A Guide To Hiking Trolltunga

There are several things to take into consideration when deciding to hike Norway’s Trolltunga. Can you walk up a flight of stairs without breathing hard? Do you mind stepping in mud puddles as large as Rhode Island? Can you handle extreme beauty without sobbing? (There’s a lot of it!)

There’s no question that this is one of the most physically demanding adventures we’d ever been on in our lives. It was 22 kilometers (~13.6 miles) round trip, and took us a total of 11 hours (6 hours up, 1 hour at Trolltunga, and 4 hours back down).

We were pretty unprepared for our own trek, so we thought we’d try to help out future hikers with this guide to conquering Trolltunga. We’ve divided it into a few helpful sections which you can click through below.



  1. What Is Trolltunga?
  2. Trail Overview – What Should I Expect?
  3. How Long Will It Take?
  4. How Do I Get There?
  5. What Kinds Of Accommodations Are There?
  6. What Should I Bring?
  7. Tips!
  8. Resources


What Is Trolltunga?

Trolltunga, translated to “Troll’s Tongue,” is a cliff rock jutting out about 700 meters above lake Ringedalsvatnet in Norway. It was formed about 10,000 years ago from glacier erosion. In fact you can still see glaciers on the mountaintops and take guided tours to them. Along the way, you’ll find gorgeous blue lakes, towering fjords and impressive scenery that no picture can accurately describe. Originally it was intended to be a multiple day hike, however when the funicular was introduced people started making the trek in a single day. The funicular was closed down in 2010, however for some reason crazy people like us continue making the trip in just one day.

Trail Overview

From the trailhead parking lot, you climb the entire first kilometer up stone steps. Occasionally there are points where there is a slick rock face, and a large, dirty rope is in place to help you climb up. The first kilometer is pretty brutal overall, and you’re surprised when you get to the 1km sign because it feels like you’ve done a lot more than that. Nope, you’ve got a long ways to go buddy. There are a few times you can look back and see some pretty cool views of the lake and morning fog during that section.

Between the 1km and 2km mark, it levels out somewhat and you find yourself in an enormous mountaintop valley. It was very marshy during our September hike, and oftentimes you’ll find yourself jumping from stone to stone. There are a few ice cold creeks here, so it’s a good time to refill your water bottle. Also interesting to note are the several secluded cabins you’ll see along the way. After about a 45 minute walk through this valley, it’s time for another major climb.

Instead of rock stairs, the trail winds uphill quite a bit before finally bringing you upon an enormous slick rock face. It is imperative to be careful here as it’s really easy to slip. Looking back upon the valley is a fantastic treat though! This slick rock can be pretty treacherous depending on the time of year and snow melt.

You’ll reach a small lake that the trail twists around before going downhill. The downhill portion will feel like actual heaven, but it doesn’t last long unfortunately. From here it’s a little bumpy, but before long it’ll be another big climb. It’s around this area where you’ll see an emergency cabin intended for use in extreme scenarios where you’re about to freeze to death and came unprepared. Inside you’ll find emergency blankets, sleeping bags and stoves for food and heat. If nothing else, it’s kind of cool to just poke your head inside.

Climbing up this portion is where you get your first view of the gorgeous lake Ringedalsvatnet. We stopped and had lunch there for ten minutes, just staring at it. It’s really quite impressive and the sheer mountains surrounding it are monumental. From here, it can be very muddy and you may find yourself tip-toeing around, trying to find the best route through large fields of mud. You’ve done the majority of the climbing for the day though, so take solace in that fact! From here it’ll be many small ups and downs as you traverse through terrain that doesn’t look like it even belongs on this planet.

Right when you feel like giving up, the trail comes upon some large rock and water pools that you’ll hop around, and all of a sudden you come around the bend and… there it is! Trolltunga, you made it! Halle-freakin-lujah! Enjoy your time there, have some food, drink lots of water, and get that picture for Instagram that you’ve worked so hard for.


How Long Will It Take?

It took us 11 hours round trip. That’s from the Skjeggedal parking lot, six hours of hiking to the top including stops for lunch and photos, an hour at Trolltunga, and then four excruciating hours back down to the parking lot. We have friends who did the whole trip in 8 hours, so it’s really up to how in-shape you are, what the weather’s like and how quickly you hike.


