When asking “how to beat the crowds at Preikestolen?”, most likely people will answer “hike early”. Consequently, at Preikestolen Parking, we see “everyone” arriving early at the same time. However, the quietest time of day is actually the evening, when most hikers have come down to enjoy a well-deserved dinner. While today’s hikers are all picking their best photos, you can enjoy the last sunbeams hitting the mountain walls in tranquility.
The busiest time of the day is usually between 8 am and 4 pm. The busiest days of the week are Saturday and Sunday. The busiest months are June, July and August. A sunny day in summer after a few days of rain is likely to be very busy.
On the busiest days, the parking areas fill up and can be temporarily closed in the middle of the day. This is done to ensure safety and a good experience for all hikers. If you are stopped and turned around at the access road, you can spend some time in Jørpeland while waiting for the parking to reopen, normally after 2-3 hours.
Remember: Preikestolen can be hiked year-round. The Autumn months of September and October give great foliage. February and March can give you a “winter wonderland” experience. In April and May, the Lysefjord is wrapped in fresh spring colors, with the crowds still far away.
You can also do a sunrise hike. Bring a torch and extra clothes in such case. In the last years, hiking Preikestolen to see the sunrise has become a trend, rewarded with stunning views on the Lysefjord (if the weather plays along).
Check timeanddate.com/sun/ for sunrise and sunset hours.
When hiking outside regular hours and seasons, just make sure you come prepared for changing conditions. Don’t forget your camera either!