Hi. I'm hoping someone can help on this one! I arrive by train in Stavanger at 19:37 on Sunday 21st June and have booked 1 night at the Preikestolen Hostel, where the Pulpit Rock hike starts. The plan is to do the hike really early Monday morning, have the whole day there and then get back to Stavanger in time to catch the train to Oslo at 22:10.
So my question is, how do I get from Stavanger to Preikestolen on that Sunday night and then back again on Monday night? I've read there are ferries via Tau, but can't seem to find a timetable or whether there are buses that you can get from Tau to the hostel at Preikestolen?
You can plot the route with Google maps. The link will open the map in Stavanger so what you have to do next is to click the link called "Get Directions" top left in the menu and type, or copy/paste Preikestolen into the blank field which will appear. Then click the "Get Directions" button to plot the route.
Now then, there appears to be more than one place called "Preikestolen" and only you know which is the correct one. They do all appear to be pretty close together though. Here's the same map, but with Preikestolen as the starting point: Preikestolen You'll see that there's some info on ferry departure times in the navigation menu on the left. If you click the link to "3 reviews" in the bottom one designated "E", you'll get bus and ferry details.
Hope this helps.
Was going to answer this the other day, but the computer crashed and the tabs didn't re-open on restart. I sniffed around on some Norwegian sites and seems bus-ferry-bus it the only way to go. Assuming you don't speak Norwegian, I've gone ahead and run these pages through Google translate:
Especially the latter is good as they link up the different companies responsible for each of the legs. Seems like this should be doable though at that time of year!
I've not done your route at all, but have travelled far and wide in Norway. The only thing I can say to maybe assist, is check out every available mode of travel - as it is a frightfully expensive country. I went from Oslo to Vradal awhile back and it cost me very dear. I managed to hitch a ride back and the only cost en-route was that I bought my driver his brekky. A big saving.
Have you been to Norway before?? It is just stunningly beautiful.
Thanks everyone for your help.
I've found the ferry timetables and there are ferries running at that time on a Sunday night, but the busses that meet you at Tau and take you to the Preikestolen Hostel have stopped running by the time I arrive in Tau. I might email the hostel and ask if someone can pick me up....