busy.

    All in all, I cannot speak highly enough of this small, but great little company. Johannes is just a great outdoors type of person who gets a real kick out of seeing others enjoying hiking – which I guarantee you will do!

  4. 5 out of 5

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    We took the trip with some friends during early spring. We were joined together with 3 other tourist and met our guide Erlend near the tourist information centre.
    Travel time is 30mins drive to the port plus 40mins boat then another 30mins to the base camp.
    Erlend provided some walking sticks and snow spikes for the shoes since it is still early spring and some ice are still expected on some paths.
    The walk is about 3 hrs as we were moving slow due to the ice. There are some steep climb but will not be a problem for anyone.
    The view from the top is breathtaking. Those who can date and are not afraid of height can sit on the ledge looking down to 604m drop. However, even slightly close the edge will be a good place to stand to get a photo of the fjords.
    This trip is recommended for any planned visit to Stavanger!
    I would like to return when I have time.
    Kudos to Outdoorlife for this tour and to Erlend for being patient!

  5. 5 out of 5

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    It was one of the best trip! And this trip had make me fall in love with the beauty of Norway! Johannes and Allan are the best tour you could ask very friendly and always telling stories about every single stops which makes the journey wonderful 😀 I would certainly recommend if you love nature and wanted to try something fun in Norway

  6. 5 out of 5

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    I did this hike with Johannes and Adam in March 2016, it was truly exceptional.

    As a pair they are both very knowledgeable of the area and are able to take you safely off the usual tracks which get flooded with other people enjoying the attraction.

    When I did this tour it was the first time Adam and Johannes had has a completely full booking, i’m positive that that spell is over and they will be full for the future.

    I had considered doing the trip alone but then once I realized how reasonable the cost was at 1090 KRO I found it was much more viable to do it as a tour.
    Johannes provided us with snacks along the way and took us all for some freshly prepared soup at the lodge once we finished the hike.

    I would strongly recommend this experience and would gladly do it again on my next visit to Norway.
    This was a fantastic trip and I wish them all the best.

    Robert, Manchester.

  7. 5 out of 5

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    We were picked up from our hotel in the morning to start this amazing hike. I’m so glad I did it, it’s definitely worth doing, the scenery is breath taking, absolutely amazing. Our tour guides were Johannes and Allan, what an absolute pleasure meeting them. Allan is just a gem, he made the whole trek seem easy, we talked all the way! He is soo into nature and showed us so many things.. He is a very good guide.. Almost forgot, he is also an amazing photographer!!! The pictures were fab!!! I look well in them all. Thank you both so much for the experience we both appreciate it.

    PS the soup after the hike was lovely. 🙂

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    I wasn’t sure about the possibilities of doing it on my own. Finally I made up my mind. And I’m so glad I joined the group…great company, awsome views,fabulous guides, delicious soup, and lovely pictures !! I really enjoyed this amazing hike. Thank you for everything

  9. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Me and my partner had an awesome day hiking up the Preikestolen!! we joined a group guided by Erlend, the friendliest guide ever!!! He knew loads about the area, from legends to names of birds, so it was wonderful to learn things as well as enjoy the stunning scenery 🙂 We were so thankful to have arranged this day trip with outdoorlife as on the way up to Preikestolen we came across lots of ice and difficult terrain that for us, without the spikes, poles and knowledge that Erlend provided, would’ve been a bit of a struggle! The soup after the trekk was super yummy I must say 😛 and last but not least, thanks so much for the amazing pictures throughout the hike!! Gracias por la experiencia!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  10. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    We arranged the hike online which was very efficient. All the necessary information was available.

    The pick up was well on time and we were greeted by our tour guide, Erlend, who made us feel comfortable and entertained despite being mixed with strangers within the hiking group. As most of the hikes, it was a tough one but we were provided with good equipment to ease the hike.

    The hike up lasted for about 3 hours or so, including the several stops that we made. The view was so breathtaking and definitely one of the best I have seen! Erlend took several amazing photos that he emailed the day after.

    Overall, I strongly recommend this hiking experience with ourdoor Norway. It was well organized and we had far better experience than following the trial by ourselves.

  11. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    We did the Pulpit Rock hike. I can honestly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see the Pulpit Rock and something extra on the side.

