Prekestulen – the square sights of Norway

Prekestulen

Prekestulen is a large cliff with an almost flat top in the form of a square of about 625 m². The “preacher’s pulpit” is a literal translation of the rock’s name. Here tourists have a wonderful view of the surrounding area, so the attraction is particularly popular and recognized as the most beautiful place in Norway.

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Video: Prekestulen

Geographical features

The Prekestulen cliff is located above Lüse Fjord, a bay with rocky shores. Such bodies of water were formed tens of thousands of years ago by the passage of glaciers. The surrounding cliffs can sometimes reach a height of one kilometer. The area next to the Luce Fjord because of the characteristic soil is almost not inhabited, which makes it possible to see the picturesque nature. The trail to Prekestulen is located at varying heights, and there are numerous areas of vegetation – from forests to mosses and lichens.

The bay is 42 km long and there are two towns, Lysebotn and Forssanne, which are clearly visible from the edge of the cliff. Travelers marvel at the splendor of the rocky shores on a tour boat trip through the fjord.

The hard way to the top

The first ascents to Prekestulen were made in the 19th century. There was no path up here at the time, but it was created by cutting through the rocks and making the handrails for convenience. Prior to that, the tour began at the pier Refsyu on the north shore of the fjord. Now all that remains of it are just concrete ruins.

Not everyone can climb the cliff, and it’s not because of restrictions or the high cost of the ticket. The main problem is the difficulty of climbing the cliff. There are no funiculars and other equipment that make it easier to get to the top. You can only use the parking lot at the foot of the mountain. The way from it to the observation deck is difficult and for physically strong people, so before you go up, it is worth objectively thinking about your capabilities.

Tourist center (Start of the route) The way to the rock

The ascent to Prekestulen is characterized by a large number of obstacles – the road can be quite dangerous. The trail starts at 270 m above sea level and climbs to 604 m. In order to reach the top of the cliff, you need to overcome only 4 km. At first glance, this distance is seemingly insignificant, but you should be prepared for the fact that the path will take several hours. You have to walk along the rocks with maximum caution, because you are likely to slip and get hurt. The guides recommend wearing comfortable sneakers and tracksuits that don’t restrict movement.

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The trail to the summit

The differences in altitude and the steepness of climbing are a serious challenge. Many climbers experience blood pressure spikes and other health problems. If you’re not completely confident in your body’s ideal condition, it’s best to leave the risky venture behind. The ascent to the summit is only part of the road, as you have to descend from the cliff, which takes even more time. It will take you about one day to see this attraction, so you need to take care not only of comfortable clothes, but also of supplies. Take some high-calorie foods to help replenish lost energy, as well as plenty of water.

If you are notable for your excellent health and good physical stamina, it is worth a visit. It is necessary to hurry, because a gap has formed between the mountain and the observation deck. Geologists believe the cliff will soon collapse into the waters of the fjord. Hurry to appreciate the boundless beauty of untouched nature – there are few such places left in the world.

View of Prekestulen

Tourist information

The Prekestulen Cliff is ideal for skydiving enthusiasts. Reportedly, tens of thousands of fans of extreme sports have already tried their hand at jumping into the waters of the bay below the cliff. You can make jumps from the cliff and from the plateau Kierag, which is located opposite. The latter place is more suitable for skydivers because of the abundance of tourists on Prekestulen. Athletes must follow certain rules to avoid fatalities. To make the jump, one must register on the website of the Stavanger B.A.S.E. Klubb, as well as pay the registration fee. Skydivers are required to certify in writing their own qualifications and experience. More than 250 previous jumps are required, with a minimum of 20 in the last six months. If you do not have enough experience, you will need to take a training course.

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You can come here by bus, which makes regular flights in both directions. Owners of private vehicles need to find the municipality of Forsanne on the map and move in its direction. Then you can easily navigate with the help of numerous signs.

Prekestulen – the most visited rock in Norway

Prekestulen (Norway) – a huge cliff, located opposite the plateau Kjerag in Norway. The rock is rightly considered one of the most beautiful places not only in Scandinavia, but also in the world.

Photo of Prekestulen

General information

One of the most beautiful rocks in Scandinavia Prekestulen is located 604 meters above one of the deepest fjords of Norway – Lyse-fjord. The top of the cliff has a surprisingly regular shape (square) measuring 25 by 25 meters, on which there is a large viewing platform, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Norwegian fjords. The approximate age of the rock is 10,000 years old.

The English name is “Preacher’s Pulpit” or “Pulpit Rock,” which means “Preacher’s pulpit” or “pulpit rock.” The place used to be called Hyvlatonnå (from the Swedish word for flat, straight).

Tourists on Prekestulen

Today, Prekestulen Rock is a popular tourist spot. It is here that one of the most famous viewpoints is located, as well as many hiking trails. On average, for 4 months this place is visited by 90,000 – 100,000 people. By the way, the peak attendance was recorded in 2009.

In order to get to Prekestulen, you need to have at least minimal athletic training, and be prepared for the fact that the route goes through different heights. The average time required for the ascent is two hours.

On a side note! The most scenic road in Norway is the Trail of Trolls. Detailed information about it is presented on this page.

How to get to Prekestulen

Photo of the city of Stavanger

City of Stavanger

Prekestulen is one of the most famous natural attractions in Norway, so to get to the town adjacent to the rock is not difficult.

First you need to get to the nearest major city – Stavanger, 50 km from the cliff. It is not difficult to do this: in Stavanger there is an airport, port, railway and bus station. How to get to Stavanger.

