A former footballer wanders around Norway, photographing nature in in 360° for the technology giant Google. Now, he’s gone to Trolltunga.
The hike to Trolltunga is among Norway’s most popular. During 2016, more than 100,000 people will walk the 23 kilometres to the top of the mountain above the Ringedalsvatnet lake.
Trolltunga (“the troll’s tongue”) is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway, situated about 1,100 meters above sea level. However, it’s also a demanding hike, and the round trip can take 10–12 hours.
Some should think twice before starting the climb, as local rescue crews have had to complete 28 operations there so far in 2016.
Soon, however, we will all be able to get a really good taste of what the trip is really like.
Adventurer Bjørn Heidenstrøm recently went to Trolltunga and documented the hike back to Skjeggedal, together with Lage Thune Myrberget, the head of culture and sports in Odda municipality.
In his backpack, Heidenstrøm had a large “camera ball” – an invention weighing 22 kilos, with 15 cameras documenting the terrain in every direction.
In a few months, the result can be seen and enjoyed using Google Street View.
“The rescue operations prove that we have a few challenges when it comes to Trolltunga. When the trip is available on Google Street View, tourists from all over the world will be able to see the hike in advance, which will help them in their preparations”, Myrberget said to the local newspaper Hardanger folkeblad.
Myrberget and Heidenstrøm hope that the service will be used both by those dreaming of going to Trolltunga, and to help tourists who have decided to go in order to prepare.
Judging by the feedback from the hikers the two of them met on the way, a service like this will be very much in demand.
“We explained the project to tourists on the way. Everybody were positive, and said they would have used the service beforehand if it was already available”, the two of them said to Hardanger folkeblad.
Heidenstrøm have documented several Norwegian hikes for Google in the last year. The technology giant contacted the former footballer (who used to play for for Leyton Orient in England, among many others) because of his work digitizing hiking maps for Norwegian municipalities.
“I guess they picked me because I have the physique to go a whole day with a camera weighing 22 kilos on my back”, Heidenstrøm says to Telemarksavisa.
Exploring the mountains and embracing nature and the outdoors is a way of life for most Norwegians. And our most scenic nature is definitely best enjoyed on foot.
The young American traveller Addie Minnis was overly confident before tackling Norwegian nature. That could have ended really, really badly.