The Preikistolen, also know as Pulpit rock, is one of the most popular things to do in Norway. Most of the time, on advertisment for Norway, you ll see a picture of this huge cliff (600m) falling down in the lysebotn fjord. And it’s true, it’s totally Worth it !
The 2 hours hike to arrive on the top (for not well trained person) is totally Worth it, the view over there is amazing !!
Before all, remember that it’s an hike, in mountain. So please, wear the correct shoes, don’t forget water and snaks, and warm clothes because on the top, it s chilly and windy most of the time !
Before deciding to go for his hike, have a look to the FB page of the Preikistolen, you will know anything about the weather conditions, and if the hiking is authorised or not ! https://www.facebook.com/preikestolenofficial/
(bad weather conditions is the most popular reason for unauthorised the hike…or when Tom Cruise is on the plateau, filming Impossible Mission too ^^)
The hike is not that difficult if you do it at your own rythm. It’s really crowdy during the season, so my advice would be to start as early as you can. I have done the hike early september, with a cloudy weather. Personaly, I’ve started just before 7 am, the sun was not up again but it was clear enough to not need headlight. I have gone down around 9 :30 and it was a real motorway ! Seriously, A queue of people that will make any shops on their first day of sale jealous !
The most difficult with this hike is the kind of stairs made by the sherpas with big stones. I took my sticks and they have been really helpful to go down…even if sometimes you have to struggle to find a place to plant them !
There are 3 big hills with stairs before arriving among several parts more flat to a kind of plateau slightly sloping and reaching the trail to the cliff. Be careful, trail is close to the hole directly down to the fjord and there is no fence. Once arrived on the plateau, no fence as well but an astonished view above the fjord ! Take pictures, selfies, and enjoy ! You did it !!
I have done this hike with 2 french friends on holidays in Norway : getting with others is more motivating, more fun, and a good help to take pictures !
Hiking the Preikistolen (and survived !) : Checked !