Both CNN and Lonely planet have named Preikestolen one of the world’s most spectacular viewpoints. Situated close to the city of Stavanger on the west coast of Norway, it is a cherished national treasure by both Norwegians and tourists. The Norwegian Tourist Association predicts that over 250 000 people will visit Preikestolen this year leaving last years’ visiting record behind in the dust, or moss if you will.
Legend has it that on the day seven sisters marries seven brothers from the Lysefjord area the pulpit rock will tear loose from the mountain and drop into the fjord below, creating a huge wave that will destroy all life in the area.
The 4 hour long hike takes the hiker on a journey through the scenic Norwegian wilderness. The very accessible trail even allows you to refill your water bottles with pure Norwegian mountainwater directly from small waterfalls along the route. Norwegian hiking traditions means that all travellers are one and do not be surprised if you find yourself being greeted by smiling strangers’ ‘Hei’ as you make your way to the top. Allow an hour at the top to enjoy some real instagramworthy moments and for you to eat your ‘matpakke’ (packed lunch).
Also, after you regain control of your adrenaline levels, Preikestolhytta, the Pulpit Rock Cabin, serves another one of the country’s national treasures; waffles with strawberry jam.