How To Get There

Odda is the main town and point of reference you want to reach. It is located at the southern tip of the Sørfjorden fjord, and you can get there from Bergen or Oslo by bus or train. We took a 1.5 hour long train ride from Bergen to Voss, followed by a bus which took us the remainder of the way (2 hours to Odda). If taking public transpo, it can be a tricky place to get to so be aware that you may be taking several modes of transportation. Once you reach Odda, you’ll take a bus through Tyssedal and then up to the mountain settlement of Skjeggedal. This bus is only 48 NOK and is probably the best and easiest way to get there without a car. The trailhead for Trolltunga begins in Skjeggedal.


We were fortunate enough to Couchsurf in nearby Lofthus. On the day of our hike, we got up early and took the 990 bus from Lofthus to Tyssedal. It’s only about a 30 minute bus ride, and we arrived there around 7:30am. Use this convenient travel planner to figure out bus times and routes for all Norwegian buses, boats and trams. Also feel free to contact the Odda Tourist Office for more detailed information about the hike, accommodation and maps. Once we arrived into Tyssedal, we hitchhiked up the mountain with a nice couple from San Francisco (which is another 7km or so) and parked at the top. The parking fee is 100 NOK for the day, or 200 NOK for the night.


What Kind Of Accommodations Are There?

There aren’t too many options for accommodations since Trolltunga is situated around very small communities. Here’s all of the ones we know about:


If you’re looking to experience how the locals live while receiving (usually) cheaper accommodations, this is the way to do it. There are a few new Airbnb listings popping up in the area.

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There are a few hotels in the area that cost between $130-$300 a night. Most are in the town Odda, such as the Hardanger hotel or the aptly named Trolltunga hotel.


Depending on the time of year, you can do some camping in Odda. In addition to this, you can camp anywhere for free that is considered public land according to Norwegian law! Many people end up camping the night on top of Trolltunga for a beautiful view of the stars.


We stayed at a Couchsurfing home when we visited Trolltunga, and if you are involved with that community it can help out greatly with the expensive Norwegian accommodations. Make sure to not bring your muddy boots back into the house and be respectful of your hosts since they are opening their homes to you for free.


What To Bring

  1. Comfortable hiking pack.
  2. A reusable water bottle.
  3. Simple lunch, high-energy snacks and protein bars.
  4. Extra pair of socks.
  5. Waterproof boots. Gaiters wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
  6. Layers. Bring thin, breathable jackets and/or shirts so that when you stop for a few minutes to catch your breath, you won’t get cold. And when you begin hiking again, you can take the layer off because you’ll be sweating like a pig.
  7. A good camera is essential! We had our phones and a pretty good point-and-shoot, but we constantly wish we’d had a DSLR for truly epic pictures.



  • Make sure to use the restroom near the parking lot before heading up, there are none once you climb up to the top!
  • Camping is allowed anywhere along the trail, but be sure to employ Leave No Trace practices while camping. Many people do camp up at the top. If you are unfamiliar with Leave No Trace, read about it here.
  • Water is abundant, clean and cold. No need to bring water sterilization as the glacier water is perfect and refreshing.
  • When you get to the top of Trolltunga, do yourself a favor and change into your clean socks. By this point, your feet will be hating what you just put them through. Changing into clean, dry socks will make your hike back down much more bearable.
  • Be PREPARED for adverse weather conditions. This area is easily unpredictable, and getting stuck up there without the right gear can be very serious.
  • There used to be a running funicular which took you up the first kilometer to the cabin settlement. Sadly, it has been out of use since 2010, but occasionally people still climb up the leftover tracks rather than take the rock steps of the normal trail. The funicular hike is way more dangerous because if you fall through one of the slats, you risk severely injuring yourself.
  • The trail follows what are called “cairns,” which are essentially tall rock piles with the Trolltunga symbol marking the correct path. Keep an eye out for these.
  • Get there as early as possible. We were there on a Monday, and still the groups of other hikers had us waiting almost a half hour. Everyone is typically very nice, and will take your picture for you from the viewing area as you walk out onto the cliff.
  • The best time to hike is between May and September when the snows subside. We went September 8 and the weather was perfect.
  • The first kilometer up is pretty awful, but coming back down those same rock steps are pure, unadulterated agony. Your knees and feet will probably be in pain for the next couple of days minimum.
  • This hike is strenuous but in our opinion it is absolutely 100% worth it. It was our favorite part of a 6 month backpacking trip and we hope we can do it again some day! If you have the time, consider preparing for it so you can enjoy the surrounding beauty and dramatic Norwegian scenery.


We sincerely hope this guide was helpful to you! Are you planning to hike Trolltunga? Let us know in the comments section below!


