Norwegian police called after tourists form long queue at Preikestolen
Large crowds at one of Norway’s most popular attractions resulted in police being alerted on Wednesday.
Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), a steep cliff at Lysefjorden near Stavanger which offers magnificent views of the fjord, attracts thousands of tourists annually. 2020 appears to be little different, despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on tourism.
The Preikestolen Foundation, an NGO which manages crowd flow on the trail at Preikestolen, called police on Wednesday after queues stretched back to the main highway, VG reports.
“We have turned people away and asked them to come back this afternoon or tomorrow. The police have now been here, and they are making their assessments. It’s going well, but a lot of people only wanted to be on the trail today,” Preikestolen Foundation leader Hele Kjellevold told VG on Wednesday morning.
The newspaper reports that crowding had eased by 5:30pm.
As many as 300,000 people normally visit the location annually.
“There is a lot of queuing. (The queue) stretches one to 1.5 kilometres from the national road,” Southwest police district operations manager Olaug Bjørnsen told VG, adding that dialogue was ongoing with road authorities about putting signs in place.
The crowding peaked at around 11am-12pm and the tourists were mostly Norwegians and Danes, according to VG’s report.