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Trolltunga
Safety tips for summer hiking to Trolltunga.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Iver Bostad / Bleed / Visitnorway.no

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Safe summer hike to Trolltunga

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Summer season

Never hike to Trolltunga in the winter. If you want to enjoy the view when there is snow, you can join one of the guided snowshoe or skiing trips that start in March.

10–12 hour hike

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Proper hiking equipment

Pack a 30-litre backpack to be sure that you have enough room for everything you need in the Norwegian mountains. A map and compass, first-aid equipment, a fully charged mobile phone, and a headlamp are just some of the things we recommend you keep in your backpack. Scroll down the page for a complete packing list.

Warm, suitable clothing

With such an elevation gain, it is crucial to wear suitable shoes. Use hiking boots and leave your trainers at your base. You will walk through wet marsh, mud, and water at several points along the way. It will also be colder as you get higher, so be sure to bring some warm clothes. Wear wind and waterproof outerwear, and always pack an extra set of clothes, including a cap, a scarf, and gloves or mittens.

How to get there

We recommend getting the starting point by public transport due to limited parking facilities. From the parking area at Skjeggedal you follow the trail marked with red T’s. Throughout the hike, signs show how far you have come and how much there is still to go. Always bring a map and compass as there is no mobile coverage in large sections of the hike. It is a good idea to put your mobile phone in flight mode to save battery life.

Food and drink

Always bring enough food and drink when you set out on a trip. It is important to have enough refills to make sure your energy reserves last all the way.

Guided hikes

If you are inexperienced or feel unsure about doing the trip, we recommend that you join a guided hike. A good guide can turn a bad day into a fantastic experience.

Other hiking routes in the area

There are many other hikes around Trolltunga and in the nearby areas, including easier options. Check out the other hiking alternatives in the area.

Weather conditions in the mountains

Even if sunshine and fair weather are predicted, the weather conditions can change quickly. Always check the weather forecast before you start your trip, and talk to the locals about what kind of weather to expect. They will often know if there is a risk of rain and windy conditions even if the weather forecast is promising.

Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Download Yr’s free weather app for iOS or Android.

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Summer hiking packing list.
Photo: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / visitnorway.com

Packing list for your summer hike

With a good backpack filled with the right equipment, you have a great base for a wonderful experience in the mountains. Choose a backpack with a volume of 30 litres to be sure to have enough space for everything.

Clothing

  • hiking boots
  • wind and waterproof jacket and trousers
  • wool underwear and a wool sweater
  • an extra set of clothes and socks
  • cap, scarf and gloves or mittens

Equipment

  • enough food and drinks for the whole trip
  • a fully charged mobile phone in a plastic bag to avoid water damage
  • a small headlamp and extra batteries
  • sunglasses and sunscreen
  • plastic bags for garbage and other things
  • first-aid kit and extra blister plasters
  • map and compass
  • pocket knife
  • Nordic walking poles for maintaining your balance in rough terrain
  • reflexive vest in case you need rescuing
Tourists hiking in the mountains with umbrellas
Top mistakes tourists make.
Photo: Film production: Kristian Paulsen (selvestepaulsen.no) / Bleed / visitnorway.com

Do’s and don’ts

Every year, Norwegian volunteer rescue crews go into the mountains to retrieve travellers who have lost their way, are tired or injured or have encountered problems after dark. These travellers are often dressed in everyday clothes and lack suitable equipment.

Do this:

  • Research the length, duration, and recommended physical conditioning for the hike you want to do.
  • Check the weather conditions and always listen to local mountain residents.
  • Buy or rent the right equipment for your trip.
  • Always bring enough food, drinks, and an extra change of clothes in your backpack.
  • Check out the possibility of joining a guided tour.

Avoid this:

  • Don’t wear jeans, trainers, or other everyday clothing.
  • Don’t start your trip too late in the day, as you might risk having to hike in the dark.
  • Never start your mountain hike without being in good enough physical shape.
  • Don’t depend on a map on your mobile device as there is not always coverage in the mountains.
  • Don’t leave anything, including trash, behind.

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