Preikestolen Sunrise Hike

Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 51 customer ratings
(51 customer reviews)

PRICE: 1,290 NOK per person

On an annual basis, Preikestolen welcomes more visitors than any other trekking-destination in Norway. In 2018, approximately 300,000 hikers are expected to make their way up to the top of the imposing cliff that hangs 604 meters above the Lysefjord.

Outdoorlife Norway invites you to experience a unique Preikestolen hiking adventure, guaranteed to be crowd-free! Join us on a twilight hike to Preikestolen and catch the sun rising over the Lysefjord.

You’ll start your adventure in the midst of darkness and walk with headlamps through the twilight of the night. After approximately 2.5 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Preikestolen where, after finding yourself a beautiful spot to relax, you’ll watch as the first deep orange beams of sunlight illuminate the steep mountain walls that tower over the Lysefjord.

Long before the first tourist-packed busses arrive from Stavanger, you’ll be on your way back down the trail to conclude your unique hiking experience with a well-deserved breakfast at 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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NOTE: Make sure you book the right date.
You will be picked up (very) early in the morning, and you’ll be back between 10:00am – 13:30 (01:30pm) on the date you select when booking.

2018 Season: April 24 – October 15
NOTE:
If you would prefer to hike to Preikestolen during the daytime, book the Preikestolen ‘Off the Beaten Track’ Hike (April 24 – Oct. 15). If you want to hike to Preikestolen before April 24, book the Preikestolen Autumn Hike (Oct. 16 – Dec. 23), the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. 5 – Mar. 11) or Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. 12 – April 23).

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2018 Season: April 24 – October 15
NOTE:
If you would prefer to hike to Preikestolen during the daytime, book the Preikestolen ‘Off the Beaten Track’ Hike (April 24 – Oct. 15). If you want to hike to Preikestolen before April 24, book the Preikestolen Autumn Hike (Oct. 16 – Dec. 23), the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. 5 – Mar. 11) or Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. 12 – April 23).

Pick-up:
When booking, you can select one of the following pick-up locations. The pick-up time depends on the time of year:

preikestolen sunrise hike - Preikestolen Sunrise Hike - pick up sunrise 2018

NOTE: Make sure to book the right date. The guide will pick you up (very) early in the morning, and you’ll be back around noon on the date you select.

Drop-off:
The tour ends in Stavanger between* 10:00am and 13:30 (01:30pm).
*This is an approximation which depends highly on the time of year, weather, and other factors.

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. 

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

On an annual basis, Preikestolen welcomes more visitors than any other trekking-destination in Norway. In 2018, approximately 300,000 hikers are expected to make their way up to the top of the imposing cliff that hangs 604 meters above the Lysefjord.

Outdoorlife Norway invites you to experience a unique Preikestolen hiking adventure, guaranteed to be crowd-free! Join us on a twilight hike to Preikestolen and catch the sun rising over the Lysefjord.

Your professional guide will meet you during the wee-hours of the morning (please select a meeting-point when booking) and transport you to the base of the hiking trail.  You’ll start your adventure in the midst of darkness and walk with headlamps through the twilight of the night. After approximately 2.5 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Preikestolen where, after finding yourself a beautiful spot to relax, you’ll watch as the first deep orange beams of sunlight illuminate the steep mountain walls that tower over the Lysefjord. Long before the first tourist-packed busses arrive from Stavanger, you’ll be on your way back down the trail to conclude your unique hiking experience with a well-deserved breakfast at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. In the late season, we will most likely return too late for breakfast. In that case, the Mountain Lodge will serve you a delicious hot soup and home-made bread instead.

The tour ends in Stavanger between* 10:00am and 13:30 (01:30pm).
*This is an approximation which depends highly on the time of year, weather, and other factors.

NOTE: We cannot guarantee that the sunrise will be visible during all hikes.
As with all outdoor activities, weather is not something humans can control. Based on our experiences with past guests, we don’t cancel our tours in advance because of grey skies, light rain, or fog. Guests have a wide range of expectations, but it is our experience that most would rather go through with their hike, regardless of the weather conditions. Hiking under blue skies is nice, but there is also beauty in hiking through clouds, fog, and light rain. Some of the most spectacular sunrises have resulted from such conditions =)

Recommended Accommodations Outside of Stavanger / Alternative Pick-Up Locations

Preikestolen Mountain Lodge is located just a stone’s throw away from the trail-head that leads up to Preikestolen. We recommend this modern yet cozy lodge as a place to overnight before and/or after your hike. You’ll enjoy the added benefits of more sleep before the hike and the ability to take a hot shower & nap immediately after breakfast.

