Hike one of the most famous treks in Norway: Trolltunga

Ready for a journey that will test your limits and reward you with amazing natural beauty?
Welcome to the Trolltunga hike – a legendary trail in Norway famous for breathtaking panoramas of fjords and mountains.

This guide will help you plan the hike of a lifetime, from the best hiking season and what to pack to all the details about making this challenging trek the trip of a lifetime.

Hike one of the most famous treks in Norway: Trolltunga

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General trail information

The Trolltunga hike is not for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

This challenging trail stretches 28 kilometers (round trip) through rugged terrain, with steep ascents, rocky pathways, and some scrambling sections, taking about 8-12 hours.
With an elevation gain of around 1200 meters, it demands both physical endurance and mental determination.
But the reward at the end is so worth it!

Where to start the Trolltunga hike

There are 3 different parking lots to start from and depending on which one you choose, the trail can be anything from 10 km to 28 km total.
The paid shuttle from Odda Camping takes you to parking lot P2, making the hike 14 km.
From there you can take another paid shuttle to parking lot P3 which cuts the hike down to 10 km.

The first shuttle from Odda Camping goes at 6 am and that’s the one you should take.

The best travel tips

HYTT Travel Tip:

For the shuttle from P2 to P3, buy tickets online in advance for a specific time. You get a discount for the return ticket (70 NOK instead of 150 pp).

The best spots for a break when hiking Trolltunga

You can obviously stop, take a break and admire the scenery anywhere on the trail, but there are 2 very beautiful spots to catch a breath.

The first is a small cliff overlooking a lake, making it a great place to take photos as well.

And the other is a small little cabin relatively close to the end of the Trolltunga hike.
It’s the perfect spot for a picnic and catching a little bit of shade on a sunny hiking day.

Trolltunga summit

When you reach the end, the actual Trolltunga cliff overlooking Ringedalsvatnet fjord, you most likely won’t be alone.

Thousands of people hike Trolltunga every year, and most of those will come during the summer months.
I did the trail on June 1st, the first day when you’re allowed to hike without a guide, and there were already dozens of others doing the same.

So by the time I reached the top, around mid-day, there was a line of people wanting to take photos.
Luckily it was all super chill and everyone was very respectful of each other.

The best travel tips

HYTT Travel Tip:

If it’s busy, plan a couple of poses for your photos in advance, and ask others to take your photo for you.

The best time to hike Trolltunga

While the trail is open year-round, the best time to tackle the Trolltunga hike is during the summer months, typically from June to September.
During this period, the weather is relatively mild, and the trail is (largely) free from snow, making it safer and more accessible for hikers.

From October 1st to May 31st, you’re only allowed to hike the Trolltunga trail with a guide, and from June 1st to September 30th you can go on your own.

What to pack

Packing smartly is crucial for a successful hike, especially one that can take anywhere from 8-12 hours.

Here’s a checklist of essentials:

  • Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support (I’ve seen people do the hike in sneakers or flip-flops, while there was still deep snow patches, which is just unsafe). I have these ones and love them!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (layers are key)
  • Lots of water and high-energy snacks
  • First aid kit and emergency supplies
  • Camera or smartphone to capture those breathtaking views
  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses for sun protection

Where to stay before and after hiking Trolltunga

Located conveniently near the trailhead, Odda Camping offers a range of accommodation options.
Whether you prefer camping under the stars, cozy cabins, or comfortable rooms, this campground provides the perfect base for your Trolltunga hiking adventure.
Plus, its scenic surroundings and friendly atmosphere add to the overall experience.

Extra hiking tips and tricks

  • Start early:
    Begin your hike early in the morning to avoid crowds and maximize daylight hours. The first shuttle from Odda Camping goes at 6 am and that’s the one you should take.

  • Parking options:
    There are 3 different parking lots available, and depending on which one you choose, the trail can be anything from 10 km to 28 km total.

  • Stay hydrated:
    With the challenging terrain and varying weather conditions, staying hydrated is crucial. Bring plenty of water in a reusable bottle to minimize waste.

  • Respect nature:
    Remember to leave no trace and respect the environment around you. Pack out all trash and be mindful of wildlife.

  • Know your limits:
    While Trolltunga is a rewarding hike, it’s essential to know your own abilities and pace yourself accordingly. Take breaks and listen to your body. In case of emergency, call 112 (but remember, exhaustion is not an emergency).

Hiking Trolltunga is an unforgettable adventure that’s both challenging and rewarding.
Lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and go on a journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Happy trails,

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