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Norway: Mission Impossible at Preikestolen

Updated: Jan 19

Now that it's "quite" hot here in Heidelberg at the moment with over 30 degrees, I dream of the super great hikes I did in Norway.

Norway's most famous rock spire is the Preikestolen, which plunges vertically on three sides over 600 metres down to the Lysefjord.

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It has been world-famous ever since Tom Cruise dared to hang from the edge in the film "Mission Impossible".

you might not be alone on the Preikestolen …


Difficulty: medium

Walking time: 3h

Altitude difference: 370

Length: 8km

Accessible by public transport: yeSuitable for families: yes

Hut on the trail: no

Best time: April to November

Starting point: Preikestolen fjellstue (270 m) in the Ryfylke municipality of Forsand. Paid parking.

Route: From the car park, the hiking trail marked with a red T leads up the mountain. Steeper sections have been constructed as stairs, while the boggier, flatter terrain has been laid out with wooden planks. After passing small lakes, the trail becomes somewhat steeper and flatter, but is secured with chains in the more difficult places and finally leads over a narrow rocky ledge to Preikastolen. If you first follow the T-marked hiking trail up the mountain and then take your bearings from the large cairn at the top of Hengjanfjell (701 m), you will be rewarded with a magnificent view across the fjord to the sea. To avoid the crowds, it is worth starting early (or starting late in the afternoon).


In the Rother hiking guide: Bernhard Pollmann, Norway - South quite a few beautiful hikes are described. This one to Preikestolen as well.

How to get there:

By own vehicle with the ferry from Hirtshals/Denmark to Kristiansand/Norway. 2h15 journey time, By plane with one change to either Stavanger or Bergen. From there, continue by public transport or rental car. From 1 July to 31.8 there is an express bus between the starting points for the hikes to Preikastolen and Trolltunga,

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