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By October, visitor numbers have become dramatically lower than during the summer. The area’s flora and fauna prepare for the long, dark winter, and shadows become longer with every day that passes. Snow, when present, offers a splendid contrast to the flame-colored foliage, and the ambient light seems to dance across the fjord’s mountainsides. Autumn is therefore the perfect time of year to experience the Lysefjord and Preikestolen from unique perspectives. Join us on a day trip to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) that combines a 2-hour boat trip into the Lysefjord with a guided hike to the cliffside. Cruise through the Lysefjord and feast your eyes on the imposing cliff from below. Then enjoy an afternoon hike to the plateau on trails that have been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas.
Your adventure starts late-morning in Stavanger with a 2-hour Rødne fjord cruise into the Lysefjord. On the way into the fjord, you’ll view Stavanger from a different perspective and get an overview of the surrounding fjords, islands, and mountains. At the mouth of the fjord, steep mountain walls towering hundreds of meters above the fjord emerge. You’ll then be able to feast your eyes on majestic Preikestolen, which appears to reach into the sky above. While the cruise navigates back out of the fjord, you’ll visit Vagabond’s cove, where Rødne will share the legend of this mysterious natural landmark. The captain will also carefully steer the boat’s bow up to the Hengjane waterfall, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample its crystal-clear water. During the cruise, you’ll can choose between enjoying the striking scenery from the comfort of the boat’s sheltered cabin or venturing out onto the spacious sundeck.
Back at the mouth of the Lysefjord, the second part of your adventure begins. Once ashore, you’ll meet your hiking guide, who will transport you further to the base of the hiking trail. After a short briefing, you’ll start your afternoon hike to Preikestolen. Your guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. This time of the year, weather conditions are constantly changing. As needed, you’ll adjust the equipment you use (ice spikes, etc.) in accordance with the changing conditions. Along the way, there will be opportunities to catch your breath and snap photos of the spectacular nature around you.
After 2.5 hours of trekking, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. Your guide will serve you a warm drink and snack while allowing you time to enjoy a well-deserved break at the cliff’s edge. After a well-deserved break at the cliffside, your guide will lead you back down to the trailhead (Preikestolen Mountain Lodge), which will take about 2-2.5 hours. On your way down the trail, you’ll be facing Stavanger and the North Sea. Conditions permitting, you’ll be able to watch as the sun sets over the horizon, sometimes illuminating the sky with vivid colors. Once darkness falls, your guide will provide you with headlamps to ensure that you safely navigate the last stretch of the trail. After a few last breathes of crisp mountain air, you’ll return as a group to Stavanger. During the drive, your guide will navigate through the world’s longest undersea road tunnel.
If conditions permit, you’ll guide will lead you along an alternate route, which offers unique perspectives and exclusive photo opportunities.
This is a moderately-demanding 5-6-hour, ~8 km (~5 mile) hike with a total ascent of just over 500 meters (1,640 feet). It is suitable for participants who are in general good physical condition & have previous hiking experience.
• 2-hour boat trip into the Lysefjord
• Professional guide
• Use of snow spikes (if needed)
• Use of hiking poles
• Use of head lamp
• Hot beverages & snack
• Stavanger drop-off
• Proper hiking boots*
• Warm, thick socks (2 pairs)
• Water-resistant pants*
• Rain-proof jacket*
• Fleece or woolen sweater
• Warm hat and gloves*
• Small backpack*
• Packed lunch / water / snacks
*items can also be rented
Our Tripadvisor Reviews
We really enjoyed our sunrise tour and can only recommend it! The team around Johannes is super friendly and helpful and all in all it was a wonderful experience!
This is the second time i hiked with Outdoorlifenorway and they proved once again that they are the best at what they do.We had a fantastic experience with our guide... read more
We had booked a sunrise hike and turned out to be the only ones for that day.
Our guide Sal was great and we had a fantastic experience!... read more
I organized my trip to Norway around the hikes I wanted to do. After researching companies, I ran into Outdoor Life Norway on Instagram and the first thing that caught... read more
Visited the famous Preikestolen and Kjerag with the Outdoorlife. This tour company is very professional. The two guides Sol and Hilde are very polite serious and professionals. Told us many... read more
Last month I finally found a perfect weekend for attempting the Pulpit Rocket. As a total novice in hiking, I decided to book a hike with Outdoorlife Norway for the... read more
So many great spots and we didn’t meet any other group of people. A perfect day with Sal as the best guide you could get, so good to give everybody... read more
Salvatore the Guide
Really great “Sunrise tour” to Preikestolen with Sal as our private guide! The hike offers amazing nature, stunning views of lakes, Lysefjord and the sunrise at ... read more
The Sunrise Hike to Preikestolen was a great experience. I had amazing views during all the hike. And we had plenty of time on the top to enjoy the sunrise.... read more
Booked 2 hikes with Outdoorlife Norway (Kjerag Summer Hike and Preikestolen Off the Beaten Track-Sunrise), the Flørli 4444 hike was fully booked so I couldn't do it with them. I... read more
Are you up for an unforgettable hiking adventure? Avoid the crowds by hiking with a guide in near-solitude while encountering out-of-this-world views of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) and the Lysefjord – which only few have seen.
Hike to Pulpit Rock during the early-morning twilight hours – before the crowds of tourists have even begun to make their way up the trail. After the hike, enjoy breakfast / lunch at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, which is located at the base of the hiking trail.
Witness the magic of autumn’s shifting colors and Norway’s crisp and cool mountain air while hiking in near solitude. Snow, when present, contrasts splendidly with the flame-colored foliage. Join us on a guided hike to the Kjeragbolten boulder before the season comes to a close.
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