Place: Trolltunga in Odda, Norway
Total Time: 10-12 hours, depending on your hiking ability and the weather
Distance: 22-28 kilometers // 13-17 miles, depending on if you drive or hike up the road
Elevation Gain: 1000 meters // 3280 feet
My Experience Hiking Trolltunga:
Hiking Trolltunga was one of my favorite parts of my Southern Norway road trip. It is a hike that many people have on their bucket list, with good reason, but it is not a hike that everyone can complete. Getting out onto Trolltunga was extremely exciting and I could not have been happier to make it to this spot, BUT, the entire hike is incredibly beautiful. A lot of people want to rush through the hike, get to the rock, and take their picture. You’ll get a lot of likes on Instagram if you post a photo on Trolltunga, right? Don’t be that person. Enjoy the entire hike because the entire 17 miles of the hike is a jaw-dropping kind of beautiful.
I chose to hike with Trolltunga Active because I was a solo traveler and I wanted to meet new people and because it was after the recommended time to hike alone. It is recommended that you hike with a guide before June 15 and after September 15 because of quick and drastic weather changes and because of shorter day light hours.
My hike to Trolltunga was on September 18 and I was bless with absolutely beautiful weather and incredible fall colors. Thankfully. But the weather could have changed from sun to snow, rain, and fog extremely quickly. If you are not prepared for hiking in harsh winter conditions, choose to hike with a guide. It is a lot safer and a lot more fun. Groups that went even a week or two after me, were hiking through snow.
- Go with a guide if hiking after September 15th or before April 15th, the weather can change drastically in a short amount of time
- Bring an extra pair of socks to change into at Trolltunga, your feet will thank you
- Dress in layers, always bring more clothing than you think you’ll need
- Pack enough food for all three meals the day of the hike AND breakfast the next morning, you never want to be stranded in the cold on a mountain without food
- Drink lots and lots of water (like 3-4 times more than you normally do)
- One layer of fleece lined leggings/long sleeve shirt
- Warm leggings to put over fleece-lined pair
- A good sturdy pair of hiking boots
- Two warm pairs of socks
- Workout long sleeve fleece-lined pullover
- Windbreaker/rain jacket
- Warmer winter jacket, depending on the season
- One winter hat and pair of gloves
- Hiking poles, if you prefer to use them
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for day of hike; extra breakfast; energizing snacks
- One water bottle, you can fill up at streams along the way
- Camera (leave the drone at home, they are not allowed at Trolltunga)
What kind of shape should I be in for hiking Trolltunga?
Hiking Trolltunga is not an easy feat for a one day hike. In fact, this hike used to be a two-day hike, which included a night camping on the mountain. A lot of people still hike up and camp somewhere in the mountains, but travelers with limited time started to turn this hike into a one-day hike. I recommend to be reasonable enough with yourself to whether or not you will be able to hike for 10-12 hours straight with two large inclines (and a lot more smaller inclines).
If you are not in shape or you are a slow hiker, you will reach a point about half way up that recommends you turn around if it is 1:00pm or later… and even earlier if you are going in the off months. I recommend that you be at least kind of in shape, it is not an easy hike and you have to be reasonably in shape to complete it. I am not in perfect shape, but I do hike when traveling and I can run a mile or two (…if someone made me). If you are hiking with Trolltunga Active and you get to the halfway point (which is AFTER the two large inclines), they will tell you if they think you can complete the rest of the hike or not. Remember… you have to make it off of the mountain too. If you’re in decent shape and have your mind made up that you are making it to the rock, you will most likely make it.
Excused my red, sweaty face, but this is the “turn-around point” after the two major inclines that I mentioned above
- If absolutely needed, there are emergency cabins along the route. These are only for emergencies and the mountain guard will not let you stay in them if you are in good enough shape and have enough time to make it off of the mountain.
- There is a mountain guard about half way up the mountain at all times. The mountain guards are people that hike Trolltunga extremely often and they are a good resource for any questions or concerns on the mountain.
I hope I convinced you to pack your bags, head to Norway, and set out on your own Trolltunga adventure!
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