The natural wonder of Norway
When to Go
You can hike Preikestolen year-round. Note that, throughout the year, weather and trail conditions change a lot. Depending on which season you are visiting Preikestolen – they are very different! – you should adapt your preparations and the equipment you bring accordingly.
Traditionally, June, July and August are the peak-season months, and guests from all over the world travel to our region. These months, days are very long, and the weather is often nice. Especially on sunny weekends, many visitors hike to Preikestolen. On peak days, this may lead to full parking lots, some on-trail crowding, and waiting lines at the most popular picture locations. Due to high number of hikers, we do not recommend taking dogs on Preikestolen hike in the summer.
TIP: To avoid the crowds during summer, we recommend start hiking before 09:00 am or after 12:00 pm (noon), when most people start the hike.
Visiting Preikestolen off-season
If you can travel other times of the year, we can highly recommend visiting Preikestolen off-season. Hiking Preikestolen during the off-season is adventurous, but also very different. During winter, it gets dark early. Do not start the hike later than the hours stated in the table below.
We have dedicated a separate article to hiking Preikestolen ‘off-season’.
The table below can give you a good sense of the abundance of hikers at Preikestolen, average temperature, rain and sunshine throughout the year.
at the Top
|January||-4°C / 25°F||22||1||11:00 am|
|February||-4°C / 25°F||20||3||12:00 am|
|March||-1°C / 30°F||18||5||1:00 pm|
|April||1°C / 34°F||17||6||3:00 pm|
|May||5°C / 41°F||17||7||4:30 pm|
|June||9°C / 48°F||17||8||5:30 pm|
|July||10°C / 50°F||18||7||5:30 pm|
|August||10°C / 50°F||21||6||4:30 pm|
|September||7°C / 45°F||24||4||2:30 pm|
|October||4°C / 39°F||24||3||1:00 pm|
|November||0°C / 32°F||26||1||12:00 am|
|December||-3°C / 27°F||24||1||11:00 am|
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Plan your trip
On this page, we like to give you the information tools to plan for a safe and enjoyable hike, whatever season. Weather forecasts and trail condition reports are also published on an ongoing basis.
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Hiking Preikestolen during the off-season is adventurous. Nature presents itself from a completely different angle, and you are more likely to hike in solitude. In this article, we share all the do’s and don’ts when hiking Preikestolen off-season, when, why and how. Be prepared and read about the seasons, weather and trail conditions, clothes and equipment, planning, transport and guiding services, and everything else.