Hiking to Trolltunga

Ten years ago, only the locals knew about Trolltunga. Due to social media like instagram and facebook,  the hike to Trolltunga has now become one of the greatest hiking icons in Norway with more than 100.000 visitors in 2018. The visitors come from all over the world.

Trolltunga is a rock formation that juts out horizontally, 700 metres above Lake Ringedalsvatnet in Odda Municipality  in the Hardangerfjord area.

 

Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell - Fjord Tours

 

Odda at the southernmost part of Sørfjorden, a branch of the Hardangerfjord, is the place to travel to if you plan to do the Trolltunga Hike. At Odda Tourist Information you can get all the information you need about the Trolltunga Hike and other places worth visiting while you are in the area. From Odda, you drive to Skjeggedal which is the starting point of the hike.

The Trolltunga Hike

As one of the most spectacular cliffs in Norway, Trolltunga has during a short time gone from being an unknown place to become one of Norway´s most famous tourist attractions.

This is a relatively long and hard hike. You start at Skjeggedal at the east side of Sørfjorden in Hardanger, north east of Odda. The hike to Trolltunga and return takes around 10 to 12 hours, and is 14 kilometres each way. The ascent from the start of the hike to Trolltunga is 800 metres.

You can save 1 to 1.5 hours hike and 400 metres ascent by joining the Shuttle Bus between Skjeggedal and Mågelitopp where the trail starts. We recommend you to book seat in advance.

Remember that the weather change quickly in the Norwegian mountains, so bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. Read about the Norwegian Mountain Code prior to hiking in the Norwegian mountains.

Due to the challenging and long hike in rapidly changing weather, we recommend you to join a Guided Tour. If you join one of the guided tours by Trolltunga Active, there are information meetings at Trolltunga Hotel in Odda at 21:00 hrs in the evening prior to your tour. The guides will inform you about the hike, equipment needed, weather forecast and more.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE HIKE TO TROLLTUNGA

If you are inexperienced with challenging mountain hikes, you should join a Guided Tour to Trolltunga.

The Trolltunga 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 are 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. And remember- SAFETY FIRST – Always.

WARNING – DO NOT TRY TO HIKE TO TROLLTUNGA IN WINTERTIME. From February you can join Guided Snowshoe Hikes with Trolltunga Active. You should always join a Guided Tour to Trolltunga during winter.

 

 

Norway in a Nutshell by Fjord Tours

While you are in the Odda and Hardanger Area

Fjord Cruise on the Hardangerfjord

This tour from Fjord Tours takes you to Hardanger. You will experience the Hardangerfjord, the Queen of the Fjords. You will see picturesque villages along the fjord and a beautiful lush landscape with waterfalls, rivers and steep mountains. The cruise starts at Nordheimsund, and the boat stops at Herand, Utne, Lofthus, Kinsarvik and Ulvik berfore it ends up in Eidfjord. This fjord cruise starts with bus from Bergen. Season: 1st May to 31st October

Lake Bondhusvatnet

If you drive from Odda through the 11150 meter long Folgefonn Tunnel to Mauranger and continue 7 kilometre to Sunndal, you can do the 2.5 kilometer hike to Lake Bondhusvatnet. Easy hike on well prepared trail, also great for persons in wheel chair.

HM Queen Sonja`s Panoramic Trail

Approximately six hours hike between Kinsarvik and Lofthus in Hardanger. If you start at Kinsarvik, it is a 4.5 kilometre long and steep hike to Heng with a tremendous panorama view down to the Hardangerfjord. This is the starting point of Queens Sonja´s Panoramic Hiking Trail to Lofthus. Great panorama view and photo spot. The Queens Hiking Trail is marked and ends in Lofthus.

Oddadalen Valley and the Waterfalls

Odda is a great hub if you want to see some of the most beautiful and wild nature Norway has to offer. There is a short distance to the Oddadalen Valley with the famous waterfalls like Låtefossen and Tjørnadalsfossen Waterfalls.

Buerdalen Valley and Buerbreen Glacier

From Odda, drive to the inner part of the Buerdalen Valley, to the Parking Lot at the innermost part of the valley. From here you can hike up to the Buerbreen Glacier and to the surrounding mountains with fantastic view down to the beautiful and wild nature around Odda and Sørfjorden in Hardanger. For guided tours on the glacier, contact the Tourist Information in Odda.

Fonna Glacier Resort

There are three Summer Ski Centres in Norway. One of them is Fonna Glacier Resort which is located on the Folgefonna Glacier in Jondal in Kvinnherad. From the Ski Resort you have fjord view to the Hardangerfjord.

WARNING! Don´t try to copy this stunt! Location: Fonna Glacier Resort.
Skier: Benjamin Forthun. Camera: Tom Erik Haukland

The Hardangerfjord area – Geology and Landscape

The Hardangerfjord mainly follows the limit between the more than 1 milliard years old Precambrian rocks largely on the southeast side of the main fjord and the 400 to 500 million years old rocks belonging to the Caledonian mountain building, which mainly are on the northwest side of the fjord. It has its beginning where the fjord meets the open sea – the North Sea – and can be followed 180 km inwards to Eidfjord. It also has a number of tributary fjords.

Lofthus in Hardanger

Sørfjorden is a 38 kilometre long branch of the 179 kilometer long Hardangerfjord, the Queen of the Fjords. In the middle of this fjord arm, between Odda and Eidfjord, you find the beautiful village Lofthus with Hotel Ullensvang. Take a proper break at the hotel, one of Norway`s historic hotels. The hotel’s history dates back to 1846 and is situated by the shore of the Hardangerfjord. This is a perfect base for excursions to Trolltunga and The Queen’s Panoramic Trail between Kinsarvik and Lofthus.

Vøringsfossen Waterfall and Kjeåsen Mountain Farm in Eidfjord

Eidfjord at the eastern part of the Hardangerfjord is a great base for nature experiences and activities. Drive to to Kjeåsen Mountain Farm in Eidfjord and enjoy the great view down to the Simafjord and to Eidfjord at the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord.

Between Eidfjord and the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateou, the Måbødalen Valley and Vøringsfossen Waterfall are two tourist attractions visible from the road. You can drive to the view point and see the Vøringsfossen Waterfall from above, or you can do a short 45 minutes hike and experience the waterfall from the below. This is part of the Hardangervidda National Tourist Route.

Pictures from Hordaland and Hardanger

 

FJORDS – Useful Links:

Fjord Tours: Norway in a Nutshell
Fjord Tours: Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Go Fjords: Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Fjord Pass: Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway

Tourist Information

Tourist Information – Odda
Visit Hardangerfjord – Odda
Trolltunga – Information about the hike

Guiding to Trolltunga

Trolltunga Active
Trolltunga Adventures

Trolltunga Shuttle Bus and parking

Trolltunga Norway

Other Activities

RIB Boat Fjord Safari on the Hardangerfjord
Trolltunga Via Ferrata
Trolltunga Sunset/Sunrise
Trolltunga Winter
Guided Glacier Hikes at Folgefonna Glacier
Folgefonna Summer Ski Center
Guided Kayak Tours – Lofthus
Hike to Vøringsfossen Waterfall
HM Queen Sonja´s Panoramic Hiking Trail
By car to Kjeåsen Mountain Farm in Eidfjord

Accommodation

Trolltunga Hotel – Odda
Hardanger Hotel – Odda
Hotel Ullensvang – Lofthus
Odda Camping
Lofthus Camping

Trolltunga and the Odda Area – Map Overview