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Then, in Stavanger, you need to take a ferry Fiskepir terminal to the city of Tau, which run every half hour. Travel time is about 45 minutes. Tickets for the ship must be purchased on board or booked online at fjords.tide.no. At the ticket office you can buy them only during rush hour.

Towns of Tau.

The next stage of the trip is a bus ride. They stand at the pier and wait for tourists. You should be careful: if you bought a ticket for the ferry + bus complex, your vehicle will be white with the inscription Tide, and if you have two separate tickets, it will be green. The bus ride takes less than an hour and ends at the Pulpit Camping and Visitor Center. Here you will find a restroom and a kiosk with tourist brochures. This is the starting point of the hiking route to Prekestulen.

A round trip ferry + bus package ticket will cost 490 NOK for an adult and 240 NOK if booked online and slightly more expensive if purchased on board. One-way fare is 290 NOK and 160 NOK for children 4-15 years old.

If you come or sail to the town by car, you don’t have to worry about your vehicle as there is a paid parking lot at the foot of the Prekestulen cliff.

Now you can start climbing. It usually takes 2 to 3 hours to get to the top of the cliff (depending on your age and health). Length of the route is only 4 km, but you should understand that this road leads to the mountains, so you can’t reach it quickly and easily.

The prices on the page are current for the 2020 season.

Excursions

As for places where you can sign up and then go on excursions, this is primarily Preikestolhytta Youth Hostel, which is a tourist center and has guides.

Preikestolhytta Youth Hostel

However, if you are going to get to the Preikestolhytta on your own, you should not be afraid to get lost – there are signs and signs everywhere, on which you can see the distance to the various towns and villages. The cliff is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Norway, so the authorities are doing a lot to ensure that tourists know how to get to Prekestulen.

Climbing, the way to the cliff

For the first 15 minutes hikers have to walk on a wide pebble road, which will later be replaced by a boggy area and a narrow path studded with rocks. This can be seen as the first part of the ascent. After passing it you can have a rest by the lake and gain strength, because the other half is much more difficult.

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The Prekestulen Stone Staircase

The second part of the road looks like a staircase made of stones, but it is not so comfortable to climb (too steep, and it is dangerous to go down). It is the most difficult part of the trip and requires maximum concentration. The final part of the trip is the road along the cliff, which offers an impressive view of the fjords. After passing it, you can rest and take some memorable photos of the Norwegian Prekestulen. Also, many tourists have picnics at the top of the cliff.

Remember that at the very top of the cliff should be extremely cautious. There are no fences, because on the cliff Prekestulen was recorded accident: in 2013, a Spanish tourist crashed here.

You will be interested! Another, no less popular rock in Norway – Troll’s Jazik. How to get to it and informative facts about it are collected in this article.

Where to stay

Preikestolhytta Youth Hostel

Preikestolhytta Youth Hostel

If you decide to go up to the Preikestolhytta in Norway in the morning, when there are not many tourists, it makes sense to stay near it for the night. There are a number of hotels that are located nearby:

A hostel located at the foot of the mountain, the starting point for the climb. This is a great place to stay for those who do not want to overpay for room service and facilities. It is also a great place for those who want to take some beautiful pictures of Prekestulen.

Photo Three-Bedroom Holiday home in Jørpeland 1

Three-Bedroom Holiday home in Jørpeland 1

This is a guest house for families with children in the Norwegian town of Jørpeland. Here you can take a break from the bustling city and have a good time. Nearby attractions include not only the Prekestulen Rock (8 km) and Lüse Fjord (7 km), but also the Ryfylkevegen Trail, which takes you to Norway’s most famous tourist destinations.

Photo of Holiday home Jørpeland Jøssangvegen

Holiday home Jørpeland Jøssangvegen

Another hotel located in the picturesque village of Jørpeland, 9 km from Prekestulen Rock. The modest rooms are decorated in a Scandinavian style. Each room has a private bathroom. Breakfast is included. Free parking and Wi-Fi are available.

Useful information! Accommodation in Jürpelann starts at 100 € per night!

When to go

Air temperature in Stavanger

Prekestulen Rock is located in western Norway, near the city of Stavanger. This place is characterized by a mild climate. The average temperature in winter is -3 degrees and in summer it is +17 degrees. The best time to travel to the cliff – from early April to late August. During this period of the year and the temperature is more comfortable and the amount of precipitation is relatively low, which makes the trip to the cliff more comfortable and safe. There are also ferries and buses to Prekestulen from April 8 until October 1.

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Useful Tips
  1. It’s worth exchanging dollars for Norwegian kroner back in Stavanger or Oslo, as there may not be any banks in the smaller towns.
  2. If you plan to get to the top of Prekestulen, you should not take small children with you – they simply will not be able to walk so much.
  3. While climbing Prekestulen, you’re bound to get hungry, so you should take something to eat with you. And don’t forget water.
  4. If you are going to conquer Prekestulen (Norway), you should bring only warm and waterproof clothes. Rain and fog are typical Norwegian weather. Also do not forget about comfort, and take only comfortable clothes and shoes on the trip, ideally: trekking boots, windproof jacket, wool underwear and sweater, spare set of clothes and socks, scarf, hat and gloves.
  5. Other essential supplies for hiking to the cliff: sunglasses and creams, garbage bags, first aid kit, pocket knife.
  6. Your phone should be fully charged and placed in a plastic bag.

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