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Pulpit Rock is translated as “Preikestolen” in Norwegian. It is one of the more popular hikes in Norway, located in the town of Stavanger, due to its stunning scenery and appearance in Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible – Fallout.
Pulpit Rock is a steep cliff that rises 604 meters above Lysefjorden. The hike is categorized as a moderate hike by Norwegian standards. Don’t let that intimidate you, however. We are neither young nor athletes, but we were able to go to the top in 2 hours with the same speed going down. We took our time, and its fine if you do so too!
How to Get There
To get to the trail, we took the first bus at 8:58am. We got our tickets from pulpitrock.no. The bus stop was just in front of our hotel but you can board it through one of the numerous bus stations spread throughout the city (listed on the same website).
During the 45-minute drive, you will pass by Ryfylke Tunnel, the world’s longest and deepest undersea tunnel. It is 14.4km long and takes up a large portion of the drive. Upon arrival, you will find the beginning of the trail in the direction of the hiking gear rentals.
The Beginning of The Trail
After the end of the gravel road, the trail transitions into a rocky path for the rest of the hike. The midnight sun in June allowed tourists to hike at literally any time of day.
The Final Views
If you zoom closely, there’s a queue to have your photo taken at the edge of the cliff. However, the best shots are taken from the sides like these.
- Have enough water. Dehydration contributes to fatigue.
- Good hiking shoes and non-blistering socks make a huge difference!
- Use the toilet in the parking lot. It’s the only one for the whole trail.
- Snacks like chocolates or bananas help you fuel up during the hike.
- Check the weather. It is not safe to do this hike on a rainy day.
- Hiking sticks are very helpful, especially if you have bad knees.
- Do not stray off the path. This is dangerous, irresponsible, and damaging to the nature around you.
- If you took the bus: be back 20 minutes before the return bus departs. If you catch the crowd, you might not have a seat. And if you miss the last bus for the day, you will have to find other ways to leave.
- Don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
- Mountain weather can change rapidly and unexpectedly – always bring jackets!