The Pulpit Rock, Norway

The Pulpit Rock (Preiskestolen) Cliff in Norway

Preikestolen or Prekestolen, also known as the Pulpit or the Pulpit Rock, is a famous tourist attraction in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. Hiking to the Pulpit must be one that you should not miss if you go to Norway. The Pulpit Rock is an amazing beauty of nature that you must include in your things to do bucket list.

Top of the Pulpit Rock with my family

Preikestolen is a mountain formed like a huge pulpit towering over the Lysefjord in Rogaland, Fjord Norway. There is a crack between the plateau of Pulpit Rock and the mountain, and it is said that on the day seven sisters marry seven brothers from the Lysefjord area, the plateau will tear itself away from the mountain and fall into the fjord, creating a huge wave that will destroy all life in the surrounding area. Source Visit norway website.

How long it will take to climb up the Pulpit Rock?

We climbed the Pulpit on June 20, 2014. We took the ferry from Stavanger (just a 40 minute ride) to TAU. Tau is a village in the municipality of Strand. When you arrive in Tau, there are buses heading to Preikestolen. We took the bus with our 8 kilos luggage and head straight to the Pulpit Rock.

We arrived at the Pulpit at around 3pm and took us three and a half hour climbing up and reach back from where we started at around 9:30 pm.

The Pulpit Rock Visit by One Step Up

This is the area where we started

Along the way , we had a short 2 to 4 minutes rest and stay at the top for just 20 minutes. On our way to the top we’re passing people that were already heading down since it was late in the afternoon and we were sort of rushing because of no light post or anything along the way. The funny part here is…. we didn’t know that the sun never sets during summer.

The Pulpit Rock Visit By One Step Up

Climbing up with my husband and our 8kgs luggage

Expect to spend five hours hiking (if you are an experienced hiker) from the starting point to the top and back down, and allow an hour to spend on the plateau.

The Pulpit Rock, Norway

This is the trail that you will encounter

To be honest and frank with you, climbing the Pulpit Rock was not easy, it would take couple of laboring hours to reach the top, but when we got to the top we found a breathtaking view and I would say that this is one of the beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. It is really a one lifetime experience you will never forget!

the Pulpit Rock, Norway

amazing view from the top of the pulpit rock

The view at the top and along your way up was worth it. If you are not the sporty type of person or first time hiker, then be prepared to take 3 hours or more to see this amazing top view.
We were so blessed on the day we climbed because the weather is just perfect. Make sure to bring water and sweet during your climb because no stalls selling anything along the way.

The Pulpit Rock, Norway

…thinking how many more mountains to climb before reaching the Pulpit.

Here are some Tips in Climbing The Pulpit Rock (Preiskestolen)

Tip#1: Leave Early
Leave early in the morning to avoid crowds and bring something to eat like sweets and water to boost your energy. If you are early you can also opt to bring lunch and take it and have at least one to two hours relaxing at the top.

Tip#2: Have the right hiking gears
Wear a pair of good hiking shoes (the rocks are of all sizes and sometimes slippery), wear a comfortable hiking outfit, keep your hands free. If you have food and water to take, bring backpack.

Tip#3: Take Photos and Videos
Imagine that I do not have any video shot on top. Maybe this is because of exhausted long 3 hours climb? Make sure to have your focus when you reach the top and do not miss the chance to capture the spectacular view and your experience at the Pulpit!

The Pulpit Rock, Norway

Afraid to look down instead we just lie down the pulpit

The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is 604 meters (1982 feet) over the Lysefjord. With an almost flat top of approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet).

My husband and I were so afraid to look down the pulpit to see what’s underneath…my husband took his camera and just pulled out his tripod, set the timer and took the shot of the below. Here’s the amazing photo that came out….

The Pulpit Rock, Norway

Amazing shot at the top of the Pulpit Rock

The Cruise boat that you see is the tourist cruise boat that go around the Lysefjord. The Pulpit Rock and Lysefjord are two separate areas in which you need two separate days to see. If you want to know more about Lysefjord, just watch out for my next blog.
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