Hiking Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock)
Doing a full hike to Kjerag the day before, running on only 3 hours of sleep and waking up at 1am to get ready for this hike - I'd say we pretty much did well!
We drove away from our Airbnb and took us around 20 minutes to get to the base of the hike which is the car park. It was quite dark when we got there and we couldn't find the start of the trail haha! 15 minutes later, we managed to start the hike by following a guided tour and so the hike begins.
It is pretty much what I expected it to be, easier than Kjerag hike and shorter. We wanted to get to the top before the sunrise at 4:45am. It took us around 2 hours (maybe a little less) to get to the very top, just in time for the sunrise and we were rewarded with an amazing view of Lysefjord.
The hike is pretty much straight forward and the trails are clearly marked with red Ts (photos below) and are very easy to follow. It is an easy hike that could simply be done without a guided tour (this is my opinion anyway). As far as I can remember, the trails are not as steep as Kjerag and there is only one steep climb that you have to go through and after that, it is pretty much a "walk in the park". In fact, if I live close by such a beautiful place like that, I'd hike it every weekend!
There were quite a few people (less than 20) who did the hike early to catch the sunrise but by 6:30am everyone has left and we were the only ones there. I even had the chance to do some yoga poses on top of the pulpit rock. I feel lucky.
Climbing back down, I saw a lot of families with kids (some even had babies at their back) doing the hike. We made a good decision to do the hike early because as soon as we left, two buses packed with tourists have just arrived and I don't think I would've enjoyed the hike as much as I did if I have to pass through all those people! It was A LOT of them!
What to Bring and what to wear
I saw people wearing normal trainers (some even wearing flat shoes) but I highly recommend hiking boots because some areas are quite steep that you really need to make sure that your ankles are supported. Again, I was just wearing my normal gym clothes and I didn't have to wear any waterproof clothing of some sort.
I brought with me 1 litre of water and some PB & J sandwich which I ate whilst watching the sunrise. It was pure bliss.