The Preikestolen hike is one of Norway’s most popular trails due to its’ moderately easy terrain and impressive square shaped plateau which offers incredible views over the Lysefjorden. Located in Ryfylke near the southwestern town of Stavanger and a short drive from the coast you’ll find yourself at the trailhead for Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock in English.
How to Get to Preikestolen from Stavanger by Car
When I visited Pulpit Rock in 2016 the only option was to take the ferry from Fiskepirterminalen in Stavanger to Tau. Since then they have opened up a driving tunnel called Ryfylketunnelen or Ryfast Tunnel. This tunnel goes from Stavanger to Tau and is now the world’s longest sub-sea (underwater) tunnel!
How cool is that?
The drive from Stavanger, Norway to Pulpit Rock via the Ryfylketunnelen should take around 45 minutes. As of 2020 the toll costs 134 NOK ($14 USD) one way to drive through the Ryfast Tunnel.
Enter Preikestolen parking into your GPS or save the map above by clicking the star next to the title.
There is a parking lot at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge (Preikestolen Fjellstue) where you can park your car for the duration of the hike. The parking fee at Preikestolen is 250 NOK ($26 USD) as of 2020 which you will pay upon exiting. The trailhead is just a short distance from the parking.
There are no bathrooms along the trail so it is important to use the one near the parking. Additionally, there are no trash facilities along the trail so be sure to keep your trash on you and dispose of it when you return to the parking area.
Note: If the ferry is still running you will depart from the Stavanger Ferry Terminal and arrive in Tau. Tickets can be bought on the ferry so no reservation is needed for the journey. The ferry will take just over 30 minutes to reach Tau. From there you will drive or take the public bus another 30 min to Preikestolen Fjellstue.
WHAT CAMERA GEAR DO I USE?
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- Main Camera: Sony A7III
- Wide angle lens: Sony G Master 16-35mm f/2.8
- Zoom lens: Sony 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3
- Prime lens: Sony 85mm f/1.8
- Secondary Camera: Canon 6D Mark II
- Canon wide angle lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
- Canon lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
- Underwater camera: Leica X-U
- Camera with gimbal: DJI Osmo Pocket & Underwater Housing
- Drone: DJI Mavic Pro 2
- Camera Bag: Polar Pro Drone Trekker
- External Hard Drive: LaCie 2 TB rugged mini external hard drive