Preikestolen autumn sunset hike and fjord cruise from Stavanger
Minimum age: 8
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- The Lysefjord’s magic autumn colors
- Post-equinox daylight while experiencing Preikestolen from two unique perspectives
- View the impressive ‘Pulpit Rock’ from aboard a fjord cruise at sea level
- Embark on an afternoon hike to the famous cliffside
All about the trip
Your adventure starts early-afternoon in Stavanger, with a 2-hour Rødne fjord cruise, during which you’ll view Stavanger from a different perspective and get an overview of the surrounding fjords, islands, and mountains. Having left Stavanger behind, you’ll travel through the Høgsfjord, before navigating under a suspension bridge that spans the mouth of the Lysefjord. Here, steep mountain walls towering hundreds of meters above the fjord emerge. You’ll then be able to feast your eyes on majestic Preikestolen, which appears to reach into the sky above the spectacular Lysefjord. While the cruise navigates back out of the fjord, you’ll visit Vagabond’s cove, where Rødne will share the legend of this mysterious natural landmark. The captain will also carefully steer the boat’s bow up to the Hengjane waterfall, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample its crystal-clear water. During the cruise, you’ll can choose between enjoying the striking scenery from the comfort of the boat’s sheltered cabin, or venturing out onto the spacious sundeck.
Back at the mouth of the Lysefjord, the second part of your adventure begins. Back on land, you’ll meet your hiking guide, who will transport you further to the base of the hiking trail. After a short briefing, you’ll start your hike to Preikestolen.
Your guide will lead you up through the shifting terrain and onward to the mountain’s plateau. This late in the year, weather conditions are constantly changing. As needed, you’ll adjust the equipment you use (ice spikes, etc.) in accordance with the changing conditions. Along the way, there will be opportunities to catch your breath and snap photos of the spectacular nature around you.
After 2.5 hours of trekking, you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of some of the most dramatic scenery Fjord-Norway has to offer. Your guide will serve you a warm drink and snack while allowing you time to enjoy a well-deserved break at the cliff’s edge. You’ll then be lead up to a unique viewpoint that overlooks both Preikestolen and the Lysefjord. From there, the views of the Lysefjord and its surrounding mountains are nothing short of awe-inspiring. On top of that, you’ll have the privilege of becoming one of the few to have experienced Preikestolen off-season.
If conditions permit, your guide will follow an alternate route on the way back down to Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, (we strongly recommend this modern, cozy lodge as a place to overnight after your hike), which will take about 2-2.5 hours.
On your way back down the trail, you’ll be facing Stavanger and the ocean while hiking into the sunset. If you’re lucky, the sunset will paint the horizon with vivid colors. Once darkness falls, your guide will provide you with headlamps to ensure that you safely navigate the last stretch of the trail. You’ll arrive back in Stavanger full of unique memories that will surely last a lifetime.
What is included in the price
- 2-hour fjord cruise
- Professional guide
- Use of snow spikes (if needed)
- Use of hiking poles
- Use of headlamp
- Hot beverages and snack
- Stavanger hotel drop-off
What is not included in the price
- Packed lunch, water, snacks
Suitable for participants who are generally in good physical condition and have previous hiking experience.
Please consider your skill level and physical abilities when booking a tour. If taking a child with you (8-15 years), please note minimum weight/height is 36kg (79lbs) and 135cm (4ft. 5in).
The Rødne fjord cruise departs from Stavanger harbor, Vågen, at 11:00 AM. Please arrive 20 minutes before the departure time. The boat will not wait for late arrivals.
Some necessary items can also be rented at our agency upon request.
Do you have a question or need more information about the activity?
You can reach our European office between 9am and 5pm CET on weekdays and between 11am and 5pm on weekends and holidays.
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