Shelly & Jimmie

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112 comments on A Guide To Hiking Trolltunga

  • Kelly | Endlessly Exploring

    I would love to this hike! It looks absolutely incredible! I’ve bookmarked this page for the day that I start to plan my adventure there 🙂

    • Shelly Borga

      Hey Kelly – So glad this guide was helpful for you! Let us know if you end up hiking this beast as we’d love to hear your thoughts!!

      • Corinna

        Hello! Thanks for your interesting post on the hike, really enjoyed reading it. my friend and I are thinking of doing Trolltunga in a day this August, then have a rest day in between and do the Hanging Krejag Hike near Stavanger. In your opinion, how tough is the Trolltunga hike? Would you even recommend us doing another hike after just a day’s rest ?

    • Stacey

      Helloo There 🙂

      Thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. Really insightful and full of handy information. This is not something I’ve ever really been aware of but recently came across it. Plus my parter has been watching Viking and is obsessed. Sure it was set / based here. Anyway I’m thinking it could be a good Christmas present. Looks incredible.
      I woneeded would you book through anyone in particular? Is it all guided tours or can you go for it with your party? Curious with what’s best.
      Next thing… I assume you need you pay to do this? Howe much is it in GBP?

      Your pictures are fantastic!

  • Reinhold Rennert

    Wow, I’m really impressed about this detailled description of hiking to Trolltunga. So many travel related websites out there, but these kind of informations are still very hard to find. I was near this location last August in Odda, but I had just recovered from my meniscus surgery, so I didn’t do it. It’s still in my head, Trolltunga looks so fantastic, maybe one day … 🙂

    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! As difficult as it was, we wouldn’t mind going back ourselves… it was that awesome!

      • Graciëlla

        We are going up tomorrow. Reading your blog makes me a bit scared but also eager to go!

  • Naila

    This is the info I’ve been looking for! I’m starting my RTW trip in July in Bergen, Norway and my first destination is Trolltunga. I’ll be traveling alone so this info (transportations, accommodation) is super helpful. Thanks so much for sharing and looking forward to reading more! 🙂

    • Shelly Borga

      Bergen is a lovely place to start a RTW trip! We recently wrote a post on our week spent there which may be helpful to you also. Trolltunga was our favorite part of the Norway trip though just because of how much effort it took and the feeling of accomplishment once reaching the cliff. We hope your hike goes well and let us know what you think once you’ve completed it!

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  • Ashley

    Thanks for this helpful and detailed guide! I am dying to do this hike- the views look absolutely unreal. I’m not sure if I’m fit enough, but hopefully will be by the time I visit Norway! And I will definitely revert to this post to help plan my visit!
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    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      You’re welcome, thanks for the kind comment! You should absolutely put this hike on your bucket list, it’s well worth it.

  • Winda Anessya

    Thank you very much for the information, this is very helpful . I will go to norway around dated October 9 to 15th 2015 , whether it is possible to go to trolltunga ? whether there is a guide for this? If I depart from oslo towards bergen , how long? and what kind of transportation can I use ? Very appreciate for the answer.
    thank you.

    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      Hello Winda, thank you for your comment! It all very much depends on the weather while you’re there. We went in early September and the weather held up despite raining the night before. October starts to push the boundaries of winter, and if it is snowy that could make the hike EXTREMELY difficult and even dangerous. It’s also much colder once you climb to the top because there is nothing blocking the winds. On our relatively mild day, it got 15-20 degrees colder on top.

      If you’re leaving from Oslo, it would be about a seven hour bus ride. You could also look into trains to Voss but then you’d have to switch to a bus from Voss to Tyssedal.

      Let us know if you have any other questions!

    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      Glad it was helpful! We hiked in September too and it was wonderful (although we did go on a day in between rains). Hope it’s great for you, tell us how it went when you get back!

  • Judy

    I love your post! I’m planning to hike this in September 2015 and I had a lot of questions and found this post to be really informative.

    • Shelly Borga

      We’re so glad our guide was helpful! We hiked Trolltunga last September and wish we could go back! Have an absolutely amazing time and let us know how it went!

  • Lexy

    This is so helpful!! Thank you so much for posting this very detailed article. One of my best friends lives in Norway and I’m hoping to do this trek the next time I visit her and her sweetie 😀 I’ve been fortunate to visit her a couple times already and I just can’t get enough of Norway!

    • Shelly Borga

      Norway is definitely a captivating country! We couldn’t get enough of it’s natural beauty and friendly people. Hope you get to do this hike, it’s so worth it!:)

  • Louisa

    A great overview, thank you! What training would you recommend prior to the hike?

