Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, is a table-top-flat rock buttress with a sheer and vertical drop of 604m (1,982 feet) down to the Lysefjord below. The walk up there is popular, to say the least, but you must be fit and mobile – the walk can be quite strenuous, especially so in the scorching heatwave we were enjoying in July 2014. When we started out we saw a woman leaving at the same time as us, with two walking poles. She was moving very slowly and deliberately and I wondered if she was fully fit and able to cope with the terrain.
The bottom section of the walk consists of a smooth and easy rock path. The going is flat and comfortable.
It was on this section that we saw the woman with poles stumble; she had to be helped back to her feet. She was fine, and after a brief sit-down she got back up and resumed her slow and steady plod. Soon after this, however, she stopped and seemed to be contemplating whether or not to continue.
Had she seen one of the many trail boards and realised that the terrain was going to become more difficult still?
We didn’t see the woman again until some hours later when we arrived back at the coach park. There she was, sat down outside the toilets. Had she made it, or had she had to go back down and sit waiting for her companions to rejoin her after their walk? I never found out.
Just after Krogebekkmyrane the trail board threatened us with a particularly steep section – you can see it in the photo above. It wasn’t joking! We clambered over boulders, stretching our legs out to hop from one to another.
A short while later we rounded a corner and there it was: Pulpit Rock. It was swarming with people! The route up had felt like a bit of an ant trail at times, and here we were in the heart of the nest!
If you climb Preikestolen, please don’t stop at Pulpit Rock. Continue on up. There are fewer people and some spectacular views to be had. First of all there is a shelf where you can look down on the Rock itself.
It was like Club Med up here! We were so pleased we had taken the early ferry from Stavanger and got up here before the party really started going. The trail back down with all these people took its toll on me, I am afraid. At times we were almost queuing in the constant stream of people hiking up and down.
Pulpit Rock: very much worth the effort, but try to get there early, and get away from the crowds by continuing that little bit further to the summit.
Points in this post (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Trail Start: N 58° 59.510 E 006° 08.275
- Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock): N 58° 59.225 E 006° 11.335
- Preikestolen (Summit): N 58° 59.100 E 006° 11.032
- Date of Walk: 28 July 2014
- Walk total distance covered: approx 8.64 miles
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