Our History

From the first tourists that climbed the Pulpit Rock over 100 years ago, to today’s BaseCamp at the foot of the mighty rock formation.

Our History

From the first tourists that climbed the Pulpit Rock over 100 years ago, to today’s BaseCamp at the foot of the mighty rock formation.

From Farmhouse to BaseCamp

The first tourists that visited Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock as it’s known as in English, arrived just after the turn of the last century. Since that time, the area that is now Preikestolen BaseCamp has served as a starting point for explorers eager to visit the famous landmark. What started as a small, private farmhouse where visitors could overnight has become a modern BaseCamp complex of overnight accommodations and outdoor activities.

The Discovery of Preikestolen

According to historians, the first known person to visit Preikestolen was Thomas Peter Randulff, a bank manager from Stavanger. One day in 1896, as he cruised through the Lysefjord by boat, Randulff noticed the cliffside, which was sticking out from the granite mountainside high above the fjord. Randulff, already an active member of the Norwegian Hiking Association, was curious to feel what it would be like to stand atop the massive rock formation.

At that time, there were no roads into the area around Preikestolen. Randdulff’s only option was to start his trek at sea-level, on the shores of the Lysefjord. After hiking for some time up the sheer mountainside, he encountered a small mountain farm, Vatnegården, where he decided to rest for a few days. After hearing about his plans, the farm’s inhabitants were keen on joining him on his expedition. The rest is history. Randdulff, along with a small group of others, officially became the first known people to visit Preikestolen.

Demand for Overnight Accommodation

Once Randdulff and his hiking companions found their way to the plateau, word quickly got around. People from all over the region wanted to experience standing atop the massive rock formation. The first tourists who visited what is now called Preikestolen did so in the early 1900s. At the time, the landmark was not easily accessible, and therefore demanded a long and difficult journey for all who visited. Tourists were therefore in need of a resting place before hiking onward to the Preikestolen plateau. In the early 1920s, a marked trail to Preikestolen was established and two farms (Vatnegården and Torsnes) began offering overnight accommodation to visitors. Around that time, there were about 100 guests annually between the two farms.

Increased Demand

In 1946, Stavanger Tourist Association took ownership of Vatnegården. By 1949, as a result of the increased demand for overnight accommodation, the tourist association built a new, larger cabin with sixteen dormitory-style rooms, which they named Preikestolhytta. Fourty years later, in 1961, a road was finally built between the village of Jørpeland and Preikestolhytta. The new road made it possible for visitors to reach Preikestolen in just one day. After that, the number of tourists increased steadily with each passing year. During the 1990s, 50,000 people visited Preikestolen annually. By the early 2000s, it became apparent that the number of tourists who wanted overnight accommodation near Preikestolen had outgrown the space available.

Preikestolen Mountain Lodge

In 2008, The Stavanger Tourist Association built a new lodge just a stone’s throw away from the other buildings, Vatnegården og Preikestolhytta. The building, which was named Preikestolen Fjellstue, or Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, is known throughout Europe as being architecturally unique and environmentally friendly. It has twenty-seven modern rooms, a restaurant, and a cozy lounge where visitors can relax by the fire after a long day in the mountains.

Today’s Preikestolen BaseCamp

In 2019, Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, Vatnegården, Preikestolhytta and much of the surrounding wilderness was purchased by Norwegian Experience. The same year, Norwegian Experience also purchased Preikestolen’s leading provider of outdoor adventures, Outdoorlife Norway, and began expanding the property around the lodge into a basecamp-concept with equipment sales and rentals, guided tours, and new camping/glamping accommodation options. Hiking, canoeing, floating sauna, and kayaking are just some of the activities that visitors may choose between. In 2020, to better communicate all that the property has to offer, Norwegian Experience renamed the area Preikestolen BaseCamp.

Everything You Need to Know

Here’ an overview of useful information including a package list, event calendar, important external links and much more.

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Our History

This is Preikestolen BaseCamp

The BaseCamp consists of several very different accommodation options, from camping to hotel comfort. You and your loved ones can choose between a variety of activities and mountain hikes, ranging from fun and easy to more demanding. Stay with us over multiple days - we promise you’ll create memories together!

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