My top 4 of the best Norwegian viewpoints
During my two weeks trip through Norway, I hiked a few times and found my self up on some of the most breath taking views experiences in my life. Here is a list of my favourites:Jeetees
The Pulpit Rock
What a hike! And the first thing that comes in mind when I think of it is that I was not equipped for it footwear wise. Indeed, the Pulpit Rock (or Preikestolen) is a 604m high steep cliff rising above a beautiful fjord that I hiked in early February while its 25m long plateau was covered in ice.
I’m not going to lie, I feared for my life a couple of times, cried even, but didn’t give up until I saw the precipice and thought that walking further was closed to suicide without snow chains under my boots. Norwegian authorities don’t have the intention to build fences as it would be an attempt to the beauty of nature and might encourage dangerous behaviours even more.
The hike took us around four hours which was longer than planned due to the presence of ice. There are plenty of places to stop on the way and different paths to take if your goal isn’t to see the plateau.
My friend managed to carefully walk to the edge for a breath-taking picture but I really don’t recommend it if you are not wearing the chains. You can find them in any sport shop in town. Find the link in my other article here.
Second: Stegastein Lookout
This lookout is a very accessible 30×4 human built platform of wood and steal overlooking Aurlandsfjord.
We spent the night on the parking right next to it where you can find restrooms and information about the site. Thanks’ to the season being winter we were alone that morning!
At first the sky was completely opaque and we couldn’t see anything. Close to leave, the clouds started to part and the view appeared in all its glory!
Unfortunately, and due to harsh winter conditions, I was not able to hike to Trolltunga. This natural rock formation literally meaning the Troll’s Tongue raises 1000m above sea level and offers breath-taking views on the lake Ringedalsvatnet.
Next to Steinkjer and directly on the scenic coastal route, you’ll find an easy hike that will take you up to the biggest wooden chair in Europe.
No, the view is not magical, but it remains a fun walk by wooden statues showcasing folk stories.