On the Monday we climbed Preikestolen and then carried on up: we went “Over”. On the Tuesday we decided to take a cruise up the Lysefjorden, beneath Preikestolen and so go “Under”. I was happy to go, but in some sense I was doing this more out of ambivalence than desire. We had been on a cruise up the Naerofjorden a week earlier, and it had been a tourist meat factory; as much as I had enjoyed that trip I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through it again. Furthermore, I asked myself, was there much point in doing a cruise under Preikestolen? How could you better the spectacular views from the top?
The answer is YES!
Our cruise boat was small and not overcrowded. It was busy enough, but the number of tourists was comfortable and there was no jostling for camera positions.
We visited a cove and waterfall on the way, before reaching Preikestolen itself. Sailing underneath gave a completely different perspective. It looked a lot smaller and unimposing from down here, although still very distinctive.
Some cruises go deeper into Lysefjorden, however, ours turned back at this point and took us back to Stavanger. We spotted a seal on the way back and I just managed to swing my camera round to take a blurry shot before it ducked underwater and disappeared into the depths.
Points in this post (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock): N 58° 59.225 E 006° 11.335
- Date of Walk: 29 July 2014
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