We can also kindly recommend Lilland Hotel for your pre/post hike accommodation. Just a scenic ferry-ride outside of Stavanger, the Hotel is located in the village of Tau and is in close proximity to the fjords. If you choose Lilland Hotel for your pre/post-hike accommodations, you’ll enjoy the added benefits of an extra hour of sleep before the hike plus a 10% discount* on your accommodation.
*If you have a current booking with Outdoorlife Norway, Lilland Hotel will give you a 10% discount on their room-rates. Please send an email to booking@lillandhotell.no and use the discount code “OLN”.

Included in the tour:

  • Transportation to/from the start of the trail (including ferry crossings)
  • Professional Guide carrying navigation, safety, and first-aid equipment
  • Headlamp for night-hiking
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Hot beverages & snack during the hike
  • Breakfast or hot soup at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

2018 Season: April 24 – October 15
NOTE:
If you would prefer to hike to Preikestolen during the daytime, book the Preikestolen ‘Off the Beaten Track’ Hike (April 24 – Oct. 15). If you want to hike to Preikestolen before April 24, book the Preikestolen Autumn Hike (Oct. 16 – Dec. 23), the Preikestolen Winter Hike (Jan. 5 – Mar. 11) or Preikestolen Spring Hike (Mar. 12 – April 23).

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

Additional Information

MODERATE DIFFICULTY

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

Total Distance: 8 kilometers
Total Ascent: 500 meters

DURATION

Total: ~9-12.5 hours (depends on time of year, weather, and pick-up location)
Hiking: ~6 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)
Post-Hike Rest: ~1 hour (breakfast/lunch at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge)

WHEN?

00:45am/02:25am/03.55am – 10:00am/11:30am/13:30(1:30pm) (approximately; see times in product description)
(April-October: for available dates, please click on the "Book Now" button above)

WHERE?

Pick-up/drop-off Locations:
— Various hotels in Stavanger
— Lilland Hotel
— Verkshotellet
— Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
(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
Headlamp for night-hiking
Use of hiking poles
Hot beverages & snack during the hike
Breakfast or hot soup at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

WHAT TO BRING?

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

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

LANGUAGES

English, Norwegian, Dutch (when available)

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.

51 reviews for Preikestolen Sunrise Hike

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    The Sunrise Hike to Pulpit Rock is a must do when you’re in Stavanger. Johannes was a fantastic guide and very informative. It is such a great way to start the day, something unique and different that’s for sure! I would love to return and do it again 🙂 Thanks Johannes for an amazing experience!!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gosia (verified hiker)

    Amazing, one-off experience! Night hike gives a bit of thrill and stretch, and is fully rewarded by the marvellous views from the top. Lysefjord in the sunrise light is a scenery to be remembered for life, and taking this very morning trip gets you a chance to enjoy the view in your small company, not in the crowd. The hike was organized and guided by Johannes, in a very professional yet friendly and humorous way, so we all enjoyed it greatly. All in all excellent, highly recommend!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Javier (verified hiker)

    The most rewarding hike I have ever done. Colorful from step one until you get back to enjoy your breakfast. I’ll do this 100 times again. Johannes is an excellent guide! Please yourself and join this hike!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Timo

    The Pulpit Rock is just an amazing place in the Norwegian nature! I specially enjoyed the fact that it was a night-hike with an arrival just in time for the sunrise – the light is overhelming and perfect for photos! But best of it: You are on the rock at a time, when it is not crowded by other tourists yet. Johannes knows everything about that hike including some secret spots for the best photos – thank you!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth (verified hiker)

    The sunrise hike to Preikestolen was a very special and amazing experience. Johannes was an excellent guide and permanently concerned about our wellbeing during the event. Since this was my first hike I was quite nervous and too excited before the trip, but knowing that we were with a professional such as Johannes made me feel at ease. The sunrise at the top was magnificent, and adding the hot drinks and pancakes made the moment even more special. Thanks again Johannes for an amazing trip.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kumar Harsh Ranjan (verified hiker)

    Bravo ! This trip was very very unique for me. Though i already hiked to Pulpit Rock in afternoon once but wanted to feel the thrill once again with the night hike and i just can not mention the feeling in words.
    Pros : – Very professionally organised, Well informed about routs and risks, Well equipped, Some surprise on the top for you to eat.
    Some Suggestions – A forum where all the trekkers can meet and share experience and pictures, Will love to get some photography tricks and tips to capture the beautiful sunrise, Meet up with locals if possible, veg option for mountain top and printed brochures about other of your activity to publicize 🙂

    I will strongly recommend it to my friends and its one of life best “Must do” things. Salute to Johannes for such ideas. i wish i could have you in Oslo also for some amazing adventure trips.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Giovanna, Brooklyn NY (verified hiker)

    June 15, 2015 Monday

    Preikestolen Sunrise Hike was the first hike of two days hiking with Outdoorlife Norway. Our hike began at 3 am (early!!!) and in complete darkness. Our local guide, Johannes, shared a bit of history of the trail and was polite, patient & fun to hike with. At the top we were welcomed by thick white fog and saw the transition of mountain weather to a beautiful sunrise. One of my favorite parts of the hike is experiencing it in complete isolation, as we were the only people hiking that early. The entire hike was very peaceful and rewarding. I would definitely recommend this hike to anyone visiting Norway!!!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    thewelltravelledman London, United Kingdom

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    We visited Stavanger in April 2015 to do the sunrise hike with Johannes (see the 1st review!!) but we wanted to come back again to see if we could get better weather. Luckily for us the weather couldn’t be more perfect.

