Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway. Trolltunga is situated about 1100 meters above sea level, hovering 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet. The view is breathtaking. The hike starts in Skjeggedal and goes through the high mountains, takes 10-12 hours (27,5 km in total to Trolltunga and return) and the ascent is about 1000 meters. IT IS A LONG AND DEMANDING HIKE. The trail is marked from the parking lot in Skjeggedal to Trolltunga. Along the trail there are signs showing the distance left to Trolltunga. CONSIDER CAREFULLY WHETHER YOU ARE IN GOOD ENOUGH SHAPE AND HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT BEFORE SETTING OUT. There is partly mobile phone coverage (Telenor) along the route. The hike is usually possible to do from mid-June, depending on when the snow melts in the mountains. Normally one can hike to Trolltunga until mid-September. WARNING - DO NOT TRY TO HIKE TO TROLLTUNGA IN WINTERTIME. From February you can join guided snowshoe hikes with Trolltunga Active. If you are inexperienced with challenging mountain hikes, you should join a guided tour of Trolltunga.
All nature based activities are at your own risk. You will need sturdy hiking boots, bring extra warm clothing, rainwear and be prepared for bad weather. Bring map and compass, plenty to eat and drink, a torch and a simple first aid kit. Weather in the high mountains can change quickly - check the latest weather forecast before going to Trolltunga. DO NOT hike to Trolltunga in strong wind, heavy rain or in foggy weather. It is always colder in the mountains than down by the fjord. Respect the nature.
Every year there are search and rescue operations for hikers in serious trouble. Prepare well and be a responsible and safe hiker. Start early in the morning. Norway is far north, meaning daylight is short from September and nights are very cold. We recommend starting at latest 8:00 in the morning.
If you want to stay overnight in the mountain area around Trolltunga you have to bring your own tent.
Depending on snow and weather conditions, the season will vary from year to year.
15 June-15 September Recommended season (average year).
16 September-28 October Recommmend with guide.
29 October-16 February NOT recommended, highly dangerous.
17 February-14 June Recommmend with guide (snowshoes).
Contact Odda Tourist Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed information about the hike, accommodation and maps.
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TRAVEL AND PARKING
WITH PRIVATE CAR:
Drive to Tyssedal (6 km from Odda) on route 13. Follow signs to Skjeggedal and Trolltunga. After about 7 km you reach the parking lot in Skjeggedal. Parking in Skjeggedal (NOK 500/day, 250 spaces). The parking fee is used to finance public facilities in the area.
Alternative parking at Topp for 30 cars, 4 km from Skjeggedal towards Trolltunga. Steep and narrow (private) road with sharp turns, 400 meters ascent and 17% maximum gradient. For experienced drivers, 4-wheel drive is recommended. Maximum car height is 2 m. Mobile homes and motorcycles are not allowed. See detailed information at www.trolltunga-road.com
WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
BETWEEN ODDA AND SKJEGGEDAL (starting point for the hike)
Trolltunga shuttle: (15 June - 15 Sept.) Pick-up service from the major providers of accommodation in Odda. www.oddataxi.no
Price (return ticket) Odda - Skjeggedal NOK 250
Odda camping: 06:10, 07:35
Trolltunga Hotel: 06:15, 07:40
Odda Taxi stand: 06:30, 07:50
Trolltunga Studios (bus stop at Freim): 06:31, 07:51
Tyssedal Hotel (bus terminal): 06:35, 07:55
Trolltunga Guesthouse (by the bridge): 06:37, 07:57
Tyssohallen car park: 06:40, 08:00
Skjeggedal (trailhead to Trolltunga): 06:55, 08:20
Skjeggedal: 17:00, 18:30, 20:00
Public bus service: Route 995, www.skyss.no. (no booking, cash only)
TRAVEL FROM BERGEN
Bus route 930 Bergen-Odda www.skyss.no (no booking, cash only)
TRAVEL FROM OSLO
Alt. 2: Coach service "Haukeli ekspressen" Oslo-Odda www.nor-way.no (Book online)
TRAVEL FROM STAVANGER AND PREIKESTOLEN
Coach service "The Trolltunga-Preikestolen express" (during high season) Stavanger-Tau-Røldal-Odda-Tyssedal. GoFjords (Book online)