Last weekend I finally visited the fabulous and beautiful Trolltunga, located in my own home country Norway. Here are some things you should know if you intend doing the same.
1. It is a 23 kilomter challenging walk
You might think that this is not so much. But it is more than a half maraton. The road is far from flat, and you have to climb 777 meters from the parking lot at Skjeggedal. Several parts are very steep, which also make it challenging to go down making the first and last kilometer the worst. It is actually such a hard trip that both me and my husband had problems walking the next day, as we were so sore in the muscles, and we both are used to walk and run in the forest.
2. It takes 10 hours
We used 10 hours up and down. Just 20 minutes were used on the top with Trolltunga, and we did not have too many breaks on the way. Other people I know as well that reached the top used the same time as us.
3. Be well prepared
Many tourists visit Trolltunga without being prepared. We meet to indians guys that were going with jeans, leather jacket and sneakers. They did not have anything to eat or drink. This made the trip a very cold and hard experience for them.
My tip is to use hiking boots, and bring enough food and a bottle of water. There are many streams to refill the bottle, so you do not need to carry many liters of water with you.
4. It is popular to go to Trolltunga
I 2010, only 500 people visited Trolltunga. This year, 2016, almost 100.000 have been taking the trip. In the high season, my friend told me that they had to wait one hour in line for take a piture on the rock. If you are two, well then it is two hours. We had to wait for 10 minutes, as we travelled outside the high season.
5. Many need to be rescued down
Yes, the hike is hard and many go unprepared. Due to this several tourist had to be helped down by the Red Cross. Until sepetember this year they had to complete over 30 savings.
6. It is not that scary to be on the stone
It might look scary, and it is 700 meters down, but the rock is pretty big. I am very scared of hights, but even I did not think it was too scary to be on the rock. This despite that it was a lot of wind, but we did not feel it on the stone, as it is surrounded by higher mountains. But please do not take any big chances being on it for a cool picture, it is far down, and you cannot even see who is there on the picture.
7. The season is from the middle of june to september
From when to when you can go up to Trolltunga varies for year to year. We went the 7th of october, which is outside the season. We had to walk on ice three kilometers, and in october it gets dark much faster than in the summer, and you neeed to get down before it gets dark. Also if you do not get down before it is dark, you can sleep in one of the emergency cabins on the way, but make sure you have enough clothes with you to survive the night in minus degrees. Never walk up in the winter, and try to do it between the middle and june to the middle of september.
8. The pictures don’t lie
The pictures of Trolltunga looks amazing, right? Often when travelling you get disappointed because something looks more beautiful in pictures, than it does in real life. Bessengen was one of those for me, and the trip up there was eight hours and though as well. But Trolltung, it is as beautiful as it seems, or maybe even more in real life.