Recently I shared a post with shots from hiking Trolltunga. Here, I provide a detailed Trolltunga hike guide with everything from Trolltunga camping, car park and parking in Trolltunga, a Trolltunga packing list with what to pack, what to expect and when the best to hike Trolltunga and everything in between about the hike in Norway.
Many have this trail on their sights so I wanted to address many of the questions I had before doing the hike and answer them for those that want to know about camping on top of Trolltunga, what to pack for Norway and Trolltunga, where to park and all that good stuff.
- Guide To Packing For Norway & Trolltunga Hike
- What To See And Do In Bergen
- Camping In Odda
- Where To Get The Best Views Of Fjords In Bergen
Norway Trolltunga Hike Guide Q&A
Norway has so many beautiful landscapes and so many amazing hikes in Norway to add to your list, that it is hard to imagine how a country could have such amazing scenery all to itself. Our drive to Trolltunga from Bergen involved a stop in Odda, which is the starting point from most on the little expedition that is the Trolltunga hike.
All along the way, the road trip from Bergen to Trolltunga had us oohing and ahhing at waterfalls, lakes and beautiful mountains that you drive past. A lot of people want to do this hike so I thought a to Trolltunga blog post answering as many of the questions I get in addition to those I had myself. So my second post on a Guide to Hiking to Trolltunga a Q&A aims to answer as many of the answers you might want to know when planning a trip for a Trolltunga hike.
Hiking Trolltunga In Norway
What is Trolltunga Hike (Norway)?
Which city is Trolltunga located in?
Trolltunga Hike Difficulty, Duration And When To Hike Trolltunga
What’s the Trolltunga hike like?
What can I expect? Is Trolltunga hard or How hard is Trolltunga – Trolltunga Hike Difficulty
To address all questions asking questions around Trolltunga hike difficulty like; is Trolltunga a hard hike, how hard is Trolltunga, is Trolltunga easy hike?, or how hard is Trolltunga? The Trolltunga hike is 11km up and 11km down so a total of 22km for the whole trail. They used to have the funicular that made the first and last 1km a lot easier – alas it has been shut down a long time ago and the trail the cable car went on is now blocked off and it is too unsafe to use.
This means that you now have to climb up the 1km with your own two feet. Let me tell you this: the first 1 km is the hardest part of the trial especially if you are carrying a heavy backpack! Your feet will be swearing at you all the way through the 1km BUT when you do see the 1km sign at the top you will be surprised where that little burst of energy comes from for the little happy dance that you will no doubt be doing. The trail between the 1km sign and the 2km sign is fairly flat.
As far as the first 1km is concerned it is a mix of stone steps and steep inclines with a rope to support you. The last 1km down is also a lot harder to do on the way down than it is going up. Having done 21km your legs will be a bit wobbly for the big stone steps down in that last 1km. Saying that you will be on such a high with encouragement from other walkers that it won’t seem as bad as I am making it out to be. As a rule of thumb if I did it so can you!
Can you hike Trolltunga in the rain | How do Trolltunga hike?
Also, note that the time it takes to climb down is almost the same as the climb up so factor that in if you are using public transport. Also I get questions around how many steps to Trolltunga, considering how many hours I mentioned above you can just imagine how many steps are involved.
When Is the best time to hike Trolltunga? Can you hike Trolltunga in Winter?
Trolltunga Hike Info: When Does Trolltunga Open?
- Can you hike Trolltunga in September: From mid-September you need a guide to hike Trolltunga.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in October: You need a guide to hike Trolltunga up until October 15. After that no hiking is allowed in October due to weather.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in November: No hiking is allowed in November due to weather.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in December: No hiking is allowed in December due to weather.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in January: No hiking is allowed in January due to weather.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in February: No hiking is allowed in February due to weather.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in March: No hiking up until end of March when the trail starts to thaw and open season starts. You need to hike with a guide in March when the trail opens.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in April: Hiking Trolltunga allowed but only with a guide.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in May: Hiking Trolltunga allowed but only with a guide.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in June: Trolltunga early June can only be hiked with a guide. After June 15 You can hike on your own.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in July: You can hike Trolltunga without a guide.
- Can you hike Trolltunga in August: You can hike Trolltunga without a guide.
