Photo of the day 04.04 – Preikestolen, Norway
Preikestolen, or the Pulpit Rock in English, stands over 600m above Lysefjord. The top of the cliff is nearly flat and 25m x 25m. Every year about 200,000 tourists make the climb to sit in awe atop this majestic cliff. There are no guardrails so you can go right up to death’s doorstep and prove your manhood by peering over the edge. In reality, even the beefiest of beefcakes crawl to the edge on all fours their first time.
The hike to the top takes about two hours from the parking facility, which itself, is located an hour from Stavanger by ferry and car. While not a difficult hike, it does get steep in some places. The most common delay is not exhaustion, but rather the traffic on the trail stemming from the sheer number of tourists. It’s gotten so bad, in fact, that a project was started in April to improve the path. It is estimated to be finished in early 2014.
Photo source: ixdaily