    Johannes was our guide and what a wonderful person he is. Humble en kind. He knows his fair share about Norway and the natureall. The stories he told us, while we stopped to catch our breath or watch the surroundings, were interesting and pleasant to listen to.

    When we arrived at the rock we where the first visitors which made it even more spectaculair. He told us he always tries to get to the rock before other people. I my oppinion another thing why you should choose Outdoorlife Norway. They are willing to go that (special) extra mile.

    The road back was very different from the road up. At other touroperators you dont get to see, what we saw. Thank you For that, guys!

    Back at the bottom, delicious hot soup was served and we got the change to talk about the hike and our experiences with our fellow hikers.

    Almost sad when the trip came to an end, we were taking back to our pick-up point with lots of great memories.

    We will be back again for another hike!

  12. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Easy pickup and ride to the start point. Hike was 2 hours each way and you don’t need to be super fit. We saw lots of other people on the way up but on the way down Johannes took us via unmarked trails. Very special. Superb value for money with a very friendly guide. We were lucky to have a clear day with 30km views.

  13. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    The hike was absolutely amazing for two reasons the guide who had knowledge of the area and the spectacular views.
    It was just me on the trip but I got the best attention to detail.
    I loved the entire experience
    And would do it again
    Outdoor life Norway is the best guided tour I have been to.
    And I had my pictures taken and there was enough time for me to take as many pictures as I wanted and the next day I got the guides pictures that were of amazing quality
    All in all best experience ever. Well worth it.

  14. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    This was excellent experience from Erlund and Outdoorlife Norway.

    It was not just an ordinary hike to Preikestolen, it was also a guide into the plants and trees that grow in the area.

    Also there are few hidden paths that only the guide know that leads to good scenic spots to take pictures.

    Not to mention, Erlund makes a good photographer, the pictures are amazing. This trip is highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    At the beginning, we didn’t know if we could do it by ourselves and finally, we decided to hike with you, and I’m glad to have this decision. We really enjoy hiking with our guides, Allan and Johannes. Awesome views, delicious soup and hot beverage and great company! I strongly recommend this experience. Hope see you next hike.

    Takk for turen!

  16. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    At the beginning, we didn’t know if we could do it by ourselves and finally, we decided to hike with you, and I’m glad to have this decision. We really enjoy hiking with our guides, Allan and Johannes. Awesome views, delicious soup and hot beverage and great company! I strongly recommend this experience. Hope see you next hike.

    Takk for turen!

  17. 5 out of 5

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    It was my first time to hike over boulders and rocky terrain. I was slow because I did not want to lose my footing. Johannes was extremely patient, and did not attempt to rush me. In addition, he took great pictures of the hike and the scenery to share with family and friends. His knowledge of the area, history and culture was an added bonus.

    Also, I had inadvertently booked the wrong day, but Johannes was able to work around my travel schedule and arranged a different day. Having experience the Fjords, I feel I would have missed an experience of a lifetime. I have experienced heaven on Earth. It is a must see with a knowledgeable guide.

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    My dad and I did the hike with Johannes on the last day of March. The tour went smoothly, with plenty of stops to enjoy the beautiful views, ample time at the top and a hearty soup at the lodge after. Johannes made sure we were properly equipped with poles and crampons and at no point did we feel unsafe despite the changing weather. This was absolutely one of the highlights of our Scandinavian trip.

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    I’ve visited norway in late march-early april. My intention was visiting Pulpit Rock, but it was sheduled to start only 16 april. I was very dissapointed because of that, and than @Stavanger tourist information i was told that its possible to go with Outdoorlife Norway. We started early in the moorning, the weather was amazing, experienced guide, cool group. I enjoyed it very much, climbing the rocks is a little challange but it completly worth the result. Highly recomendable to go Pulpit Rock(Preikestolen) and Kjerag low season with Johannes or his collegue, price is reasonable and includes transport, ferry, hiking equipment and soup after your hike. Completly enjoyed it!

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    It wasn’t easy trying to figure out how exactly to get to Preikestolen via google search or trying to determine what the conditions were going to be like in early spring. I wasn’t able to find anything with specific dates or confirming whether buses were running or to let me know if I needed to bring crampons, for example. So I totally lucked out finding Outdoor Norway- it was hassle free, transportation arranged for you, equipment could be rented if I needed. All great things!

