A slender spur of rock jutting out into the void above Ringedalsvatnet Lake, Trolltunga is one of Norway’s most epic sites as well as one of the country’s most in-demand hiking targets.
Literally meaning the ‘troll’s tongue’, Trolltunga is found at the western edge of the Hardangervidda plateau – the largest national park in Norway situated a few hours south of Bergen.
As one of the most photographed sites in Scandinavia, the iconic sliver of rock is recognised by most. Yet remaining more of a mystery is the tough mountain hike required to reach it.
Definitely not for the faint-hearted, the 23km hike to Trolltunga is, on average, a 10-hour round-trip from the trailhead at Skjeggedal, 13km northeast of Odda. As this start point is located in land, it’s a car drive away for those based on the coast for a Northern Europe yacht charter.
The route passes up muddy hills, across rocky slopes, through snowfields and along cliff edges, with dramatic mountain scenery providing a sublime backdrop. Although a demanding climb, standing on top of Trolltunga staring out across the spectacular landscape is worth every step.
The hike is usually doable from late May (depending on when the snow melts) to early September. As the daylight hours reduce in September and nights get colder, it’s essential hikers begin their ascent before 8am at this time of year.
Travellers wanting to add in a hike to Trolltunga on a yacht charter need to make a careful evaluation of their own shape and equipment. Guided hikes are available. To start planning your getaway, view all luxury Norway charter yachts.
Trolltunga, 5760 Røldal, Norway