In America, an attraction like this would no doubt be fenced off after the first careless (or suicidal) tourist slipped off the side. Not so in Norway, a nation whose people seem to share equally in the belief that nature should not be fenced in, and that common sense should indeed be common.
Preikestolen, or "preacher's pulpit" (or "Pulpit Rock") is definitely imposing, that's for sure. Formed during the ice age, the flat-topped cliff rises 1982 feet over the Lyse Fjord. The 2.5 mile hike up is fairly strenuous, and the sheer beauty from the top makes this among the most popular tourist attractions in Norway.
The hike begins about 25 km from Stavanger, Norway's fourth largest city. Allow 3-4 hours for the hike from the car-park.