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The Pulpit Rock - One of Norway’s most popular hikes


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The Pulpit Rock – One of Norway’s most popular hikesThe Pulpit Rock is a well-known hiking destination, not only in Norway, but also in large parts of the rest of the world. It’s expected that as many as 200,000 will find their way to Strand and Forsand to climb this majestic rock formation. The trail has recently been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpa stonemasons. There is a majestic view over Lysefjorden from the plateau of the Pulpit Rock.

Allow 3.5 hours for the round trip, total length 8.5 km.

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Municipality:                Forsand
Duration:                      3.5 h round trip (any breaks comes in addition)
Trail length:                  8.5 km round trip
Trail markings:             Red Ts and signs
Terrain:                         Trail (good footwear is necessary, hiking boots or trekking shoes)
Effort level:                   Medium
Height:                          604 meters above sea level




The Pulpit Rock – Parking areaThere are several ways to get to the parking by Preikestolen Fjellstue. (The Pulpit Rock Lodge) We drove to Lauvik and took the ferry to Oanes. The municipalities of Sandnes and Forsand meet mid-fjord. Follow the E13 road, “Ryfylkeveien,” towards Jørpeland. You will see the sign for the Pulpit Rock before you get to Jørpeland. Turn on to Rv529 and follow the road to the top, about 5 km from the intersection. In season there are attendants by the parking lot entrance for guests and hikers. The price for parking is 100 NOK (year 2014). Coins or credit card may be used for paying. GPS position N58 59.515 E6 08.280.



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The Pulpit Rock – On my way to PreikestolenAfter taking the ferry from Lauvik to Oanes, I am at the entrance of the beautiful Lysefjord. From here the car ride continues to the municipality of Strand. Reaching the Preikestolen Fjellstue I find a parking spot. I’m early considering both time of year and hour of day, but I’m not the only one looking to climb the Pulpit Rock. The hike starts from the parking lot, and goes under the road through an underpass. Here hikers can find information about the dangers of hiking up early or late in the season, when darkness, bad weather, and icy paths make the hike more demanding.




The Pulpit Rock – Wooden planks to trailThe first part of the hike winds its way uphill through the terrain. The path has been widened and rebuilt by clever Sherpas, to meet the close to 200,000 adventurous hikers that are expected here in the years to come. Several red Ts and signs lead the way amongst old pine trees and little creeks, while birds sing. The Krogabekk bog is covered with wooden planks to protect the plant life from the many hikers. The idyllic forest stops here, and the path bring us up closer to the top through a steep pass. The Sherpas have built stone steps in this area where we cross the border between the municipalities of Strand and Forsand.




The Pulpit Rock – Cliff TrailThe terrain levels off somewhat and we pass by several small lakes. There has been no shortage of signs indicating our location and distance to the top. Up until now the path has been marked to the Pulpit Rock from Preikestolen Fjellstue, but towards the end of the hike the path is marked the “Cliff Trail” and the “Hill Trail”. Here I meet some Danish hikers who seem a little uncertain, but based on my experience I reassure them that the Cliff Trail is the easier alternative towards the plateau. Still, the icy path on this early spring day makes reaching the plateau demanding. I have brought good crampons with me. It is important to take precautions regardless of the hike.



The Pulpit Rock – View towards Lysefjorden.As I am just by the target of today’s trip, I can barely wait to see the view. The only noise I hear, is coming from my own steps. Two ravens float peacefully above my head and observe every movement. The silence is broken when I carefully step onto the 25 x 25 m. plateau. As expected there is already a line-up of “crazy” hikers dangling their feet from the edge, some more challenging than others. I sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee and the sunny view towards Lysebotn.





The Pulpit Rock – View above the plateauMore and more people come to the Pulpit Rock. It’s not peak season yet, but many hikers are already here. Unfortunately I have to start the hike back down. I choose the Hill Trail, and the view just above the plateau is undoubtedly just as magnificent. This path is also marked with red Ts, and offers plenty of airy experiences. I stop to take in the view down towards the Pulpit Rock and Lysebotn.






The Pulpit Rock – View from Hill TrailAs mentioned before, the Hill Trail offers some airy and spectacular views, but it is a somewhat heavier trail. I personally find the Cliff Trail an easier route, and recommend this to hikers who find the Pulpit Rock a demanding hiking destination.
I am down by the path crossing, and from here I continue towards Fjellstua and Preikestolhytta along the same path.







The Pulpit Rock – Enjoing the view out over RevsvatnetBefore ending the trip, I sit down by the path just above Revsvatnet and enjoy the view. A great trip in beautiful spring weather is done. I will come back to this area to hike to Troppavatnet and Lammatoknuten. In addition this area offers several other hikes like Moslifjellet, Neverdalsfjellet and to the cabin Bakken, owned by the Norwegian Trekking Association.

Article is translated from Norwegian to English by Nina Bjørke.



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