Trolltunga is no doubt one of the most awe-inspiring cliffs in Norway, situated about 1,100 meters above sea level and hovering some 700 metres above Lake Ringedalsvatnet.
The hike to Trolltunga (literally "the troll’s tongue") in Skjeggedal is 23-27 kilometres long, with an ascent of about 900 meters. It will take you up to 10 hours in total, but it is worth the effort – along the way you pass many attractions, for example the Ringedal dam and mountain potholes.
The hiking trail starts on the right side of the funicular Mågelibanen (not in operation). The trail is marked with the red letter T painted in the terrain and there are also some signs along the route.
Trolltunga is a very challenging route. The hike goes through high mountain terrain and the weather may change quickly. Before you set out, consider whether you are in good enough shape and have the right equipment. Plan carefully and start early in the day. There is no mobile phone coverage along the route.
The Hardangerfjord region has been an important European tourist destination since the 19th century. The area offers spectaclar nature and living culture, and is a perfect choice for active or more relaxing holidays.
Some of the most amazing hikes in Norway are in the Hardangerfjord region - Trolltunga, the four waterfalls trail in Husedalen valley, HM Queen Sonja's panoramic hiking trail and the Hardangervidda National Park.
The hiking season usually lasts from the middle of June to the middle of September.
In Åkrafjorden you’ll find one of the most underrated attractions in Norway: The giant waterfall Langfossen. The CNN once named it one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, and you will have a hard time getting this close to a waterfall of this size anywhere else on the planet – and yet far too many drive right past it.
Hike up on your own two feet for the best experience. The 600-meter vertical climb will sting your thighs and legs, but once you’re at the top, it won’t be the steep climb that takes your breath away but rather the stunning view.
Awaken your senses on a tour through the beautiful landscapes of Åkrafjorden. Aakrafjord Adventures provides packaged and tailor-made tours to individuals and groups to memorable locations, sometimes in cooperation with other exciting local suppliers.
Their most popular tour is the Langfoss Waterfall Fjord Cruise – it is nothing short of a spectacle to view the 612-metre high waterfall from the water. Another fabulous experience is the Tractor Safari to Eikemo Moutain Farm, which takes you to the farms on the roadless side of the fjord by boat and tractor.
Etnefjella has been called one of Norway’s forgotten mountain treasures. With a gentle, varied landscape that alternates between high mountains, green valleys, small lakes and rivers, it is a paradise for those who plan to go hiking with the whole family.
The modern tourist lodge Blomstølen is a two- to three-hour hike from civilization and has a fantastic mountain atmosphere.
Find out where Trolltunga and all the other wonderful places are located in the map below.
You can take a train from Oslo to Voss, and continue from there to Odda by bus. Book your train ticket with NSB (Norway's state railway).
Take route 13 from Odda to Tyssedal, where you follow the signs to Skjeggedal. After seven kilometres in Skjeggedal there is a parking place with a parking fee.
Please note that the parking fills up early in the morning during high season – you may want to consider parking in Odda or Tyssedal instead.
From Odda via Tyssedal to Skjeggedal in high season.
There is also a daily express bus between Trolltunga and Preikestolen from 1 July to 31 August
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