Towering an almighty 2,000 feet (610 Metres) high, Preikestolen (or Pulpit rock as many people call it) is one challenge that we had always wanted to accomplish while in Norway! The fjords themselves have always captured my imaginations, their dramatic landscapes, beautiful lakes and quaint little villages always seems so inviting to me.
This year, we went on a great adventure from beautiful Bergen to Flåm on the most magical train journey, The Flåmsbana. If I’m honest, I really imagined that our last journey to Flåm would have left me satisfied – but no… If anything, it only made my want to explore so much more of the beautiful Norwegian landscape. Thankfully, our adventure up Pulpit rock came in no time at all 🙂
Getting to Pulpit Rock
One of the closest airports to Pulpit Rock is in Stavanger, a city in Rogaland County on the south western tip of Norway. Reaching the base of Pulpit Rock can be a little tricky but becomes much easier if you have a car. We took a drive from Stavanger itself and hopped on-board one of the local transit ferries from Stavanger to Tau. It was a short 25 minute journey and a good time to stock up on some energy boosting snacks and a hot chocolate.
We started a little later in the evening, which has its positives and negatives. Firstly, the trail was so much quieter and once we had reached Pulpit Rock we managed to have the whole “ledge” to ourselves – that alone was worth going a little later on…
… the downside would be the lighting, by the time we reached the summit, the evening had turned to dusk. Admittedly, it didn’t seem to get dark until midnight but its something work considering if you’re planning a late evening hike.
Like we did on the ferry, stock up on lots of high energy, slow releasing snacks. Take some nuts, bananas and something that will release energy fast (and slow) – nobody likes a dizzy ascent. Wearing a good quality boot, coat and thermals is a must during the colder months. Also, be prepared for fast changing weather conditions especially around snow or rain.
What does it cost?
Nothing, just some sheer determination to climb Pulpit Rock and to see the Lyse Fjord 🙂
You don’t need to be an olympian to conquer Pulpit Rock but you do need a little perseverance, stamina and determination to hike when your legs become a little weary. Ten minutes of exercises before you start your hike will allow your muscles to stretch and prepare your legs for the hike ahead. Throughout the hike, take lots of little breaks rather than one big one and pair these breaks with milestones distances – even include a few delicious treats that will give you energy along your way.
Once you reach the top
Like every hike, safety has to be paramount on the Preikestolen plateau there are no barriers whatsoever so take care. Be careful and take note of the wind – the wind has a tendency to change quickly when at higher altitudes or around ravines.
Finally, enjoy the moment! The views at the top of Pulpit rock is spectacular. Take a moment to enjoy the view and relax, it’s a truly beautiful place.