Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) – Norway’s Spectacular Viewpoint
Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock as it is known in English, is situated in Lysefjord, near Stavanger and is one of Norway’s most spectacular viewpoints. In 2011 Preikestolen was named one of the world’s most spectacular views and natural attractions by CNN Go and Lonely Planet.
My son, daughter-in-law and myself all travelled to Norway in order to climb Preikestolen and see for ourselves if the claims that Preikestolen is one of the world’s best views was justified. Preikestolen is one of the most visited attractions in Norway and also one of the most photographed sites. Preikestolen stands 604 metres/1,982 ft above Lysefjord in the Forsand, Ryfylke region.
A 40 minute ferry ride from Stavanger to Tau, then a 25 minute bus journey reaches the starting point of the trek up to Preikestolen. The hike takes around 2 hours and there is some quite demanding stretches. Most of the path is in fact rocks or boulders and at every step you need to watch your footing.
It is estimated that over 200,000 people every year climb Preikestolen and judging by the crowds I would think this was a very conservative estimate. On the day I would guess at least 2,000 people were on the path.
Eventually we reached the top and the views were some of the best I have ever seen. Looking down to the fjord and seeing the cruise ships and charter vessels seem almost tiny gave the reality of how tall Preikestolen actually is.
The top of Preikestolen is relatively flat and measures 25 metres x 25 metres. There was literally hundreds of hikers on the top. Some were sitting on the edge and with no room for error faced a massive drop if they made a mistake.
A Spanish tourist was the first to fall to his death in 2013, although there have been a few suicide jumps as well. We climbed higher to get a view of Preikestolen from above and impressive it was too.
After many photographs we decided to make the descent, this took 1 hour 20 minutes. I would certainly recommend visiting this attraction, although Norway is a very expensive country to visit.
The following day we took a cruise on the fjord to view Preikestolen from sea level and it was just as impressive from there.