One Of The Best Views in the World: Norway’s Hike to Trolltunga

Hike to Trolltunga, Norway

Norway is a stunning country. But some parts of it are extra stunning!! One of my favourite parts of Norway is Trolltunga – the Troll’s Tongue. A large rock, hanging above 1100 meters above sea level and 700 meters above a stunning Fjord. Prepare for a solid roadtrip and a demanding hike to Trolltunga, but it’s definitely worth it (even if it were just for the picture πŸ˜‰ ). Do check what time of the year the hike is accessible because it’s quite high and you don’t want to get caught in a snowstorm πŸ™‚

Roadtrip to Odda

Prepare to wake up early, unless you are staying close to Odda.Β There is not really a reason to stay around there, apart from the hike to Trolltunga. We were doing our exchange in Bergen, Norway, and had to drive from there. The trip takes over three hours and includes an infrequent ferry, so make sure to be there in time πŸ™‚

We left Bergen between 5am and 6am so we could start the hike bright and early! We arrived at the Ferry in time and the photo fun could start!! Despite the early rise, we were all quite excited for the hike and this definitely shows in the pictures πŸ˜‰

Hike to Trolltunga, Norway
Waiting for the Ferry

There are several routes you can take to Odda and they all take about the same time. Obviously the ferry makes that it costs a bit more time than driving, but it saves in the kilometers.

From Bergen to the Hike to Trolltunga
From Bergen to the Hike to Trolltunga

It was a bit late in the season so it was easy to park and free at the time. There were not that many people so we were off to a good start! For more details on public transport to Trolltunga en parking possibilities, check this link by Fjord Norway.

Hike to Trolltunga

The hike to Trolltunga is almost 30 kilometers and takes roughly 10 hours, because of the altitude meters. This means the trip is quite challenging, but the good thing is: this makes sure there are no busloads of tourists! Even thought the hike to Trolltunga can get crowded in summer, you will never have the overcrowded scenes you see elsewhere in the country.

To keep you motivated and to make you keep reading, this is how the hike start πŸ˜‰

Hike to Trolltunga, Norway

You can either climb this cable way if you are very enthusiastic, or take the normal route through the woods πŸ™‚ This was definitely the hardest part of the way and a large part of the altitude meters! 2 of us were brave enough to conquer the steps, the rest of the group followed the trail through the woods.

Hike to Trolltunga, Norway
My happy face πŸ˜‰

The trek is pretty populair and therefore also quite well sign-posted.Β We did the hike in October and there were few people on the track. There was a little snow already, but not much. It was a super sunny day but we were well prepared clothing wise. In the mountains you never know, the weather may change all of a sudden!

In general, it is recommended to only hike this route between June and September so that you won’t encounter snow. Between September and October you can still hike it, but it’s recommended with a guide. You don’t want to get lost because you cannot see the signs anymore!

Hike to Trolltunga, Norway

There were so many picture perfect places along the hike, so stunning! Pretty lakes, beautiful views over the fjord, no words could do this place justice!

Hike to Trolltunga, Norway
Just a very pretty reflecting lake on the way to Trolltunga

The hike going there took us about 4-5 hours. We took it quite easy, had a steady pace but also took our time to enjoy the scenery.Β For us I think the hike took at least an hour longer, because of all the pictures we were taking πŸ˜‰

Picture time!

And then suddenly, we were there!! To be honest, the view on the rocket itself is a bit of a deception. It’s not as much of a cliff as it looks on the pictures.Β It’s the angle of the picture that maks this spot absolutely amazing to take amazing pictures. And so we did!

We probably spent about an hour here taking pictures and having fun (and being a bit scared). It is seriously high! I read other blogs of people that were her in summer and did not have a great time. Too many people queuing up to take pictures, not enough time. I simply don’t like crowds and was so happy we went here early October!

 

Hike to Trolltunga, Norway
Wonder who initiated this picture πŸ˜‰

As all of you that know me well know, I love jumping pictures! And somehow I got the rest of the group crazy enough to follow suit haha!

Hike to Trolltunga, Norway
It was actually way too high to make these kind of jokes!

You honestly do not want to fall off this cliff. It is very high and with sudden winds it can get tricky. So be careful and do not too close to the edges please πŸ˜‰

You just have to go here!

I don’t have a top 10 favourite places in Europe yet, but if I did this one would definitely be in it!Β I’m not even sure what was better – doing this hike or enjoying the Northern Lights in Tromso. Norway just keeps making me fall in love! For everyone who is in the area of Bergen, make sure to do this hike. It’s really incredible and will stay with you forever πŸ™‚ Can you tell I’m a fan? πŸ˜‰

Hike to Trolltunga, Norway
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      Sabrina

      Thanks! The view is truly amazing but the angle of the rock is much different than what it looks like on the pics haha! But definitely a great trip

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  1. Taylor

    I’ve been wanting to do this hike for some time now and you’ve just given me all the inspiration that I need. Super helpful guide with beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  2. Eva

    I have been to several places in Norway (it’s my favourite country) but haven’t yet made it to Trolltunga. I’m a bit intimidated by the long hike. I remember I found Preikestolen quite long, and it took me 3 hours. Can’t imagine spending 5… and then 5 more to get back! It sure is worth it, but I think I’d need to exercise a bit before the trip if I ever went there.

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      Sabrina

      Hi Eva! Although it’s definitely a demanding hike, the first part is the worst. Once you have done the main climb, it gets pretty flat after that! It will definitely be worth working out for πŸ˜‰

  3. Sreekar

    My cousin just returned from the Fjord trekking for a week. Her photos absolutely floored me. So did yours! Your pic of jumping on the cliff is scary though!

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      Sabrina

      Oslo is a nice city but not the “real” Norway. Come back sometime in spring or summer and travel the rural areas, you’ll be amazed πŸ™‚

  4. Divyakshi Gupta

    WAIT! What? IS THIS FOR REAL? My gosh. SO SO beautiful!! I can’t imagine the thrill of clicking pictures there. Norway is on the bucket list and if I ever go, a trip to Trolltunga is a given. These pictures are just way too incredible. I am glad you didn’t encounter any crowds. No photobombing! Yay!

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  5. Danik

    This is one place I want to hit up when I get to that part of Norway. I just love fjords, mountains and lakes on hiking routes. Loving the photos here. πŸ™‚

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  6. Paige

    This is absolutely stunning! I never knew that the name meant troll’s tongue. Also, I don’t think I would be as brave as you with the steps. I’d take the trail through the woods. I definitely want to make this journey. I’m glad it’s still unaccessible to all the tour buses.

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  7. Suruchi

    The Trolltunga hike looks challenging but worth too. The views from top are simply amazing. Honestly Before this post; I have seen this cliff picture on internet and i used to think it was fake. The jump picture is fabulous. I admire the tips you have mentioned in the post. Adding this to my bucket list for sure.

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  8. Rosemary

    The views are pretty stunning. The Trolltunga hike takes you through many different zones, with rewarding views all around. The picture by the cliff is amazing. That jumping picture is pretty cool as well, though a little close to the edge for me πŸ™‚

  9. Christopher

    What a great picture picture to start the post with. That is stunning!!! I already loved the name Troll’s Tongue Awesome! Then you said: demanding hike, wake up at 5am or 6am, infrequent ferry and 30 km in 10 hours and then for me it all went downhill from there…why are all the ridiculously cool places so difficult to get to? lol. They could just put a helicopter pad close to the Troll’s Tongue? lol
    You have my respect for accomplishing this challenging hike. The pictures are definately worth it!!! Wow

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