Hiking Preikestolen Norway

The Mission: Complete our first hike in Norway and the first of the “Big 3”

The Prep: 
Filled up our camelbaks at the trail head and packed a lunch for the top!

The Gear:
See Anatomy of a Day Hike

The Execution:

When we arrived at Preikestolen, the parking lot was packed with tour buses and hikers. Since this is the easiest of the “Big 3” hikes, we anticipated this trail being more crowded than the others so we decided to start later in the day, around 4pm when the crowds were starting to thin out. Luckily, since it was summer, the sunset wasn’t until 9:30pm so we had plenty of daylight.

The trail was rocky and had a few tough climbs, but overall a moderate hike. The entire hike to the summit was filled with amazing views and we stopped along the way to take photos and relax. Right before the final ascent, there was a nice, relatively flat stretch where we stopped to look at a waterfall in the distance and enjoy some lunch.

After lunch, we continued our climb to the summit. When we arrived at Preikestolen, we could not believe the sheer drop off of the cliffs below us. We carefully inched our way towards the edge and looked down into the fjord below us. The drop was so steep and so sheer, I immediately backed away to catch my breath.

We walked out onto Pulpit Rock and took some photos before continuing up the small trail behind us. A brief walk led us past some campers setting up for the night and then to an overlook where we could see down onto Pulpit Rock with a bird’s eye view. We spent quite a bit of time exploring the area and hiking around before heading back down the trail to our car. All in all, the hike back down to the car only took us a little over an hour.

The Highlights:

  • Restrooms and water available at trail head
  • Pay to park
  • The most crowded hike of the “Big 3”
  • Plenty of camping and picnic areas at the summit