Pulpit Rock

Preikestolen Pulpit Rock
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Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), Norway Preikestolen Preikestolen in morning sun (1) Prekestolen

Norway · Pulpit Rock

The Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen is a mountain plateau that towers an impressive 604 meters above sea level in the Lysefjord, Norway. The approximately 25 x 25 meters flat mountain plateau was probably formed by melting frost 10000 years ago. On a fantastic hike from the Pulpit cabin you can enjoy the wild and beautiful nature right up to the Pulpit Rock. The terrain is hilly with an altitude difference of 350m.

The Pulpit Rock is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the Stavanger region and as such receives a lot of tourist’s visits, even though a 2-hour hike is required to get there. But don’t let the sometimes maddening crowd dissuade you from exploring this natural wonder. Along the trail, there are picnic areas and excellent bathing spots.

Lonely Planet called the Pulpit Rock, one of the most breath-taking viewing platforms in the world. It is well worth the hike for its postcard-perfect fjord, dizzying heights, and an epic view at the end of the trail.

The original name of the rock formation is “Hyvlatonnå” – which means the tooth of a woodplane. Today’s name could have its origin in the shape or possibly be due to that it might have been a place of sacrifice.

The main season for hiking is from April to September, but bad weather would make the trip inadvisable.