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.
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
Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.
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