1. How can I get to Preikestolen/the Pulpit Rock?
The best way to get to Preikestolen is to take the ferry from Stavanger to Tau from Fiskepirterminalen in the city centre of Stavanger, and then take a bus from Tau to the Preikestolen parking. Parking fee NOK 150,-.
Two bus options:
Buy a combo ticket for the ferry and the bus, please visit this website or buy the tickets at the Tourist Information: www.tidereiser.com
for the combined Ferry & Bus ticket that costs NOK 300.
If you are staying at St Svithun Hostel/Hotel, Mosvangen camping, Scandic Forum Hotell, Clarion Hotel Stavanger, Radisson Blu Atlantic or Park Inn Stavanger this option includes Hotel Pick-up in Stavanger (Valid 18 June – 4 August) Get tickets at the tourist Information Office or online: www.pulpitrock.no
for bus tickets from Boreal that cost NOK 175 for the round bus trip making NOK 279 for the whole trip (ferry and bus).
Cruise & hike:
Combine cruise to Lysefjord with hike to Preikestolen. Cruise departs daily from Skagenkaien in Stavanger at 10.00. On the way back, the boats make a short stop to let people that wants to hike off. Bus transportation to Preikestolen parking where the hike starts. Return by bus to Tau and ferry to Stavanger, booking www.rodne.no
. Note: only available 15 May to 15 September.
Otherwise you could also take a sightseeing cruise into the Lysefjord and Preikestolen with companies Norled or Rødne.
Tickets can be purchased at the Stavanger Tourist Office or at the pier. There is also the possibility to enjoy an exclusive deluxe cruise into de Lysefjord by booking with Private Cruise
. Or to get an amazing aerial view of Preikestolen, you can book a private helicopter tour with companies Fonnafly
and Nor Aviation
to see Preikestolen from the air. Book the tours at the Stavanger Tourist Information office.
Out of season? Or not sure of how to do the hike? Book a nature guide:
Are you unsure of how your own capabilities, or do you wish a guide on your hike? Or do you want a different hiking experience? Please book your nature guide here: www.outdoorlifenorway.com
2. How long is the hike up and down to Preikestolen?
The hike is approximately 2 hours up and 2 hours down. Then you have plenty of time. The hike is 3,5 km and the altitude is 350 m. Read more about the hike here
. Please note!
Good physical shape is a must. Proper hiking shoes, warm clothes, extra clothing, plenty of food and drinks are all a must. Always check weather before going on the hike. Norwegian summers could be wet and cold, and weather changes rapidly. Please follow advice given by service staff at the parking and in the tourist informations! Check out our practical hiking tips.
3. How can I get to Kjerag?
To get to Kjerag you can go by bus, ferry or drive your own car for 2,5 hours from Stavanger to Øygardstøl. The tickets can be bought online or at the Stavanger Tourist Information Office. www.tidereiser.com
. Bus operating from the 11 June until the 31 August. Leaves daily at 7:30 am and returns at 7:15 pm in Stavanger.
2) Rødne ferry and bus
leaving from Stavanger on Saturdays and Sundays from the 25 June until the 28 August. The tickets can be booked online or at the pier before departure.
There is also the option of booking a guided tour with an experienced nature guide from Outdoorlife Norway. For further information regarding guided tours to Kjerag please visit: www.outdoorlifenorway.com
4. How long is the hike to Kjerag?
The hike itself up and down to Kjerag takes approximately 5-6 hours. The transport from and to Stavanger is approximately 5 hours. Read more about Kjerag and the hike to Kjerag here. Please note!
Good physical shape is a must. Proper hiking shoes, warm clothes, extra clothing, plenty of food and drinks are all a must. Always check weather before going on the hike. Norwegian summers could be wet and cold, and weather changes rapidly. Please follow advice given by service staff at the parking and in the tourist informations! The hike to Kjerag is a hard and strenuous hike, an you must be properly prepared.The hike is 11 kilometres, with a rise in altitude of 743 metres. Check out our practical hiking tips.
5. How can I get to Lysebotn with or without a car?
To get to Lysebotn with a car you have two options:
Travel with the tourist car ferry. It departs daily from Lauvvik at 9:30 am and 3 pm, from Forsand at 9 am and 3:10 pm, and leaves Lysebotn for Lauvvik at noon and at 6 pm. For more information please visit www.thefjords.no.
2) Go on combi ferry (Kolumbus). Note - this has few places for cars, therefore booking is absolutely necessary. The ferry departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm from Stavanger, and from Lauvvik 1:55 pm. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from Lauvvik 1:55 pm. Friday and Sunday also 4:45 pm. Return from Lysebotn Monday – Friday at 7.20 am. Tuesday and Thursday the boat stops at Lauvvik, Monday, Wednesday and Friday it continues to Stavanger with arrival at 9 am. Departure from Lysebotn 3:30 pm Sunday – Friday with arrival at Lauvvik at 4:35. Friday and Sunday the departure is from Lysebotn at 5:45 pm, and arrival at Lauvvik at 6:50 pm. Booking is necessary, bestilling.kolumbus.no.
Without a car: Cruise and hike with Rødne Fjord Cruise
6. How can I pay for the Auto Pass in Norway?
You have two options for payment of the Auto Pass. The first option is to go online and prepay with your credit card. The second option is to drive through the Auto Pass, and then they will send you an invoice to the registered address of the car after you get home. For more information, please visit autopass.no. There will not be extra charges for getting the bill sent later by mail to you. Motorcycles do not pay tolls in highways in Norway.
7. Are there any camping places close to the city centre of Stavanger?
Yes, the closest camping place is Mosvangen Camping, just 2 km from the city centre. This camping place is beautifully located right next to a lake called Mosvannet. You can take bus no. 4 or no. X60 from the central bus station. For more information, please visit www.nafcamp.no
8. Is it possible to rent a bicycle in Stavanger or Sandnes?
In Stavanger, you can rent electric city bikes.
In Sandnes, you can rent a city bike for free and NOK 200 in cash deposit. In Sandnes you can also rent bikes at Sykkelzentrum. For more information visit www.sykkelzentrum.no
9. Is it possible to take a boat from Stavanger to Bergen?
Otherwise you could also take the Kystbussen (coastal bus) bus to Bergen. It leaves almost every hour. It takes about 5 hours and 30 minutes to get to Bergen by bus. For more information of the bus schedules and booking, please visit www.kystbussen.no
10. Where can I exchange money?
You can exchange a limited amount of money at the tourist information office in Stavanger during the summer season. We accept only bank notes. We do not accept coins. There is a fixed rate at the tourist office however, so if you wish the exact rate, you would have to exchange your money at the Forex Bank
located right next to the central train station in Stavanger. In Ryfylke you can exchange in Årdal or at Hjelmeland.
11. How can I get to the "Swords in Rock"?
You can go with your own car or you can take bus 16 to the stop Madlaleiren. From Madlaleiren it is a short walk to the Swords. Remember to buy your bus tickets (NOK 33) at the train/bus station in Stavanger, as it costs NOK 20 more to buy the bus tickets on the bus. Read more.
12. Is it possible to visit several museums in one day using the same ticket?
Museums in the city of Stavanger have a collaboration between Museum of Archaeology, Norwegian Petroleum Museum and Museum Stavanger. If you buy a ticket to one of their museums between 1 June and 31 August 2016, you get 50% discount when visiting another. Valid for 48 hours.