Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock is one of the most famous hikes and lookouts in the world. The view atop Preikestolen has been named the worlds best by several notable travel publications. Take my word for it, the views are amazing but that’s not half the story of Pulpit Rock; first you’ve got to get up there. That takes a serious hike.
Starting at the campground where there is also a restaurant and lodge; which my friends and I actually stayed in for a night, you begin the hike. It begins with a gradual dirt trail ascent and after half a kilometer or so, it levels off.
Then there is a long flat walk that teases you into thinking it’ll be an easy hike. However, after you pass through some wetlands, you begin the steep ascent over boulders. This will continue for several hundred meters and can be really taxing on your joints, especially knees.
I highly recommend wearing steel tipped high top hiking boots. I didn’t and I was in a lot of pain going back down from the constant crash on my knees from the rocks, which don’t give at all.
After clearing the rock obstacle, you reach another lull that goes through a forest and out into a camping area where there are some lakes and ponds. It is absolutely gorgeous at this point.
After walking across the open land, you ascend up about 100 meters or so more and then down to catch your first glimpse of Preikestolen.
At first you’re not really sure what to make of it but as you get closer you realize why you came all this way. The 25×25 meter natural rock viewing platform is amazing.
Even more amazing is the sheer 2000 foot drop if you misstep off the edge which you are so drawn to. The first thing my friends and I did was head immediately to the edge to take pictures. Almost ignoring the danger below. I suppose boys will be boys but it shouldn’t be taken lightly when out there.
The views from Preikestolen are as good as anywhere on Earth in my opinion. Lonely Planet actually named Preikestolen the best view in the world. It overlooks Lysefjord straight down fjord where you can seemingly see forever along with all the cliffs on each side.
We didn’t arrive to Pulpit Rock until nearly 9pm so the sun was still up but lower than we would have liked and made pictures more difficult to take with the lack of light. However, that didn’t dampen our spirits. What a view it was and what a hike.
It really does take about an hour and 45 minutes each way to hike Preikestolen and even longer for those who are unfit. Bring a lot of water to avoid cramping and because the sun will beat down upon you. It may not be the hottest place on Earth but the sun is strong and you will sweat a lot-I promise.
Back at the lodge, enjoy a great dinner or lunch spread for somewhat reasonable prices for Norwegian standards. (Norway is generally extortionately expensive) The rooms at the lodge are pretty nice and cheaper dorms are also available.
While Preikestolen may be the most hiked attraction in Norway, that doesn’t mean it’s easy so just go prepared and bring your camera because it is that nice.
Hiking Preikestolen, Norway
June 14, 2012 by 27 Comments