The Pulpit Rock also known as Preikestolen is a popular tourist attraction of Lysefjord situated in Ryfylke, in the county of Rogaland, in Norway.
Preikestolen fjellstue or the mountain lodge of Pulpit is sited at a height of 600 m above the sea level and it takes a two-hour hike through potholed terrain to have a splendid vision of the fjord. During your trail to the rock, which is allowed during the months of April to October, you will come across many picnic areas as well as superb bathing spots. Pulpit Rock is a flat mountain plateau and covers an area of 600 square meters approximately that was said to form due to the melting frost about 10,000 years ago.
The Pulpit Rock plateau has a crack which appears as if it was cut out using a knife. Especially when viewed from the top, you will clearly see the right angle faults. The enormous blocks of rocks on both side of the Pulpit Rock plateau seem to have crashed down into the Lysefjord. But such pressure-release faults are found along the entire fjord region and the best example is the crack in the Preikestolen.
It was predicted that as the Lysefjord glacier thawed more than 10,000 years ago, the pressure created by the glacier was removed and this resulted in the crack of the rock bed. Trekking to the top of this plateau is in fact a very exciting experience.
The sight of the Pulpit Rock from the fjord is quite amazing. Once you are up on the Pulpit Rock area, you will find lots of exciting things to do apart from simply walk through these Pulpit Rocks. You can swim, learn more about the fjord and neighboring fauna fish, pick berries or mushrooms and even run between the huge boulders once you are there.
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