My journey begins in the small town of Tau, in the West part of Norway. Going by bike towards Preikestolhytta, the starting point of the second phase of my itinerary, turned out to be not that easy! The streets were uphill and the sun made me sweat. Nonetheless, secular trees, the unspoiled land and beautiful landscapes helped me to go along!
It took me about an hour and an half to arrive at the base Preikestolen. After some chocolate and refreshing water, I started walking towards the top of the rock. The walk on the Pulpit Rock is very steep indeed and only experienced and brave cyclists can go by bike! The route starts from Preikestolhytta, at a height of about 270 meters above the sea level and ends up to 600 meters . The trek turned out to be much harder than I expected, with stony, steep paths. Sometimes you also need to climb! I made several breaks to rest and to look around. Although the way is well marked with red dots on the rocks, it is a good idea to wear good hiking shoes and clothing.
Despite the initial efforts, as long as I walked towards the top, I started to enjoy the wonderful landscape all around: natural ponds among the rocks, valleys of a thousand of colors, green open spaces dotted by wooden bridges and streams of fresh water. After an hour and a half walking through mountains and valleys of Ryfilke region, I was almost on the summit of the pulpit. I walked a narrow rocky road overlooking the sea and then I saw the top, in all its natural beauty. The view on the fjord was something indescribable: silence dominated everything, giving me peace and serenity. I sat on the top, and so did the group behind me. No one could talk: the effort and the beauty of the view left us breathless!
I took a long break and then went back, ready to return to Tau. It took me almost as much as climbing up to walk down! It was raining, so rocks wer slippery: more than once i was about to fall! After two hours I was again at the foot of the rock. I reached Preikestolhytta and resumed the bike to return to Tau. The way back has been much more relaxing: it wasn't raining anymore and it was all downhill.
After my holiday in Norway, back to the office, I found myself thinking about this experience very often, fantasizing of those places, so pristine, inctact and pure, sometimes even difficult to imagine.
Cover image: photo by Susanna Trino
Author: Susanna Trinio - prize "Share your Green Adventure"