Trolltunga
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How To Hike Trolltunga

Norway is known for its amazing nature – Mountains, fjords, the coastline, and forests. Today I’ll write about how to hike Trolltunga – a spectacular mountain I’ll visit this summer. This is a very popular mountain, and many tourists pay their visit every year.

It’s located in Ullensvang municipality in Vestland county, at the western end of the Hardangervidda (also a popular trail). Trolltunga has been on my bucket list for some time now, and I can’t wait to check it off.


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How To Get To Trolltunga

To get to the starting point of the trip, Odda, you can choose to drive or take a bus. Several options depending on where you travel from.

CAR:

Drive to Odda and stay on Rv13 to Tyssedal. Follow the signs to Skjeggedal.

PARKING:

  1. P1: In Tyssedal. Distance to Trolltunga, 40 km round trip – approx. 15 hours. (Shuttles to P2/P3).
  2. P2: In Skjeggedal. Distance to Trolltunga, 28 km round trip – approx. 8 – 12 hours. (Shuttles to P3).
  3. P3: In Mågelitopp. Distance to Trolltunga, 20 km round trip – approx. 7 – 10 hours. (Very limited capacity).

PARKING FEE:

Parking fees vary from 300 NOK to 900 NOK depending on how many days you want to be parked and in which parking space you park (P1, P2, or P3).

BUS TO ODDA – AND ON TO SKJEGGEDAL

From Stavanger: Route NW400 which corresponds to NW180, Haukeliekspressen, and takes you to Odda bus station.

From Bergen: Bus route 930 goes to Odda.

From Oslo: Haukeliekspressen to Odda, or ‘Go Trolltunga’ (bus) with ‘Go Fjords’.

From Odda bus station: You travel to Skjeggedal by shuttle bus (available between June – September) or by taxi. For timetables, see Odda taxi or Taxi bus Odda.


“The Troll Tongue” Hike

Depending on where you start the hike, you will get a lot out of this journey. If you are not used to mountain hiking, you should participate in a hiking tour where an experienced guide can lead you in the right direction at all times. The entire trail is well-marked.

Weather forecasts vary a lot. Maps and compasses are recommended, markings may disappear under snow and fog. The weather (or conditions) is most likely not the same at the top, as when you started the hike – There might even be snow some places along the trail / at the top.

Route Description:

You start the hike on a well-marked road (red T’s). The trail continues relatively flat towards ‘Gryteskar’. At a section of the path just before the ascent, turn right and follow the sign (clear and T-marked path). Then you go towards ‘Trombeskar’, where the path takes off towards ‘Tyssevassbu’ and further towards Hardangervidda.

The trail continues eastwards and descends towards ‘Store Floren’, where there is wall remains of a stable for the horses that were used in the construction operations for the power development in the early 1900s. Here you will find running water and this is a nice place to stop for a picnic/break.

Furthermore, the hike goes over ‘Hestaflåene’ and over the dry river ‘Endåna’, where you can see clear traces of the construction activity. Steep up to ‘Endanuten’, and then you cross the dry river to ‘Tyssestrengene’ (Use the bridges). This was a twin waterfall of 300 meters free fall (Norway’s highest). These were expanded in 1967.

Trolltunga is getting close and you are almost there, at the highlight of the hike. It is common to go out on the edge itself. Photography there is the very goal for most people who go to Trolltunga, but show extreme caution!


About Trolltunga

Trolltunga is the most spectacular rock formation in Norway. The name of the mountain means ‘The tongue of the troll’ due to its unique shape – A small stone plateau protruding from the rock, 700 meters above ‘Ringedalsvatnet’. The hike is well worth the effort, and you will get an enormous reward at the top – The view is mind-blowing.

Many people want to capture the amazing view from the plateau. It’s very important to be careful at the edge and to be polite to others in the photography line (A lot of people want to perpetuate this moment).

Area: Hardangervidda.

Height: 1108 m.o.h / 3609 ft above sea level.

Category: Hiking/Mountain hiking

Grading: Expert/demanding.

Length: 14.5 km/9.01 miles

Duration: 7 – 15 hours – Depending on the route.

Season: June – October.

Height difference: 800 m/2625 ft.


What You Need In Your Backpack

This is a long hike, and you have to plan it well In advance. If you don’t have the necessary equipment for this type of hike, you should buy or rent this (you can rent equipment at ‘Trolltunga Active’ in ‘Skjeggedal’ or at the tourist information in Odda.

Always keep in mind; The weather can change in few seconds. Here is the minimum of what you need to pack for the hike:

  • Waterproof mountain boots.
  • Warm sweater (e.g. wool).
  • Wind- and waterproof clothing (jacket and pants).
  • Hat.
  • Gloves/mittens.
  • Change of clothes.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Headlamp.
  • Plenty of food and beverages.
  • First aid equipment.
  • Mountain cloth/tarp for emergency shelter.

Mother Nature At Its Best

I think it’s needless to say that nature has a lot to offer. The hike to Trolltunga is a hike I’m really looking forward to, and hopefully, this summer will be a better one than 2020. I will use my time wisely and study the route and buy the necessary equipment. Now I just have to convince my husband to tag along.

If you ever visit Norway, or live in Norway but want to explore other parts, this is a perfect goal. I know I will, very soon. It’s only a couple of hours to drive from my house to Odda, so it’s quite strange I haven’t been to Trolltunga already. Now I have something BIG to look forward to!

Hope you enjoyed the article. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

-Cathy-

2 Comments

  • Pierre B.

    Cathy,

    I have to say i am a traveller in the soul.

    Your Post is very informative for someone like me ,that knows a big fat ZERO about that location, basically nothing about Norway.

    A place that i never really tought about visiting ,but seeing all the mountains and lake and everything , well you kind of got my attention… and maybe wanted to know more about it and slip it in my traveller list.

    Very Nicely done!

    Cheers
    Pierre

    • Cathrin

      Hi Pierre

      Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and leaving a comment.
      I’m so glad you liked the article. I love that we have so many great hiking locations in Norway. There are many places I want to visit.

      I’m also searching for new places in other contries to hike. Of course, I’ll have to wait until the covid- situation is over, but that does not stop me from dreaming 🙂

      I hope you are able to visit Norway some day, and check out some of the stunning locations here. It’s great having a traveller list – Dreams and goals.

      I wish you a great weekend.

      Take care.

      Cathy

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