Lysebotn, Norway: Preikestolen Hike & Mishap

Trip Start Jul 28, 2013
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Trip End Feb 06, 2014


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Flag of Norway  , Rogaland,
Monday, August 19, 2013

The advantage of camping next to a motorway and being terribly uncomfortable is that you're up at the crack of dawn so we were packed up and down at the ferry port by 8am. 2 1/2 hours later we arrived at our destination and started a 3 1/2 hour hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) which offers magnificent views over Lysefjorden. The walk was relatively easy, views stunning and timing spot on beating the hundreds of other hikers who arrived around lunch time.

After the hike our plans to catch a ferry from one end of Lysefjorden to Lysebotn were slightly scuppered but a tiny mishap involving our car, a winnebago (or wankerbago as we now like to refer to them), a ditch and an uncovered stream runoff which resulted in a few hours sat on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck to come to our rescue which was only possible due to some friendly Germans stopping to help us otherwise it would have taken a lot longer. Now let's just hope we don't get stung for any of the 5,000 NK quoted by the tow truck driver as his fee for driving out from Stavanger. Stavanger! Seriously! Was there no one closer?!?!

Back on the road and seeing the funny side of our situation we started the 2 1/2 hr drive we now had to do having missed the hour long ferry journey down the fjord.

Paying careful attention to the narrow windy roads and hundreds of wankerbagos, I swear Norway is just one big winnebago convention, we made it to the picturesque lakeside campground in Lysebotn (better late than never), cracked open a well deserved beer, made burgers, lit the disposable BBQ and watch the sun go down next to a giant waterfall.
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