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An epic adventure in Norway - to spectacular views

Norway boasts breathtaking landscapes and is abundant with magnificent hiking opportunities, like the Trolltunga Hike.

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Norway’s stunning natural beauty is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with its vast wilderness, pristine fjords, and towering mountains offering a diverse range of hiking experiences.

Whether you’re drawn to the iconic Trolltunga, the rugged terrains of Jotunheimen National Park, the dramatic landscapes of the Lofoten Islands, or the serene trails of the Norwegian forests, this country offers an adventure for every hiker’s taste.

The well-maintained trails, clean air, and the sense of being at one with nature make hiking in Norway an unforgettable experience. So, pack your hiking boots, immerse yourself in the Scandinavian wilderness, and embark on a journey of exploration and wonder.

If you’re looking for a challenging but absolutely stunning hike, the Skjeggedal to Trolltunga trail is definitely worth checking out. Here’s what you need to know:

Trolltunga Hike in Norway Epic and Beautiful

Trolltunga (also known as ‘Troll’s tongue’, is a mesmerizing rock formation that juts out over a 700-meter drop.  A popular destination for adventure seekers in Norway.

Starting from Tyssedal, this hike offers a thrilling journey through stunning Nordic landscapes. As you ascend, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Hardangerfjord and surrounding mountains.

The trail, although challenging, rewards hikers with the iconic Trolltunga viewpoint, where you can capture breathtaking photos and savor a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Be sure to plan ahead, as this hike can be demanding, and it’s essential to check weather conditions and bring the necessary gear to fully enjoy this epic adventure in the heart of Norway’s wilderness.

Book a Ready Made Tour with perfect sunsets

“Experience the sunset at Trolltunga and camp overnight in this beautiful place. Hike through the stunning mountains and admire the view from Trolltunga down towards Ringedalen Lake and the Folgefonna Glacier.” – GetYourGuide

This is one epic hike you can go on with the experience guides from GetYourGuide.  A fabulous experience to say the least.  We can really recommend this activity! The guides, the hike, the whole experience … is just wonderful.


The tour starts with a hike from Skjeggedal to Mågelitopp. Continue up the mountainside to Gryteskar for a spectacular view towards the Folgefonna Glacier.  You spend the night Endenut and enjoy the sunset from Trolltunga – as the sun disappears behind the Folgefonna Glacier.  An epic 2 day hike.

best hotel to stay at near Trolltunga for hiking

Stay in Tyssedal, Norway (more about accommodation below)

Skills Level:

This hike is definitely not for beginners, as it’s quite challenging at times.

GetYourGuide does small group bookings with a minimum of 4 people, however, if you’re a solo traveler this is a fabulous hike to do with a tour group.

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The length of the hike is about 28 kilometers there and back, so participants must be in good health, keeping in mind that Trolltunga is located at an elevation of approximately 700 meters (2,296 feet) above sea level. It’s a challenging hike to reach this iconic rock formation, but the stunning views from its edge make it a popular destination for adventurers and hikers.

Going on your own

Norway’s mountain weather can change rapidly. Check the weather forecast before starting the hike and be prepared for sudden weather changes.

Hiking on your own, you have 3 options:

  • From Tyssedal (P1 parking lot), the 38-kilometer round hike to Trolltunga takes around 15 hours with a 2000-meter ascent.
  • From Skjeggedal (P2 parking lot), the 27-kilometer round hike to Trolltunga takes 8-12 hours with 1200 meters elevation gain.
  • From Magelitopp (P3 parking lot), the 20-kilometer round hike to Trolltunga takes 7-10 hours with around a 1000-meter ascent.
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However, we do recommend going with a trusted guide.  The trail is well-marked, but weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. If you’re not experienced with map reading, GPS navigation, and dealing with unexpected weather, a guide can provide added security.

When is the best time to hike Trolltunga

The best time to do the Trolltunga hike in Norway is typically during the late spring, summer, and early fall months. The recommended hiking season generally spans from mid-June to mid-September. Here’s why these months are ideal:

  • Weather: During this period, you can expect milder and more predictable weather conditions, with longer daylight hours. Snow and ice are less likely to obstruct the trail, making it safer and more accessible.

  • Scenery: Late spring and summer bring lush green landscapes, blooming wildflowers, and clear skies, enhancing the beauty of the hike and the views from Trolltunga.

  • Safety: Hiking in the shoulder seasons (spring and fall) can be riskier due to potential snow and ice on the trail. 

  • Crowds: While summer can be popular, it’s when the trail is most accessible, so you’ll have more company. If you prefer a quieter experience, consider hiking in late June or early September.

Remember to check trail conditions, weather forecasts, and consider your own hiking experience and fitness level before embarking on this challenging trek. It’s also essential to book accommodations and permits well in advance if required, as Trolltunga’s popularity means that reservations can fill up quickly during the peak season.

Booking with a Tour group like GetYourGuide (a trusted company) makes your life much easier.  Guides often handle logistical details like transportation to the trailhead, permits, and accommodations, which can simplify your trip.

Emergency Preparedness:
  • Carry a first aid kit, a fully charged cell phone, and a power bank for emergencies. Know the emergency number in Norway, which is 112. 
  • Download offline maps of the area before your hike using mapping apps like Google Maps or dedicated hiking apps. These can help you navigate even without a data connection.
  • If possible, hike with a group or at least one other person. It’s safer and more enjoyable to share the experience.
  • Begin your hike early in the day to ensure you have enough daylight hours to complete it safely.
  • Bring enough water and high-energy snacks to sustain you throughout the hike.

For those preferring the easier way...

You don't have to hike to Trolltunga. How to get there:

The viewpoint at Trolltunga is accessible by shuttle bus, which you can take from Odda, Tyssedal, or Skjeggedal. 

To ensure you have the latest information for your trip, always consult Trolltunga’s own website as others might be out of date.  This way you’ll have the most resent an accurate information.

Where to stay for easy access to the Trolltunga Hike

Tyssedal Hotel 

Tyssedal Hotel is by the Hardangerfjorden at the foot of the Hardangervidda Mountains, 6 km north of central Odda.

The location of this hotel is great for accessing the Trolltunga hike.  You can even rent hiking equipment and it is only a 20 min drive to the P3 parking lot.   Book a room with a view over the Fjord.  Check Availability >>

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In conclusion, visiting Trolltunga is a memorable adventure, but it typically involves a challenging hike. However, there are guided tours, occasional helicopter options, and shuttle services that can make this iconic spot more accessible to a wider range of visitors. Regardless of your choice, thorough planning, preparation, and respect for the natural environment are essential for a safe and enjoyable experience. Whether you choose to hike to Trolltunga or explore alternative options, you’re sure to be rewarded with breathtaking views and a unique connection to Norway’s stunning wilderness.