    • Shelly Borga

      Hi Louisa – I would recommend going on hikes around where you are. Try to shoot for longer ones as Trolltunga is at LEAST 6 hours (total). Also, some training on a stair-stepper definitely wouldn’t hurt as it’s quite steep in several areas. Good luck and we hope you have a fantastic hike!

  • dines jansen

    Hi Shelly,
    Your list was really helpful and inspiring for me. We are now in Norway..have done Preikestolen and a couple of other difficult hikes here. We noticed that when the hike is for 4-5 hrs, we do it normally for about 6 he’s. We would love very much to do the Trolltunga hike but we are also doubting if we could make it considering the time duration…after reading your post, I got a better idea of what to expect and to do to prepare. Thanks a lot.

  • dines jansen

    We are planning to do it in one day. As muchas we would like to camp up there,we don’t have camping equipments with us. We are traveling around Norway with a mobile car/ camper. Thanks again..Dines

    • Shelly Borga

      So glad that our guide was helpful to you! It definitely depends on each person and their hiking speed, physical fitness level, the weather that day, among other things. I think you can do it one day, just start very early to give you ample time to get back before dark. Best of luck to you!
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  • Erin

    Just completed the hike a few days ago. This guide was super helpful. Despite being July 1st, 8km (16 total) were covered in snow. Made it interesting. Was still totally worth it. Much thanks!! Erin

    • Shelly Borga

      WOW I can’t believe that much of the hike was covered in snow still! I’ll bet that made it difficult on steep sections. Glad you still enjoyed the hike and amazing view regardless!
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  • Sophie

    Hi Shelly, I love your post! So detailed and inspiring. Hiking Trolltunga is always my dream thing. I will stay in Bergen&Stavanger for only 3-4 days. Do you think after hiking Trolltunga I still have energy or physical ability for the Pulpit Rock and Kjerag? Many thanks! 🙂

    • Shelly Borga

      Hi Sophie – Hmm that really depends on your fitness level. I know other people who have done it, but for us we only hiked Trolltunga before heading to Oslo so can’t give you very sound advice unfortunately! If it were me though, I would do the other hikes first as I believe they are less strenuous therefor you shouldn’t be as sore going into Trolltunga. Hope it all works out and let us know how it went!
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    • Julie

      Hi, Sophie, did you end up completing the hikes with your itinerary as planned?
      My sister and I are going to Norway this September and planned on doing Trolltunga first, then also Pulpit Rock and Kjerag, so if you survived and didn’t hate it, i would love to hear how it went!!!

  • haroon naderi

    hi! this is super helpful! i’m looking to go mid august and right now it looks like i’ll be solo – does it seem like a good idea?

    • Shelly Borga

      Hi Haroon. I think you should be fine hiking solo, but would definitely make sure you tell someone where you are going to be just in case. Also there are quite a few people who hike the trail so it’s not as if you would be the only one for miles. Try to hike with others who get there around the same time as you do and look out for one another! Enjoy!

  • Jude

    Hi there, this is actually super helpful! It is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to go through the same journey. I am planning to go there around mid August, but my first stop is in Oslo. I have a question I was wondering if you’re able to help me with, you mentioned that it is possible to reach Skjeggedal from Oslo, but I can’t seem to find any trails. Do you have any clue how can I get to Skjeggedal from Oslo through buses/trains/any kind of transportation? Thank you a million in advance.

    Keep a smile on,

    • Shelly Borga

      Hi Jude – So excited for you to hike Trolltunga! To reach Skjeggedal from Oslo I think you’d first have to take a bus from Oslo to Odda. From there you can take a bus from Odda to the trailhead in Skjeggedal. Here’s the information on specific bus routes and times available: http://www.hardangerfjord.com/en/Artiklar/Trolltunga/

      Best of luck and please let us know how it all went!!

      • Jude

        Thank you so much, this really helps. I have another question please, is it an easy track to go up to without a guide? Is it marked with signs? Or do you recommend having a guided tour for it?
        Thank you again 😀

        • Norway To Nowhere (author)

          Hello again Jude, sorry for the late response!

          There are tall piles of rocks called cairns as well as several signposts marking the path, so it’s unnecessary to have a guide. Every kilometer is another signpost indicating how far you’ve come and how much further you have to go.
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  • Giselle

    Hi! I was told I should know how to maneuver a compass and map for this hike. Is this true? Or is a regular map and rock blazes enough? Thank you.

    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      Hello Giselle!

