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Preikestolen, route to the Pulpit of Norway

After our visit to the norwegian fjords, we fulfill one of our traveling dreams when making the Preikestolen, the route to the Pulpit of Norway. A place whose image does not need presentation and that has become an icon of the norway tourism. Therefore, it is not surprising that this route is made by thousands of people every year, especially between the months of June and September, just when the snow disappears from this rock giant.


Preikestolen, the route to the Pulpit of Norway

Preikestolen, route to the Pulpit of Norway

We had heard numerous comments about the Pulpit or Preikestolen : Some said he had the days counted because the great rock was about to crumble. Others announced the great hardness of the approach route to this place. And the most frequent commented an unprecedented panorama.

All these comments have some reality but there is always a dose of exaggeration and everything depends on our own point of view. Perhaps the one that worried us most was the hardness of the trail, with only 4 kilometers in length but with steep slopes.

How hard is it to climb the Preikestolen, route to the Pulpit of Norway?

The answer is "it depends". Today I would dare to say that almost anyone is able to climb the Pulpit. Another thing is the time you will spend reaching the famous rock. If you are a person with good physical condition and who regularly performs sports, the Preikestolen ó route to the Pulpit of Norway It will seem like a walk. If you barely step on the mountain, the route will seem somewhat hard and will force you to go slowly, especially on 3 fairly steep ramps, one just beginning and the next halfway.

For me, the big mistake we could see is how many people come up without being prepared and with an inadequate material. Not wearing good footwear on the mountain increases the risk of slipping, especially when we talk about a very wet and stony ground.

 

summarizing, the pulpit can become a hard route for those who do not practice sport regularly.

Route to the Pulpit - Preikestolen - Norway

The Ascent to the Pulpit or Preikestolen, as they say in Norwegian, starts from a parking lot located in thePreikestolen Mountain Lodge or Preikestolen Fjellstue. To get here most tourists use the Ferry that connects Stavanger with Tau or they come from Hjelmelandsvågen, also accessible by Ferry. Once in Tau, if your own vehicle is not available, there is a bus that leaves you directly at the Pulpit. As you can see everything is facilities.


Preikestolen, the route to the Pulpit of Norway

Our day seemed rainy. Once we arrive at the parking lot of Pulpit / Preikestolen We quickly observed a couple of signs with directions to the route. These are located at the beginning of the path and have no loss. The meteorological part predicted sun from 10:00 AM according to the Norwegian state meteorological agency, very good by the way, but we started walking at about 7 in the morning, so most of the photographs you see in This article corresponds to the return of the pulpit.

The first section is a hard slope, especially when you have barely had time to warm up. Next, a very well marked path encourages you to walk faster, but it was best to keep your strength for the rest of the way. After the first hundreds of meters we arrived at a viewpoint from where we obtained a very beautiful view of the Revsvatnet lake. Curiously, from this point there is a zip line of about 200 meters that reaches a nearby hill.

 

The first ramp has a slope of 81 meters


Ascent to the Pulpit

After the section of the viewpoint, we had a little quiet time until the next ramp. In it we take the utmost caution due to the humidity impregnated in the rock that turned the path into a skating rink. Keep in mind that this part of the trail is not very well conditioned and the stones overlap in a slightly crazy way.

 

The second ramp has a slope of 73 meters


Ascent to the Pulpit

We continue walking through a bogged area which has been paved with a wooden path, which is appreciated, since this good idea prevented our shoes from getting wet and that also expedited our passage. Of course, a false step and perhaps the boots would have remained at the bottom of a quagmire.


Ascent to the Pulpit

We reach the last great ramp, which is perhaps the hardest of all and curiously formed by a stone staircase. This, although it seems incredible, was built by experienced Sherpas from the Himalayas.

 

The third ramp has a slope of 118 meters


Pulpit Preikestolen Route

Forgotten the ramp we begin to walk through the easiest part of the route to the Pulpit of Norway and we arrive at a detour from where we finally see the famous norwegian fjords. This meant that we had more than half of the way taken. However, if your concern is how much you have left, approximately every 500 meters there is a sign that reminded you of it marked with a T in red.


Spotting the Norwegian fjords

We checked the map and saw that we would soon cross a series of lakes where bathing is allowed. Today was not the day for such a dip but surely in the summer months more than one ends up swimming in those icy waters.


Lakes on the route to Pulpito Preikestolen

Once we leave the lakes behind we can see spectacular views. The norwegian fjords They hide, giving way to a series of waterfalls and lakes under a lush pine forest that left us half perplexed. How nice!


