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Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock


Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, is one of Rogaland’s most popular attractions and one of the most stunning photographic subjects in all of Norway. In 2011, Preikestolen was chosen as one of the world’s most spectacular viewpoints by both CNN Go and Lonely Planet.

Combined with stays at two of our historical hotels, Kronen Gaard Hotell in Sandnes and Sola Strand Hotel, this is a short break with activities, experiences, fine dining and unique hospitality very much in focus. 

This trips starts at Kronen Gaard Hotell in Sandnes. Kronen Gaard Hotell prides itself on being a comfortable full-service hotel with a difference. The main house, in Swiss chalet style, was built in 1898 by the timber dealer Gabriel Block Watne. The family used Kronen Gaard as a summer residence, and it became a meeting place for family and friends.

http://www.dehistoriske.com/hotel/kronen-gaard-hotell/

Kronen Gaard Hotell is situated 6 km from Sandnes Sentrum, 23 km from Stavanger Sentrum and 17 km from Stavanger Airport Sola.

The next day you start by drivining towards Preikestolen.

Hiking to this rock formation, which rises 604 m above the fjord, is a fantastic nature-based experience, and a highlight of any visit to the Stavanger region.

Preikestolen juts out over the Lysefjord like a pulpit, hence its name. It was probably formed by frost erosion at the time when the glacier lay adjacent to and on top of the actual rock, around 10,000 years ago. Water that froze in the cracks in the rock broke off large, angular blocks, which were carried away by the glacier. As a tourist destination, Preikestolen was discovered around 1900.

It happened when the gymnast Tomas Randulf was travelling up the Lysefjord on the steamer Oscar II. The captain of the boat pointed out the distinctive rock formation high above the fjord and said that it looked like a pulpit. Randulf – a keen athlete and sportsman – had only one thing in mind: He wanted to climb to the top!
And that was the start of tourist traffic to Preikestolen. In 1949, Stavanger travel association built the Preikestol mountain cabin to give tourists easier access to the area, then a road to the cabin was built in 1961.

Drive to Lauvvik ferry quay (National road 13) and take the ferry to Oanes. Continue on National road 13 to Jøssang and follow the signs to Preikestolen. This is a very scenic route. It is also possible to take the ferry to Tau and drive on National road 13 via Jørpeland. The parking charge is NOK 100.

Remember to bring warm clothes, good walking shoes and a packed lunch!

The actual walk to Preikestol takes less than 2 hours for those used to walking in rugged terrain. For children and less experienced walkers, we would estimate 2–3 hours. The height gain is 330 m and the total distance 3.8 km.

After this beautiful hiking you drive to Sola Strand Hotel. Sola Strand Hotel is a hotel dating from 1914, idyllically situated by Solastranden, just quarter of an hour from Stavanger.

Sola Strand Hotel is situated 12 km from Stavanger and 2 km from Stavanger Airport, Sola.

http://www.dehistoriske.com/hotel/sola-strand-hotel/

Included in this package:

  • 2 nights accommodation in standard room.
  • 2 buffet breakfasts.
  • Two 3- course set menues without beverage.
  • Lunch box
  • Map
  • Free access to wellness centre (Sola Strand Hotel)

Photo credit: Casper Tybjerg - Visitnorway.com

Photo credit: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com


  • Available: 01/05–31/10 2016
  • Starts/finishes: Sandnes/Sola
  • Duration: 2 nights/3 days
  • Incl.: 2 nights accommodation, meals and map
  • Highlight: Hike to Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock
  • Recommended transport: Own car/hire car

Total price per person from NOK 2 500,-

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Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, is one of Rogaland’s most popular attractions and one of the most stunning photographic subjects in all of Norway. In 2011, Preikestolen was chosen as one of the world’s most spectacular viewpoints by both CNN Go and Lonely Planet.

Combined with stays at two of our historical hotels, Kronen Gaard Hotell in Sandnes and Sola Strand Hotel, this is a short break with activities, experiences, fine dining and unique hospitality very much in focus. 

This trips starts at Kronen Gaard Hotell in Sandnes. Kronen Gaard Hotell prides itself on being a comfortable full-service hotel with a difference. The main house, in Swiss chalet style, was built in 1898 by the timber dealer Gabriel Block Watne. The family used Kronen Gaard as a summer residence, and it became a meeting place for family and friends.

http://www.dehistoriske.com/hotel/kronen-gaard-hotell/

Kronen Gaard Hotell is situated 6 km from Sandnes Sentrum, 23 km from Stavanger Sentrum and 17 km from Stavanger Airport Sola.

The next day you start by drivining towards Preikestolen.

Hiking to this rock formation, which rises 604 m above the fjord, is a fantastic nature-based experience, and a highlight of any visit to the Stavanger region.

Preikestolen juts out over the Lysefjord like a pulpit, hence its name. It was probably formed by frost erosion at the time when the glacier lay adjacent to and on top of the actual rock, around 10,000 years ago. Water that froze in the cracks in the rock broke off large, angular blocks, which were carried away by the glacier. As a tourist destination, Preikestolen was discovered around 1900.

It happened when the gymnast Tomas Randulf was travelling up the Lysefjord on the steamer Oscar II. The captain of the boat pointed out the distinctive rock formation high above the fjord and said that it looked like a pulpit. Randulf – a keen athlete and sportsman – had only one thing in mind: He wanted to climb to the top!
And that was the start of tourist traffic to Preikestolen. In 1949, Stavanger travel association built the Preikestol mountain cabin to give tourists easier access to the area, then a road to the cabin was built in 1961.

Drive to Lauvvik ferry quay (National road 13) and take the ferry to Oanes. Continue on National road 13 to Jøssang and follow the signs to Preikestolen. This is a very scenic route. It is also possible to take the ferry to Tau and drive on National road 13 via Jørpeland. The parking charge is NOK 100.

Remember to bring warm clothes, good walking shoes and a packed lunch!

The actual walk to Preikestol takes less than 2 hours for those used to walking in rugged terrain. For children and less experienced walkers, we would estimate 2–3 hours. The height gain is 330 m and the total distance 3.8 km.

After this beautiful hiking you drive to Sola Strand Hotel. Sola Strand Hotel is a hotel dating from 1914, idyllically situated by Solastranden, just quarter of an hour from Stavanger.

Sola Strand Hotel is situated 12 km from Stavanger and 2 km from Stavanger Airport, Sola.

http://www.dehistoriske.com/hotel/sola-strand-hotel/

Included in this package:

  • 2 nights accommodation in standard room.
  • 2 buffet breakfasts.
  • Two 3- course set menues without beverage.
  • Lunch box
  • Map
  • Free access to wellness centre (Sola Strand Hotel)

Photo credit: Casper Tybjerg - Visitnorway.com

Photo credit: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com

This is the tour:

Day 1:
Dinner Kronen Gaard Hotel
Accomodation Kronen Gaard Hotel
Day 2:
Breakfast Kronen Gaard Hotel
Lunchbag
Drive to Preikestolen
The bakers’ paradise – in Lauvvik.
Hiking to Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock
Drive to Sola Strand Hotel
3-course dinner Sola Strand Hotel
Accomodation Sola Strand Hotel
Day 3:
Breakfast Sola Strand Hotel
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