      We had a very simple map that a man in Tyssedal gave us. We never really used it much though, because the rock cairns and signposts were plenty easy to follow. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us!
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  • Dan

    Brilliant guide. My girlfriend and I are going to Norway for 4-days at the start of August, hiring a car to drive across from Bergen area to Oslo and stopping off to do this hike on the way. We will only arrive to start the hike mid-afternoon but we have camping gear and plan to camp up there and then return down the next day and then carry on our road trip.. Are there plenty of spots to pitch a tent up there/along the route? Also, is there anything else you would recommend doing/seeing on the way to Oslo/in Oslo?

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      Ah, how we wish we had a car! You guys will have a great time! It seemed like most people camped right at the top near Trolltunga. There is a small pond just a couple hundred yards from Trolltunga with some nice grassy areas if I remember correctly, that’s where I’d maybe choose. It can be risky camping up there because the weather is so unpredictable, so come prepared and keep an eye on the local weather right before you go!

      We took a bus from Odda to Oslo so we didn’t get to stop off anywhere, but literally everything is beautiful there. As for Oslo… it wasn’t necessarily our favorite city but there is still some great stuff to see and it is a fine city to visit. We actually wrote a post about our time in Oslo which you should check out, but off the top of my head I’d suggest Frognerparken for the weird statues, Oslo Vinterpark for the Olympic ski jump and Lake Sognsvann for a great hike. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us!

      • Dan

        Hi. Thought I’d send you an update after your advice was a huge help. I was actually taking my girlfriend up there to propose to her ( https://www.facebook.com/512926230/posts/10152957749321231/ ) … We set off later than expected as our flight was delayed so we only began the hike at around 5.00-5.30pm and there was a lot of snow and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be with all our camping gear. In fact, it was starting to get dark and we hadn’t seen a soul for a good hour or 2 so was getting a bit worried but carried on regardless because I remembered you saying there were camping spots at Trolltunga so knew as long as we made it, then we could set-up up there. I think it was around midnight when we pitched our tent so was pretty crazy! And that night in the tent, I’ve never known wind like it! Then woke up at 6am the next morning and had the beautiful Trolltunga all to ourselves for a good while before a very friendly couple agreed to take photos for us. Such a brilliant experience and as you can see from the photo, it was well, well worth it and would recommend it to anyone.

        Thanks very much again for the advice. All the best 🙂


        • Shelly Borga

          WOW! You are amazing. We can’t even begin to imagine hiking to Trolltunga in the dark! So glad that you two made it safely and everything worked out. That is an absolutely perfect place for a proposal – MAJOR props to you! Congratulations!! We are incredibly glad our guide could help you plan out such an important day in your life! Thank you for making our day! Best wishes and a happy future to you and your fiance!
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        • Shelly Borga

          P.S. Would you mind if we used your proposal photo (crediting you of course) to share your story and mentioning that you used our guide to help plan this exciting moment?? It’s just so beautiful!
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          • Dan

            Hey. Aw thanks a lot for your lovely comments. Yes hiking it in the dark was definitely an experience with paths in the snow being our only way of finding the way! The proposal went just as I had hoped after lots of planning, with your guide playing a big part in helping me plan it out! … Yes of course you can use the photo and write about it, that’s completely fine. And if you need any other photos or anything then just ask, we managed to get plenty! It’s the least I can do seeing as your article was such a big help.

            Kind regards.


  • douglas

    Lovely guide, thanks for all the info! I was just wondering how much water we should bring with us – considering there are so many spots to refill our bottles, I guess it shoudnt be much, right? Thanks in advance, and all the best!

    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      Hello Douglas, you’re very welcome! You could easily just bring one water bottle and be fine. There are plenty of water sources, and because water is so heavy to carry, anything more than one bottle is a bit excessive. Enjoy your hike, and drop us a line whenever you’re finished. We’d love to hear about your adventure!

      • douglas

        I surely will! I have bookmarked this page already, and by the time we are back in September I will let you guys know how our Norwegian adventure went. Thanks again!

        • douglas

          I´m back from 3 weeks in Norway and I can definitely say that Trolltunga was the highlight of the trip. It was also one of the hardest hikes we did (much harder than Preikestolen and Kjerag, and at least as difficult as Besseggen), which only makes the sense of achievement more rewarding at the end. All the info you guys provided was spot-on accurate, you should consider writing a travel guide!

  • Lena

    Amazing pictures! I have visited Trolltunga two years ago and being to so many countries after, Norway still stays one of my favorite ones. The beauty and purity of the nature is not comparable with anything else.