    Johannes is great to deal with and very professional. He has all of the gear to hire if you need to. Despite not having any sleep the night before our 1am departure, it was probably the best experience of my life to date. The scenery, views, experience and sunrise is something that not everyone is lucky enough to see.

    Johannes has snacks along the way to keep your energy up and offers to take photos for you to ensure you capture the moment.

    Would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Stavanger.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Björn (verified hiker)

    Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and a paradise for hikers who want to experience the richness of nature and flee from the stressed everyday life. But even here some places are crowded with tourists and the Preikestolen with up to 5k visitors a day at summer is one of them.
    Johannes offers an alternative. The Preikestolen Sunrise hike is an absolutely unique experience and was an event we will always remember. We where very lucky and had the chance to view an absolutely perfect sunrise but it´s not only about the sun climbing up over the fjord. The whole hike was very special and had something magic about it. Not least because of Johannes who is a great guide and made this trip the perfect event that it was.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cheryl (verified hiker)

    THIS WAS AMAZING. It made my entire trip to western Norway the perfect experience. It was worth getting up to the mountain early and ahead of all the other tourists. You see the moon then the sunrise and you experience the mountain and fjords the way it was meant to be experienced. There is barely anyone else when you get to the top and you feel like you’re back in time and on top of the world. Gorgeous. If this is the only hike you do, then do this one for real. And Johannes is the best guide because he explains so much about history and nature of the area all the way up. He really cares about the environment and history and provides an EXCELLENT experience.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah N

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    We booked 2 tours (Sun rise hike and Kjerag hike) and both of them were absolutely amazing.
    We were blessed with a good weather in the morning of the sun rise hike and we obaserved the sky gradully changing its colour and the beauty of the sun rise was beyond imagination. Don’t forget to bring some warm clothes as it could get cold while waiting for the sun rise.
    We initially thought the drive to Kjerag could be bit long, but it was totally fine as we were entertained by various scenaries and their beauty. Johannes was very frindly and knowledgeable and his knowledge in the area enabled us to see one of the most interesing and amazing views one the way to the famous rock. Well, I think that was the best part of the trip rather than being on the famous rock!! Johannes was also very organised, punctual, and efficient, which we always value a lot when doing a tour.
    Highly recommended!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hayden (verified hiker)

    The sunrise hike to Pulpit Rock was unreal couldn’t of asked for a better experience watching the sun come up and an awesome breakfast afterwards

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    thestoryofbrent

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    Absolutely beautiful hike especially with avoiding crowds by going so early. In April didn’t even see other hikers until halfway through the hike back.

    Guide was very knowledgable and fun to talk to through the trip. He was even able to bring his dslr and take photos since the group was so small. Made it way easier to focus on enjoying the trip versus trying to take pictures throughout.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicole (verified hiker)

    While backpacking trough Norway for 2,5 weeks, I wanted to experience the most unique hikes and nature of Norway. The sunrise hike with Johannes was by far the most impressive and beautiful hike in which I participated. Watching the sunrise on the Preikestolen without people, clouds and any wind was a one-in-a-life experience which I will never forget! Johannes will make sure you have a perfect trip to the pulpit rock, he’s great! I recommend this trip to everyone.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    HappyChappyWirral_UK

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    This is a very arduous climb and not for the faint hearted and you need to be suitably attired and prepared. The guides say to allow 2 hours each way, however if you are unfit like me allow the best part of extra hour either way. The perseverance will pay off because the views from the top are magnificent and you can bask in a real sense of achievement.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    alvin T

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    One of the most enchanting hikes. Erlend was knowledgeable and is a good photographer. The company delivers what is promised, although slightly expensive but really worth it. Imagine hiking in the dark with birds chirping…the clouds lie low and creating a mist. And importantly NO CROWDS along the way and at the top. And the beautiful sunrise. Magical. And on the way down, you get educated on the plants and end off with a well deserved breakfast. I highly recommend it!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marika A

