One of the most iconic hikes in Norway is Pulpit Rock, the massive rock altar which overlooks Lysebotn Fjord. Along with the Kjeragbolten hike it was one of our favourite experiences in Norway. So we’ve put together this run post to show what its like to hike Pulpit rock.
Having decided some rest and relaxation was the order of the morning, we arrived at Preikestolen around midday and were hoping that we’d missed the worst of the crowds. The weather looked good for the afternoon ahead and we set off armed with sunscreen, water and camera gear: 2 cameras, a GoPro, selfie stick and tripods! You get the picture…we were on our way!
Where to Stay When Visiting Pulpit Rock
Hiking Pulpit Rock is one of the must do Norway experiences, however the hike is very popular and can get very busy during peak periods. We recommend booking your accommodation well in advance and staying as close to the hike as possible to allow for an early morning or late evening hike to the summit.
- Wathne Camping: We stayed here in a cosy cabin in Lysefjord between our hikes of Kjerag and Pulpit Rock. The cabins are spacious and very comfortable with everything you’ll need to relax and unwind after hiking. This was one of our favourite cabins in Norway. It’s a 30 minute drive to the Pulpit Rock car park from the site – Click here for best prices!
- Hostel Ryfylke Vandrerhjem Vaulali: A good budget option if you’re looking for something basic to get some rest on your in between hikes check out this cosy hostel – Click here for best prices!
- Lilland Hotell Apartments: A modern apartment option located in Tau close to the ferry from Stavanger with free parking. Perfect for a short stay while visiting Pulpit Rock – Click here for best prices!
- Haabakk on Sea: Another perfet apartment option located just outside Tau and less than 20 minute drive to the Pulpit Rock car park. close to the ferry from Stavanger – Click here for best prices!
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The Pulpit Rock Hike!
Pulpit Rock is a 3.8km, two hour hike with a 330 metre elevation gain. We were hopeful it would be a walk in the park compared to the epic 600 metre Kjerag hike from the previous day! The hike began with a steep climb and then settled into a mix of relatively flat terrain with some short uphill climbs. A few years ago Norway called in the assistance of stonemasons and sherpas from Nepal to improve the path to Pulpit Rock and, as a result, the route is very manageable and it was very cool to know we were hiking along the fruits of their work.
The work of the stonemasons and Sherpas!The route is lined with a mixture of stone paths and bridges:One of the most difficult parts of the hike is a steep incline filled with large boulders which can be tricky to navigate especially if the boulders are wet. Unfortunately we got caught in some rain showers around this time and the rocks were quite slippery but we made it up without too much trouble.
The scenery is incredible throughout the hike and the breathtaking views are most definitely not exclusive to the top. We passed by beautiful lakes, mountain and fjord views as we made our way to Pulpit Rock.
We reached the top and the amazing views took our breath away! It’s no surprise that Pulpit Rock resembles a pulpit. Well OK, it was surprise to me but the clue is most definitely in the name! The rectangular rock juts out 600 metres above Lysefjorden and the sheer drop is enough to make anyone nervous!
Legend has it that on the day 7 sisters marry 7 brothers from the Lyseford area the huge crack on Pulpit Rock will result in it separating from the mountain. Luckily there were no group weddings the day we visited!
A tale of two hikers!
Despite my love of roller coasters and bungy jumps I’m a little nervous of heights so standing beside a 600 metre drop brings me to my knees. And I mean that, I was literally crawling towards the edge! Dave is an adventurer, albeit a careful one, and took full advantage of being at the top!
Above Pulpit Rock!
When we got to the top we made the short hike to the ledge above Pulpit Rock. The views are immense and it’s amazing to see Pulpit Rock in its entirety. We spent over an hour chilling out, taking pics, people watching and appreciating the incredible views in front of us. The sun shone, it rained, it snowed and the wind gave us a chill but all was forgiven when we looked across the stunning fjord! Bliss!
After a fun and view filled hour or so at the top we made our way down from Pulpit Rock. The descent was much faster than our climb and we were back to the car park in record time with a camera full of pics and a million memories of one of our favourite Norway days!
Do it! Preikestolen is a beautiful hike and Pulpit Rock is amazing to see. It’s a much easier hike than Kjerag but equally rewarding and we had a blast!