Preikestolen is a giant cliff above the Lysefjord, opposite the Kjerag plateau in the commune Forsand, Norway. It is also known as Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock and in antiquity, the rock was named Hyvlatonna. The height of the cliff is 604 meters. Its top is square and almost flat with an area of about 25 by 25 meters. Preikestolen can be safely described as the most beautiful cliff in the world. In Norway, it is one of the main natural attractions.
Rock walls around the edges of the Lysefjord are located at an altitude of 1 km above the water level. The maximum depth of the fjord is 422 meters. Lysefjord stretches for 42 kilometers. The relief is so difficult here, so only two settlements – Lysebotn and Forsand – are located on the local beaches. You can order a trip on a tour boat and enjoy the extraordinary landscapes of the fjords. It is really incredibly beautiful!
You can reach from the nearest car parking and stopping point of the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association for one hour away by ferry and car from Stavanger, the oil capital of Norway.
The path to Preikestolen is complicated, and in some places the trail is very steep. It starts from the place «Preikestolhytta Youth Hostel» at an altitude of about 270 meters and rises to 604 meters. The rise is complex enough – you will have to overcome a distance of 3.8 kilometers along the trail that goes up and down several times on the mountain passes, through several different vegetation zones, from the forests at the base to the mosses and lichens in the highlands.
In 2006, about 95,000 people during the four summer months made a 6-kilometer walk to the Preikestolen.
If you are impressed by the views from the cliff and the mountain scenery just beckons you, hurry up! It is likely that sooner or later Preikestolen can collapse into the sea. There is a small gap of about 20-25 centimeters wide, which divides the cliff and the mountain. However, annual measurements have shown that the gap is gradually increasing.
Most tourists tend to get to the plateau of Kjerag not only for the beautiful views of the fjord, but also to climb up to the “stone-pea” or Kjeragbolten. It is a huge cobblestone of approximately 5 cubic meters in volume, stuck between two vertical rock walls. The abyss under the stone reaches a depth of about a kilometer. Thus, a spectacular photo can cost you your life.
Besides, the both rocks Preikestolen and Kjerag are a popular spot for BASE jumping.