Rocky Attractions of Norway

Mar 18, 2011 2 comments

Norway’s rocky coastlines is home to three very spectacular rock formation that draws thousands of rock climbers and adventurous tourists world over each year. Apart from the thrill of climbing, these places offer a view that words cannot describe.


Trolltunga is a piece of rock that juts out horizontally out of the mountain above Skjeggedal in Odda, Norway, like a tongue sticking out from the mouth. The name literally means "Troll's tongue" in Norwegian. Beyond the ‘tongue’ is a sheer vertical drop of 350 meters to the waters below.


There are both stairs and a path that leads up to the first 950 meters, and from there marked hiking trails lead visitors the rest of the way. Previously a trolley car starting at the base of the mountain used to take visitors to a height of 950 meters. They are not functional now.




The Kjeragbolten is a two meter wide boulder wedged in a mountain crevasse at the edge of the Kjerag mountain. Standing on top of it requires guts as the drop below is a clean 984 meters to the cold waters of Lysefjorden. Actually, Kjerag is a popular destination for base jumpers who go there to dive off the high cliffs. Others go there just to hop into the Kjeragbolten for a photograph.





Preikestolen or Prekestolen, also known by the English translations of Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, is a massive cliff 604 meters above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 meters square and almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway. The hike to Preikestolen takes about 2-3 hours and is quite steep at places.




A trip to any of these rocky spots require good hiking experience and no fear of heights. If you fit in the requirements, be sure to visit this places when you holiday in Norway.


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