Hike to Trolltunga, Norway

Trolltunga - Search Nearby - Added by Caitlin Cammarata

Distance: 22 km (13.6 miles) roundtrip. Duration: 8-11 hour hike if done in one day. Elevation gain: 900 m (2,950 ft). Located in the Hardangerfjord region. One of the most incredible hikes in Norway. Amazing fjord and glacier valley views. Dramatic landscape and multi-terrain hiking.

Odds is the nearest town to this location. From Odda, you can either drive or take a bus through Tyssedal up into Skjeggedal. The main parking lot is almost impossible to miss, located on the right hand side at the end of the road.

The first km of trail is a steep rock stair ascent. During the rainy season, it can become incredibly slippery, so holding onto set fixed ropes is necessary. After the stairs, there is a huge valley to hike through that leads up to the next big ascent. In the valley, if you are running low on water, there are a ton of streams where you can fill up, just make sure you filter it. The water tastes incredible!

The next big ascent includes a mixed terrain of slick rock and snow, depending on the season or sporadic weather. Wet shoes are inevitable! After several more kms, you will start to see the incredible lake of Ringedalsvatnet on the right hand side of the fjord, if visibility is good.

Usually, the remainder of the hike is either in mud and rock or snow, depending on conditions (we had snow in late July, so any and all hiking conditions should be expected!). When you finally reach Trolltunga, you will usually be greeted by a bunch of tourists lined up to take a photo on this famous glacier-formed rock ledge.

I recommend leaving early, around 5 or 6 am, so that you don't end up behind the afternoon crowd. The day is long and feels like it will never end, but it is so worth it! The hike back will take around 4-5 hours to complete.

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So worth it!

The first and last km of this hike was extremely challenging, but oh so worth it for the view at the end! What an amazing experience, definitely try to get out there as early as possibly to avoid a big line at the ending photo op, and to ensure a place to park. Wouldn't recommend trying this one out in the rain but on a nice day it's spectacular!

Try to camp up there! If you get up early you are all alone and you can enjoy the view and silence. Plus you don't have to hurry up to get back in time. Enjoy the hike, taste the fresh water and take your time at the first Kilometer.