Pulpit Rock - a giant cliff with an almost flat top, area measuring approximately 25 by 25 meters, is located opposite the Kjerag plateau in Norway. Pulpit Rock is literally translated as "pulpit", as well as in English is called Pulpit Rock (Rock-chair). It offers great views, so the rock is known as one of the main natural attractions in Norway.
Rock rises 604 meters above the Lysefjord (fjord - narrow, winding and cuts deeply into the land bay with rocky shores), formed by the action of glaciers about 10,000 years ago - after the glacier retreated, there was a huge crack that filled water. Rock walls at the edges of the fjord are located at an altitude of 1 km above the water level, and the maximum depth of the fjord - 422 meters.
Lysefjord stretches 42 kilometers, but due to the difficult terrain on its shores are only two settlements - Lyusebotn and forsand.
At the eastern end of the Lysefjord you can see the town Lyusebotn:
Path to the Pulpit Rock is complex, and in some places the trail is very steep. It starts from a place «Preikestolhytta Youth Hostel» at an altitude of about 270 meters and rises to 604 meters
Usually the ascent takes about 2 hours, but may take about an hour for the experienced traveler. Despite the fact that the vertical drop is only 330 meters and the distance - 3.8 kilometers (one way) actually climb longer and harder, because the trail repeatedly rises and falls on the passes. Due to the fact that the road to the Pulpit Rock is laid at different heights, it passes through several different vegetation zones, from the forest to the base of moss and lichen on the highlands.
Climb falls on such paths:
Rock and mountain separates a small width of the gap of 20-25 cm, which, according to the annual measurements increases, so Pulpit ever fall into the sea.
Pulpit Rock in the background Lysefjord:
On the other side of the Lysefjord, with respect to the Pulpit Rock is kjerag. Its highest point is at an altitude of 1084 meters above sea level.
Most tourists rises Kёrag not so much for the beautiful views of the fjord, as in order to get to the "pea-stone" or Kёragboltena. Kёragbolten - a huge cobblestone volume of about 5 cubic meters, stuck between two vertical rock walls.
To get to the surface of the stone can be without the help of climbing equipment, but under a rock precipice reaches a depth of about a kilometer. For some commemorative photos are risking their lives:
Both rock and Pulpit and Kёrag suitable for beysdazhmpinga (BASE Jumping - an extreme sport, which uses a special parachute to jump from fixed objects), but due to the large influx of tourists to the Pulpit Rock, the main point of jumping became Kёrag. The water Lysefjord made about 30 thousand jumps.