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Hiking Trolltunga in Norway

Hikers stand in line to take a frightful photo of themselves sitting at the very tip of the "Troll's tongue"

Best time: mid-June–mid-September

Hiking Trolltunga
Hiking Trolltunga
Hiking Trolltunga

Trolltunga is one of the world's most spectacular rock formations as its shape resembles a huge thick tongue jutting out 700 m above the lake Ringedalsvatnet surrounded by mountains—a truly breathtaking view. It takes up to 10 strenuous hours to climb the summit situated 1100 m above sea level. The starting point is Skjeggedal, easily accessible from Odda. Naturally a certain level of fitness is necessary. Although the cliff is safe enough to take epic photos, it is advisable to remain alert and cautious to prevent tragic accidents. There are no safety fences, and recently Trolltunga has seen an accidental fatal fall of a young student. Since there is neither phone coverage nor 3G, it would be troublesome and time-consuming to call out the rescue team to come and help out the injured in case of any accident. Tourists are encouraged to keep in mind that the best measure of​ safety is their sobriety. The rock is accessible from mid-June to mid-September when there is less snow in the mountains.

Practical info

When is the recommended season for hiking Trolltunga?

Hiking Trolltunga is ideal during mid-June to mid-September when the mountains have less snow. Favorable weather conditions, fewer accidents, and beautiful panoramas around the hiking trails are found during this time. Hikers must consistently monitor the weather forecast as unpredictable weather can be dangerous. Show more

What is the starting point for the Trolltunga hike?

The Trolltunga hike starts from Skjeggedal, which is easily accessible from Odda. Skjeggedal, located seven kilometers away from the city center, has the parking lot, restrooms, and facilities for the hikers. The hiking trail's safe and convenient starting point is from Skjeggedal, where people can climb up to the Trolltunga summit. Show more

What is the average time needed to reach the top of Trolltunga?

Reaching the Trolltunga summit requires 8 to 10 hours of strenuous hiking, covering 22 kilometers approximately. The challenging journey involves steep climbs, rough terrains, and narrow rocky paths, which can be exhausting unless hikers are physically and mentally well-prepared. Wearing comfortable, weather-sensitive shoes and clothing is recommended to get a better experience. Show more

What safety measures must be followed to avoid any accidents during the Trolltunga hike?

Hiking Trolltunga requires good physical endurance, staying hydrated, and dressing appropriately. Hikers must obey specific safety instructions such as refraining from hiking in unstable weather conditions and not taking unnecessary risks. While capturing photos, one should avoid dangerous spots aiming to endanger one's life or that of others. Moreover, hikers must stay on designated paths and be careful to not walk to the edge of any cliffs or rock formations. Show more

What are the alternative routes for reaching Trolltunga?

Besides the popular Sky Ladder trail, hikers can choose from other marked paths, including Western Route, Eastern Route, or Dronningstien Route. While it is a bit demanding, the Sky Ladder's primary route is indeed the perfect choice for first-timers. However, other trails are more exhaustive and require more energy, stamina, and hiking experience. Before beginning the journey, hikers must plan their time, research the path, and assess their abilities. Show more

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