Trolltunga is situated in the region of Hardangerfjord in Norway. The Hardangerfjord is very close to Haugesund and Bergen and is known to be the most astonishing area in Norway. Waterfalls, glaciers, fjords, two national parks, and two national tourist routes waiting for you. Odda city is well surrounded by lush valleys, silvery peaks, blue glaciers, emerald fjords, and rushing waterfalls. It is the biggest city in the region and takes 20 minutes to drive to Trolltunga. Hence why I am going to be sharing tips on how to get to Trolltunga from Odda, Bergen and Olso. Odda is the perfect base and offers a lot for those looking for things to do near Trolltunga.
To get to Trolltunga, you can rent a car in Norway like we did or use the train, boat, and bus to get the start of the hike. Here is a detailed explanation of how to reach Trolltunga.
How To Get To Trolltunga
Trolltunga is one of Norway’s most iconic and spectacular places to visit. The hike itself takes around 10 -12 hours to complete but you can also camp on the trail. For tips on what to expect and everything you need to know about hiking Trolltunga, check out my comprehensive guide with many of the popular questions answered.
As far as buses are concerned, between July 1st and August 31st there are daily bus services connecting Hardanger and Ryfylke to Trolltunga and Preikestolen, another one of the cool Norway hiking trails to check out.
The Trolltunga Shuttle
Hikers can take a Trolltunga shuttle bus from Magelitopp and many of the hotels in Odda to Skeggedal. With the bus, only takes you as far as Skeggedal, about 4.3 kilometers and 400 meters of ascent. The first point is where the first car park is and the 400 meter to ascent is the last car park which can fill up. By taking the bus down, you can save 1.5 hours of hiking. The price of NOK 100 per individual includes a one-way bus ticket from Magelitopp to Skeggedal.
I would highly recommend parking your car on the first car park and then taking the bus to the starting point at the top. The road after the first car park is to be narrow, steep and incorporates 17 scary hairpin turns with a picturesque view above the Skeggedal Valley. I was definitely glad we left the car down and we let someone else take on the cray turns. Note that this is also one lane.
How To Get To Trolltunga From Bergen
By starting your journey from the city of Bergen, you will need to take the bus or train to Odda or Tyssedal before at least a day your hike so a stay overnight in Odda is a must. We chose to drive. It is easy to start from Bergen’s early morning and drive towards Odda or Skeggedal. Thus, your travel from the Bergen city to the starting point of Odda will take only 3 hours, and hence, it is recommended to stay overnight anywhere close to Odda. It can be a little longer if you use the tunnels or miss the ferry crossing.
The Bergen trip generally about 150 kilometers and the roads are beautiful and scenic with waterfalls along the way. It takes you via Hardanger, Norway Orchard, along the astonishing city of Hardangerfjord, as well as into the city of Sorfjord. As you arrive into Odda you will be in awe of the beautiful mountains vista thrusting straight down to the fjord waiting for you, so get ready to conquer.
The nearest airport to Trolltunga is the Bergen Airport Flesland – hence why we chose to fly to Bergen. The city itself is also beautiful and with many options too for getting to Trolltunga from Bergen too.
Getting to Trolltunga
Trolltunga is a massively large, flat rock, placed above the Ringedalsvatnet Lake. It can be easily reached by taking a car from Norway’s main cities such as Stavanger, Oslo, and Bergen. Depending on the city that you depart from, you can also have good access to public transportation options.
By use of public transportation, most will take you as far as Odda before you have to change from a train or coach. From Odda you then take a bus, private transfer, or a shuttle bus, which takes an hour’s duration to reach Trolltunga. While making plans, keep in mind that the shuttle buses usually operate from June to September. Also note, you cannot do the journey from Bergen to Trolltunga and do the hike in one day as well. You will have to stay in Odda overnight considering the length of time it takes to hike.
Bergen to Trolltunga By Bus Or Train
The duration involved in traveling from Bergen to Trolltunga is 4 hours by car and 4.5 to 5 hours by taking public transit.
Driving is considered the most efficient and easiest way to reach Trolltunga’s from Bergen with an exact travel time of about 4 hours. This route covers a distance of about 99 miles or 159 km and then passes through the North Sea and Hardangerfjord.
You will also go through troll roads and ferry crossing along the journey. The ferry tends to cross through Hardangerfjord, and so, it is your responsibility to keep the cameras ready to take great shots. 🙂
You can also take up a train to Voss for an hour and a 15-minute voyage and then board for a 2-hour bus ride towards Odda. However, the trains frequently operate from the morning session until nighttime.
