Ascending Norway’s Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)

When I found out I’d be doing some trekking while in Norway, it was hard not to think of my past experience trekking in Nepal and be a little concerned. I had learned the hard way that trekking was not for me. Especially in the rain. Preconceptions aside, I was willing to give it another go. Especially because this wasn’t just any trek, this was the trek to Norway’s Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock. The iconic fjord overlook that graces the cover of countless Norway guidebooks and travel magazines. I wanted to stand in that place, and I was willing to do what was necessary to get there.

The Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, is one of the most recognizable spots in Norway and often graces the cover of guidebooks. This image courtesy of Visit Norway.

The trek to Pulpit Rock begins just outside the Norwegian city of Stavanger and is easily

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