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Pulpit Rock is translated as “Preikestolen” in Norwegian. It is one of the more popular hikes in Norway, located in the town of Stavanger, due to its stunning scenery and appearance in Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible – Fallout.

Pulpit Rock is a steep cliff that rises 604 meters above Lysefjorden. The hike is categorized as a moderate hike by Norwegian standards. Don’t let that intimidate you, however. We are neither young nor athletes, but we were able to go to the top in 2 hours with the same speed going down. We took our time, and its fine if you do so too!

Hiking Trivia

  • Difficulty


  • Distance

    7.6km (Round Trip)

  • Elevation Gain

    350m (1150ft)

  • Length

    4 – 5 Hours (Round Trip)

Pulpit Rock Map

How to Get There

To get to the trail, we took the first bus at 8:58am. We got our tickets from pulpitrock.no. The bus stop was just in front of our hotel but you can board it through one of the numerous bus stations spread throughout the city (listed on the same website).

Way to Pulpit Rock

During the 45-minute drive, you will pass by Ryfylke Tunnel, the world’s longest and deepest undersea tunnel. It is 14.4km long and takes up a large portion of the drive. Upon arrival, you will find the beginning of the trail in the direction of the hiking gear rentals.

The Beginning of The Trail

Pulpit Rock Distance Mark
Gravel Road
This gravel road is the beginning of the trail.
Parking Lot View
This is how the parking lot looks from the gravel trail. Can you see the cars? Look at that elevation gain right off the bat.

After the end of the gravel road, the trail transitions into a rocky path for the rest of the hike. The midnight sun in June allowed tourists to hike at literally any time of day.

People Returning
The people on the way back likely took the midnight hike.
Pulpit Rock
Wooden Bridge
Some wooden bridges at the start of the trail. Our knees were thankful for a break from the rocky terrain, especially during our return trip.
Scenic View Going Up
There are lots of scenic views going up. Lots of reasons to stop and take a breather.
Distance Sign Post
Sign posts like these signify how far you’ve gone and how far is left (in meters).
Uneven Terrain of Granite Slabs
Small Lake
A beautiful small lake we passed by.
Uneven Terrain
Some of the granite slabs that stood out from the usually uneven terrain.
Near the Cliff
Once you pass this area, the end is right at the corner (no pun intended).
Wooden Stairs
Once you encounter these wooden stairs, you know you’re close.

The Final Views

If you zoom closely, there’s a queue to have your photo taken at the edge of the cliff. However, the best shots are taken from the sides like these.

Pulpit Rock View
Alas, a view of Pulpit Rock
Fjords View
Views of the fjords are also visible from various other spots.
Pulpit Rock Top
Top View from Pulpit Rock
If your legs haven’t given out at this point, you can do a little “rock climbing” to get these extra views of the Pulpit Rock from the top.
Edge of Pulpit Rock
My mom took these from an edge far away. That’s me and my dad!


  1. Have enough water. Dehydration contributes to fatigue.
  2. Good hiking shoes and non-blistering socks make a huge difference!
  3. Use the toilet in the parking lot. It’s the only one for the whole trail.
  4. Snacks like chocolates or bananas help you fuel up during the hike.
  5. Check the weather. It is not safe to do this hike on a rainy day.
  6. Hiking sticks are very helpful, especially if you have bad knees.
  7. Do not stray off the path. This is dangerous, irresponsible, and damaging to the nature around you.
  8. If you took the bus: be back 20 minutes before the return bus departs. If you catch the crowd, you might not have a seat. And if you miss the last bus for the day, you will have to find other ways to leave.
  9. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
  10. Mountain weather can change rapidly and unexpectedly – always bring jackets!

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