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22nd February 2018
Norway has the world’s most dramatic scenery and this short trip takes you to the Holy Grail of spectacular sceneries - Pulpit Rock or 'Preikestolen' - a rock so impressive it looks like it's been carved by the gods.
From city life to mountain life, everything you could ever wish for in a short-break is right here. You will begin in the picturesque city of Stavanger, known for its superb restaurants, museums and strong cultural identity with Norway’s rich herring industry, before donning your walking boots for the hike to Pulpit Rock.
Whilst the hike takes you on some unforgettable trails, it isn't overly demanding so this trip is suitable for almost all levels of fitness, all we ask from you is an adventurous spirit and then you're ready to go!
Day 1 - Friday
Fly from London Heathrow at 1150 and arrive into Stavanger at 1435. Transfer to your hotel independently.
Enjoy the remainder of your day and evening exploring the city. For inspiration on things to do see our excursion tab.
2 nights STAVANGER - Comfort Hotel Square (B)
Day 2 - Saturday
Today you will hike to one of Norway’s most visited sites. In 2011 Pulpit Rock was named one of the world’s most spectacular views and natural attractions by Lonely Planet. Located 604 m over the Lysefjord you will have nothing but endless fjord and mountain views - the perfect reward.
What to expect: You will be transferred from Stavanger by boat along the beautiful Lysefjord to Tau. From Tau, the trip continues by bus to the Pulpit Rock cabin where your hike begins. The bus returns to Tau and Stavanger several times a day and you can embark any bus depending on how long it takes for you to hike the 2.4 km journey (one way). From Tau, you take the ferry back to Stavanger.
Day 3 - Sunday
After your buffet breakfast, spend the morning and afternoon enjoying the attractions of Stavanger. Your room is available for late check-out and breakfast is served today until 1200! We suggest having lunch in the popular fish market overlooking the habour and take a stroll through the picturesque Old Town which comprises of wooden buildings from the turn of the 18th century. Most of them are small, white cottages decorated with lovely flower baskets.
In the late afternoon take an independent transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK departing at 1750 and arriving into Heathrow at 1850.
Departure Day: Friday
Departs: London Heathrow Airport
Departure Dates: 7 April to 22 September 2017
Duration: 2 nights
Price: Price is per person and is based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.
|Departure Dates||Price per person|
|7, 21 & 28 April 2017||£395|
|5, 12, 19 & 26 May 2017||£395|
|2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 June 2017||£415|
|7, 14, 21 & 28 July 2017||£415|
|4, 11, 18 & 25 August 2017||£415|
|1, 8, 15 & 22 September 2017||£395|
|Single supplement per night||£40|
|Extra night at hotel||£55|
Comfort Hotel Square, Stavanger ***
A trendy art hotel opened in late July 2010, located in the city centre with a strong emphasis on relaxation. Its 194 rooms are furnished in a contemporary Scandinavia style and equipped with modern features including a flat-screen television, wireless internet connection and hair dryer to make your stay as easy and enjoyable as possible. The perfect location of this hotel enables the Stavanger Cathedral, Stavanger Museum and Petroleum Museum all to be within walking distance. Guests are welcome to fresh breakfast with healthy and ecological alternatives everyday, in the urban style cafe. All rooms have the added comfort of being accessed by an elevator.
Weekend Adventure to Pulpit Rock
Attractions in Stavanger
Who is this holiday suitable for?
Those who love being outdoors and enjoy walking! Thanks to good infrastructure, the hike to the top is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Most people — young, elderly and those inbetween — can do the 2.4 mile long hike without any problems.
How long does the hike take?
It varies depending on the individual's pace, but on average expect approximately 2 hours each way and 1-hour spent on top of Pulpit Rock admiring the views. Please note that the hike to Pulpit Rock is unguided though the route is clearly marked and easy to follow. It is also important to note that Pulpit Rock is a mountain plateau 604 metres high. Needless to say we need to warn you NOT to sit on the edge or stand too close to the edge - you are very precious so take care ;-)
What should I pack?
Comfortable walking boots, layers of clothing that you can easily take off and put on when necessary, a back-pack for the hike to carry everything you will need but leave your hands free, a water bottle to fill from the tap in the hotel before you leave, and oh, don't forget your camera - when you're at the top of Pulpit Rock you'll want to capture the moment!
On Sunday you have late check-out reserved for your room which means you can leave your luggage in your room until it is time to take the bus or taxi to the airport. Your hotel also includes extended breakfast hours on Sundays (called Lazy Sunday!) when breakfast is served until 1200 you don't have to be in any rush to get out of bed too soon.