Preikestolen, Kjeragbolten and Trolltunga

I shot these photos on our trip to Preikestolen, Kjeragbolten and Trolltunga this summer. I took too many photos to upload them all to WordPress, so if you want to see the rest of the photos you’ll have to visit my Flickr gallery – nearly 300 photos of wild, Norwegian nature, I promise you that the gallery is well worth a visit:
https://flic.kr/s/aHskBnsky8

Preikestolen

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We started in Oslo, rented a car and drove to the West coast of Norway.
The first day of hiking, we visited Preikestolen (English: Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock), one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway (The two most visited is Oslo Opera House and Vigelandsparken in Oslo). “Preikestolen is a steep cliff which rises 604 metres (1,982 ft) above the Lysefjorden. Atop the cliff, there is an almost flat top of approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 ft × 82 ft)” – Wikipedia.

The hike to Preikestolen is an easy one. It has some small parts of uneven terrain and the beginning of the hike is moderately steep, but there are stairs built in the mountain, so anyone can do this hike. Even fat, untrained people can do it.

Kjeragbolten

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The second day we walked to Kjeragbolten. “Kjeragbolten is a boulder located on the mountain Kjerag in Forsand municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The rock itself is a 5-cubic-metre (180 cu ft) glacial deposit wedged in the mountain’s crevasse. It is a popular tourist destination and is accessible without any climbing equipment. However, it is suspended above a 984-metre (3,228 ft) deep abyss.” – Wikipedia

The hike to Kjeragbolten is much more interesting than the ones to Preikestolen and Trolltunga. It has some technical parts and, according to visitnorway.com, it’s a demanding trail: “The hike starts at Øygardstøl south of the Lysefjord by the Lysevegen road above Lysebotn. This demanding trail traverses several ridges, and climbs 570 metres. To avoid wear and tear and accidents, please use the marked trail.” – visitnorway.com

Trolltunga

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On the third day we hiked to Trolltunga (the Troll’s tongue). It’s an easy hike, without any technical parts, but it’s a long hike.
Here’s what they have to say about it on visitnorway.com:

“Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway. Trolltunga is situated about 1100 meters above sea level, hovering 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet. The view is breathtaking. The hike starts in Skjeggedal and goes through the high mountains, takes 10-12 hours (23 km in total to Trolltunga and return) and the ascent is about 900 meters. It is a long and hard hike. The hike is usually possible to do from mid-June, depending on when the snow melts in the mountains. Normally one can hike to Trolltunga until mid-September. Consider carefully whether you are in good enough shape and have the right equipment before setting out. There is no mobile phone coverage along the route.”

My Italian friend and I did the hike in 6 hours, but the others that we were traveling with, completed it in around 9-10 hours.

If you’re going on any of these hikes: Bring food, water (you can refill the water bottle on the way) proper hiking boots and warm clothes. The weather can change quickly, so it’s a good idea to bring warm clothes in a backpack and to be prepared for possible rain.
Also: leave your walking sticks at home – it’s just stupid and you should rely on your own balance. There’s absolutely no reason to use walking sticks!
(This post is my entry for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge – check out WordPress for more).

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60 thoughts on “Preikestolen, Kjeragbolten and Trolltunga

  1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks walking sticks are crazy. I see people walking suburban streets with them here. I don’t get it. Lovely photos; I’ve seen lots of photos of the suspended Boulder and wondered how difficult it would be to actually get onto it. 😃

    • I even saw some parents with walking sticks and their young daughter had them too. Why would you want to pass on your bad habits to your kid?!? You might as well teach your kid how to smoke. Walking sticks aren’t only stupid, they’re dangerous: people lean with their weight on the sticks, what will happen when the stick slips away underneath you?

      • That’s terrible. I see older people with them, but not families or kids. It really bothers me when parents try to over-protect their kids. It does them no favours and terrible harm. I got quite a lot of criticism when my kid was little for “letting him” climb and explore and do risky stuff. But I figured that was part of my job and I’d hate him to grow up afraid or feeling incompetent to do stuff. Rant over!!

        • I love rants! Over-protecting kids is not good. I’m more of a free-range parent.
          In this case with the walking stick, it’s not even protecting your kid – it causes more harm than good.

          • 🙂 I think that’s the scary thing about over-protective behaviour. It does do harm. My mother was of the “don’t touch/climb/run with anything, because you’ll injure yourself and it’s bound to be fatal” school of parenting. Consequently I have sod all confidence in my physical abilities. When I saw her trying to impose the same looney stuff on my son, we had fairly strong words and he just kept on climbing the trees and jumping off wharves. Oops – bonus rant I think.

  2. And it would probably take me 12 hours :D, but I would never go on that boulder like you, not with my vertigo. Yes, you are shining. Mountains tend to do that to us! P.S. Did you make the shanks joke to these girls photographing a sheep? You always do to my sheep 😀

  3. That opener is an absolute stunner, Cardinal. Sadly I don’t have time to join you on Flickr. I’ll just have to imagine the delights. 🙂

  4. Nice set of photos, truly an amazing area. Really hope to make it there one day. My occasional trips to Norway never allow the time to leave Oslo.

  5. Wow. The pictures are amazing, but the PLACES are … I don’t have the words. I don’t envy much, but I envy being able to be in those high places. I love mountains. Thanks for the virtual trip to places I can never go.

  6. Haha! I think walking sticks are stupid too! I don’t know if you remember the blog post I wrote about the ex who used to take the toilet paper off the dispenser, but, that guy used to hike with a walking stick too. What the hell was I thinking?

  7. Loved going on the trip with you, Cardinal, and my legs aren’t even tired. 🙂 Thanks for the great shots and commentary and I’m with you and Su as far as not over-protecting children (or anyone else.)

    janet

  8. Wondeful photos and really great places. I’ve been to Norway but it was during winter time and everything was white… but I didn’t have enough of free time to visit the places on your photos.

    • Thanks for the comment and visit (both to my blog and “my” country). These places are closed during winter: it’s too dangerous to hike there when it’s covered in ice & snow. The only hike that’s possible during winter is a guided tour to Trolltunga.

    • Thanks for taking the time to look at the Flickr gallery, I appreciate it.
      You’re in the elite club with 3,82% of the visitors (you’re included in the 3.82%) that clicked the link and checked out the album. 😀

    • 3,6% isn’t that exclusive actually: on my “Changing Seasons October 2016” post, the percent of visitors that visited Flickr gallery is at a whopping 1,2% at the moment!

    • Yes, it is beautiful & breath-taking. I’m so glad that I finally went to check out these places. I had a visitor from Colombia that came to see them earlier this year and that’s when I decided that I should go see them too. (I practically live next door to these places if you compare to the girl from Colombia).

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