Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock Adventure

A crowd gathering at Pulpit Rock
The city of Stavanger is the jumping-off point for excursions into the Lysefjord, one of the most stunning fjords in a country abounding with them. The Lysefjord stretches for 26 miles (42 km) to the east of Stavanger, and its a prime destination for any number of outdoor activities. Hiking is one such option ideal in this region.

A great hike involves taking the Lysefjord ferry to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) for a moderately difficult trek on one of the most beautiful trails in the world. The trip takes about five hours roundtrip on hilly terrain, with a total ascent of 350 meters (1,148 feet). Along the way, you'll have ample opportunity to snap photos.

Of course, the most famous photo of all is from the surface of the flat plane known as Pulpit Rock, which stands 650 meters (1,981 meters) off the ground at an impossibly perpendicular angle. Standing at the edge of this inconceivable natural wonder, with sweeping panoramas of the Lysefjord laid out below, is an experience that leaves an indelible mark on the soul.

Also note that this is a self-guided seasonal hike (May through October) that is anything but solitary, as there are typically many others on the trail.

Tours that Include Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock Adventure

Climb to Preikestolen, or 'Pulpit Rock' – a steep cliff above Lysefjorden
Map of Ultimate Norwegian Fjord Road Trip – 10 Days
Ultimate Norwegian Fjord Road Trip – 10 Days

Experience the best of Norway's spectacular fjords on this active self-drive tour. The trip starts in Norway's second-largest city (Bergen), where you'll pick up a rental car and spend several days exploring charming fjord-side villages and stopping for outdoorsy activities, like hiking, summer skiing, and kayaking. Finish the adventure traveling along Norway's longest and deepest fjord towards Jotunheimen National Park — with more than 250 peaks — to see some glaciers.

Look for waterfalls as you sail through the Geirangerfjord on the Hurtigruten.
Map of Norway Fjords Summer Tour - 14 Days
Norway Fjords Summer Tour - 14 Days

There are nearly 1,200 fjords along Norway's western coast and this trip covers the cream of the crop — Lysefjord, Sognefjord, and Geirangerfjord — using a mix of fun travel modes to amp up the adventure factor. These majestic gems provide the setting for activities like hiking, biking, and sea kayaking. You'll explore everything from tiny fjord-side villages to diverse cities like Oslo, Bergen, Ålesund, and Trondheim.

Climb to Preikestolen, or 'Pulpit Rock'—a steep cliff above the Lysefjorden
Map of Norwegian Fjord Road Trip - 11 Days
Norwegian Fjord Road Trip - 11 Days

This active itinerary visits the best of Norway's fjords with plenty of chances to work up a sweat. See Bergen like a local before driving to Stavanger and beyond for endless scenery, hiking, and waterfall photo ops. Stop at villages along the Sognefjord—Norway's longest and deepest fjord—before visiting the glaciers of Jotunheimen National Park.