The trail to the top of the Preikestolen is about 6 kilometers (one and a half hours), and the views are more than worth the effort. The Preikestolen is a cliff towering 605 meters above the Lysefjord. Bring a picnic basket and check the weather in advance, because fog or rain could spoil your day.
Consider that with 100,000 hikers a year, this is the most popular of all hikes in Norway. So it can be really busy here at times. But there is an alternative…
You can go on a so called ‘sunrise hike’ where you (hopefully) will see the sun rise over the fjord whilst standing on the top. Even if it is cloudy, it is still quite spectacular.
You leave in the middle of the night with a guide. As dawn settles you will slowly start to see the contoures of the landscape. By the time you have reached the top, you will see the sun rising over the fjord.
Remarkably, there is no fence here. You can just look straight over the edge, into the fjord.
It can be chilly in the early morning, so dress well. It can also be slippery due to rainfall, so make sure you wear appropriate footwear.
How do I get there?
The Preikestolen is a 2-hour drive from Stavanger. Most guided hikes will leave from Stavanger.
More information: outdoorlifenorway.com/product/preikestolen-sunrise-hike/