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Preikestolen in Norway's Fjordlands Preikestolen in Norway's Fjordlands (Photo: chbaum / Shutterstock)

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Preikestolen

Known as Pulpit Rock in English, this unique natural scenic overlook area sits in Norway's fjord lands. The fjords themselves are impressive, consisting of a almost endless network of steep cliffs that line the many inlets. Preikestolen stands out above the rest because of an almost perfectly flat top that has a circumference of approximately 80 feet. This flat area towers almost 2,000 feet above the water. 

Authorities have decided not to mar the natural beauty of the site by installing any sort of safety railing or netting. The result is that people can walk right up to the edge and peer down to the water 2,000 feet below. Despite averaging 200,000 visitors each year, Preikestolen has had only one accidental fall (though there have been a few suicides). No construction has taken place on the rock itself, but there have been improvements to the two-mile trail leading to site.  

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