Preikestolen Pulpit Rock Norway
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) is one of the most visited attractions in Norway, It is one of its most photographed sites.
To visit this popular rock formation 604 metres above the Lysefjord is a fantastic nature experience. While looking down can be a bit daunting, you won’t regret the magical view directly up Lysefjord. It’s quite simply a remarkable place, a vantage point unrivaled anywhere in the world.
Legend of Preikestolen
Preikestolen is a mountain formed like a huge pulpit towering over the Lysefjord in Rogaland, Fjord Norway.
There is a crack between the plateau of Pulpit Rock and the mountain, and it is said that on the day seven sisters marry seven brothers from the Lysefjord area, the plateau will tear itself away from the mountain and fall into the Fjord. It will create a huge wave that will destroy all life in the surrounding area.
Growth in Popularity
The tourism at the site has been increasing. Around 2012, the plateau was each year visited by between 150,000 and 200,000 people who took the 3.8 km (2.4 mi.) hike to Preikestolen, making it one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway.
In fact, there were so many tourists during the summer season of 2012 that a project to improve the path up to the cliff is currently under way.
On the Edge
The sight of people perched without fear on the edge of this extraordinary granite rock formation is one of Norway’s emblematic images.