We did manage to expand our horizons this past weekend. We have now explored a good bit more of at least the southern part of the country.
Preikestolen - or Pulpit Rock - is something I'd seen in pictures before moving here. But pictures pale in comparison to the reality.
Standing nearly 2000 feet / 600 meters above the Lysefjord, this rock formation is impressive... and a bit scary!
|Preikestolen / Pulpit Rock|
It took us just under 2 hours to make the walk to the top. And it was amazing.
We highly recommend this hike!
Here is a video from our weekend in Stavanger. The first 6-7 minutes will give you a glimpse of our Preikestolen experience.
Tips for Preikestolen:
- Wear good shoes. While the path is fairly wide, it is also very rocky. Careful measures have been taken to ensure that all the foot traffic (200,000+ visitors annually) don't destroy the area.
- Take water with you. And pack a lunch. There is no hytte/kiosk/snack bar at the top. We took a couple of Camelback-style backpacks, several packs of nuts, and sandwiches. There are quite a few spots along the way where you can stop and rest when needed.
- Start early, or start later in the day. Mid-day hikes mean more traffic, and more of a queue. We arrived just after 2:00 and the majority of the traffic we encountered was from people descending the mountain. We also went on a weekday, thinking that weekends might be more crowded.
- Most of the websites suggest hiking from April to October. Otherwise, you might encounter some additional weather challenges.
- You can read more on Visit Norway's Preikestolen page.