If you’re on a motorcycle, or hiking the road to Preikestolen lodge (where the trail starts) arrive before 8am and beat the crowds. There is a small path/opening to the left of the car park entrance which will allow you to sneak through as the gates don’t open until 8am. If you do this you can also avoid paying the car park fees (don’t hold me to it).
Repeat. Go early. Avoid the crowds.
I arrived at 5am and finished back at the car park at 8am. The entire car park was full with at least 4 – 5 giant coaches spitting tourists out like a broken gum ball machine. If you want to get a photo of yourself on the famous rock without waiting 10 minutes to half an hour and you don’t want to walk in single file behind a million other people then go early. Real early.
Eat on the trail
Keep your eyes out for the small, thick blueberry shrubs that line the trail. Some patches are laden with berries and, as well as being a pleasant novelty, will keep you energised as you go.