9. Preikestolen Hidden Trail Hike + Canoe Trip
Do you want to hike to Preikestolen during the day, but without being surrounded by large crowds? Do you want to experience the untamed nature of the mountains in peace? We hike off the beaten track; a path that only the locals know about, and it even includes a canoe ride! Our guide is ready to take you on the definitive day-hike to Norway’s most iconic rock formation! The day starts with being picked up by our guide from one of several designated locations in Stavanger. After a 45-minute drive, we arrive at Preikestolen Basecamp (where restrooms are available). We pick up life vests and canoe ores, and walk down to the beach of the lake, Revsvatnet. Here the guide will provide instructions about safe canoeing, information about the trail, expected conditions, and useful tips for good hiking. When everyone is ready, the adventure begins. We paddle across the lake, make our way onto shore, and hike along an old and forgotten trail. It was rediscovered by a local pioneering guide of the region (our guide’s mentor), and we have it almost entirely to ourselves! The pace allows for time to adjust clothes and equipment, time to rest and enjoy snacks, and for taking pictures along the way. After approximately 3 hours of hiking, we will arrive at Preikestolen, 604 meters right above the legendary Lysefjorden. The sheer cliff face overlooks the fjord, and the panoramic view before us makes for a fantastic reward after all the work it took to get there. After we have enjoyed the scenery and relaxed for a while, we head back down. It normally takes about 2.5 hours to get back down to the parking area. Exhausted but satisfied, we get back in the car. As we get driven back to Stavanger, we process our experience of a day well spent.