On the way to the Pulpit of Norway

After rubbing our eyes before such beauty we reach a crossroads. This allows you to reach the Pulpit in two different ways. The road on the left is smoother and is the advisable route. If you take the right side you end up at the same point but reaching the Pulpit from its top.


On the way to the Pulpit of Norway

We begin to walk along a series of wooden walkways, all mounted to avoid possible slips. The floor was quite wet and despite wearing slippers with sole vibram, From time to time we gave ourselves a little scare.


Pulpit Preikestolen - Norway

We already sensed that we were approaching the Pulpit. The norwegian fjords They were almost under our feet but a dense fog prevented us from seeing them. In fact we came to think that we would never see the pulpit, but our hearts still had hope, we had faith.

And the miracle came, we stepped on the pulpit and half an hour Then the sky opened and one of the most spectacular views of Europe was before our eyes. It is clear that patience is wise but surely other days the pulpit remains completely hidden.


Preikestolen, route to the Pulpit of Norway

A fall of 600 meters communicated the high of the pulpit with the cold waters of the lyse fjord (Lysefjord). Without any protection to prevent a fatal fall, many tourists crowded to its edge and even let their legs hang in order to get the best snapshot. That crazy ... In addition a large fissure cuts from side to side the Pulpit anticipating that this large mole will fall tomorrow or in thousands of years.


Preikestolen, route to the Pulpit of Norway

The place was to stay for hours but we were just in time. Anyway we could not miss a photo from the top, which is just 5 minutes from the pulpit. To get there we had to go back 100 meters and follow some red lines that climbed the wall.


The Pulpit - Preikestolen

I do not recommend it to anyone who is afraid of heights or is not comfortable with the terrain. Climbing to the top is only optional and far from mandatory. Life is more important than a simple photograph. The Preikestolen or the Route to the Pulpit of Norway We already had it in our pocket and it was really important. An incredible place to visit once in a lifetime.

 

Trip made with the Norwegian Tourist Office in Spain

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Practical facts about preikestolen, the route to the Pulpit in Norway

When to make the route to the Pulpit of Norway?

The best months for the Pikes Pulpito Preikestolen route are from June to the beginning of September. In May, for example, you can still find many places that can make access difficult and in winter it is totally inadvisable. In fact, the road closes from time to time due to the accumulation of snow and the nearby hotels are also closed or simply open certain shelter facilities without any guard.

How to get to the Pulpit in Norway?

The most common is to leave from the city of Stavanger and take a ferry to Tau with the company Norled. There are ferries 24 hours a day in sections of 45 minutes to 2 hours. Journey time is approximately 45 minutes. The price per adult (2015) is 49 crowns and of 148 crowns the vehicle up to 6 meters + taxes. Once in Tau there is a bus from the months of May to October that leaves you in the Preikestolen area with a cost of 160 crowns round trip (25/30 minutes).

Another option to reduce costs is to use a combined Ferry + Bus ticket with a cost of 250 crowns. More information here.

Norway tours

If we do not have a rental car and time is short, it is best to take us on a comfortable tour.

Excursions in Norway

Cruise to the Pulpit

From the port of Stavanger Small cruises depart every day at 11 am to the base of the pulpit. It costs about 500 crowns and can be booked at any agency in the city. The cruise lasts approximately 3 hours. There is also the option of going on a zodiac, but it is much more uncomfortable.

Where to sleep in the Pulpit of Norway

We stayed in two different places. One at the base of the Preikestolen and another in the city of Stavanger. Both are very good but if I had to stay with one it would be the Lodge. Less luxurious but located in a spectacular place.

  • Preikestolen Mountain Lodge (Preikestolen): rooms with bathroom and wifi for about 1500 crowns. Single rooms somewhat cheaper.
  • Hotel Comfort Square (Stavanger): comfortable rooms with TV and Wifi from 776 crowns.

What do I have to take to complete the Pulpito Preikestolen route?

We have to keep in mind that we are in high mountains, even though we move between 200 and 600 meters high. The glaciers left these areas less time than we think and the landscapes are very wild. With all this I recommend you take a couple of boots Mountain (no slippers), a windbreaker, a layer of water, food and water since there is no road, sunscreen and can be a pair of canes.

Is the route to the Pulpit of Norway marked?

Yes. All of it is marked every 500 meters with a sign and a symbol in the form of T in red.

Do not forget to check the weather

As a final fact, check the official website of the Norwegian meteorological agency in case you get a shower, although in summer the weather is usually very pleasant.