Is Trolltunga Hike Dangerous
Can you hike Trolltunga without a guide?
Can you hike Trolltunga alone? Do you need a guide? Is there a Trolltunga hike tour?
What happens when you get to the top of Trolltunga?
What happens when you get on the Troll’s tongue itself? Is Trolltunga worth it?
Once you arrive a the top of Trolltunga you have to go down via a few metal steps and this is where the queue to Trolltunga starts. The rest of the crowd are scattered around the area taking pictures and congratulating each other for making it that far. The majority stay there for an hour or 2 before heading back down.
Note that there is a queue to get on the tongue itself. When I climbed down to queue the queue was about 30 minutes long but during the peak periods, I have heard it can go up to 2 hours. It does go quickly though as you have people doing all sorts of stuff on the tongue that will keep you entertained as time goes by. From people stripping naked to marriage proposals, it all happens in Trolltunga! It Trolltunga worth it? Hell Yes! If for the views alone!
Is Trolltunga dangerous? Who do I call in an emergency – Mountain rescue?
Do I have to sit on the edge of Trolltunga cliff, is it scary?
No, you don’t have to sit on the edge Trolltunga cliff or Norway tongue as some call Trolltunga. Plenty of people don’t. It’s really up to you and how well you deal with heights. I had every intention of sitting on the edge but didn’t know if I was going to actually do it. I was going to sit there on my own and my boyfriend was way on the other side with instructions to take as many pictures as possible.
Only until it was my turn to walk on Trolltunga did I just press the ‘fuck it’ button and say it’s now or never so put you big girl panties on and let’s fucking do this. That is usually my pep talk when I am doing something that freaks me out, whether it’s a scary meeting at work or rock climbing somewhere. So I sat down first and inched myself to the edge and then stuck my legs out. It’s as easy as that! I wasn’t going to leave without taking a selfie!!
Trolltunga Hike Parking, Toilets And Facilities
What facilities (toilets and bathrooms) can I find at the base of the Trolltunga Hike?
Are there any toilets along the trail to Trolltunga?
Is there parking at Trolltunga?
Wondering about where to park in Trolltunga? Yes, there are two car parks in Trolltunga.
Travel & Transport | Trolltunga Hike From Bergen Or Oslo
How to get to Trolltunga hike?
What is the closest/nearest airport to Trolltunga?
Oslo to Trolltunga and Bergen To Trolltunga Travel
Are there hotels near the Trolltunga hike? (Accommodation near Trolltunga)
Where can you camping before your Trolltunga hike?
Trolltunga Camping – Is camping on the top of Trolltunga allowed?
Where can you camp on the Trolltunga hike trail? Is camping allowed on Trolltunga? If so, where? (Many of the questions I receive)
What To Pack For Trolltunga Hike And Norway
Trolltunga day hike Vs Trolltunga overnight hike
For the Trolltunga day hike, you have to be on the trail nice and early. The latest time recommended to start is 8 am, in the summer months when it gets dark later in the day I think you can push this until 9 or 10 am. Just bear in mind that you definitely do not want to do the last 1km in the dark. Some spots are steep and challenging even in daytime. When you pack your equipment be sure to pack a torch regardless whether you are a day or overnight hiker. For the overnight hike, we started off late in the afternoon.
Again, make sure you don’t set off when it’s dark as you need decent visibility for the 1km up the start of Trolltunga trail. If the car park is full at the top then you need to factor in the bus ride up to the start of the trail. If you start off after the bus running times end then you will either have to face adding 2-4km of walking to the starting point of Trolltunga trail or face canceling your hike for the next day.
If I had to do it over again I would still go for the Overnight hike as I like the camping in nature side of it and the views were out of this world amazing without a whole host of people on the trail. One thing to add is that if you are going for the overnight hike then that is an addition of camping equipment you have to carry with you on an already hard hike.
What to pack for Trolltunga hike: Trolltunga packing list
- Water bottle
- Spare clothes
- First aid kit
- Comfortable hiking/walking shoes
- You can check out my detailed post with tips on what to pack for Norway as well as what to pack for the Trolltunga Hike. Everything around Trolltunga what to bring, Trolltunga what to wear, are all questions I answer in more detail in that post. The post details packing for a day hike and one for camping Trolltunga.