Winter/Spring Hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Ryfylke

Winter/Spring Hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Ryfylke

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: Norwegian, English
  • Fitness level: Occasionally sporty
  • Minimum age: minimum 10 y/o
  • Duration: full day
  • Cancellation policy: 
    strict 1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Accommodation transfers included. Alternatively, please make your way to Outdoorlife Norway, Ryfylkegata 13, 4014 Stavanger, Norway
  • Opening seasons:
    • J
    • F
    • M
    • A
    • M
    • J
    • J
    • A
    • S
    • O
    • N
    • D

Activity description

Leave footprints on Pulpit Rock and experience one of Norway's most famous attractions on this Winter/Spring hike to Preikestolen in Ryfylke.

A scenic hike with quite the view, brave the elements for crowd-free views of Lysefjord on this excursion with a difference. Blanketed in a thick duvet of snow,  Pulpit Rock takes on a new disguise during the long, harsh and surprisingly beautiful arctic winter. Travel through pine forests, frozen mountain springs and charming mountainous terrain - with only the paw prints of local wildlife to guide you to this immense natural viewing platform -  640m over the frozen fjord below.

Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ryfylke. Receiving over 300,000 visitors in peak season (April- October), the park stays open during winter for mountaineering and nordic skiing. Close to the town of Stavanger, it towers an impressive 604 metres over the Lysefjord (42-kilometre long fjord). Hiking routes to the summit start at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. From Stavanger, you can take a take a ferry from to Tau, or take car ferry from Lauvvik to Oanes. Hiking to Preikestolen without a guide during the wintertime is dangerous and not recommended. 


Travel to Preikestolen for a 6-hour excursion in the crisp stillness of Norway’s long, dark winter. Offering breathtaking views of Preikestolen and the Lysefjord under a blanket of snow, your nature guide will meet you early-morning at your selected meeting point and transport you to the base of the hiking trail. Leading you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. After 2.5-3.5 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Pulpit Rock and have a chance to take in the views from the 604-meter natural viewing platform. After a well-deserved break at the cliff’s edge, your guide will lead you back down to the trail - ending with return transport back to Stavanger.

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.

Offer Description

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

The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately* 18:30 (6:30pm).

Special terms

Stavanger accommodation pick up times based on time of year and weather conditions- to be organised with your guide prior to activity date.

Activity subject to weather restrictions.

  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off
  • Nature guide
  • Hot beverages & snack
  • Crampons & hiking poles
  • Picnic lunch
Do not forget to bring
  • Proper hiking boots
  • Warm, thick socks x 2
  • Water-resistant pants
  • Rain-proof jacket
  • Fleece or woollen sweater
  • Small backpack
  • GoPro/Camera
Meeting point
Accommodation transfers included. Alternatively, please make your way to Outdoorlife Norway, Ryfylkegata 13, 4014 Stavanger, Norway Get directions


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