Up early on a cold but brilliantly sunny day to take the ferry and bus to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) on the Lysefjord. A 45-minute crossing, followed by a 30-minute bus ride to the start of the 2-hour hike that would take us to Pulpit Rock for what promised to after amazing views of the fjord. Thinking that the timing guide was an over-estimate for relatively fit people, we thought we would do it much quicker….oh how wrong we were….! It was a hard climb – and in some places we were walking on snow and ice.
But we made it in the 2 hours – and we weren’t disappointed with the views – as well as some people getting ridiculously close to the edge to take selfies. We weren’t that brave but managed to get one pretty close to the edge. Just behind us in the picture is an overhang and about 600m of splat should you stumble!
Had our packed lunch taking in the amazing views and amusingly observing a large Polish contingent taking photos with their national flag from every angle possible. Interestingly they had a little boy with them aged around 6 who had done the hike and seemed to take it all in his stride, literally!
The return back down was slightly quicker and we were so glad we had chosen to go early as there was a steady procession of people on the way up so likely it got crowded up there not long after we left. The car park, which had been empty when we arrived, was now chockablock with cars, vans and camper vans. Back to base for a snooze and an early night – pretty shattered.
Monday, our last day in Stavanger, so we decided on a more leisurely day of walking around the peninsula of Midjoed and Nylund, which had lovely waterside views, parks, beaches and swimming areas – although also quite residential.
Had lunch sitting by the fjord in the sun watching a couple of guys trying their luck at fishing. Then back to our lovely Air BnB accommodation, which we have had to ourselves most of the weekend as Astrid has been away, and got ourselves organised for our pending early morning departure.
Back on the road tomorrow and back to camping!