The hike to Preikestolen is around 4 hours return, its quite an easy hike though it does involve 2 steep climbs. This is a photo after the 2nd steep climb and half way to Preikestolen - this is also the point where Lysefjorden first reveals itself.
Some small ponds on the route, these flow into the fjord or just sit still as the water is trapped in natural rock pools
Lush wetlands... the snow has only melted recently and there was still some snow to be found not far from the walking track (and yes its May)
Me! and the Lysefjorden right around the corner
Looking downwards to a valley between mountains that leads to the fjord shore, I liked the way the trees stood out reflecting in the tiny pond
Classic fjord - mountains rising sharp from both sides of the water. I am sitting near a very steep fall.
The Preikestolen!, first photo to capture the clouds
The Preikestolen! second photo to capture it for what makes it famous - flat top balcony shaped cliff
Overlooking Lysefjorden from Preikestolen
I decided to continue on climbing and to go to a place that over looks Priekestolen from above
On the way there are ponds that look continual with the fjord
Priekestolen from above
I wouldn't recommend falling or jumping off from Preikestolen, as you would not fall in the water, instead you fall on rocks below. No survival chance. Base jumping is possible though.
A bride and groom arrived!
How very romantic
Hikers in the role of Paparazzi
I kept on climbing for a better angle
Preikestolen in reflection, a cliff that stands out between the mountains
Even from there, the people on the edge were making me feel uneasy :-)
A ray of light shines in. The climb to Preikestolen was fantastic in clear skies, shortly after arrivals clouds began to clog the sky.
Not a living being or town in site - Love it!
A helicopter showed up... no idea why. Photo has been edited.
Heading back to the start point, and I had one last uneasy feeling as this guy on the edge of the balcony clearly enjoyed the idea of sitting on the edge
On the way back, what was a steep ascent now a steep descent, in the distance the fjord that leads back to Stavanger
The start of the hike is at the Preikestolen YHA, I wouldnt mind living in such a nature friendly home
Preikestolen YHA, accomodation with a view! (Lake Revsvatnet)