The Pulpit Rock is Rogaland’s most visited attraction and one of Norway’s most spectacular photo opportunities. The 25 m² mountain plateau rises 604 metres above the Lysefjord!
The hike from the parking lot at the Preikestolhytta cabin up to the plateau is 4 kilometres long, with a vertical ascent of 330 metres. Provided you have some experience with mountain hiking, this can be a family trip. You need to be in reasonably good shape and have the appropriate equipment. Families normally use 2–2½ hours to reach the top, and the entire trip takes around 5 hours. The trial runs through rocks, marshy soil and forests. There are many nice spots along the way to stop for lunch or to cool down in a refreshing pond. Remember to bring plenty of food and water.
Pulpit Rock is a marvelous experience from the sea as well. You can take the sightseeing boat from Stavanger or Lysefjordsenteret at Oanes, or the tourist car ferry from Forsand or Lauvvik. The wilderness and dramatic Lysefjorden cuts through 40 kilometres of steep cliffs. Check out norled.no, rodne.no or thefjords.no for information on ferry schedules.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Stavanger: Take the Stavanger–Tau ferry and take highway Rv13 through Jørpeland to the Preikestolhytta cabin.
From Sandnes: Travel by ferry from Lauvvik–Oanes and drive to Preikestolhytta cabin.