- Written byGo Fjords
Are you looking for a jaw-dropping experience? A moment that will leave you wide-eyed and feeling like you’re on top of the world? Trolltunga is everything you’ve been searching for and more.
About the hike
From Mågelitopp - Trolltunga
Mågelitopp is the upper starting point for the hike. There’s a marked path, so you can complete the hike in the mountains without a guide.
- Hiking distance: 20 km, return hike
- Effort level: Expert
- Ascent: approx. 320 m
- Estimated hiking time: 7 - 10 hours, return hike
- Landscape: Mountain area
From Skjeggedal - Mågelitopp - Trolltunga
You can start the hike from Skjeggedal. Follow the new private road 4.3 km up to Mågelitopp. From Mågelitopp you follow the marked path to Trolltunga.
- Effort level: Expert
- Ascent: approx. 800 m
- Estimated hiking duration: 8 - 12 hours, return hike
- Hiking distance: 28 km, return hike
- Landscape: Mountain area
Where is Trolltunga?
Trolltunga, or "the troll’s tongue", is situated in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland county, Norway. The narrow cliff edge hovers over the crystal blue waters of lake Ringedalsvatnet. It is quite rightly a popular natural attraction in Norway.
What is Trolltunga?
So, apart from an overwhelmingly beautiful spot, what exactly is Trolltunga? Well, the Troll’s Tongue is a unique rock formation created over 10,000 years ago from glacier erosion. Set in high in the peaceful mountains, the famous cliff juts out horizontally, 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet. Trolltunga, Norway, is a popular hiking route, with thousands of people admiring the amazing views from the top every year.
Hiking to Trolltunga
The hike to the famous cliff will certainly get your heart beating. The Trolltunga hiking route is a very challenging climb, even for dedicated ramblers. It’s a fantastic adventure but it is physically demanding from start to finish. Ask yourself, are you in good physical condition? The hike is 28 km (17 miles) from Skjeggedal and can take up to 8 - 12 hours to complete. There’s no denying that it’s a long day. But if you’re physically able, don’t let that stop you!
The hiking route begins from Mågeltopp, the upper starting point. Or you can start in Skjeggedal.
Once you have tackled the first km the terrain does level out. For a little while at least! There are a series of short climbs along the way but nothing as extreme as the beginning of the Trolltunga hike. As you tackle the 1000 metre ascent, take a breather. After all, this is a hike with amazing views, so you must stop to admire the scenery. While getting to Trolltunga is the aim, spectacular sights will surround you throughout the hike. As you climb over boulders, creeks and streams, enjoy the panoramic scenes that Norway has to offer.
When you reach the top, you’ll be spellbound by beauty. Spread out before you is the icy blue waters of lake Ringedalsvatnet, cocooned by granite mountain ranges with snow-covered tops. You can spot the magnificent Folgefonna Glacier National Park far in the distance. Once the legendary troll’s tongue is in sight, you can breathe a sigh of relief. It’s time to rest those tired legs, eat food and drink lots of water. More importantly, it’s time to put your nerves to the test and venture onto Trolltunga!
Stepping out onto Trolltunga
Stepping out onto the famous rock formation is an Instagram worthy moment. In fact, there are over 134,000 Trolltunga hashtags to prove it. For most, it is the highlight of the trip.
What you need to take?
So, it’s already been pointed out that Trolltunga is a challenging hiking route. In fact, it is recommended that only those with hiking experience should try it. If you do decide to make the once in a lifetime trip to the top, it is essential that you take the correct equipment.
- Hiking boots. It is a steep and rocky climb and therefore essential that you are kind to your feet!
- Water-resistant layers of clothing. Items such as waterproof trousers are advised, just in case weather conditions change. You don’t want to get caught in the rain
- Waterproof jacket. This will offer protection against rain and/or windy conditions (which we have a lot of).
- Fleece or sweatshirt. Due to the altitude, it can get chilly even in the summer months. You don't want to cut short your time at the top of Trolltunga because you’re too cold!
- Hat and gloves. Bring these with you in your backpack. You might need them.
- Backpack to carry your additional clothing and supplies.
- Food and drink. This is a long and demanding trek. Make sure to bring a substantial amount of food and drinks. It is sensible to pack a bit extra in case the hike takes longer than expected
- Mobile phone. There is no phone signal for a majority of the route, but bringing a phone in a protective casing is still adviced.
- Headlamp. In the event of the hike taking longer than expected, the last thing you want is to be walking in the dark.
- First-aid kit. Bring basic supplies with you. Think plasters in case your boots rub or antiseptic cream for cuts and grazes.
- Walking poles. Some people find that walking poles help them to balance on challenging terrain
Safety first: Trolltunga summer hike
Climbing any natural attraction comes with risks. However, there are measures you can take to minimise the chance of things going wrong.
Only hike in the summer season
Trolltunga hiking season is from June 15 to September 15. During the dryer summer months, it is considered safe for visitors to make the journey without a guide.
Never underestimate the weather
You should know that Trolltunga weather can rapidly change. It’s part of its charm! Check the weather forecast the day before your hike so that you know what to expect and prepare for all weather conditions.
Use proper hiking equipment
DON’T hike in jeans and trainers. Really, you’ll regret it! We’ve already covered a list of essential items that you should take- read it again. Ask yourself honestly if your hiking equipment is good enough. Are missing a couple of essentials? There are plenty of places where you can hire equipment in the area. After all, you’re in Norway. Hiking is what we do best!
Make sure you have enough time
The route can take up to 12 hours, including a few much-needed breaks. It a pretty long trek, so it’s recommended that you begin the Trolltunga hike between 6:00a.m. -10:00 a.m. Trolltunga is challenging at the best of times, so you definitely won’t want to be walking in the dark. Stick to daylight hours and give yourself enough time to complete it.
Where to stay for a Trolltunga hike?
While Bergen and Stavanger are popular destinations to stay for most visitors, many people book an overnight stay elsewhere. If you’re planning to hike to Trolltunga, then you should consider staying in Odda or Tyssedal the night before. Trolltunga Hotel, Trolltunga Guest House or Hardanger Hotel are popular accommodation choices! By staying close by, you can begin your hike nice and early. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to complete it and a bit more beauty sleep.
How to get to Trolltunga?
Ready for a trip to Trolltunga? Go Fjords can get you there. Check out all our tours to Trolltunga here.
Oslo to Trolltunga
How far is Trolltunga from Oslo? It takes about 7 hours with bus from Oslo to Odda. With Go Fjords, you can easily buy a one-way bus ticket from Oslo-Seljestad-Odda and Odda-Seljestad-Oslo.
Bergen to Trolltunga
Bus route 930 operated by Skyss runs from Bergen to Odda. However, be mindful that travelling from Bergen and hiking Trolltunga is a very long day.
Stavanger to Trolltunga
With Go Fjords, you can easily combine a hike to Preikestolen with an adventure to Trolltunga. Buy a one-way ticket on Trolltunga - Preikestolen express bus, which calls at Stavanger-Tau-Røldal-Odda-Tyssedal.
Odda/Tyssedal to Skjeggedal or Mågelitopp
There is a shuttle buses taking visitors from Odda to the starting point of the hike in Skjeggedal or to Mågelitopp (the upper starting point).
Odda/Tyssedal to Skjeggedal
Skjeggedal to Mågelitopp
Start the hike from the upper starting point, and save about 3 hours from Mågelitopp to Trolltunga and return. Tickets can be bought at trolltunganorway.com. The shuttle bus runs from 1st. June - 15th. September.