Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Trekking to the Pulpit Rock

The Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) is a big square piece of solid rock hanging out 600 metres over Lysefjorden (Fjord of Light) near Stavanger. It is perhaps the most amazing viewpoint in the world, and the trek up there is pretty damn fantastic as well. It pays to enlarge many of the photos below.

That is me standing on top of the Pulpit Rock

The view towards the bottom of the fjord, from Pulpit Rock. Pictures just cannot do this amazing site justice. I have been to 35 countries on 4 continents but never have I seen anything as breathtaking as this. It is truly beyond description.

People on the amazing trek towards Pulpit Rock. Notice the lakes to both sides of the rock, which people walk on. The landscape is varied and amazingly beautiful the entire way. You can only get there by walking 3-4 hours back and forth.

View of the Preikestolhytta, the guest house where the trail to Pulpit rock starts. In the background you can see the islands dotted around another of the area's fjords.

Heather growing in strange formations on funnily shaped boulders

Another view down to Lysefjorden. I don't think the picture captures the true size of this rift down. It is huge and stunning

Notice here the two lakes in the hollows on top of the hill and the one lake at the bottom

Wild berries grow everywhere, here on the edge of the cliff


NellieGwynne said...

Eager. My cousin in England and her husband, have been going to Norway for the past three summers. All I've seen of it, is from stepping off the coastal steamer for short visits.
It is a lovely country, but like most of Europe, very expensive.

Esben said...

True, Nellie. Norway is quite possibly the most expensive country on earth. Even compared to Denmark, prices are very high. On our entire visit to Norway we did not go to one single restaurants. But fortunately the greatest pleasures such as the view from the Pulpit Rock are free! Well almost - still costs you $20 in bus and ferry rides to get to the beginning of the trek path.