Bakken – Preikestolen BaseCamp

This demanding stage, with some scrambling sections, entails multiple highlights. From “Hoppet” you can see the entire Lysefjord. The trail passes spectacular Hengjanenibbå and the legendary Hengjane Farm. Many hikers have underestimated Neverdalen Valley’s length and uphills. Looking forward to reach Preikestolen does give you the mental energy needed. The ‘Jewel of the Lysefjord’, towering 604 meters above sea level has provides you with world famous views. The cherry on the cake after having hiked for multiple days. Reward yourself with good food and a soft bed at Preikestolen BaseCamp, overlooking Lake Revsvatnet.

We recommend to hike the Lysefjorden Rundt Trail anti-clockwise. The information on this page is based on hiking east-west. However, it is possible to hike this stage in both directions.

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Difficulty Demanding
Distance 11.5 km (excl. Preikestolen)
15.5 km (incl. Preikestolen)
Duration 6-7 hours (excl. Preikestolen)
8-9 hours (incl. Preikestolen)
Total elevation gain 750 meter (east-west)
600 meter (west-east)
Add 200 meters of elevation when including Preikestolen
Season May – October
(Preikestolen Trail is open year-round)
Link to digital hiking map
GPX-file Bakken-Preikestolen BaseCamp (GPX)
More info

If you wish to take a ferry to Bakken (see Public Transport), you can park at Lauvvik, Forsand, Songesand or Lysebotn quay, depending on where you travel from.

If you wish to hike from Preikestolen BaseCamp and travel from Stavanger, then drive the Ryfylke Tunnel and follow signs to Jørpeland and then Preikestolen.

Public Transport

There is a ferry to/from Bakken

Kolumbus – speed ferry
Ferry departures from/to Lauvvik, Forsand, Bratteli, Bakken, Songesand, Flørli and Lysebotn (year-round).

If you want to start to hike at Preikestolen BaseCamp, you can take a bus from Stavanger and Jørpeland.

Preikestolen Express Bus

Pulpit Rock Tours



DNT Cabin Bakken Gård (unstaffed)

Preikestolen BaseCamp

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Lysefjord Code of Conduct
  • Plan your trip according to your ability and current conditions. Pay attention to the weather – listen to local advice.

  • Be prepared and bring necessary equipment, including good footwear, rain/wind proof clothing, a torch, hat, gloves and an extra set of warm clothes. Expect the unexpected. Bring a backpack with a packed lunch, extra snacks and water.

  • Leave no trace. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Behave responsible, taking other hikers’ and nature’s wellbeing into account.

  • Bring a map. Follow marked trails and pay attention to signs and information boards along the way. If you lose your way, be on the lookout for cairns of rocks or red Ts. Please do not make your own cairns.

  • You hike at your own risk. Turn around in time.

  • In case of an emergency – call 113.