3 ways to experience Preikestolen
Deep in the heart of Fjord Norway, a legendary rock formation awaits to take your breath away: Preikestolen. When deciding how to explore it, you have both active and more relaxing options at hand.
The 604-meters high steep cliff also known as the Pulpit Rock has been offering panoramic views to Lysefjord for more than 10,000 years now — but in the last years it has become even more popular after it was used as a filming location for Mission Impossible - Fallout.
Regardless of whether you’re drawn to it for the views, the nature or the hype, Preikestolen should definitely be on your bucket list! Here are three different ways to experience this iconic Fjord Norway landmark:
On a RIB Safari
RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats) are an amazing way to experience the fjords. These super-fast boats will take you on an exciting ride through pristine landscapes, through cascading waterfalls and craggy rocks. Thanks to the small, intimate size of these boats, you’ll get a more personalized experience — and the chance to learn more about your surroundings.
Visiting Preikestolen on a RIB boat safari means you’ll get to witness the glorious rock emerging from sea level. It also means you’ll be able to stop and take pictures. The experience will really leave you in awe of the Pulpit Rock’s sheer presence and the way its flat surface echoes the majestic vertical mountains that surround you!
Cruising along the Lysefjord
Departing from Stavanger, a fjord cruise on the Lysefjord takes you on a trip past waterfalls, lush landscapes, wildlife and, of course, to the world famous Preikestolen. The boat also stops by the mysterious Fantahålå (Vagabond’s Cave).
Slower than a RIB boat but perfect for families, a Lysefjord & Preikestolen Cruise will give you a chance to admire the towering Preikestolen from 2 different perspectives: from the comfort of the boat’s interior or from the spacious sundeck.
Credit: Terje Rakke
On a hike
Hiking to Preikestolen will give you a unique, up-close perspective of the impressive rock — and reward you with bird’s eye views to the fjord from the top. The hike itself is between moderate and challenging, roughly about 4 hours to go up and down again. However the almost 8 km ( 4.7 mi.)clearly signposted return hike will pass by in a whirlwind of ever-changing terrain, from swampland and forests to the beautiful granite stairways engineered by Nepalese Sherpas.
And when you get to that top and you get to gaze at the crystalline waters of Lysefjord below? Talk about breathtaking!