Undoubtedly, the top tourist attraction in Norway is Mother Nature itself. The country is blessed with a spectacular array of monumental and awe-inspiring natural locations. Every year, tourists flock to Norway to experience the breathtaking views from the country’s dramatic cliffs along with its famous fjords.
Ryfylke in Norway has been described as a piece of heaven on Earth. A spectacular landscape of blue fjords and mountain cliffs carved by melting glaciers that provides the backdrop for one of the most scenic attractions in all of Norway; an amazing rock formation known as the Preacher’s Pulpit, or Pulpit Rock.
As one of the most visited and famous natural tourist attractions in Norway, the massive 82 by 82 sq. ft. (25 by 25 meter) flat-top cliff is locally known as Preikestolen, or Prekestolen. Perched 1,982 feet (604 meters) high, the natural plateau on the mountainside offers breathtaking panoramic views of the fjords below.
Pulpit Rock is a 3-4 hour round trip hike with fabulous views. A parking facility and lodge are about 1.5 hours from the nearby Stavanger city by ferry and car.
To experience the majesty of the natural rock formation, visitors have to hike a fairly steep 3.8 km (2.4 mile) trail that starts at an altitude of 270 meters and climbs to the top of the 604-meter flat-topped plateau on the cliff.
The Pulpit Rock was formed during the last ice age around 10,000 years ago when a glacier carved out the edge of the cliff. Massive weight and pressure from walls of frozen water and ice broke off big angular blocks of the mountain in a slow and methodical push that eventually receded to reveal the fjord below.
In spite of the amount of tourists that visit this precarious location, no guardrails or restraints have been built. Local officials want to preserve the natural beauty of the cliff. To date, there have been no accidents on the site.
Each year, tourists from around the world come to Norway to take in the majestic views of nature dramatically highlighted by the epic proportions of Pulpit Rock.
Truly hypnotic and mesmerizing, Pulpit Rock provides an exhilarating experience visitors will not soon forget. A true “bucket list” destination, the precarious cliff sits spectacularly 1,982 feet above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau and delivers unforgettable breathtaking views of a lifetime.
The view from the top of Pulpit Rock is like having an invitation from nature to live your dreams while watching the landscape of heavenly vistas unfold before you.