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  • Kristine Grant

    Thank you so much for writing this! I was worried about the details on the hike and this eased my mind. We just did it this weekend 🙂

  • Marta del Olmo

    Hi!!! Thanks a lot for this blog, it’s what every person that goes to the Trolltunga is looking for!!! It really helped! I am going to Preikestolen and Trolltunga with a friend this week and we wanted to ask you something, do you know if it is easily to hitchhike from Preikestolen to Lofthus, and from Lofthus to Skjeggedal? Thanks so much!!!!
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    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      Hello Marta, we’re so glad that you found it useful! We’re jealous you’re able to go to Preikestolen… we weren’t quite able to fit that into our schedule.
      As far as hitchhiking goes, that’s tough to say. We waited almost an hour before we were able to luckily get a hitch from a San Franciscan couple from Tyssedal to Skjeggedal. I’d hate relying on a hitch because if you wait too long then that makes your hike much more difficult since you’ll be racing the sun on your way back down (unless you plan on camping up there, of course.)

      If you have any more questions, please let us know. ENJOY!

  • Anand

    This was such a helpful article. I am planning a road trip through Norway a few days from now and this website seems just perfect as a guide. Hope things go smoothly over there as its just the two of us and a car. The plan is to camp along the way. We have planned for about 10 days but I really don’t know if that’s going to be enough. 3600km is a long way and the highlights of the trip are going to be Trolltunga- for sure and my personal favourite, the North Atlantic Road. Please enlighten me with any of the secretive places that most people may not be aware of. Will tell all after I am back!

  • melanie

    Great blog!! The trolltunga looks AMAZING. So I’m guessing it’s not really recommended for beginning hikers, huh? 🙁

    • Praveen Gopinath

      Only the first KM is steep. Rest is combination of ups and downs. But, it is looong, 11 KM one way. You’ll have to come back also.

  • Katie

    Thanks for great blog. So inspiring. My hubby and I plan to Trolltunga in early October, and we are beginning hikers. Is it recommended or not, in the sense of timing (1st week Oct) and beginning hikers?

  • Anne Cecilie

    Thanks for the very cool guide!
    My friend and I are planning a trip to Trolltunga, and we’re thinking about a Newyear’s trip, but not sure if it is safe to do the hike this time at the year? Do you know if its possible?

    /Anne Cecilie and Mille

  • Mel

    Dear Shelly & Jimmie,

    Thank you for this breathtaking and absoulutely helpful Article with such great pictures!! We´ll planning to hike to the Trolltunga in the last week of October, depending on the weather of course. Someone told us, that the hikingpath up tp the Trolltunga will be closed in autumn / winter, is that true? I can´t find any information about that.

    I would love to hear from you!
    Best wishes,

  • Reacher

    Awesome! I am planning to go in January and sleep in a tent at the top of trolltunga. Is this feasible? Or is it going to be really really cold? And can I use regular goretex hiking boots or really high snowboots?

  • Hoa Nguyen

    Hi Friend,

    Please help me the information. Is it possible to hiking this place in April? I intend to go there in the end of April 2016.

    Thank you so much in advance.

  • Turtle

    I did this hike earlier in the year and absolutely loved it! I’ve done a lot of walking in Europe and think this is one of the most epic treks there is. Thanks for all the great information – it came in handy when planning.

  • cody

    My wife and I are thinking about doing the hikes for TROLLTUNGA, PREIKESTOLEN and pulpit rock, the trolltunga (getting there) and the hike just seem over whelming for us :/ . I didn;t know trolltunga would be such a pain in the butt.

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  • Allison

    This post is really helpful. I am planning my trip to norway next year in june. I am so excited! Any advice for solo travellers like me?

  • Michelle

    This blog is so amazing! I went to Norway in May of last year (visiting a good college friend) and my first real hike was Preikestolen. I did want to go to Trolltunga but I knew that I was in no way shape or form ready for a hike like that. This blog will definitely be helpful for when I go this year. Thanks so much!!

  • Anderssen

    Thank you for this detailed account of the hike to Troll’s Tongue. I’m going to Norway in a few months with my son, and Trolltunga is our first destination after arriving in Bergen. I’m in my early seventies and wondering if this might be a bit too taxing. I’ve done a lot of hiking in the past and am planning to get back into shape, so I’m up to trying it. Any further comments about the physical demands of the trek would be appreciated. Thanks again.

  • Praveen Gopinath

    Great article, well written!

    I did this hike and took 6 hours of non stop walk to reach the tongue (of course I walk like tortoise). Spent less than an hour there and walked 6 hours back non stop. On the way back, tortoise might have overtaken me. My knees had almost given way. Part of last KM, I literally crawled down the steps. But, the whole experience was worth it.

    There are couple of other routes for the brave hearts. One of them is using Via Ferrata https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwL6yZiDI9w You can do this on your own.

