At the western edge of the Hardangervidda plateau, you’ll find Trolltunga – the most spectacular rock formation in Norway. Trolltunga is a rock jutting into space 700 metres above Ringedalsvatnet lake! The hike through high-mountain terrain up to Trolltunga is long and demanding, but you are rewarded with magnificent views. The trail to Trolltunga, situated at 1180 metres, is signposted. From the main trailhead at P2 in Skjeggedal, the round-trip hike is 28 km with an ascent of almost 800 metres. The estimated hiking time is 8–12 hours. There is an additional trailhead at P3 Mågelitopp. Shuttle services connect the town of Odda, P1 Tyssedal and P2 Skjeggedal. There is a shuttle bus with limited capacity between P2 Skjeggedal and P3 Mågelitopp. Signs along the trail to Trolltunga show the remaining distance to Trolltunga and back to the trailhead. Telenor offers 4G mobile coverage on most of the hike.
The hike to Trolltunga is recommended from the beginning of June (depending on when the snow melts) until the end of September. Make a careful evaluation of your own shape and equipment. All nature based activities are at your own risk. If you are not an experienced hiker, join a guided hike. Guided hikes are offered by Trolltunga Active and Trolltunga Adventures. Starting on the 16th of February, guided snowshoe or ski hikes are offered by Trolltunga Active.
1 June–30 September: Recommended season (average year). Guide recommended.
1 October–31 May: Recommended only with a guide.
Start your hike to Trolltunga early in the morning. Starting from September, the hours of daylight are reduced and the nights are colder. Start hiking before 08:00.
EQUIPMENT, WEATHER FORECAST AND TROLLTUNGA TRAIL INFORMATION
The weather in the high mountains can change quickly and it is always colder than at sea level. Check the weather forecast. Do not hike if strong winds, heavy rain or fog is predicted. Rescue operations are triggered by hikers every year. What to bring: hiking boots, additional clothing, rainwear, plenty to eat and drink, a headlamp, a basic first-aid kit, a bivvy. Hiking equipment for rent in Skjeggedal and at Odda Tourist Office.
TROLLTUNGA TRAIL INFORMATION
The Mountain Guards provide updated information about the conditions for the Trolltunga hike on Trolltunga Trail Information (Facebook).
PHOTOS AT TROLLTUNGA
When the weather is nice, there are many hikers in the mountain and a photo queue at Trolltunga. Please keep this in mind when you are taking your pictures. Try to be efficient and limit yourself to two poses. Someone nearby will gladly take your picture – just ask.
HIKING DOS AND DON’TS
Bring plenty of food and drink.
Bring extra warm, windproof and waterproof clothing.
Stay together with your fellow hikers – never leave them on their own.
Help keep our mountain wilderness pristine! Please carry all your garbage back, discard it in the rubbish bins in the parking lots.
Your campsite and toilet visits must be downhill from trails and well away from streams.
For safety reasons, don’t operate drones in the hiking areas.
Never attach stickers onto signs or information boards. This information is vital to all hikers!
Don’t light campfires between April 15th and September 15th.
Don’t pollute our streams!
For more information and maps regarding the hike or for information regarding accommodation, contact Odda Tourist Office
TRANSPORTATION, PARKING AND TRAILHEAD
Follow route 13 to Tyssedal, 6 km from the centre of Odda.
P1 in Tyssedal
220 spaces. Parking fee: NOK 300 per day + transportation to P2/P3.
Distance to Trolltunga: 40 km return hike
Ascent: appr. 1040 m
Total ascent: appr. 2.000 m
Estimated hiking time: 15 hours
P2 in Skjeggedal – Main Trailhead
180 spaces. Parking fee: NOK 500 per day + transportation til P3 (optional)
Distance to Trolltunga: 28 km return hike
Ascent: appr. 800 m
Total ascent: appr. 1.200 m
The road is too narrow for camper vans and mini vans. Max length: 5.2 m
Estimated hiking time: 8–12 hours
P3 Mågelitopp — upper trailhead
Private road/parking lot
30 parking spaces. Parking fee: NOK 600 per day.
Parking tickets for sale at trolltunganorway.com/no or at the ticket office in Skjeggedal.
Distance to Trolltunga: 20 km return hike
Ascent: appr. 320 m
Total ascent: appr. 800 m
Estimated hiking time: 7–10 hours
Public transportation between Odda and P2 Skjeggedal
Shuttle buses between Odda, P1 Tyssedal and P2 Skjeggedal are operated by two companies — Odda Taxi (OT) and Taxi/Bus Odda (TBO).
Season: 1 June–30 September.
Price Odda–P2 Skjeggedal: NOK 230–250 (return ticket)
From Odda to P2 Skjeggedal
Odda Camping: 05:50 (TBO), 06:10 (OT), 07:10 (TBO), 07:30 (OT)
Trolltunga Hotel: 05:52 (TBO), 06:15 (OT), 07:12 (TBO), 07.40 (OT)
Odda cinema: 05:54 (TBO), 07:14 (TBO)
Odda bus station (town centre): 06:00 (TBO), 06:30 (OT), 07:20 (TBO), 7:50 (OT),
Trolltunga Studios: 06:02 (TBO), 06:32 (OT), 07:22 (TBO), 07:52 (OT)
Tyssedal Hotel, bus station: 06:10 (TBO), 06.38 (OT), 07.30 (TBO), 08:00 (OT)
Trolltunga Guesthouse: 06:12 (TBO), 06.40 (OT), 07.32 (TBO), 08:02 (OT)
P1 Tyssohallen: 06:14 (TBO), 06.43 (OT), 07.34 (TBO), 08:05 (OT)
P2 Skjeggedal: 06:24 (TBO), 07:00 (OT), 07.44 (TBO), 08:20 (OT)
From P2 Skjeggedal to Odda
16:15 (TBO), 17:00 (OT), 17:30 (TBO), 18:30 (OT), 19:00 (TBO), 20:00 (OT).
Shuttle bus between P2 Skjeggedal and P3 Mågelitopp
Season: 15 June–15 September (depending on snow conditions).
P2 Skjeggedal–P3 Mågelitopp: NOK 130.
P3 Mågelitopp–P2 Skjeggedal: NOK 100 (30% discount on return ticket: NOK 70)
Tickets for sale on trolltunganorway.com/no or at the ticket office in Skjeggedal. Pre-booking recommended.
Daily departures from P2 Skjeggedal to P3 Mågelitopp
06:30, 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30
Daily departures from P3 Mågelitopp to P2 Skjeggedal
06:45, 07:15, 07:45, 08:15, 08:45, 09:15, 09:45, 10:15, 10:45, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 13:15, 13:45, 16:15, 16:45, 17:15, 17:45, 18:15, 18:45, 19:15, 19:45
Travel from Bergen
Travel from Oslo
Alternative 1: Train from Oslo to Voss, vy.no (pre-booking). Bus #990 Voss–Odda, skyss.no (no pre-booking, cash payment).
Alternative 2: Haukeliekspressen (coach) Oslo–Odda, nor-way.no
Travel from Stavanger and Preikestolen
TROLLTUNGA–PREIKESTOLEN express service runs between Tyssedal/Odda and Stavanger/Preikestolen from 1 July to 31 August.
Daily departures between Tyssedal and Stavanger. Corresponding coach service to/from the Preikestolen trailhead Monday–Friday, gofjords.com, tel. 480 60 333.