The history of Preikestolen, Norway

26 December, 2022

Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock, is a massive granite cliff located in the Lysefjorden region of Norway. Standing at a height of over 600 meters (2,000 feet), Preikestolen offers stunning views of the fjord and the surrounding landscape. But the history of Preikestolen is just as interesting as its natural beauty.

Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) a summer morning
Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) a summer morning

Preikestolen has been a popular tourist destination for over a century. The first recorded ascent to the top of the cliff was made by a local farmer in the late 1800s, and in the early 1900s, the area was developed as a tourist destination. The first cabin was built at the base of the cliff in 1927, and in the following decades, the area saw a surge in tourism as more and more people visited to experience the beauty of the cliff.

In the 1980s, the Norwegian Trekking Association began working to develop the area as a hiking destination. They built a series of trails that led to the top of the cliff, making it easier for visitors to experience the breathtaking views. In the following decades, Preikestolen became one of the most popular hiking destinations in Norway, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

Get amazing pictures of Lysefjorden at the top of the preikestolen
Get amazing pictures of Lysefjord at the top of Preikestolen

In recent years, Preikestolen has gained international fame as a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The cliff has been featured in a number of travel publications and has been visited by celebrities and politicians from around the world. In 2017, Preikestolen was named one of the world’s most beautiful hiking trails by National Geographic, further increasing its popularity as a tourist destination.

The best way to experience Preikestolen is with a fjord cruise – get in touch to plan your visit!

The Barolo III yacht in Lysefjord
Barolo III in Lysefjord
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