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Visiting Pulpit Rock and Lysefjorden

Every year, many thousands of visitors to Stavanger and Fjord Norway want to visit one of the most popular norwegian tourist destinations - Lysefjord and the walk to Pulpit Rock (also known as Preikestolen or Prekestolen) - and many do not realise that this is two separate trips, on separate days - even though Pulpit Rock is beside Lysefjorden and you can look down 604 metres to the boats from the rock, and look up at the rock from the boat.
The other quick alternative is to take a helicopter trip to see Lysefjord and Preikestolen

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The Lysefjord boat trips leave from central Stavanger and take 3.5 hours round-trip or longer. Take the sightseeing boats from vågen, the main harbour.
Sightseeing boats depart Saturday and Sunday all through the year, and every day from May to (including) September, with extra sailings in July and August
In June, July and August you can also take the car ferry to Lysebotn from Fiskepiren (the fast boat terminal) in central Stavanger and drive back via Sirdal and Hunnedalen to Stavanger - and do not forget that Kjerag is a spectacular hike from above Lysebotn.
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The hike to Pulpit Rock begins at the car park at Preikestolhytta (youth hostel). To get there you need to take the ferry from Stavanger to Tau (37 kroner per person each way), then the bus service to the car park (55 kroner per person each way).
The bus service runs Saturday and Sunday from mid-May to mid-September, and every day from late-May to late-August. A 12 seat minibus costs 900 kroner from Tau.
By car, you can take the Tau ferry out and come back via Oanes and Sandnes - you could also stop off in Forsand to see the bronze and iron age remains at Landa.
The hike is possible from about late April to October - the timing depends on the winter snowfall.
looking down Lysefjorden from Kjerag towards Pulpit Rock - the little boat below is a ferry for 50 cars looking down on the people standing on pulpit rock, and further east along lysefjord
map of Stavanger Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord showing the hike and the boat trip

Ferry, bus and sightseeing boat information

Stavanger - Tau ferry timetable operated by TIDE - click on Stavanger - Tau "Last ned PDF" for the latest pdf timetable.
TIDE also offers a walking tour to Pulpit Rock from the Fiskepiren fast boat terminal in Stavanger - including ferry and bus to start of the hike for 200 kroner or 130 kroner for the bus only (less for children)

Rødne sightseeing boats to Lysefjorden - follow the link to the latest timetable.
TIDE operate the tourist car ferry to Lysebotn at the end of Lysefjord and also offer a ferry one way - coach trip the other service (late-June to mid-late-August). You can of course use your own car for this trip
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