Norway - Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)
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Preikestolen (nynorsk) or Prekestolen (bokmål) – also known as Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and Hyvlatonnå (old local name) – the most famous scenic attraction in Ryfylke, and in all of Rogaland county, is located in the Lysefjord. To experience its majesty, hike up to it! You follow a well marked trail from the Pulpit Rock lodge through different mountain landscapes. A trip to Preikestolen from the closest car park and Norwegian Mountain Touring Associations staffed hut Prekestolhytta is a 3-4 hour round trip hike with fabulous views. The parking facility and hut are about 1.5 hours from Stavanger city by ferry and car.
The rock itself is a massive cliff 604 metres above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres square and almost flat. Its coordinates are 58°59′10″N, 6°11′19″E (58.9861° N 6.1886° E; WGS84).
In 2004 approximately 78,000 people took the 6 km hike to Preikestolen in the four summer months making it one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway.
A granite sculpture of the cliff is erected in Forsand's Danish twinning, Langeskov.