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    I booked the Preikestolen Dawn hike back in April and on coming to Norway, realised that you could do the dawn hike DIY so was sceptical about the value and had very high expectations.
    TL;DR: it was definitely worth it and our expectations were exceeded, book it now.
    It was almost like Erlend had appeased the mountain gods or something as it was a bright and clear night/morning when the day before the valleys had been full of fog and it had rained non-stop.
    Erlend was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable, friendly and easy to talk to. Like a hiking buddy rather than a guide. His knowledge of the area and the flora added another dimension to the hike and made it completely awesome.
    We were lucky in that my partner and I were the only ones booked for that evening so we enjoyed the luxury of a personal guide!
    Erlend showed us what plants were edible, and gave us taste tests, showed us the carnivorous ones and told us about the various flowers, birds and grasses of the area which was unexpected and awesome.
    His love of photography meant it was like we had our own professional photographer and I can’t wait to see some of the shots he took which we posed for on the way up and down taking breaks from hiking. He knew all the best spots to take photos, and we were lucky to have great light.
    The view at Preikestolen was just as amazing as all the photos on the internet and we had the pleasure of having Móði and Magni (Erlend’s names for the local Ravens), put on a morning show for us as we watched the sunrise.
    I’d highly recommend doing this hike with Erlend. Yes, you can don your headlamp and hike up there yourself, like a lot of others walking up the path to Preikestolen, but I don’t think any of them got as much knowledge about the unique and beautiful environment they were walking through as we did.
    Worth every cent and would highly recommend it.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susie1028

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    Due to a series of cancelled and delayed flights, I had less than 48 hours in Stavanger to visit two things that I had dreamed of seeing: Kjeragbolten and Preikestolen. With the help of Outdoorlife Norway, I was able to see both things in a unique and personalized manner.

    I completed the hike to Kjeragbolten with owner/guide Johannes. Johannes picked up each hiker in a comfortable van for a 2-hour drive to the parking lot. Johannes led my group of 5 expertly through technical parts of the hike. He is knowledgeable, friendly, caring and patient. He took time to explain how to get on the rock and back and he took photos of each of us standing there. He provided light snacks and a hot drink at the summit. I hadn’t brought a lunch, and he gave me one of his sandwiches that he had prepared for himself.

    Only a few hours later, I embarked on the Preikestolen Sunrise Hike with Erlend. I chose the sunrise hike because it fit my time frame. But know I realize it is one of the best and least-crowed ways in which to experience Preikestolen. Similar to the day prior, I was picked up by my guide in a van, transported on the ferry, and then taken to the parking lot. This hike ascent is done primarily in the dark, with use of provided headlights. Erlend was knowledgeable, friendly, and a terrific photographer.

    Outdoorlife Norway organizes unique, small-group (8 people and less) experiences. It is very easy to book their services via their professional website. They will take care of the transport, equipment, and photography. They provide detailed information regarding all aspects of your journey. Takk for turen Outdoorlife Norway!

  19. Rated 4 out of 5

    Andrew C

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    Our guide Alain was knowledgeable and engaging, and a great photographer. The hike was moderate, but unfortunately the pace was rushed- particularly on the way up. I think that because we had just switched to the ‘later’ schedule in August there wasn’t the typical amount of time given to the ascent.
    What was most important was the time at the top of this amazing place!
    Also note: wear waterproof pants and hiking boots or they will charge you (a lot) to rent them.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    canuckmom2

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    I was traveling to Stavanger to visit my son who lives there. I was there last summer, and didn’t make it to Preikestolen. I really wanted to get there this time. I was traveling solo, so I wanted to go on a tour. This one just really stuck out to me. And I am so glad I went.

    It really was an amazing adventure. Nature didn’t cooperate, and there was no sunrise, but the view from the top is breathtaking. The tour guide was great. And hiking down to the lodge for a wonderful Norwegian breakfast was a perfect way to end the morning. Thanks you for the great hike to the beautiful view!!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    jonpetteroie

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    Visit the pulpit rock. It will blow your mind of. Its one of the ten most interesting places to visit, accordance with Lonely planet. They rate it great!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nath7608

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    I was a little bit scared to hike in the dark through the norwegian mountains up to the Preikestolen but Erlend makes you feel confident very quickly. He explains about the plants, animals, trolls, huldra and other spooky things :). Erlend takes really beautiful pictures during the hike and on the top. He loves what he is doing !

    You may get up very very early in the morning to do the sunrise hike but you will not regret a single moment as you will enjoy a magical, breathtaking view, almost all alone, with a good tea and norwegian chocolate. We were very very lucky with the weather that day and we saw an amazing sunrise.

    You need to be in a good condition and good shoes to hike up.

    I reommend to hike with Outdoorlife Norway.

