Week 269 – Pulpit Rock

We originally planned two long hikes – Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen in Norwegian) and Trolltunga. Trolltunga has become more famous in recent years as social media has increased. Pulpit rock was advertised as a 6 hr round trip while Trolltunga was 10-12 hours (which I assumed we would do faster).

Pulpit Rock

Starting elevation – 370m
Top – 604m
Elevation above water – 604m (its is the sea)
Horizontal – 7,600m round trip (5 miles)

Pretty much a perfect hike for us – we finished around 6 hours that included several long breaks. Elevation profile attached that compared to Trolltunga in another post. Only stress was at the top on the cliff where people were running around and trying to get the “best shot” – there are no guard rails and it is a 2,000 ft drop (but it is water) and we knew one of the overconfident people running around. Once we took pictures, much nicer to step away from the edge (or have the kids step back) and relax and take in the view. We didn’t hike to the next level overlook, it appeared a lot of shear face climbing was required. But if we would have investigated more, there was another way that was another 30 minute hike. I’d recommend adding this on to your hike. 

Flat walk about 1/2 the trip in a meadow
View coming up to Pulpit Rock
I wasn’t at the top yet – or even more stressful
Pulpit Rock – Stressful
Tight squeeze last 100 meters — in Eiane, Rogaland, Norway.
Not as stressful 
Getting a safe shot for someone else
Less Stressful
Optical illusion the way to go – we were in a safe spot 
Stressful – had to hold a squat for 20 seconds
View up fjord – away from ocean — in Eiane, Rogaland, Norway.

For pulpit rock, we based out of Jorpeland and this was our only 2 night stop. Bigger town than we thought and the view from our AirBNB was spectacular. I was expecting much more remote location and the view was not advertised.


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