On Sunday evening we climbed to Preikestolen (or Pulpit rock in English), which is a 604 meters high cliff above Lysefjorden. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Norway and in 2009, approximately 130 000 people visited the place. Our dream for this summer was sailing to Norway and climbing to Preikestolen. Antti had actually wanted to climb to Preikestolen many years ago, when he was on a car trip in Norway with his family. Furthermore, we would have also wanted to experience Lysefjorden from the deck of the sailing boat but it is good that we have dreams for the future.
The hike from the parking lot and the hotel Preikestolhyttan to the cliff is about 3,8 km and takes on average two hours each way. The fastest can make the hike in about an hour. However, during the summer season the path can get crowded and you have to wait frequently because the path is very narrow at many places. We started the hike quite late in the evening, at 6 PM, when most of the people were returning from the cliff. This turned out to be an excellent choise since there was less people in the cliff and we had good time to take photographs. The elevation from Preikestolhyttan is only about 330 meters, but there are some very steep places. Most of the hike is jumping over the rocks that can be slippery and therefore good shoes, suitable for hiking are a must. Also rain gear is recommended since after all, it is Norway. We were lucky with the weather because the sun was shining and it did not rain – but it started to rain when we got back to the parking area next to the hotel, where we had booked a room.
The view from the cliff over the mountains and Lysefjorden was impressive. It was totally worth climbing four hours! The views during the whole hike were nice: there were waterfalls and even lakes in the hiking area.
/Antti & Minna