    Takk for turen.
    Nathalie

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simona B

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    I highly recommend these guys. They are very experienced guides and they are amazing in conveying the passion, love and knowledge they have for nature to other people. I had a fantastic experience with them, and learned a lot about Norwegian nature. Absolutely great!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Salec105

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    Die Sunrise Tour beginnt um 4:00 Uhr im Sommer bei der Preikestolen Lodge (man kann auch von Stavanger eine Tour buchen). Mit Stirnlampen wird gewandert und während der Tour werden noch einige Fotos mit Lichteffekten gemacht. Der Guide achtet auf jeden, damit auch nicht sehr erfahrene Wanderer heil oben ankommen. Pünktlich zum Sonnenaufgang ist man dann oben und das ist einfach unbeschreiblich schön! Teilweise hatte unsere Gruppe den Fels komplett für sich alleine – eine Seltenheit dort! Der Blick ist atemberaubend! Der Guide gibt einem dann noch Tee und etwas Schokolade und das schmeckt gleich noch viel besser mit dem Ausblick! Anschließend wandert man wieder runter – auch toll zu sehen, da es ganz andere Eindrücke sind, da es beim Hochgehen ja dunkel war. Unten angekommen gibt es noch ein Frühstück und dann ist die Tour vorbei. Für uns war das ein absolutes Highlight voller wunderbarer Augenblicke!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    reisende92

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    Wunderschöne nicht allzuanstrengende Wanderung mit Guide Alan, der nicht nur sehr sympathisch ist sondern auch viele Details über Stavanger /Preikestollen und norwegens Natur erzählt! Rauf braucht man mit sehr gemäßigten Tempo ungefähr 2 1/2h- sicher könnte man es schneller machen, aber man will ja auch die Natur genießen!
    Der Preis ist zwar “norwegisch” aber zum Sonneaufgang fast alleine da oben zu sein, wars absolut wert!
    (Sollte man das frühstück danach vegetarisch haben wollen, unbedingt dem Guide bescheid sagen!)

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    mirellegustavsson

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    Natten den 6/5-2017 började jag och min sambo vandra med vår väldigt trevliga och kunniga guide Erlend. Med i sällskapet var en man och en kvinna ifrån Spanien samt en man ifrån Stavanger. Jättebra antal människor, precis lagom så det inte är för många i gruppen. Hela den här upplevelsen blir en mycket speciell dag och milstolpe för mig och min sambo, som i slutet av vandringen blivit förlovade. Det var helt perfekt med soluppgången och hela känslan av att vara i naturen och andas in all ren luft. Detta är mitt lyckligaste minne jag har och vår fantastiska guide förevigade ögonblicket genom att ta fenomenala bilder. Tusen takk for turen och vi kommer definitivt tillbaka. ♥️

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tiago_Lucas

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    The most fulling way to enjoy the Preikestolen.

    I decided to travel to Stavanger for a few days as a treat to myself, as it was my birthday. Initially I had planned to hike to the Preikestolen during the day, however, as I was travelling alone I decided to look for a tour and came across Outdoor Life Norway. I have never joined a tour with a guide or people I don’t know before so I was slightly apprehensive, however, my concerns were soon dismissed.

    The group was only 5 people (Including the guide, Erlend), which is great because I didn’t want to have to wait for too many people, if they got tired, taking pictures, etc. We were picked up just before 1AM and made our way to the Mountain Lodge. On the way, Erlend was very friendly and got us talking and interreacting. I was particularly happy with Erlend due to his extensive knowledge of Norway and impressive knowledge about nature.

    Erlend brief us on the hike just before we started and made sure everyone was ready and prepared. Throughout the hike, we made several stops and the care Erlend showed to all of us was brilliant.

    During the Hike we stopped several time along good spots to take some pictures, which were great and will make a good profile picture

    Arriving at the Preikestolen just before the sunrise with virtually no one to share it with was simply amazing. (there was a group of 5 hikers who got there before us, however, that is not even a problem as there is usually over 5 thousand of people hiking it every day). We posed several times for different pictures, with Erlend using his knowledge and photographic skills to get some good shoots of us.

    Finally, the hike down feels like a different path altogether, as you hike up in the dark and come down when it is daylight. On the way down, we done a little detour and I’ve got an awesome picture with Stavanger as the background. Back to the mountain lodge, a spectacular build, it was time for breakfast. And let me tell you, there was nothing I could wish for that would beat the fresh baked bread along with some delicious fruit, while overlooking the lake.

    Before I started the hike, I thought that the hike would be just a boring hike with the view from the Preikestolen being the only highlight, I could not be so wrong. Outdoor Life Norway and Erlend put together an awesome experience which I recommend to anyone. The blackcurrant tea at the top of the Preikestolen was just perfect

    To them, Takk for turen!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    dcwee22

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    We had a great sunrise hike up to Preikistolen. Despite the rain and the snow, the trip was memorable and an amazing experience. Very awe inspiring to see the grandeur that Norway has to offer.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cristina M

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    The top 🙂

    I really really really enjoyed my Sunrise Hike experience on the 12th of May.
    The weather was actually very good and we had been able to start our path to arrive just in time to watch the sky change from blue, to pink, red and than a bright gold.
    Our brilliant and very kind guide Erlend told us a lot of things about the rock and the nature that surrounded us. I bought the “photoshoot formula”, so Erlend took us pictures all the trip time and on the top of Preikestolen. Pictures are wonderfull and are a real tresure of this wonderfull experience I never could be able to do myself.
    Thank you for helped me conquer the top 😉

