So as some of you may have seen from my recent Facebook photo uploads, the highlight of my spring break was climbing to the top of Preikestolen (a.k.a. Pulpit Rock) in Norway. But what you may not know, is that there is actually a lot more behind making this part of my Semana Santa plans.
A few years ago, as many other people probably did, I saw a photo of Pulpit Rock on Pinterest and was in awe at its beauty. I immediately pinned it to my “Go” travel board and promised I would make it there one way. Well, easier said then done. I researched it a few more times, completely intrigued by its creation and ridiculous scary views from the top. But how many people actually go to Norway and climb this rock – not something I could cross off my bucket list in an average weekend in Ohio.
Well, in early December 2012, I came across an app for my iPhone called Everest. For those of you who I have not already rambled on about this app to – its great! Its an app to help you better achieve your personal goals – anything from doing 50 push-ups daily as part of a healthier lifestyle, to learning a new language, to expressing gratitude daily and more. I began using the app like crazy, and spreading the news to my family and friends, encouraging them to sign up for an account and start making their dreams more realistic. So, long story short, the first ever dream I made on Everest was to climb Pulpit Rock. Then I filed it away until more steps could be made in its direction. A made a little bit of progress on the dream, like getting Zak on board for a trip there, and researching flights to nearby Stavanger- and then my iPhone was stolen. So unfortunately I was not able to record the rest of the steps, but guess what – I made it!
For days leading up to our hike, I was ecstatic. I still couldn’t believe I was actually going to climb Pulpit Rock, like I had dreamed about for over a year. I couldn’t stop talking about it to my friend Evan, making her wish even more than she was going too.
So as I mentioned in my last post, on Monday, April 21st Zak and I took the ferry from Stavanger (where we were staying) to Tau and a bus to the trail head and began our climb.
I was surprised by how clean and organized the trail was, but with all the popularity Pulpit Rock had been receiving lately, it made sense. After the first initial incline from the parking lot to the start of the trail – we were already sweating. We decided to stop for a stretch in fear of pulling anything ;).
Then we continued up. We came across tons of different landscapes and beautiful views along the way. From rock scrambles, boardwalks, swimming holes, and plain old dirt. It was absolutely gorgeous.
It took us about an hour and a half to reach the top, and since we had taken the first ferry ride over (@ 730am) we were lucky enough to have the rock mostly to ourselves for a little. We took turns taking pictures of each other out on the ledge, mustering up all our courage to get close to the edge. The top of the rock stands 1982 feet above the Lysefjord, and the water, at that point is about 1300 feet deep.
Here’s a video I took with Zak’s gopro of the view from above.
And here’s an awesome timelapse Zak took of the rock.
Overall, it was an absolutely humbling experience with some of the most breathtaking views I have ever witnessed. I strongly suggest this to anyone who is ever in the area or in search for some adventure. There are also tons of hikes around the fjord area besides this one. Also, if you need a little more motivation to make your dreams a reality, don’t hesitate to download the Everest app today!
Stay tuned for my next post about Zak and I’s time in San Sebastián!
Also, I only have 16 days left until I am snuggled into my plane seat on the way back to all my family and friends in the states. And my friends and I are determined to make these last few weeks together totally unforgettable.
PSS: In case you couldn’t tell from our videos, we discovered Norway’s #1 hit right now: Waves by Mr. Probz. Give that tune a listen, its a great time!