Before we summarise the last part of our tour up the Norwegian coast, we have to share the great experience from today. One of the reason we chose this route and took the detour north along the norwegian coast was that we really wanted to sail in a fjord and watch the pulpit rock – “Preikestolen”. A long time dream for Jens and one of the best known landmarks of Norway, I was happy to come along for the hike. Since there isn´t any harbour close to Preikestolen, we sailed from Stavanger to Tau, and took a bus to the mountain hut where the track starts the morning after.
It is a rather steep hike on rocks most of the way, and we were really impressed at the Norwegian children who basically ran up the “stairs”. Apparently, there has been sherpas here from Nepal to help repair the track since Preikestolen has 200´visitors a year and it can be rather crowded. We thought it was a great timing to hike on a sunny October day!
The track also passes a fen and some parts are less steep. The autumn colours shone bright in the sun and we got rather sweaty climb up the mountain. As the track got steeper, the views got more and more magnificent, and we could see the archipelago that we sailed in the day before.
The trail was really beautiful, but we wanted to get to the pulpit rock, so we weren’t so good at enjoying the view. There was beauty everywhere though!
After a two hour hike, we arrived to the top of the cliff. What a view! Even though I have seen it on many pictures, it really took my breath away.
It is a funny feeling, wanting to go close to the edge but also resisting and crawling back because of dizziness and of course a great respect for the height.
It was a great view over the Lysefjord, that we tried to sail to the day before.
After having lunch on the windy cliff, Jens jumped up on the side of the cliff to get a better view (can you see me in the blue jacket?). I wasn´t allowed 🙂
Then the long walk down begun. It went much faster than up (as always) but that gave us time to relax at the “fjellstue” on the foot of the mountain, just beside a lake. It was actually one of the nicest views only from there, so if you don´t want to climb the mountain – just go here and relax!
We can really recommend going to the pulpit rock if you are anywhere close to Stavanger (which is a really nice city by itself). Now we are sailing west again, waiting for a good forecast to cross the North sea.
Note to sailors:
If you want to visit the pulpit rock, either stay in Stavanger and take the ferry+buss, or stay at the nice harbour in Tau and take the bus directly from there. We really like the Tau harbour, friendly people everywhere and electricity+water+toilet+shower included in the price (150 NOK for a boat our size).