In the city of Strand in Rogaland, Norway, Preikestolen or Prekestolen is a popular tourist destination.
The vertical mountain of Preikestolen is 604 meters above Lysefjord’s. On top of the mountain, the edge is virtually smooth, approximately 25 by 25 meters in diameter. Preikestolen is located on the north side of the western part of the fjord. In the early 21st century the tourism at the site rose to 150,000 to 200,000, making it one of the natural tourist destinations most visited in Norway, Europe.
Many bass jumpers leap out of the cliff. The most commonly used route to the site was improved by Sherpas in 2013 because of its increased popularity.
Around 10,000 years ago, when the edges on the mountain hit the wall, the ledge was formed during the ice age. The water froze in the mountain gaps from the glacier and eventually spread large, angular blocks, which later were carried away by the glacier.
That’s why the plateau’s angular shape. There is also a deep crack along the hill itself. The mountain will at some stage collapse as a result of these fractures, but all the geological research showed that this will not happen in the near future and that geologists have confirmed the safety of the plateau.
There is also a very challenging walk to Preikestolen:
The track begins at Preikestolhytta, about 270 meters above sea level and reaching up to 604 meters (1,982 ft). The trail, experience and fitness level require 2-3 hours depending on the traffic.
Whereas the difference in height is only 334 meters, and the route is not exceptionally long, about 3,8 km (2,4 mi) per path, the overwhelming rise in height and loss in the course of the walk is greater than what should be anticipated, as the path climbs and descends various ridges. The walk is difficult when snow and ice are around in winter and spring.
In spite of its challenging appearance, the hike to the ledge is actually very mild. The average hiker can typically take about one to two hours to get to the edge of Preikestolen. The trail is 3.8 km one direction and has a total elevation of 334 meters.
- The simplest and shortest way to reach Pulpit Rock’s base is from Stavanger, 23 miles away (36.5 km). The journey takes an hour and a half and is connected by boat to the town of Tau by Stavanger.
- Ferries go often, take 40 minutes to get there and buy on board your ticket.
- Upon arrival in Stavanger, you can choose to take a private transfer, rent a car, or take the ferry and a local bus to reach the Lysefjord. Going by car takes around eight hours as you traverse 290 miles (467 km).
These are the best ways to experience Pulpit Rock:
- Guided hike to Pulpit Rock Preikestolen (From $121.97)
- Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock Cruise -All year from Stavanger (From $148.65)
- Pulpit Rock Cruise & Hike in Style (From $184.44)
- Preikestolen Sunrise Hike (From $169.54)
- Florli Stairway Hike (From $181.74)
There are many routes you can follow to get to the top of Pulpit Rock, several of which would take you in a spiral unless you like, then you can go back and forward between. The hike to the edge of Pulpit is about a mile away from the parking lot (the loop ending up being about 4 miles). It’s a pretty easy hike perfect for all ages and abilities.