    But what makes Outdoor Norway stand out from all the rest is really Johannes. He’s fantastic! Super knowledgeable about the Norwegian outdoors, history and interesting tidbits about the mountain, hiking culture, stories about famous and not-so-famous hikers, as well as what’s going on today in terms of environmental threats, social and economic changes, and so on. You get backstories and learn about stuff you wouldn’t even know about if you didn’t have a guide. Aside from the educational part, he’s also great about having a sense of what his tour groups want to see and what they’re capable of – he led us up the mountain on the normal path hours before the crowds got there and down some unmapped, back country trails which was awesome- there would have been no offtrail exploring in the snow/ice/slush for me without him. Easily worth the price to see and experience the place in a way that doing it solo wouldn’t have allowed for.

    Johannes is also friendly and chatty, interested in learning as much from his guests as we were in learning about him and the hike. He took a few great pictures of the hike, brought along some Norwegian “hiking chocolate” to share, and was a great guide to spend the day with.

    Takk for turen, friend!

  21. 5 out of 5

    (verified hiker):

    It wasn’t easy trying to figure out how exactly to get to Preikestolen via google search or trying to determine what the conditions were going to be like in early spring. I wasn’t able to find anything with specific dates or confirming whether buses were running or to let me know if I needed to bring crampons, for example. So I totally lucked out finding Outdoor Norway- it was hassle free, transportation arranged for you, equipment could be rented if I needed. All great things!

    But what makes Outdoor Norway stand out from all the rest is really Johannes. He’s fantastic! Super knowledgeable about the Norwegian outdoors, history and interesting tidbits about the mountain, hiking culture, stories about famous and not-so-famous hikers, as well as what’s going on today in terms of environmental threats, social and economic changes, and so on. You get backstories and learn about stuff you wouldn’t even know about if you didn’t have a guide. Aside from the educational part, he’s also great about having a sense of what his tour groups want to see and what they’re capable of – he led us up the mountain on the normal path hours before the crowds got there and down some unmapped, back country trails which was awesome- there would have been no offtrail exploring in the snow/ice/slush for me without him. Easily worth the price to see and experience the place in a way that doing it solo wouldn’t have allowed for.

    Johannes is also friendly and chatty, interested in learning as much from his guests as we were in learning about him and the hike. He took a few great pictures of the hike, brought along some Norwegian “hiking chocolate” to share, and was a great guide to spend the day with.

    Takk for turen, friend!

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    It was my first time to hike, actually climb huge rocks. My hiking experience was limited to gentle ascends and forest floors. My guide, Johanes, was very patient, ensuring not only I made it to the summit, but also enjoyed the climb. The scenery was breath taking. I also enjoyed learning about the history of the fjords, local legends, anecdotes. Johnaes took great pictures, and introduced us to a typical soup served in Norway. The hike was well organized and enjoyable.

  23. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Booking an excursion with Outdoorlife Norway is one of the best decisions you can make. Their easy to use website offers a wide variety of activities for different skill levels. Each page offers a well composed synopsis of what to expect of the tour. The description will include terrain, estimated time frame for activity, and difficulty level. The company was formed and is operated by Johannes, a passionate, optimistic individual who truly enjoys sharing Norway’s outdoor beauty with everyone. With a strong background in tourism, Johannes makes each tour as informational as much as it is fun. And ladies, it doesn’t hurt that he is quite handsome! Erland, another guide with Outdoorlife Norway adds a great dimension with his background in Biology. It was fascinating to learn about local flora and fauna. The company also offers photos with each tour to capture those once in a lifetime experiences. All in all, if you want to see some beautiful destinations and earn those views, Outdoorlife Norway is a must! You will not regret it.

  24. 5 out of 5

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    Verified review, copied from TripAdvisor

    Preikestolen, we visit on beginning of April, that is early of spring and the light rain is on that day. Anyway, we move on for hiking and thanks for proper cloth & waterproof shoes that Alan our guide from Outdoorlife Norway recommend for changing to avoid feeling wet & cold. The way up is not too difficult we can see different beautiful nature along the way. Finally, we reach the top, a hazy view we get and cannot see quite clear for the preikestolen and whole fjord, but anyway we made it. It is a good memory. Thanks again, Alan for our good guide, you are the man for such kind of this job, love & protect nature to last long, and I love warm berry drink you bring & photo you took.

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