Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
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July 13th, 2008 – by: aloneinthecrowd
We've choosen the bus to get up there because the parking space is limited and it's about a 2 hours walk on a steep trail from the campground to Preikestolenhytta.
The weather was changing from warm to cool, from sunshine to rain. It was very difficult to find the correct clothing. I've choosen some zip-off pants, a t-shirt and a warm fleece pullover. Additional to that we took the raincoats with us.
Well, July is always a busy time at the Preikestolen since it's a main attraction in Norway. I was there 2 years before already and I knew what would await me. Hiking the trail up there is like running on a highway. Faster, faster, faster. It's more like an escape than an enjoyable hike. For me if I'll ever hike the rock again I will do it in May, June or September.
Since we had the dog with us and he was snooping at every blade of grass we needed a bit more time. Hundreds of people got ahead of us but I don't mind. I love to enjoy the nature and suck in every impression. To do that you need some time.
If you walk in a normal tempo you need about 2 hours to reach the top. Along the way you have great impressions around the surrounding. It's breathtaking when the Lysefjord appears under you for the first time. Close to the top you find 2 small lakes where you can swim in the summer. Buddy immediately took the chance but we didn't since it was too cold for my taste ;)
The trail is not very difficult to walk but sometimes a bit steep. There's just one tricky situation to handle shortly before you reach the top.
Arriving the top fog arised and within 5 minutes you couldn't see anything. I just could manage to take some photos before the fog covered everything in grey.
What a hike!! As nearly losing the dog wasn't enough the weather got bad, too. It wasn't our luckiest day ;) But we didn't mind about that. We sat down and pulled out our lunch box. It's amazing to see all those of people sitting on a 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet) square and almost flat rock 604 m (1.982 feet) above sea level eating lunch.
The way back to Preikestolenhytta went well although it started raining about half way down. In the end it was an amazing day and all of us 3 we pretty tired but very happy, too.
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