Hiking Preikestolen, Norway: Packing list

Living in Norway has given me plenty of outdoor opportunities. One in particular was hiking up to Preikestolen – the Preachers Rock over Lysefjord.

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It was a 20km hike altogether and pretty much all uphill on the way up. We were camping altogether for 3 days but most of the stuff we left in the tent whilst we were hiking, as we were always coming back to the same place. Here is a list of what we took:

Food

We would be away for 3 days and our campsite didn’t have a kitchen, so we decided we could do without all the camp cooking equipment. However, we did figure we could get hot water from reception. Here is our food list:

  • 1 loaf of bread each.
  • Various fillings: Nutella, peanut butter and jam, cheese and salami.
  • Soup packets and a pot noodle. After a few days of sandwiches, coming back from the hike with the prospect of a hot pot noodle was fabulous.
  • A knife.
  • Tea bags.

Camping

  • Tent, obviously
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ground pad
  • Big backpack – mine was 65L
  • Day backpack – mine was 20L

Clothing and personal items

  • Jumper and fleece
  • Waterproof
  • Underwear
  • Towel. For your shower, as a pillow, extra cover if it’s cold at night.
  • Trainers
  • Trousers x2. 1 pair for the hike and 1 pair of comfy trousers for the journey home.
  • Vest x2. So you don’t have to wear the same sweaty top the day after the hike.
  • A book
  • Toiletries and hairbrush

WHAT TO TAKE ON THE HIKE:

Clothing

  • Trainers – As it was only a days hike I didn’t use hiking boots. (Mainly because I didn’t have any with me…) Hiking boots definitely give you more ankle support though, and clambering up all the boulders, that would have been helpful.
  • Trackies – easy to move in and fairly breezy.
  • Hoody – Light enough to keep me warm in the cool air.
  • Fleece – this was for when we got to the top and stopped moving. It gets cold very quickly when you stop moving at high altitudes, especially in Norway.
  • Waterproof – it didn’t rain, luckily, but I couldn’t have been without it if it had. Also good as a windproof jacket.

Miscellaneous

  • Backpack – obvious. For a days hike, I had a small one, about 20L.
  • Camera – a must for anywhere in Norway really, it’s such a beautiful country.
  • Snacks – for some lunch at the top. We had bread and fillings for sandwiches and some apples.
  • Water bottle – I had a 500ml bottle which I was able to fill up in the mountain streams. That’s just Norway though, you might want a bigger bottle depending on where you’re going.
  • First Aid Kit – I didn’t carry this myself, but a friend I was hiking with did and it came in very useful. It might not just be useful for you; we met a girl who was having some really bad stomach pains and we were able to give her a pain killer. Plenty of others just walked past. It was great when we saw her again at the top, able to enjoy herself.
  • Whistle – I had a tiny whistle, it doesn’t take up much space but in an emergency it could be your life saver.
Our camp

Our camp

All this fitted in our 65L backpacks pretty easily. It was definitely a hike to remember, and highly recommended.

I hope you find this list useful! If you’ve got anything to add, comment below :)

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