Hike Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

The plateau at Pulpit Rock.
This excursion amid the Norway fjords isn't any ordinary hike. It's an adventure unto itself—a moderately difficult trek up one of the most beautiful trails in the world. And the reward once you reach the endpoint at Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) is a viewpoint the likes of which is seen nowhere else on this planet. 

This is a self-guided seasonal excursion (May through October), but you won't be alone as this is one of the more popular spots in the country. The trip takes about five hours roundtrip on hilly terrain and includes time to enjoy and photograph the famous views from Pulpit Rock, which rises 1,981 feet (604 meters) above the Lysefjorden

For a more challenging experience, join a guide and visit Pulpit Rock a different way, taking little-known forest trails that are off the tourist map. You'll cross a lake by canoe before hiking in near solitude to a stunning viewpoint above Preikestolen that few people ever get to see. Then, you'll head down to the plateau for a rest as you savor the sweeping panoramas of this singularly beautiful locale.

Either way, it is recommended that you start your hike early in order to conserve daylight and avoid the crowds. Also, be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and base layers because the climate in Norway is constantly changing.

Tours that Include Hike Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

Pulpit Rock's jaw-dropping views.
Map of Norway's Best Cities & Hikes - 9 Days
Norway's Best Cities & Hikes - 9 Days

Get to know Norway's biggest cities and hike along the country's famous fjords on this 9-day itinerary. Beginning with an expert-curated tour of Oslo, you'll take an overnight train to coastal Stavanger—your gateway to day-hikes at legendary Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten. Finally, relax on a scenic ferry ride to Bergen, where you'll explore the city by foot and even take a cruise to Hardangerfjord—the "Queen of the Fjords."