Noruega: Trolltunga e Odda
2 day itinerary
One of the most disputed and sought after activities in Norway is the trail to the incredible Trolltunga, a “stone tongue” carved in the middle of a fjord. The place is difficult to access, but it is very structured to receive adventurous visitors.
Of all the trails and hikes we’ve done on trips, this one was undoubtedly the most extreme and rewarding.
Norway is a country of stunning cutouts and nature, and well worth a visit. Whether for extreme sports, nature tourism, to seek the long-dreamed northern lights or to explore the modernity and development of your cities.
It is, yes, an expensive country to visit, but knowing how to choose what to do and where to do everything can fit in the pocket of the traveler.
A little about the Hardangerfjord region :
“In the mountains where howling winds blow and the ice is blue.
From the fjord itself to the Folgefonna glacier and the iconic Trolltunga cliff (the Troll language), the Hardangerfjord Region reveals the nature of Norway in all its exuberance. The region is also known for the spectacular flowering of fruit trees in the spring. “
Norway stands out for its natural rock formations that resemble platforms and provide panoramic views and opportunities for perfect photographs. In the heights the main attraction is the Trolltunga rock, and Lonely Planet highlights this place as one of the most spectacular cliffs in Norway.
The vertiginous rock platform protrudes at a height of about 700 meters over the Ringedalsvatnet lake in Odda, and this is a popular hiking destination and welcomes visitors from all over the world. Trolltunga is just one of many places of exuberant beauty along the Hardangerfjord .
Covering a long area, stretching from the Atlantic to the plateau of Hardangervidda, the Hardangerfjord is the fourth longest fjord in the world and the second longest in Norway. Although the scenery seems wild and inaccessible, the area has excellent infrastructure with well-marked trails, as well as hotels and cabins for accommodation.
You can, for example, participate in a guided walking tour on the Folgefonna glacier or you can follow one of the National Tourist Routes – carefully selected tourist routes that cover the most scenic areas in Norway.
If you prefer to explore the fjord, you can choose from one of several tour offers or simply rent a kayak.
Cultural traditions are rich in this region. The Hardanger fiddle violin and the Hardanger bunad embroidery of Hardanger (traditional costume) are symbols of Norway and are presented to everyone who visits this region.
During the 13th century, apple cultivation was introduced to Hardanger by English monks, and today 40% of all fruit produced in Norway comes from orchards around the Hardangerfjord. Today, the best-known product on the spot is the popular Hardanger cider, an apple sparkling wine. Venison, reindeer, lamb and fish are part of the rich list of local cuisine specialties.
Check the official magazine of this region at the link .
For you to know the whole adventure in Norway check out our full post:
First day: Stavanger road to Odda
Before heading to Odda, the base city of the trail, we were in Stavanger, another large city in Norway, today the oil capital in this country. Check details about the 2-day itinerary by accessing the post .
When our trail to Pulpit Rock ended, we drove towards Odda.
It took us about 4 hours to leave the Stavanger region for the Hardangerfjord region , where Odda is located.
“We climbed” the map of Norway, we passed beautiful landscapes, narrow roads and very complicated routes to drive (when we don’t know the country the attention has to be doubled and the roads there oscillated between very narrow or wide roads, but all very well signaled and structured).
We arrived in Odda very late, around 9pm / 10pm and our goal was just one, to rest, because the next day we would face another trail and that would be total hard level!
Second day: Odda and Trolltunga
For the second day in this region, a lot of adventure awaited us!
We woke up very early, around 6:30 am, and drove to the entrance to Trolltunga. Until then it was about 30 minutes.
At 8:30 am we were already going up the trail and starting to feel the hard level of this hiking.
The first 4.3 km is uphill and a lot of effort, so, in my opinion, the most difficult route on this trail. Right away you already find a climb full of obstacles and a lot of difficulty.
At first you will feel very tired and tired, as the first part is very tense. But hold on, because the end of this story has a spectacular view of the fjord!
The steepest part of the first stage is up to 1.7 km, then until the 4.3 km stretch also continues to rise, but with “more ease”.
In each section you will find signs with the mileage you traveled and stones with markings (the letter Tin red) so that you do not leave the trail.
Along the way, there are various sensations, thoughts and landscapes. It oscillates from the initial excitement, goes through permanent tiredness, migrates all the time to the desire to get to the destination right away and relies all the time on contemplating the thousands of WONDERFUL points that exist on this path.
There are 11 km going to the stone that looks like a tongue, that’s why the name Trolltunga (troll language – trolls are legendary beings from Norse mythology), and obviously, 11 km to go back. The average for this total route is 10 to 12 hours. We did the whole journey in 12 hours (as I said we left at 8:30 am and 8:00 pm, more or less, we were in the parking lot at the entrance to the park).
Information about the trail to Trolltunga :
Season / Seasons
Depending on the snow and weather conditions it will vary from year to year.
06/15 – 09/15: recommended season
09/16 – 10/15: recommended with guide
10/16 – 3/18: NOT recommended, high danger
03/19 – 06/14: recommended with guide (snow shoes / skis)
On the Trolltunga Trail
- The trail starts at Skjeggedal, 7km from Tyssedal;
- This is a demanding hike, 23 km in total, minimum 10 to 12 hours. Approximate height of 900 meters;
- The start is 400 meters high (steep section);
- Start early in the morning;
- The weather in the highest mountains can change quickly, so check the weather forecast before you start. Do not do the trail on days with a lot of rain or fog;
- It is always colder in the mountains than under the fjord;
- There is no internet network on most of the trail;
- Take a tent if you want to stay overnight;
- An alternative trail to Trolltunga: a guided bike, a walk and a climb via via ferrata to Trolltunga ( trolltunga-active.com ).
Take it with you on the trail
- Sturdy mountain boots, warm and rain clothes, lots of food and drink, a torch and a simple first aid kit;
- Take away all the garbage you produce.
Every year there are many searches and rescue operations for hikers in serious trouble. Prepare well, be responsible and be a safe hiker!
Stavanger: Nor-way bussekspress or The Trolltunga-Preikestolen express (see more in the image below)
Preikestolen: the Trolltunga-Preikestolen express (see more in the image below) ( www.tide.no )
Bergen: bus route 930 ( www.skyss.no )
Voss: route 990 bus ( www.skyss.no )
With private car: parking in Skjeggdal (200 NOK daily rate) and in Tyssohallen (100 NOK / day);
By bus: bus route 990 to Tyssedal from the north and local buses from Odda to Tyssohallen and route 995 (see more in the image below)
By Trolltunga Shuttle (maxi taxi or taxi): Odda taxi tel (+47) 53 64 14 44
It was undoubtedly one of the most tiring and rewarding tourism activities I have ever done. And it was all worth it!
When we finished the tour, we got back to the car, washed our sneakers, which were filthy with mud (in fact, a nice tip, go with dark clothes so you don’t have any problems after washing) and then we followed the Airbnb we booked.
During the whole trip we ate the sandwiches we took, drank the water we took and when it was over we used the natural sources of the place and the whole day we hydrated and until continuously.
We ended the day with a nice shower and much deserved rest. The legs were already wobbly, but the soul was happy!
Check also the other posts about our routes in Norway:
- Official Magazine of the Hardangerfjord Region
- Norway apps
- Norway Active Tourism
- National Transport Service Info
- Weather and road conditions (weather and road conditions)
- Official Bus Site
- Trolltunga Active website
- Hardangerfjord Official Tourism Website
- Tide – Transport in Norway
- Official Odda Tourism Website
- Norway Travel Agency
- Car routes through Norway
- Norway Tours
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