Safe summer hike to Trolltunga

Trolltunga is one of Norway’s most famous rock formations. Every year, travellers from all over the world come here to do the hike and get a picture of the special cliff that juts out 700 metres above lake Ringedal.

Summer season

Never hike to Trolltunga in the winter. If you want to enjoy the view when there is snow, you can join one of the guided snowshoe or skiing trips that start in March.

10–12 hour hike

The route is a 27 kilometre long round trip with an elevation gain of 1,100 metres, so you have to be prepared for a hike of 10–12 hours including breaks. The route is graded black, which means that it is a very demanding hike both physically and mentally. We recommend that you have at least two days at your disposal to increase the chances of nice weather. Trolltunga is surrounded by steep cliffs and there are no fences. Falling from a cliff can certainly be fatal, so be aware. There are a couple of small rescue cabins placed on the way to Trolltunga. These are for emergencies only and are not intended for overnight stays.

Proper hiking equipment

Pack a 30-litre backpack to be sure that you have enough room for everything you need in the Norwegian mountains. A map and compass, first-aid equipment, a fully charged mobile phone, and a headlamp are just some of the things we recommend you keep in your backpack. Scroll down the page for a complete packing list.

Warm, suitable clothing

With such an elevation gain, it is crucial to wear suitable shoes. Use hiking boots and leave your trainers at your base. You will walk through wet marsh, mud, and water at several points along the way. It will also be colder as you get higher, so be sure to bring some warm clothes. Wear wind and waterproof outerwear, and always pack an extra set of clothes, including a cap, a scarf, and gloves or mittens.

How to get there

We recommend getting the starting point by public transport due to limited parking facilities. From the parking area at Skjeggedal you follow the trail marked with red T’s. Throughout the hike, signs show how far you have come and how much there is still to go. Always bring a map and compass as there is no mobile coverage in large sections of the hike. It is a good idea to put your mobile phone in flight mode to save battery life.

Food and drink

Always bring enough food and drink when you set out on a trip. It is important to have enough refills to make sure your energy reserves last all the way.

Guided hikes

If you are inexperienced or feel unsure about doing the trip, we recommend that you join a guided hike. A good guide can turn a bad day into a fantastic experience.

Other hiking routes in the area

There are many other hikes around Trolltunga and in the nearby areas, including easier options. Check out the other hiking alternatives in the area.

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