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Preikestolen Winter / Spring Hike

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About this tour

Have you ever been hiking through snow and ice? Just a stone’s throw outside of Stavanger, the region’s majestic mountains rise hundreds of meters straight out of the sea. During much of the winter, the mountaintops are blanketed in thick layers of snow and the trail to Preikestolen is almost deserted in comparison with other times the of year. Those who venture up the trail experience the peace and solitude that comes with the stillness of wintertime. Join us on a hike to Preikestolen and experience the spectacular Lysefjord during Norway’s long dark winter!

Because of the presence of snow and ice, hiking to Preikestolen without a guide during the wintertime is not recommended. Our professional guides are trained to safely maneuver through the frozen landscape as well as winter’s rapidly changing weather conditions. They carry with them all necessary navigation, safety, first-aid, and outdoor winter equipment.

After a short briefing at the trail-head, your guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. Along the way, the guide will navigate to the best vantage points, where you’ll be able to snap photos of the spectacular nature around you. You’ll also have the opportunity to catch your breath and enjoy a warm beverage along the way. After 2.5-3.5 hours of trekking, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer.

Itinerary

  • 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 short briefing at the trailhead, you’ll embark on your journey to Preikestolen. Your guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. Along the way, when trail conditions permit, you’ll hike to lesser-known, exclusive viewpoints. This early in the year, weather conditions are constantly changing and the trail is often covered with snow and ice, even well into springtime. As needed, you’ll adjust the equipment (ice spikes, etc.) 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.
  • After 2.5-3.5 hours* of trekking, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. Standing atop the 604-meter-high cliff, the views of the Lysefjord and surrounding mountains are nothing short of awe-inspiring. You’ll be one of the few that have experienced Preikestolen off-season.
  • After a well-deserved break at the cliff’s edge, your guide will lead you back down to the trail-head, which will take about 2 hours. If conditions allow, your guide will take a slightly different route on the way back down from Preikestolen. This alternative path is not found on any maps, and will, therefore, allow you to avoid anyone who might be on their way up the main trail. Your hike will conclude beside Refsvatn Lake, where you’ll enjoy freshly-baked bread and a well-deserved (and delicious!) bowl of homemade soup at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge(February – April). After lunch, and a few last breathes of crisp mountain air, you’ll return as a group to Stavanger. 

What do I need?

The tour’s duration is approximately 10-11 hours, 6 of which will be spent hiking (including breaks). The distance is 8 kilometers and the ascent is 500 meters. The hiking terrain is mountainous, and will likely be covered in snow/ice. Changes in weather conditions should be expected. To ensure you have enough energy throughout the day, we strongly recommend eating a substantial breakfast before the hike.

  • Proper hiking boots/shoes*
  • Outdoor clothing for winter: water-resistant/insulated pants*, rain-proof jacket, woolen sweater, hat, and gloves
  • (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, 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
  • Focus on the experience and leave the photography to us!  To help ensure that you get memorable photos from your hike, our guides carry quality cameras, and can take high-quality photos for you. They are familiar with where and how to capture the best shots. The photos are processed by our professional photographer and then made available for download

What is included in the price?

  • Transportation to/from the start of the trail (including ferry crossings)
  • Professional guide with navigation, safety, and emergency equipment
  • All necessary equipment (spikes, snow shoes, poles)
  • Hot beverages and a snack during the hike

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