Preikestolen – Pulpit Rock – Norway
If you are a lover of nature in its various forms then a visit to Norway’s Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock is an absolute mandate. This massive cliff of 604 metres on top of Lysefjorden is a creation of glaciers about 10,000 ago. Its exact location is just opposite to the Kjerag Plateau located in Ryfylke in Norway. The cliff is so broad that it can accommodate a good number of people to enjoy the picturesque beauty around.
Reaching the Preikestolen
If you are a fan of hiking, then the best possible way to spend your holidays can be planning a trip to the Pulpit Rock in the Western Norway. The site from where you need to start walking for the Pulpit Rock is at a distance of 25 kilometres and 1 hour from Stavanger, which is the fourth largest city of Norway. From Stavanger you can get ferries and cars to the parking areas at Preikestolen Fjellstue (mountain lodge) from where you need to start walking for the Preikestolen. It usually takes about 4 hours to trek to the cliff and come back. However, this is again taking in to consideration your fitness of health.
While going up on the trail, you can understand that the terrain is uneven in many areas and you need to be in possession of good shoes, clothes and food to keep you warm. Meanwhile, there is a silver lining here as well as the path to the Preikestolen has lots of picnic spots to spend some time and also to take a bath. For tourists who have time with them and wish to start the trek after sometime the Preikestolen Fjellstue (mountain lodge) is a good option to start the walk after getting fresh.
Not only can you enjoy the Preikestolen from getting up to it but a ferry or boat ride to have a glance of it from the fjord is equally mesmerising.
The Preikestolen is an extremely popular tourist destination such that in 2012 about 150,000 to 200,000 people visited it. Though there appears a deep crack in the plateau which indicates that some day it will break off from the mountain and fall but as per the geologists there is no chance of this happening anytime in the near future.
Depending on the weather of Norway, it is not advised to visit the Preikestolen during winter and spring as there may be snow and ice around. No safety railing have been constructed around the edges of the Pulpit Rock so as it retain the natural beauty of the place, there are no reports of accidents from the site so far as well.
However, in the early 2013 an improvement project has been started to make the approach paths to the Preikestolen better. This initiative is known to be completed by the autumn of 2013 or the start of 2014.
As the cliff gives a beautiful view of the surrounding valleys of the regions it is truly a tourists’ delight.