Furthermore, you can also take the bus directly from the city of Bergen to Odda, which takes around 3 hours duration. Skyss provide buses with many departures through the day, and the most direct route on a bus is 9.30am.
Overall, Odda to Trolltunga will take one hour by a private transfer or bus.
- Bergen to Odda bus – The duration of the bus takes around 3 hours and 56 minutes. Tickets cost around 2100 to 2600 NOK.
- Bergen to Trolltunga bus – The bus traveling from Bergen to Trolltunga, costs around 5329 to 6496 approximately. The time duration involved might be around 4 hours and 18 minutes.
- Bergen to Odda train – You can travel from Bergen city to Odda through train anytime. There are possibilities for frequent trains for travelers. The exact duration is 191 kilometers and costs around 41.59. The time needed to travel from Bergen to Odda is 3 hours and 19 minutes, so that you can get rid of tiredness and boredom. The train journey is extremely helpful and purposeful when compared to other modes of transportation. You can book your train ticket in advance to avoid the last-minute hassles.
How To Get To Trolltunga From Odda
There is quick access to the shuttle bus from the city of Odda to Trolltunga(NOK 150) as well as from the Tyssedal by taking (NOK 100). Parking at Trolltunga car parks is NOK 500/day with about 250 spaces. The road has sharp turns with the vertical and narrow path having a 400 meters slope and 17% maximum incline. There is a vehicle height is just 2 meters. Motorcycles and mobile phones are prohibited from usage on this route. It is 4 kilometers from Skeggedal towards Trolltunga.
Oslo to Trolltunga
Duration from Oslo to Trolltunga by a car or private transfer is only 6.5 hours and takes 8.5 to 9 hours using public transportation.
The road-tripping from Oslo to Trolltunga can take around 7 hours without undergoing any traffic delays or stops. This specific route involves a scenic and two-lane highway, E134 and RV13, a toll road. In addition to this route, you can also pass through numerous lakes like Heddalsvatnet connecting the ocean through the Telemark canal.
You can also take a trail from Oslo train station directly towards the town of Voss, and then you will require a transfer to a bus, taking you immediately to the town of Odda. However, the trains run 3 to 5 times per day, with the first departing from the morning until the afternoon with the traveling time of about 5 and a half hours.
There is also an availability of night trains taking around 6 hours duration, so you have to get prepared to arrive early in the morning. It is also recommended to book your train ticket in advance at the station.
Tyssedal to Trolltunga
Tyssedal is another town close to Trolltunga. Its a little over an hour away so bear that in mind if you stay here during tour hike to Trolltunga. Recommendations are to start hiking by 8am if you are doing the same day hike. The time duration to travel from Tyssedal to Trolltunga takes only 1 hour 13 minutes if you have your own car. The distance is only 25.4 kilometers.
Bergen to Skeggedal
There are many ways to get to Skeggedal from Bergen. The distance between Bergen and Skeggedal is only 78 km. The best transport to get from Bergen to Skeggedal other than the car is by taking a bus, which takes around 3 hours and 19 minutes, and costs around 4300 to 5500 NOK. When you travel by car, it takes around 2 hours 50 minutes.
- Travel by bus
- Take a bus from Bergen bus stop to Askane and then from Askane change for another bus to Skeggedal.
- Travel by car
- You can drive from Bergen to Torvikbygd Kai
- Take a car ferry from Torvikbygd Ferjekai to the Jondal Ferjekai
- Then continue driving from Jondal Kai to Skeggedal.
- Traveling through Trengereid Station
- Take a drive from Trengereid station to Torvikbygd Ferjekai
- Take up the line 1006 car ferry from Torvikbygd Ferjekai to Jondal Ferjekai
- Then drive from Jondal Ferjekai to Skeggedal
Trolltunga Hiking Season
The start days vary every year depending on snow and weather conditions but an estimate of these is usually provided as:
- 15 June – 15 September – The recommended Trolltunga hiking season
- 16 September – 28 October – Hiking is only allowed with a guide
- 29 October – 16 February – Not recommended for hiking as the trail is extremely dangerous
- 17 February – 14 June – Hiking with snowshoes and skis only allow with guide
Hopefully, that wasn’t too much information overload. The journey to Trolltunga is fairly easy. At least if you have your own car. You can make as many stops as you want and just overall comfort of the journey. There are options for buses and trains if you don’t want to rain a car for this trip to Trolltunga. You can also get more information about how to reach Trolltunga from various when you arrive in Bergen, Tyssedal, Skeggadal, Odda, and Osla.
So, have you been to Trolltunga, or Norway before? Is this your first time planning a trip to Norway?
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