    If you go there during summer, I heard there would be long queues to sit on the tongue. I suggest you start by 3 or 4 AM and get there by 8 or 9 AM when the crowd is less. You can enjoy sitting there for few hours. You can start back at 3 or 4 PM after getting enough rest.

    If you are climbing in October like I did, start no later than 6 AM and start back no later than 3 PM. When I reached at 3:30 PM, there were about 25-30 people left and photo session was not difficult.

    Carry high calorie, low weight food. Hike light.

    If you get scared to sit at the edge of the tongue, inch towards the edge few times to build courage. The tongue is inclined backwards and you won’t fall off easily. You can only backwards. But, I suggest don’t come without sitting on the tongue.


  • Jakub

    Great post! Just love it, this the way how I like articles to be written.
    I am going to Trolltunga on March 25th, I hope it is not that snowy there as the winter has been quite boring here this year in Stockholm – anyway, this area is affected by Atlantic. Do you have any updates how much snow is up there?

    Thanks a lot!!! 🙂

  • Lim Ying

    Wow this is really useful. I was wondering whether will it be possible to hike trolltunga in late march? And how do I get there from Oslo? Thanks so much for the infos!

  • Fie Flyvholm Dalsgaard

    Thank you so much for all the information! This is the most helpful guide i’ve come across so far.
    In July 2016 i will be going on my first ever solo trip (i’m only 18, so i will have plenty of time to do more. Haha). One of the destinations i’m most excited to visit is trolltunga. I’m also going to visit preikestolen near Stavanger, and one of the seven mountains sorrounding Bergen.
    I myself am from Denmark, so Norway isn’t so far from what i’m used to.

    Thank you again! I will definently come back to this page when we get closer to july 🙂

  • Cherene Saradar

    This was very informative and helpful. I am coming in August and very interested in tackling this hike but I’m likely traveling solo. Are there always many other hikers around?

  • Naomi

    This is fantastic, the most useful page I have found on hiking Trolltunga and was a really enjoyable read, thank you! 🙂

    I am planning a trip to Norway in late June this year and Trolltunga is 1st on our list of things to do. Along with kayaking at the Fjords and hopefully the Zippen! Your page has answered so many of my questions and your photos are so inspirational and have doubled my excitement!

    We are planning to wild camp for the night when we get to the top.. I wondered if you saw many tents pitched when you reached the top? I’m wondering if would be more polite if we waited till just before sun down to pitch the tent so as not to potentially offend anyone?

    Thanks again,

    • Lars Martin Teigen

      I live in Norway, and i dont think i would bother if you had your tent set up, but i guess you could put it a little of the trail, and not ON the trolltunga itself 😛 There are a lot of people there during the day. So i would just wait it out a little to see how it plays out. Alternative would be to set it up 10 min away from the place itself. Prepear yourself because its not a walk in the park.

  • Camilo

    Thanks for the amazing guide and detailed description. It lights my eyes just thinking about it. I’ll be going in mid may with some of my mates and we were wondering if taking a guided tour is the best way to go, or is it better to save that money and do the hiking by ourselves. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers guys.

  • Clayton

    Very informative! Thank you! My friends and I are doing this hike may 21-23 of this year. Did the hike cost anything? I read somewhere that in certain times in the year, you have to take a guided tour, is that so?

  • Dex

    Great post!! I am going to Norway in late May/early June (will do Trolltunga in early June). Did you guys use a guide? I know there are a few companies that offer guided tours to Trolltunga (ex. Trolltunga Active), but I’d rather not pay to do it. So do you have to use a guide?


  • Rachel

    My husband and I are planning our trip for the first week of September. Your blog post is the best and most inspiring information we’ve been able to find online. Thank you so much for posting it. It’s thorough and insightful and I LOVE the pictures!

  • Amit

    Absolutely a dream to travel Norway especially to see northern lights. Trolltunga is an amazing place indeed!

  • @Petruj87

    DO NOT – I repeat DO NOT TAKE PLENTY OF WATER! There is loads of streams/rivers etc. all the way and you will regret every extra weight.

  • Long

    This is a great guide. I am travelling to Norway in late August and will be hiking alone. Do you know if the local cell service gets any reception up here?


    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      Honestly I don’t remember, but I kind of doubt it. You’re quite a ways from nowhere up there, and the only thing I was using my cell phone for was to take photos.

  • Neil Shah

    What happens if you forget to pay the P-Tax? We did not see any signs for the P-Tax and forgot to make the payment. We received a note on our car to make sure we pay it.

