The hike to Trolltunga is fantastic and a memory for life! It passes through high-mountain terrain with spectacular views of the mountains and a fjord. Thousands of people do this hike every year and it is very well signposted all the way. It is a really tough hike. Since the weather can be tricky it is a good thing to have two days set off for this hike so you can go when the weather is ok.
Starting/Finishing point: Skjeggedal
Distance: 28 (20) km
Length of time: 8-12 hours
Ascent/Descent: +/- 1200 (800)
Difficulty: Black (*On the tongue!)
Water along the way: Yes
Shoes to choose: Hiking boots
When: June-September (with guide only during the rest of the year)
How to get to Trolltunga?
The hike to Trolltunga starts in Skjeggedal, about 2,5 hours drive from Bergen. The closest village is Odda, at the South end of Sörfjorden. In Odda there are a few basic hotels, restaurants and a camping. From Odda there is a daily shuttle bus (300 NOK/per person oneway) to Skjeggedal. First bus at 5:50 in the morning from the camping in Odda.
If you choose to go to Skjeggedal by car, drive to the small village of Tyssedal, 7 kilometers from Odda and 2,5 hours from Bergen. In Tyssedal turn off by the sign to Skjeggedal and "Trolltunga".
From Tyssedal there is a 7 kilometer windling road up to Skjeggedal. In Skjeggedal there is a large parking (600 NOK/24 hours) but it soon fills up with cars during high season so you´d better be there early (before 7 a.m.).
"Another option is to free camp close to the Trolltongue.
You can then arrive later in the afternoon."
If the parking at Tyssedal is full you have to go back down the 7 kilometers to Tyssedal and find a parking (300 NOK/24 hours + take a bus to Skjeggedal or walk). You are not allowed to camp in Skjeggedal.
Another option is to free camp close to the Trolltongue. You can then arrive later in the afternoon. By then people are leaving Skjeggdal and you will probably not have any problem finding a parking. We arrived around 4 p.m. in the afternoon and had no problem finding a parking.
The Trolltunga hike
From Skjeggedal the hike is 14 kilometers one way to Trolltunga. You go back the same way. You can shorten the distance to 20 kilometers if you take the bus 4 kilometers to Mågelitopp. That also saves you some 400 metres ascent (100 NOK oneway).
To take a photo standing on Trolltunga you will probably have to queue. If the weather is nice and you get there after 9 a.m. it might take a couple of hours waiting, but the environment is beautiful so time passes by quickly.
Free camping by the Trolltunga
One option is to free camp close the Trolltunga. It takes some strength to carry the equipment all the way but I promise you, it is well worth the effort. Standing on the Trolltoungue in sunset or sunrise wht the amzaing views is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We arrived at the Trolltongue around 7:30 p.m. and then there was no queue.
"Standing on the Trolltongue in sunrise or sunset with
the amazing views is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!"
We actually set up the tent 2 kilometres from the Trolltunga as there were water and we wanted the view below as seen on the photo. We could actually see the Trolltongue from our camping spot. It is to the left in the photo. Not easy to see though!
Do bring warm clothes even if it is really warm i daytime. It gets really cold in the night.
You can also buy a guided package including camping gear and food to stay overnight close to the Trolltunga (3 000 NOK per person). Then you will not have to carry anything more than the food for the way up and your own personal things.
The weather in the high mountains changes quickly. You shall not hike if there is strong winds, heavy rain or fog predicted. To be sure to be able to do the hike it is a recommendation to have a close look at the weather forecast and be ready to stay an extra day in Odda to increase your chances to do the hike.
Depending on your fitness it is, at least in theory, possible to drive back to Bergen after the hike, but take care since it is a tough hike and the road to Bergen is windling.
We actually sat at home in Stockholm, 900 kilometers east, wating until the weather forecast showed sun for the following days. We then drove straight to Geilo, 2,5 hours from Skjeggedal, spent the night there and arrived in Skjeggedal around 4 p.m the next day. Since we are far up in the north sunset is not until 9-11 p.m.
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