Hike Lysefjord and Preikestolen

Grey granite cliffs and peculiar, yet dramatic viewpoints make the Lysefjord the most distinctive fjord in Norway.

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The Lysefjord’s peaks reach up to 1,000 metres above sea level and offer expansive views along this unusually straight fjord.

When hiking in the summer, expect waterfalls that plummet tirelessly into the waterway that many seals, otters and even dolphins call home.

Preikestolen, otherwise known as ‘Pulpit Rock’, is the iconic, sheer-drop 25 x 25-metre rock plateau that put the Lysefjord on every self-respecting adventurer’s hit-list, and continues to give vertigo-sufferers sleepless nights.

The hike to Preikestolen is a demanding four-hour round trip that starts at Preikestolen lodge and ascends a total of 350 metres. A sunrise hike is recommended if you wish to avoid the daytime hoards and get the most dynamic view of this natural wonder slowly waking up.

Hiking to Preikestolen during the winter is possible, but not without an experienced guide and the necessary equipment to manoeuvre you through the treacherous elements safely. Preikestolen’s conditions can be fairly brutal in the winter months, and the weather can turn on a dial, but you’ll also be part of a very small club to experience Pulpit Rock off-season.

Discover the Lysefjord and Preikestolen in your own way with our handcrafted range of itineraries with the most respected local guides.