600 meters of chilling fall from the famous Pulpit Rock in Stavanger
Norwegians feel devotion to nature. They adore her and very importantly, they respect her as if it were a god. Its landscapes, its fjords, its forests ... are its religion.
And speaking of fjords, if you want to visit one of the most impressive of the Norwegian coast, do not hesitate. Go to Stavanger, a town located south of the country and famous not only for being the oil capital, where most of the wells that dot the northern seas are concentrated. Or for hosting the best set of wooden houses in northern Europe, both its age and its conservation. Or for being one of the destinations where Norway is best eaten. What has really made Stavanger famous is the Pulpit Rock.
The magic of Pulpit Rock in Stavanger
Yes, it is from this Norwegian capital that the routes leading to Preikestolen (the pulpit, in Norwegian), in the Lysefjord fjord. One of the most magical and popular places from the trimmed Nordic coast and perhaps one of the most photographed. Justly. The flat print of the Pulpit Rock and the superlative vertical fall that is contemplated from this natural scenario impacts. He has rightly appeared on the list of the most spectacular natural attractions in the world of Lonnely Planet magazine.
To reach this peculiar square rock located at Over six hundred meters above the water!, you have to walk a little. It is an easy route, only four kilometers without significant slopes, through lakes and rocks arranged on a virgin nature. Two hours or so walking at a smooth pace, four hours if the mandatory return on the same steps is taken into account. A very pleasant excursion in which the walker verifies that in Norway, Respect for his great nature is absolute.
Stavanger's route to Pulpit Rock
Tips for visiting the Pulpit Rock
If you dare, keep in mind some small tips. It is important to carry a Comfortable shoes and very important, Take it easy. Leave stress at home. The landscape invites to make stops every little, to enjoy the surroundings, to think, to rest surrounded by beauty.
With regard to signaling, there is no problem, the whole route is perfectly indicated from the point he left to the viewpoint of the pulpit.
Of course, important. Before you start, you should do storage of food and drink Since saving the small cafeteria at the beginning of the tour, there is nowhere to buy anything! Norwegians live nature as it is and terms such as beach bar, bar, restaurant or other possibilities associated with tourist places that are so familiar to us, in Norway they are discarded. If necessary, it is said that the water of the lakes is potable, although the guides advise that it is better not to drink it.
How to get to Pulpit Rock
To get from Stavanger to the starting point of the route to the Pulpit Rock, you have to take a ferry from Stavanger to Tau. And once there, a bus that leads to kilometer zero of the route. If you have a car, you can travel with him on the ferry. In summer there are one-way ferries from 8 in the morning and the last return is at 19:25, schedules that change on weekends. You can see more information about schedules and prices on the official website of the Stavanger region.
Before starting the route to Preikestolen, you should make a stop at the small interpretation Center where visitors can mark their place of origin on a map and gather information of interest so as not to miss any details about the route, its flora, its fauna and the best places to take a photo.
Also at the starting point, you will see the picture of a large building. It is a family wooden hotel, traditional material in the Nordic culture. It's not the only one. These types of constructions are typical of this area of the country. Are the calls Norwegian wood construcions, many of them, designed by prestigious architects, always having absolute respect for the environment as a priority.
Door of a house in the old quarter of Stavanger