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peiqi M

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    When we booked our sunrise hike to Preikestolen/Pulpit Rock, we don’t really know what to expect. Both of us were not on big hiking, and not to say night hiking with potential rain. I’ve been wanting to visit Pulpit Rock for several years, and have a great high expectation of it and wishing to see the great view of fjords from it just as what I imagined in the dream. It turned out to be even AMAZING.
    We were a bit worried about the rain as we saw on the weather report, and we emailed Outdoorlife about our concerns. They are super fast on responding and always giving plenty information and recommendation to make us feel very connected and helped. They said it would be drizzling, but probably fine. It did drizzle constantly for the first half of the hike, but it didn’t really bother anything. The wind, rain and dark night actually made the hike really fun and different. We embraced it and enjoyed it. All the people on this guided tour together were so friendly, plus our guide super funny and knowledgable. It’s a great pleasure hiking with these people.
    When we got to the peak, rain already stopped for a while and cloud actually moved away towards the fjords. We didn’t see the sunrise, but the view ended up looked really amazing. You can see the fjords clearly in it’s blueish purple and gray color, fully of mystery and peace. It was way better than I could even imagined. That’s the beauty of nature.
    The hike was about 2.5hr one way. You are actually climbing, a great work out. Guide is great, and he took amazing photos. Strongly recommended this hike and just book the photo package so you don’t have to worry about taking photos along hike and can just enjoy it 100%. Waterproof jacket and pants are must, so also recommend booking one if you don’t have any yet, not to say boots.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    ShaunandKath

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    We had high hopes for the sunrise hike to Preikestolen an we were not disappointed! We chose this particular hike for the fact that they only take small groups and there’s less chance of big crowds up the top at that time of day. Our group was 5, including Erland our guide, which was perfect. The hike itself took approximately 2.5 hours and this included a few stops for photographs and snacks and made the hike very comfortable, most people of reasonable fitness should have no problem.
    Erland was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, humorous and kept the hike and the information flowing at a good pace. I highly recommend the photo package which allows you to take in the amazing scenery while Erland does all the photography, he is a good photographer and knows the best vantage points.
    When we reached Preikestolen we had it all to ourselves for almost the whole time we were there, the view and experience of being up there at sunrise is something you have to experience for yourself – pure magic, and absolutely unforgettable.
    We found Outdoorlife Norway, Johannes and Erland to be professional, friendly and passionate – could not have asked for more. Takk for turen 🙂

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    msh32017

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    I was a bit nervous about the sunrise hike, but I was traveling by myself so wanted to go hiking with a group rather than going solo. When I got picked up, Erland informed me that two people had signed up but the other didn’t show up. I was impressed that they didn’t cancel the trip but still let me hike, even though I was the only one. The hike was enjoyable (a bit tough at times, but well worth it) and the views were unbelievable. I highly recommend this hike if you want good views & someone else to plan out all the transportation & logistics for you– well worth the money spent!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    suzmaciel55

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    Just went on the sunrise tour of Pulpit Rock an it rocked! The guide was knowledgable and very friendly. The hike was great and the view once you get to Pulpit Rock is breathtaking. After the hike, we were treated to breakfast at the lodge at the starting point of the hike. Great experience with a great company…highly recommended!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    oscahieg

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    Really nice sunrise hike with a very professional guide. We were lucky enough with the weather and the timing, despite making it to the top a bit after sunrise, it was just right when a previous group was leaving, so we had the Preikestolen all for ourselves for more than an hour, and the great photos speak to that! Would totally recommend this hike rather than doing it during the super-crowded daytime.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Niklas

    Well organized. We had a fantastic guide with loads of experience and a genuine passion for nature. You can really tell this is much more than just a job for them.
    The weather was great during our hike, which meant we got to see some amazing views from the top as well as on our way up. The small groups (at most 7+guide) does provide a more personal experience and enables you to appreciate the views so much more without the crowds that show up later in the day.
    Highly recommended!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    A TripAdvisor Chi

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    Amazing leadership; Incredible; extraordinary; excellent and massive thanks to our guide! 我们五个人参加了去步道石徒步看日出的行程。非常非常美丽壮观的景色!当天晚上天气非常好,尽管后来早上下雨了,但丝毫不影响峡谷高山上的景色。就是可能有点冷,所以大家一定要跟着他们的着装指示准备好,穿防风防雨弹性好的衣服裤子和防滑防水的登山鞋。如果不想特别为旅行买徒步着装,他们当场也可以提供租凭装备的服务,也不算特别贵。导游特别的专业,人很好。不是专业登山爱好者的朋友们非常推荐报他们的行程,好玩又安全!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    tizemple

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    My wife and I did the sunrise hike up Preikestolen. It was absolutely amazing and worth the effort! Best of all was our awesome guide. He was so thoughtful and a fantastic photographer. We got the photos from the trip a few days ago and they are simply stunning. I cannot imagine doing this with anyone else! Thank you!

