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Preikestolen Sunrise Hike

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About this tour

On an annual basis, Preikestolen welcomes more visitors than any other trekking-destination in Norway. In 2016, approximately 300,000 hikers are expected to make their way up to the top of the imposing cliff that hangs 604 meters above the Lysefjord.

Outdoorlife Norway invites you to experience a unique Preikestolen hiking adventure, guaranteed to be crowd-free! Join us on a twilight hike to Preikestolen and catch the sun rising over the Lysefjord. You’ll start your adventure in the midst of darkness and walk with headlamps through the twilight of the night. After approximately 2.5 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Preikestolen where, after finding yourself a beautiful spot to relax, you’ll watch as the first deep orange beams of sunlight illuminate the steep mountain walls that tower over the Lysefjord. Long before the first tourist-packed busses arrive from Stavanger, you’ll be on your way back down the trail to conclude your unique hiking experience with a well-deserved breakfast at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.

This is a moderately-demanding 6-hour, 8 kilometer hike with a total ascent of 500 meters. The duration of the tour is about 10-12.5 hours which includes transportation of approximately 1 hour each way and a post-hike rest with breakfast of 1 hour (depends on time of year, weather, and pick-up location).

Itinerary

  • After a very early-morning pick-up, your adventure will begin with a 40-minute ferry ride across an urban fjord. With a hot cup of coffee in hand, you’ll have ample time to wake up while viewing Stavanger’s waterfront from the water. Once ashore, your guide will transport you further to the base of the hiking trail. After a short briefing, you’ll embark on your journey to Preikestolen. You’ll begin your outdoor adventure in darkness, hiking with headlamps on trails that have recently been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas. Hiking in the hushed silence of night is in itself an experience. Though animals are shy around people, it’s a certainty that they’ll be awake and alert, observing you from behind the old trees and scattered boulders that surround the trail. While the wildlife watches, your guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain, which includes bogs, forests, and glacier-scoured mountains.
  • After approximately 2.5 hours of hiking, you’ll reach the Preikestolen plateau just before sunrise. After finding yourself a comfortable place to relax, you’ll watch as the first beams of sunlight climb over the horizon and illuminate the Lysefjord’s steep mountain walls. While relaxing, you’ll have ample time to take photos and enjoy a warm beverage and snack atop Preikestolen. Long before the first tourist-packed busses arrive from Stavanger, you’ll be on your way back down the trail to conclude your unique hiking adventure with a well-deserved breakfast / lunch at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.

What do I need?

The hike itself takes about 6 hours incl. breaks. The distance is 8 kilometers and the ascent is 500 meters. We will be hiking through mountainous terrain, in possible changing weather conditions. We recommend eating a late dinner and/or light meal right before the hike to keep your energy up throughout the night.

  • Proper hiking boots/shoes*
  • Outdoor clothing: water-resistant (+insulated spring & autumn) pants*, rain-proof jacket, woolen sweater
  • (Note: no jeans/sneakers!) 
  • Small backpack with additional clothing layers/thermal underwear
  • Packed lunch / bottled water / additional snacks
  • *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 the event that your trip needs to be rescheduled for another day or cancelled on short notice, 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 the evening before the hike. 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. We cannot guarantee that the sunrise will be visible during all hikes
  • 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

What is included in the price?

  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Use of headlamp
  • Use of hiking poles
  • Hot beverages & snack
  • Post-hike breakfast/lunch

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