2. Preikestolen in Lysefjord
Towering no less than 604 metres up from the mighty Lysefjord is the Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) mountain plateau. This natural wonder can be enjoyed from the water, on a fjord cruise, or you can head up the mountain on foot.
Preikestolen is one of Norway's best known tourist destinations. The mountain plateau became even more famous after it was used in a spectacular action scene in the 2018 Tom Cruise movie "Mission: Impossible - Fallout”.
Next to the North Cape Plateau, Preikestolen is the most famous mountain plateau in Norway. The mountain plateau itself covers an area of around 25 x 25 metres and offers fantastic vistas across Lysefjord and the surrounding mountains.
From start to finish, the climb up to Preikestolen is around 350 metres. The well-marked path was recently upgraded by Nepalese sherpas, but sections of the route still pass through rough terrain. The round trip takes from four hours upwards for those who are accustomed to walking through rough terrain. For less experienced hikers, families and those looking to take the hike at a slower pace, you should allow about six hours for the round trip.
If you start early in the morning, you will escape the worst of the tourist rush. In the summer, it can be a good idea to start the hike at about 4pm in the afternoon, when most tourists have finished their hike. If you bring your swimwear, you can take a swim in one of the bathing lakes along the trail.
Access to the trails is free, but parking costs apply. The money goes towards maintaining the trail. Hotel guests staying at Preikestolen Fjellstue can park free of charge.