  38. Rated 4 out of 5

    StuckOnIsand

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    The hike to Preikestolen during the night was a great experience and we were very lucky with the weather and the view.
    The trip was well organised, pickup at 1 in the night worked without problems too. Our guide was very friendly and supportive, told us a bit about the landscape, what you can see. He made sure we were there just perfectly on time. The only thing which I feel was strange is that he had quite a fast pace and there were typically 10-20m to the first person to follow. He did wait from time to time though to have the whole group together and we also did group photos:-) My expectation is that the quide adapts his speed to the group average speed or even to the slowest member. Our group was doing ok and everyone was more or less able to keep up, so no major issue for this constellation.
    Thanks a lot for the unique experience

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Luc M

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    Our guide, Eldren, was great. He is very passionate about hiking and getting people to engage with nature. He even took the time to teach us about the local wildlife and edible berries and plants along the way. As for the hike itself, it was little demanding since I had barely slept; but with a good night’s sleep it is very doable. I also highly recommend the sunrise hike in order to get to the top before the bus loads of tourists arrive. We were lucky that the weather was good. Seeing the sun rise over the fjord was unforgettable. Excellent experience!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pat F

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    Innovative way to see this stunning landmark. Climb in the dark of night using a headlamp. Poles provided to help with tricky terrain.
    Our guide Alan was fab. Safe, informative and supportive as our small group made its way towards the summit. Not easy! But well worth the effort!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sander K

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    Amazing sunrise hike to Preikestolen! I was picked up at 01:00 AM in the center of Stavanger. We had a great guide, funny and he knows his stuff. We took the ferry to TAU and from there it was a short car trip to Preikestolen. After a nightly cup of coffee we started our climb. Although the weather forecast wasn’t great we got to see lot’s of stars and during the hike the upcoming morning light. After a hike of about 2,5 hours we arrived at the magical Preikestolen and we were the only ones. The sun peeked through the clouds and gave us a magical light show. Absolutely recommended!! And I wil be back, that’s for sure.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dyanna I

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    Amazing experience, the guide was really friendly and outgoing, will recommend it to everyone… I was a bit scared because I was travelling alone but once we started the hike felt more comfortable, I love the way tge groups are not that big. After the hike breakfast at the lodge wich was well deserved after that hike .

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kylian L

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    The hike was really awesome! The guide is great and stopped every now and then to check if everyone was still alive and or to have a drink or make a picture. In addition, he gave us fun and interesting information about the area. At first it was foggy on the top, so we didn’t actually see the sunrise. However, the mist gave it a mysterious look, which was cool. Five minutes after we started to hike down, it cleared up (luckily). So, we hiked up again and got some great shots. I recommend this to everyone!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eleanor R

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    We did the sunrise hike with Johannes as our guide on 27/08/2017.

    Johannes was a great guide – he set out what to expect on the hike from the very beginning (ie the 3rd hill is the longest and the steepest). He was very patient and provided a lot of history of Norway, which you otherwise are likely not to hear. He encouraged you with the promise of brekky on the way down, and never failed to crack a smile and joke around!

    It was so worthwhile getting up early and making it to the top before the majority of people are there – we left the rock around 7am and headed back down and the sheer number of people making their way up was insane! Whenever we come back to Norway, we will do another trip with Outdoorlife Norway!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    KatyBiffle

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    I visited Stavanger on a quick bank holiday weekend, and was traveling alone. I booked the sunrise Preikestolen hike on 27/08/2017. Johannes was our guide, and our group was small – 7 people! I had a 2:30 am pickup time, and we arrived to the trailhead around 4-4:30 AM.

    Johannes was great, explained the route, where the hills were, and what to expect along the way. He was friendly and affable, and explained a lot about Norway and the outdoor culture there. I appreciated that he kept a good pace, so felt like I was getting a good workout too :). We nearly had the trail to ourselves, which was nice. We stopped a few times, so everyone could grab a quick snack, water, and reorganize. We arrived to the top about 20 min before sunrise, and what a view! Totally worth the wake up time.

    On the way down, there was a steady stream of people, SO GLAD I wasn’t in the middle of that. Lots of tour buses arriving as we were leaving after breakfast (which was also good!).

    If you’re contemplating booking this hike, do it! Totally worth the wake up time, and then you have the whole rest of your day to enjoy Stavanger. I’ll definitely be back, and would like to do one of the multi day hikes. Thanks, Johannes!

