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Preikestolen Hike - Off the Beaten Track

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About this tour

Preikestolen is one of the most stunning and thus most populair hikes in Norway. Every year, approximately 275.000 hikers find their way up to the cliff, hanging at 604 metres above the Lysefjord. Avoid the crowds hiking up and down the main path and join us on a roundtrip off the beaten track to enjoy a unique Preikestolen experience.

We start by canoeing across the Refsvatn Lake, after which we hike 70% on off the map trails – forgotten and overgrown – while 30% of the hike includes off-trail hiking and scrambling. We hike a roundtrip, providing you with new sceneries throughout the whole hike. Why? To hike in solitude and reach out-of-this world views over the Lysefjord and the Preikestolen that only few people have seen before.

The duration of the tour is about 10-11 hours. The hike itself takes about 6 hours incl. breaks. We will be hiking through mountainous terrain, in possible changing weather conditions. We recommend eating a good breakfast to keep your energy up throughout the day.

Itinerary

  • After an early-morning pick-up, your adventure will begin with a 40-minute ferry ride across one of Stavanger’s urban fjords. Once ashore, your guide will transport you further to the base of the hiking trail. 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 Refsvatn 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 that is overgrown and has mostly been forgotten. 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 that 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 the Pulpit Rock, you’ll hike down to Preikestolen and experience standing atop the impressive plateau, which towers 604 meters 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, you’ll begin the long descent back to civilization, which will take approximately 2 hours. Your guide will lead you back to your starting point by following the main trail. Along the way, you’ll walk on paths that have were paved, using locally-sourced stones, by Nepalese sherpas. If the members of your group still have energy to burn, your guide may instead 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. Once back at the trailhead, your guide will transport you back to Stavanger. 

What do I need?

The tour’s duration is approximately 10 hours, 7 of which will be spent hiking (including breaks). The distance is 9.5 kilometers and the ascent is 600 meters. Please bring:

  • mountain boots
  • wind and waterproof pants and jacket
  • (note: no jeans and/or sneakers!)
  • hat and gloves (in May and September)
  • a backpack with extra clothes to put on when we have a break, lunch and a bottle of water
  • *It’s possible to rent both hiking boots and outdoor-clothing

Good to know

  • Due to the possibility of rapidly-changing weather conditions, it may be necessary to make changes to scheduled trips. In such case, we will send you an e-mail and text message to the mobile phone number you provided when booking the tour. Please check your phone in the morning of the hike. 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
  • You want to have the best pictures from your hike? Your guide can unfortunately not use your phone or personal camera to take pictures of you. It is very unpractical for the guide to handle multiple phones and camera’s at the same time, and we do not want to be responsible for damage / loss of your expensive equipment. Therefore, we have invested in good camera’s, to take good photo’s for you. Focus on the experience and leave the photography to us. We know the best spots and have the necessary equipment. A professional will edit and post the pictures taken on the trip. Just enjoy the hike and download high quality pictures afterwards!

What is included in the price?

  • Transportation (including ferry crossings)
  • Professional Guide carrying navigation, safety, and first-aid equipment
  • Canoe & equipment rental
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Hot beverages & snack during the hike

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