Preikestolen Winter Hike

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

PRICE: 1,090 NOK per person
Have you ever been hiking through snow and ice? Just a stone’s throw outside of Stavanger, the region’s majestic mountains rise hundreds of meters straight out of the sea. During much of the winter, the mountaintops are blanketed in thick layers of snow and the trail to Preikestolen is almost deserted in comparison with other times the of year. Those who venture up the trail experience the peace and solitude that comes with the stillness of wintertime. Join us on a hike to Preikestolen and experience the spectacular Lysefjord during Norway’s long dark winter!

Because of the presence of snow and ice, hiking to Preikestolen without a guide during the wintertime is not recommended. Our professional guides are trained to safely maneuver through the frozen landscape as well as winter’s rapidly changing weather conditions. They carry with them all necessary navigation, safety, first-aid, and outdoor winter equipment.

After a short briefing at the trail-head, your guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. Along the way, the guide will navigate to the best vantage points, where you’ll be able to snap photos of the spectacular nature around you. You’ll also have the opportunity to catch your breath and enjoy a warm beverage along the way. After 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.

MODERATE DIFFICULTY – Suitable for people of most ages – excluding children younger than 12 yrs. – who are in general good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

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2018 Season: January 5 – March 11

We also offer a Preikestolen Winter Hike + Lodge Package (Jan 22 – March 11). If you want to visit Preikestolen before January 2018, book the Autumn Hike to Preikestolen (Oct.16 – Dec. 23). If want to visit Preikestolen after March 11, book the Preikestolen Spring Hike (March 11 – Apr. 23), the Preikestolen Sunrise Hike (April 24 – Oct. 15), or Preikestolen Hike ‘Off the Beaten Track’ (April 24 – Oct. 15).

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Product Description

2018 Season: January 5 – March 11
We also offer a Preikestolen Winter Hike + Lodge Package (Jan 22 – March 11). If you want to visit Preikestolen before January 2018, book the Autumn Hike to Preikestolen (Oct.16 – Dec. 23). If want to visit Preikestolen after March 11, book the Preikestolen Spring Hike (March 11 – Apr. 23), the Preikestolen Sunrise Hike (April 24 – Oct. 15), or Preikestolen Hike ‘Off the Beaten Track’ (April 24 – Oct. 15).

Because of the presence of snow and ice, hiking to Preikestolen without a guide during the wintertime is not recommended. Our professional guides are trained to safely maneuver through the frozen landscape as well as winter’s rapidly changing weather conditions. They carry with them all necessary navigation, safety, first-aid, and outdoor winter equipment.

Meeting Point
When booking, you may select from the following meeting times and locations**

- Preikestolen Winter Hike - pick up PWH 2018

**On occasion, during periods of high-demand, we may set up additional departures. When that’s the case, meeting and drop-off times will vary. Please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to check availability. 

Links to Google Maps
Thon Hotel Maritim – back entrance facing Bergelandsgata
Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
St. Svithun Hotel / Hostel
Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
Clarion Hotel Stavanger
Stavanger Tourist Information
Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge
Kanelsnurren Bakery
Scandic Stavanger City – back entrance facing parking lot
Lilland Hotel (Tau)
Verkshotellet (Jørpeland)
Preikestolen Mountain Lodge / Trailhead

Drop-off
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 18:30 (6:30pm).
(You will be dropped-off at the same location from which you were picked-up.)

MODERATE DIFFICULTY

Suitable for people of most ages – excluding children younger than 12 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)

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 were expected to find their way up to the cliff, hanging an impressive 604 meters above the Lysefjord.

Outdoorlife Norway invites you to experience a unique Preikestolen hiking adventure, guaranteed to be crowd-free! Join us on this unique hike to Preikestolen and delight in the crisp stillness of Norway’s long, dark winter. Hike in near-solitude while encountering breathtaking views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord, which are often blanketed in snow this time of year.

Your professional guide will meet you early-morning at your selected meeting point and transport you to the base of the hiking trail. After a short briefing, you’ll embark on your journey to Preikestolen.

Your guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. This early in the year, weather conditions are constantly changing and the trail is often covered with snow and ice. As needed, you’ll adjust the equipment you use to match the changes in terrain. Along the way, there will be opportunities to catch your breath, enjoy a warm beverage, and snap photos of the spectacular nature around you. After 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 atop the 604-meter-high cliff, the views of the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains are nothing short of awe-inspiring. On top of that, you’ll have the privilege of becoming one of the very few to have experienced Preikestolen during wintertime =)

After a well-deserved break at the cliff’s edge, your guide will lead you back down to the trail-head, which will take about 2 hours*. The tour ends with transportation back to Stavanger.

*Due to the possibility of changing weather conditions, your trip may last longer than approximated.

The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 18:30 (6:30pm).
(You will be dropped-off at the same location from which you were picked-up.)


Included in this tour:

  • Transportation to/from the start of the trail (including ferry crossings)
  • Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
  • Necessary equipment (spikes, snow shoes, poles)
  • Hot beverages and a snack during the hike

POST-HIKE BEER & NORDIC TAPAS – NOK 490 per-person (optional)

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.