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jillian B

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    We did the sunrise hike to Preikestolen with Allen as our guide. Everything was perfect and we could not have asked for a better experience! Since we started the hike in pitch black darkness, it was so helpful to have Allen and the gear provided by Outdoor Life Norway: hiking poles, boots, and headlamps. Allen found a great pace for the entire group and provided great information along the way. We also couldn’t have hoped for better weather and ended up with incredible views and pictures at the top! Overall, a must-do while in Norway, especially with this company to make it a seamless and memorable experience!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    shileenligtelijn

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    We hadden een hele aardige guide die erg goed Engels sprak, veel vertelde over de natuur om ons heen en pauzeerde op de juiste momenten. Last minute konden we nog de hike een dag verplaatsen toen we zagen dat het toch geen lekker weer was, en het contact was erg goed!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Open Gran Canar… n

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    Fuimos en familia. Dos adultos y dos adolescentes. Experiencia increíble y nada peligrosa durante la subida. Sólo mantener las distancias de seguridad con respecto al precipicio en lo alto del Preikestolen. Además, al ir con el guía fuimos muy seguros y tranquilos. El salir de noche y llegar al amanecer cuando no hay nadie en el Púlpito es lo ideal, merece mucho la pena ya que cuando bajábamos comenzaban a subir muchos turistas y supongo que no se disfruta igual de la cima con mucha gente alrededor, pues habría que estar esperando turnos para tirar fotos. El guía nos atendió de maravilla durante todo el trayecto. Monitor muy preparado y agradable.
    Totalmente recomendable.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    emi-dao

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    Absolutely awesome. I definitely recommend this incredible experience.
    We began the Preikestolen Sunrise Hike around 4:30 AM and progressed through the night with our headlamps, until the morning light gradually illuminated our path and the landscape around. We were really lucky with the weather. Once arrived at the Pulpit Rock, we could see a breathtaking scenery and amazing rising sun. Could have stayed at the top all day long… We took great pictures too, you can take pictures on your own but I recommend to order the photography package, so you can have both.
    The guide was very friendly and did a great job.
    I was a bit reluctant at first before ordering this tour because of the price, but it is definitely worth wile. Moreover, you can enjoy Preikestolen without the crowds. I wouldn’t have done it alone by night so this guided tour was perfect.
    Don’t hesitate and go hiking!

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny M

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    I did two hikes with Outdoorlife Norway and both were amazing and breathtaking in their own right. The Norse gods also blessed me with good weather because it was sunny and perfect and calm both days! (it was all rain and gloom when I left Norway to travel back to the US).

    The Kjerag Autumn Hike (09.17) with Johannes was grueling and I was so glad I did that one first. Our guide was attentive and helpful during the more difficult parts of the climb. He had great energy and was a good conversationalist too. I don’t think I could’ve made it up to Kjerag in the time we did if I didn’t do this tour. I definitely struggled a bit and worried I was running low on energy since it was the last leg of my trip. But I made it and it was so worth it! The views of the valleys and the fjords were so breathtaking!

    The very next morning, I got picked up at 02:30am for the Preikestolen Sunrise Hike (09.18) with the other guide Erlend. We started the hike around 04:30am in the provided headlamps and hiking poles. Thanks Erlend for making the uphill climbs feel as painless as can be. It was a very different experience and it felt really amazing to enjoy nature in silence and all I could hear was my own breath. I avoid crowds when possible, so it was awesome that Outdoorlife offers this type of tour. There was no golden hour on this morning, but the blue hour was still very magical.

    Thanks Outdoorlife Norway for these unforgettable experiences and for making my life so much easier. I was on the coast of Croatia for most of my vacation and I was so glad that they offered rentals. I rented both the hiking clothes and boots, which really saved me from packing! They also offer a photography package which you have an option of purchasing. So worth it!

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    TanjaMP

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    Oplevelsen var endnu bedre end jeg kunne have forestillet mig. Vi blev samlet op i en minibus og imens vi ventede på færgen præsenterede guiden sig selv og lagde op til, at vi andre gjorde det samme. Således blev den i forvejen positive stemning i bussen endnu varmere og fortsatte sådan hele turen igennem.
    Før vi begyndte turen op mod Preikestolen fik vi en kort gennemgang af ruten og nogle fif til hvordan man anvender vandrestave korrekt, som man fik tilbud om at låne. Der blev holdt pauser, som passede til gruppens behov. Vi fik snacks undervejs og på toppen var der varm solbærsaft, hvilket var tiltrængt på efterårets første frostklare morgen. Undervejs fortalte guiden (som taler flydende engelsk) historiske facts om området og fortællinger om Nordmændenes tro på trolde og mosefolk. Vældig interessant og underholdende.
    Guiden var en ‘photography enthusiast’ og gjorde sig derfor umage med at tage en masse fantastiske billeder af landskabet og os, som deltog på hiken.

    Jeg kan i den grad anbefale at tage på tur med Outdoorlife Norway. Det var en tryg, berigende og fantastisk oplevelse.

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