Norwegian attraction Preikestolen draws record number of visitors

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OSLO, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) — A total of 105,700 tourists visited famous Norwegian tourist attraction Preikestolen in July, news agency NTB reported Friday.

Preikestolen (“The Pulpit Rock”) is a steep cliff, rising 604 metres above the Lysefjord in western Norway.

According to Helge Kjellevold, managing director of Preikestolen Foundation, it was Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s visit to the place on July 23 that drove record many people to climb the cliff.

Namely, a total of 5,202 people went to Preikestolen on the same day as the prime minister, while this summer’s record was set on July 17 when 5,342 people took the trip. The daily average was 3,410 visitors on weekdays.

“It is an important symbol that the prime minister is taking the trip. Many would take a selfie with her. This indicates that there were some Norwegians in the path and shows that Preikestolen is not just for foreigners,” Kjellevold told NTB.

Due to big number of visitors, humanitarian organization Norwegian People’s Aid also registered more rescue operations at the beginning of July, than during the same period last year, NTB reported.

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