We did the via ferrata excursion to Trolltunga with Trolltunga-Active - I posted a detailed review of that trip (a review of Trolltunga-Active) - it was awesome and epic and highly recommended. It involves biking, climbing cliffs, and hiking. It was up there with our 4 day trek on the Inca Trail in Peru and our rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon.
We went on September 23. It was very cold, and it snowed, hailed, rained, snowed, showed a little sun, and snowed some more. This hike is very very exposed to the elements - it was windy, which made cold wet hands (waterproof gloves weren't waterproof!) even colder. I had hand warmers and two pairs of gloves; I needed more. I had on full rain/wind gear, a winter hat, multiple layers, and it was still cold. You get very sweaty when you're hiking, and then when you stop you get cold fast.
Boots are highly recommended for this hike (waterproof!!), as are trekking poles. We do plenty of hiking on our own and would not normally have a guide, but since we were doing the via ferrata we had the Trolltunga-Active guide, and I will say that we were both glad to have Mat with us - there was much more snow than we were expecting, and it was comforting to always know we were on the right track. Mat also was able to tell us where to replenish water, and give descriptions of what was coming and how long it would take.
If you are going on your own, I would recommend following the Trolltunga Facebook page, which posts about the weather conditions. These are not a joke, I was very surprised how exposed this hike is. Just a few days before our hike there had been a storm that ripped up tents and supplies that Trolltunga-Active had installed up there. This is in September, people! We were hiking in a couple inches of snow at some points.
Our trek took 11 hours, 15 minutes, and we started after and finished before the Trolltunga-Active group that hiked the entire thing. Somehow climbing and biking was easier than hiking up - we were going strong and passed many hikers on our way back. That being said, we slept for 10 hours after our trek! Do not plan anything for early next morning - one of the hikers at our hotel was signed up for a fjord cruise the next morning which they skipped because they had to be there at 7 am - no way!
Do this hike if you can! We can't stop looking at our picture on the rock and saying "wow we did that!"
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