We will arrive Stavanger airport on 17th May at 6pm and are planning to do the hiking for Pulpit Rock on 18th May. In order to avoid the crowd, we would like to stay at Preikestolen Hostel for a night before starting the hike in the early morning. Could you please advise on the followings:
1. Is it possible go to Preikestolen Hostel on the same night after we arrived Stavanger? From what I searched online, it seems like the ferry from Stavanger to Tau runs until very late so we will be able to take the ferry to Tau? After that, are we able to go to Preikestolen by taxi if there is no bus? We are a group of 4 so assuming the taxi fare is around $500kr, it's not too expensive comparing to Boreal bus ticket which costs $150kr each? Please correct me I am wrong.
The ideal plan is like:
17th: Arriving Stavanger at 6pm > Preikestolen (sleep at Preikestolen Hostel)
18th: Early morning hiking at Preikestolen> Stavanger (sleep at Stavanger)
19th: Sightseeing at Stavanger > Bergen
2. If the above planning doesn't work, the second option is to start the hiking in the late afternoon at around 4pm (sunset at around 10pm). If so, are we likely be able to avoid the crowd as they are likely on the way coming downhill?
The second plan is like:
17th: Arriving Stavanger at 6pm (sleep at Stavanger)
18th: Morning sightseeing at Stavanger> start the hiking at Preikestolen in the late afternoon> stay at Preikestolen hostel
19th: Preikestolen > Stavanger > Bergen
Thanks in advance for the generous advises!