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Hiking to the top of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)

Hike from the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge to the top of Pulpit Rock, 600 meters above the Lysefjord, with Norway host David Spinx.
Quote start "I have been around the world and seen many things in my days, and I must say, honestly, that this is among the very best experiences I have ever had" Quote end
David Spinx, at the Pulpit Rock in Ryfylke.

Sweat and sore muscles will soon be forgotten. The view from the Pulpit Rock over the Lysefjord and Ryfylke and the adrenalin you feel on the edge will make you forget anything. Really. This is a true moment that can do something to you. Open your mind. The hike is less than five kilometers each way.

"This hike has taught me something about myself," says Spinx when back down at the mountain lodge, the adrenalin from standing at the top still pumping in his blood.

The hike

Spinx is hiking the beginning of the trip pretty fast, not sure if he is going to approach the edge when he reaches the top. He cannot really believe that people sit on the edge up there, with their legs hanging in the air, 600 meters above the fjord.

There are two steep parts, but they are pretty short. The rest is almost like a walk in the park, but with some views out of this world.

Length: About 2,5 hours to the top, and 1 hour and 45 minutes back down.

The crack in the plateau

There is a crack between the plateau of Pulpit Rock and the mountain, and it is said that on the day seven sisters marry seven brothers from the Lysefjord area, the plateau will tear itself away from the mountain and fall into the fjord, creating a huge wave that will destroy all life in the area. You've been warned. 

Where to stay

We stayed at the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, which is situated at the beginning of the hike. The lodge has hotel standards and comes highly recommended. Find other places to stay in Ryfylke.

How to get to Ryfylke

Ryfylke is accessible from major Norwegian towns and ports of entry. Find ways to get to Ryfylke.

Other activities in Ryfylke

Besides hiking, you should try horseback riding, river expedition, kayaking, salmon fishing or a cruise on the Lysefjord. Find out what to do in Ryfylke

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Last updated:  2013-01-15
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Hiking to the top of the Pulpit Rock, Norway - Photo: sherifftv.no

Hiking to the top of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)

Hike from the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge to the top of Pulpit Rock, 600 meters above the Lysefjord, with Norway host David Spinx.

Hiking to the top of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)

Source: Visitnorway

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