Climbing any natural attraction comes with risks. However, there are things you can do to minimise the chance of things going wrong.
Only hike in the summer season
Trolltunga hiking season is from June to September. During the dry summer months, it is considered safe for visitors to make the journey without a guided tour by an expert. And during the winter months? Well, it’s pretty much impossible.
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 8:00-10:00 am. 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!
It’s also worth noting that camping on the Trolltunga trail is permitted. Many visitors choose to spend the night spoilt by the beautiful surroundings. There are no restrictions as to where you can pitch your tent. Although, you’ll annoy people if you set up camp in the middle of the pathway. Find a secluded spot! If you choose to experience Norway’s natural environment, make sure you take the right camping equipment.
How to get to Trolltunga
There are plenty of ways to get to the beginning of the trail.
If you have your own vehicle take highway 13 from Odda to Tyssedal. There are signs on the way directing you to the village of Skjeggedal where the hike begins. It will cost 300 NOK to park your car for the day.
There is a shuttle bus running between June 15th to September 15th, taking visitors from Odda to the starting point of the hike in Skjeggedal.
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 the Trolltunga - Preikestolen express bus, which calls at Stavanger-Tau-Røldal-Odda-Tyssedal.
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!
However you choose to experience the awe-inspiring Trolltunga, do not forget your camera! You are about to witness something superb. Capture those memories so that they last a lifetime.