Helicopter to Pulpit Rock
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If you live for thrill-a-minute excitement, then this 90-minute high-flying excursion is for you.
Your approximately one-hour flight begins with a short walk from the pier to the helicopter. Meet your experienced pilot who will take you step by step through the safety instructions. Then, climb into the helicopter and buckle up into your comfortable seat.
Once you're up and away, you'll have a perfect bird's-eye view as your pilot shares his/her knowledge of this eye-popping landscape. See Haugesund from above as you set a course for Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock.
From this vantage point, you can see the 3,000-foot-tall cliffs that surround Lysefjorden -- a crystalline fjord that was formed during Norway's last Ice Age -- 10,000 years ago. The tallest mountain in Lysefjorden is Kjerag. Rising majestically at 3,640 feet, it's famous for the Kjerag Boulder, a giant rock wedged in between two sheer walls of a 3,228-foot crevasse.
On a clear day you may be able to see all the way to the island of Utsira, which sits 12 miles off the coast and is one of the smallest municipalities in Norway.
The jaw-dropping views continue as you fly over lush green valleys dotted with lakes en route to Pulpit Rock. How and why it became known as Pulpit Rock has been lost in time, but the 269-square-foot flat-top promontory protrudes from a cliff 1,982 feet over the ocean, a bit like a church's lectern. From your comfortable helicopter seat you can marvel at Preikestolen's details that can only be seen from above.
Depending on your route, you may fly over the island of Røvær -- a charming fishing village that has its roots in Viking lore. Further south, you'll see Karmøy island -- one of the largest islands in the archipelago off southwestern Norway.
At the conclusion of your invigorating ride, return to the helipad and walk back to the ship.
Participants must be able to walk up three flights of steps to reach the helipad.