Preikestolen lures 20% more visitors in 2013
Despite the first recorded death of a tourist at Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) earlier this month as reported by TTG Nordic, Norway’s famous high rocky plateau has attracted a record number of visitors so far this year.
More than 20% more visitors have been to the site so far this year – 205,000 people, up from 170,000 last year – the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reports.
Debate continues over safety amid the rising visitor numbers, however, as a foundation devoted to promotion of the area, Stiftelsen Preikestølen og Lysefjorden Utvikling, suggested.
“We’re getting close to an amount that will set off need for analysis, and the political bodies need to get involved too,” the foundation’s Audun Rake told the newspaper.
Following the death of the Spanish tourist on October 8, what appears to be a suicide note has come to light written by the deceased and timed for publication on social media after his fall. Local police have been made aware of the note.
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