  • Anna

    We are planning on going to Troll tunga in August and was wondering if we don’t take the ladder to hike up, the hike on the rocks, is it safe? is there anything to hold on to?

    • Norway To Nowhere (author)

      Hello Anna- If you haven’t gone already (sorry for the late response!), I would highly suggest going the normal trail route up the stone steps, rather than the ladder. Namely because it isn’t so much a ladder as it is an old, steep railroad essentially that is no longer in use. Enjoy!

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  • Wim

    I was there last week.
    Parking fee update :
    up to 5 hours : 100NOK
    up to 12 hours : 200NOK
    up to 24 hours : 400NOK
    If you stay longer, pay accordingly.

  • Maurits van Eersel

    We just did the hike last week, arduous and painful especially like you said, the last few km coming down. I was cussing every one of those steps! But what a view, completely worth it!
    For some of the responses inquiring about the hike later in the year, past September. The local information says, don’t. Its very treacherous and slippery once it gets wetter and colder later in the season.

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  • Kristine Li

    I’m going Scandi next year and this is on my dream list, but I’m not so sure if I can do it myself as I haven’t actually hiked before whahaha. Thanks for the great post and information! Bookmarking your post to reference again when I plan out my trip!

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  • stuart

    hi thankyou so much for this blog, I’m in the early stages of preparing this adventure, going june 2017, but this has been a great guide to print of and go by and an eye opener!, I plan to kayak the fyords also in an inflatable kayak is there anywhere I can store such an item (kayak) whilst we do climbs, may be a bizarre question just curious if there would be a for a price place to store something, as a kayak is last thing I want to drag up to the trolls tongue any light that can be shed many thanks

  • Michael

    Perfect description and the most comprehensive list of tips I found.

    I added a link to this article within our entry (WHEN TO VISIT Trolltunga): https://www.whentobewhere.com/travel-listing/trolltunga The link to your article is a do-follow link. Helps boosting this guide even more 🙂

    We are helping travelers with the most detailed ‘WHEN TO GO’ tips for places around the world.


  • Bea

    Hi, Would you say that 4 year old could do this hike? Really want to do it we usually split and one goes while the other babysits and then change on the following day. Would like to do this as a family for once :-).

  • chicha


    thank you so much for sharing about trolltunga experience.
    I’d like to know, do we need any local guide to take us up ?
    or is the sign clear enough to show the way?

    Thank you

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  • Dennis L. Ward

    I started my hike around 9am after sleeping in my car in the lower parking lot in September of 2016. After 1km I stripped off all of my layers and considered turning back. Wow, I thought I was in moderate shape. I really enjoy my trip to trolltunga.

    Thanks for sharing your post

  • Daniel

    Great post here! Thanks. My wife and I are planning to do this hike soon, so I’m just reading up on it and taking some notes on how best to get there etc.. We will be staying in Bergen and then we will travel to Odda the evening before we do the Hike. Of course we’d like to start the hike by 7am ideally, so what is the best way of getting from Odda to the car park at the start of the trail? I know you mentioned a bus service from Odda, but does that go all the way up the mountain to the car park? My wife just worries about getting from A to B in unfamiliar places! Also, would you say this hike is fine to do without a tour guide? Are there always enough people to follow up the trail without getting lost! Thanks!

  • ArneVidar Brekke

    In the summer of 2017 a new access road to Trolltunga will open as soon as the snow melts. The road only takes you up the first 400m hill, leaving a 4 hour hike. But we hope it will make the trip less exhausting. Please visit https://www.trolltunga-road.com/en/ for further information. You will also find links to maps of Trolltunga.

  • Heather

    Thank you so much for the tips! I will be hiking Trolltunga in August and can’t wait!!

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  • Sri

    Great information here, it is very helpful. Thanks so much.
    Is there any bus from Odda to Tyssedal? And from Tyssedal to Skjeggedal?

    Thank you.


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  • Madhava

    Thank you for the clear instructions. I’m visiting Odda on 31 August for Trolltunga Hike. Can I ask how you did manage to take long distance photos? One on the Preikestolen abvoe Tongue and on the Tongue ? Did you get a photographer? How much did the charge?

  • Julies Roy

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  • Sabrina

    Thanksfor the Great Information. We did the hike at the end of August this year. A few dass before we did the hike they OpenSSL a nee parking lot at the top of the mountain. That makes the hike a lot easier at the beginnig ans a few kilometers shorter. We Write down all information in blog: http://roadtripsta.com/en/hiking-trolltunga-how-to-get-there-and-where-to-park/

    Greeting from Germany
    Sabrina & Andreas

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