Trolltunga

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DAY HIKES AND ROUND TRIPS

Trolltunga

Norway

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.

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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)

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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 Trolltunga. 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 in finding a parking. Read more about freecamping by Trolltunga below.

The Trolltunga hike


From Skjeggedal the hike is 14 kilometers one way to Trolltunga and then 14 kilometres back, a total of 28 kilometres. That is quite a lot considering that you also have an elevation of  1,200 metres of height.


If you are not used to walk that far or that many metres of height you can shorten the distance to 20 kilometers if you take the bus 4 kilometers to and from Skjeggedal to Mågelitopp. That also saves you some 400 metres ascent (100 NOK oneway). The bus is on a "come first, serve first" basis.


4 kilometres unpaved road

The first part of the hike is along a windling road for 4 kilometres. Finally reaching the bus stop in Mågelitopp the trail to Trolltunga continues right beside it. 

The trail after the bus stop is an easy ascent for a few kilometres trough an area with private mountain huts where you are not allowed to camp.


It then gets a little steeper before you reach the high mountain terrain where the trail flattens. From now on you are also allowed to freecamp.


Finally reaching high mountain terrain

When reaching the high mountain terrain the most difficult and streneous part is done. Having said that you still have many kilometres left until you reach Trolltunga. Take your time with many breaks and enjoy the incredible views of the fjord and mountains.

Approaching Trolltunga you will probably spot some tents far away. That is where Trolltunga is.


Just before reaching Trolltunga you will pass across and by a few small lakes and a water reservoir.

Finally reaching Trolltunga you will probably be surprised by how small it is... Yet on the same time big enough not to be afraid to walk out on it. I am really, really afraid of height and I did it!


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 Trolltunga


One option is to free camp close Trolltunga. It takes some strength to carry the equipment all the way but I promise you, it is well worth the effort. Standing on Trolltungag in sunset or sunrise with the amzaing views is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We arrived at Trolltunga around 7:30 p.m. and then there was no queue.

We actually set up the tent 2 kilometres from Trolltunga as there were water and we wanted the view below as seen on the photo. We could actually see Trolltunga 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 during the night.


You can also buy a guided package including camping gear and food to stay overnight close to 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


The weather in the high mountains changes quickly. You shall not hike if there are 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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