2018 Season: January 5 – March 11
We also offer a Preikestolen Winter Hike + Lodge Package (Jan 22 – March 11). If you want to visit Preikestolen before January 2018, book the Autumn Hike to Preikestolen (Oct.16 – Dec. 23). If want to visit Preikestolen after March 11, book the Preikestolen Spring Hike (March 11 – Apr. 23), the Preikestolen Sunrise Hike (April 24 – Oct. 15), or Preikestolen Hike ‘Off the Beaten Track’ (April 24 – 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 12 yrs. – who are in general good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

Total Distance: 8 kilometers
Total Ascent: 500 meters

DURATION

Total: ~8-9 hours (depends on pick-up location and weather conditions)
Hiking: ~6 hours (including breaks)
Transportation: ~1 hour (each way)

WHEN?

08:00am – 18:30 (6:30pm) (approximately; see times in product description)
(January-March: for available dates, please click on the "Book Now" button above)

WHERE?

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Transportation (including ferry crossings)
Professional Guide carrying navigation, safety, first-aid, and winter/outdoor equipment
Hot beverages & snack during the hike

WHAT TO BRING?

Proper hiking boots/shoes*
Outdoor clothing for winter: water-resistant/insulated pants,
rain-proof jacket, woolen sweater, hat, and gloves
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

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.

7 reviews for Preikestolen Winter Hike

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    IanJMcG

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    It was such an incredible experience hiking to Preikestolen in the winter. We had perfect weather and were virtually alone – it was only our group up on the rock for the whole time we were there! The views were incredible the whole way up – it felt unreal. I was told that I needed to come up with new a new phrase as I was constantly saying, “wow” and “amazing”.

    Johannes was an amazing guide and the gear and service he provided was top notch. Would love to do this again!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Billy Y

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    This company provides the best hiking tours I have ever been on. Johannes is extremely experienced, and I felt comfortable being guided by him the whole time. He provided reliable, clean and well kept equipment to assist with the hike. He did very well to keep all of us at the same pace, and we had an amazing experience.

    I did the Kjerag hike and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Definitely do it with Johannes!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aukje163

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    It was AWESOME! We were very lucky because the night before the hike it had snowed a lot. It was an amazing experience to be the first (and almost only one) who walked there that day. I went together with 2 friends and 3 others joined as well. It was a nice group and both Johannes and Erlend were great guides. We spent almost an hour on the top, enjoying the view and making many pictures. The hike was a nice challenge. In Holland we’re not really used to walk in the mountains and snow but I really loved it! It was great that we got spikes for our shoes which made walking a lot easier.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Globeskater

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    3 weeks before our visit to Stavanger we decided to book the winterhike to Preikestolen. The forecast back than was really cold winter weather and snow, so we were confident it would stay that way… Unfortunately the weather changed a week before we came and the snow melted away. Snowzilla fortunately saved some snow for Europe and the night before the hike the mountains were glazed by a white layer of snow!

    We were picked up early in the morning in the centre of Stavanger and drove to Preikestolen where we started the winter hike. Johannes and his intern Erlend were great guides, knowleadgeable about the area and gave good tips on how to walk in this winter conditions with the equipment they provided us with. We were with a small group of my 2 friends and 3 others.

    The winterhike to Preikestolen took us a total of 6 hours of which we spent around an hour on the top. Especially in winter I would recommend to book the trip with Outdoorlife Norway. They provide you with the right equipment, gave good advice on what to take with you from home and they know the dangerous bits of the hike, In summer there are hundreds of people doing the hike but in winter you are by yourself. It is safer to go with a guide who knows the area and conditions!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melanie S

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    Johannes is an excellent guide, he was born to be a guide, he is that good. He gets to know everyone in the group, remembers everyone’s name, provides interesting facts whenever we took breaks on the hike. Took just the right amount of breaks, not too many and at the most scenic spots. He brought extra boots and rain protection in case someone needed it (which they did). Going during the winter is amazing because of the juxtaposition of water, ice, and snow. We had the hike and the mountain to ourselves.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    James P

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    We came to Norway to experience adventure and phenomenal views; and Johannes is the man to deliver exactly that. He has professionalism, yet is very charismatic and easy to talk to. He has in-depth knowledge of hiking all around Norway and abroad, and shared great insight into Norwegian culture and Preikestolen itself. We felt like the entire experience couldn’t have been more perfect, and this is due entirely to Johannes and his careful planning and ability to guide. It was an extraordinary way to spend our three year anniversary together and we highly recommend to everyone and will be sure to spread the good word to family and friends. Cheers, James and Maddie 🙂

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny F

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    Fly all the way from south east asia and have totally NO regret to have first experience of winter hike and glad to join OutdoorLife Norway with a team of good guides on winter hike to Preikestolen. A passion for nature, professionalism, safety come first are bringing hikers confidence, enjoy the hike journey and worth catching the amazing views on top. To wear ice spikes made the hike easy along some snowy and icing patches in the terrain, have free of charge fresh ice stick are really great experience for me who live in 365 summer days. It is highly recommend to everyone who has no worry and love to have some adventure hike experience.

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