For those who stay until Saturday, there is an option to make a trip to the Pulpit Rock ("Preikestolen"), the most renowned natural sight of the region. The trip includes a ferry to the village of Tau and from there a bus ride to the Pulpit Rock mountain lodge. From there, it takes about 2 hours and a 350 meter ascent to get to the Pulpit Rock. The trip can be taken by anyone without health problems. However, since the path is mostly on rock, it is necessary to wear reliable shoes. Also, bring a lunch pack and water, as there is no chance to buy anything once away from the mountain lodge. Finally, we strongly recommend taking at least partially waterproof clothing in case rain or showers are forecast.
We shall take a ferry at 09:00 from the Stavanger ferry terminal ("Fiskepiren") [map], which is a short walk from your hotels. Allow 8 hours for the whole trip. We recommend buying your tickets online. Visit this page on the Tide Buss website, and follow the "book trip" link. You have to select a concrete date. Choose 16/7 and proceed to "book". The price is 300 NOK. It is necessary to print out the tickets and bring them with you. We can print them out for you provided that you send the pdf to the conference e-mail address by midday on Friday.
Note that the tickets are non-refundable. If you are not sure whether you can join, you can postpone the purchase of the tickets to a later time as they do not include a seat reservation. It is also possible to get the tickets on the spot, but one then has to buy separate tickets for the ferry and the bus, resulting in a somewhat higher total price.
The weather forecast is unfortunately rather unstable at the moment. Keep an eye on the Yr weather pages to see how the weather situation is panning out. We will provide a guide unless the weather forecast is for steady rain. (In the latter case, we will be happy to provide further details or instructions to those willing to undertake the trip on their own.)