Wednesday, 12 October 2011

I've been driving round Norway 3 days or The Mighty Preikestolen

Sunday: Bergen - Preikestolen
This was a totally out of the blue idea, a bit of a gamble given the amount of time vs. the amount of ferries to get there. But being us, we went anyway.
The trip itself was quite nice, beautiful scenery, pretty good weather and fancy new car ferries :)

We managed to get there without much trouble, parked and started my first proper hike ever! Preikestolen is located in Rogaland, the "fylke" or state Where Stavanger is, it's a flat plateau over a fjord at a height of 604m above sea level, with quite an ominous looking crack along the middle of it, just to add to the thrill...

The hike takes the average person with a moderate amount of fitness (like me) about 2 hours to get there and another 2 to get back. It's mostly OK if you take a couple of breathing stops along the way :).

The view from the top is worth every single minute of it though, it's just fantastic, but it's not for the faint hearted (or people with Vertigo issues like my man). It's pretty high! and it's not a roll down, it's a drop down, so it's pretty freaky, I didn't dare walk to close to the edge, but sitting down and shuffling along worked just as well :)

After getting down, it was time to find the hostel we booked for the night, after a bit of Googling and GPSing, we came to discover that we were actually parked right next to it ...ehem.
And here's something for you, hostels in Norway are pretty damn clean, they had a nice restaurant, and the view from our room! that was cool.



Too bad we woke up late next morning...