Degree of Difficulty
Outdoorlife Norway invites you to avoid the crowds by joining our guides on an ‘off the beaten track’ Preikestolen hiking adventure. Hike in near-solitude through the area’s backcountry while encountering out-of-this-world views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord – which only few have seen. Includes canoe paddling and off-trail hiking/scrambling.
After an early-morning pick-up, your adventure will begin with a 30-minute transfer to the base of the hiking trail, including driving the world’s longest undersea road tunnel. After a warm cup of coffee and an information and safety briefing, you’ll embark on your hiking adventure to Preikestolen. First, you’ll glide in a canoe across the peaceful Refsvatnet Lake, which will take approximately 45-minutes. Once you have your feet back on dry land, you’ll begin the hiking portion of the tour. During 70% of the hike, you’ll follow a backcountry, unmarked trail. Other than by Outdoorlife Norway’s guides, the trail is rarely used, and the cairns that lead the way through its dense forests are difficult to locate. Once you hike above the tree-line, the trail ceases to exist all together. The remaining 30% of the hike is therefore comprised of off-trail hiking & scrambling. During this portion of the hike, you’ll experience out-of-this-world and rarely-seen views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord. Along the way, your guide will find a comfortable spot to take a lunch break.
After lunch and approximately 3,5 hours on foot, you’ll reach a location that offers panoramic views of Preikestolen, which the majority of people only get to see in tourist brochures. After a short break to ensure you’re able to capture great photos of Pulpit Rock from above, you’ll hike down to Preikestolen and experience standing atop the impressive plateau, which towers 604 meters (1,982 feet) above sea level. There, you’ll get to view the 1000 meter-high mountain walls surrounding the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord from a new perspective. After the break, your guide will lead you back down the main trail to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, which will take about 2 hours. Along the way, you’ll walk on paths that have were paved, using locally-sourced stones, by Nepalese sherpas. Once back at the trailhead, your guide will transport you back to Stavanger.
On the way back to the trailhead, if conditions permit and everyone in your group agrees, your guide may navigate along another off-map trail, where you’ll be able to enjoy the remainder of the hike in near-solitude while you take in the beauty of the Norwegian wilderness from ever-changing perspectives.
This is a demanding 7-hour, 9.5 km (5.9 miles) hike with a total ascent of just over 600 meters (1,960 feet). It’s suitable for people who are in very good physical condition and have previous experience hiking on unsteady surfaces in mountainous terrain.
- Stavanger pick-up / drop-off
- Professional guide
- Canoe equipment rental
- Use of hiking poles
- Hot beverages & snack
• 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!
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
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
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
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
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
I would highly recommend booking hiking tours with Outdoorlife Norway if you're looking for unique guided hiking experiences outside of the often crowded beaten tracks to popular destinations such as... 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
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
A great experience from pick up to drop off, friendly knowledgable amazing guide, couldn’t ask for more, definitely recommend
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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As the leading provider of ‘off the beaten track’ outdoor experiences in and around the Lysefjord, Outdoorlife Norway arranges hundreds of guided tours every year.