Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock, Prekestolen or Preikestolen

is one of the area's most profound turist attractions. 


This natural rock formation, with a 25 meter squared plateau, stands 604 meters above the sea. In 2013 more than 200 000 tourists visited Pulpit Rock. 


The original name of the rock formation is "Hyvlatonnå" - which means the tooth of a woodplane. 


Todays name could have its origin in the shape or possibly be due to that it might have been a place of sacrifice.


The hike takes about two hours each way, by foot, even though it not more than 3 - 4 km from the Preikestolen Lodge. The trail is well marked and recently re-furbished. 


The main season for hiking is from April to September, but cold mornings or bad weather would make the trip unadvisable.


The rock formation can also be enjoyed from the sea, by boat.



How to get there

From Stavanger you can take a ferry to Tau and a bus from to Tau to the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. You can also drive your own car.
Be prepared when hiking to the cliff. Although the pathways have been upgraded, good climbing shoes are still highly recommended. Be prepared for rain and cold weather that could set in even though it is warm and shining in Stavanger. The 5 kilometer walk itself varies, from a fairly steep climbs to flat marshes and forests.  
Here is a terrific video hosting David Spinx on his hike from the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge to the top of Pulpit Rock, 600 metres above the Lysefjord.
Alone on Prekestolen
Photo source: Gard Karlsens Trip to Prekestolen