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“Truly epic!!!!”
Review of Trolltunga

Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Odda
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!"

Thank Rooindie
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We traveled in late September 2018. If you come after September 15, the upper parking is closed! please don't forget it, we had to add 8 KM to our hike, and it's demanding, especially in the return.

Late September pros: not a lot of people, short waiting time.

Cons: Weather can be dramatically bad, we encountered a freaking snow storm on the way to and from the tongue. There was a snow storm the day before we arrived so .everything at the top was covered in snow.

Due to the stormy weather, you couldn't always see the breathtaking view. Some people pictured themselves on the tongue with fog behind them and nothing to see.

This hike is demanding, be prepared. Beyond that, hiking on snow is different from hiking on dry soil and it's definitely more challenging.

We are in our mid 30's, go to the gym on a weekly basis and this hike was still hard. We also saw a few couples that decided not to continue after the second big climb.

This hike will challenge you physically and mentally. It says 24KM, but it's more than 30 actually, considering the 50,000 steps the roundtrip takes from you.

But, it's rewarding and rewarding. Completing it will make you feel like never before. Don't miss it.

2  Thank Shai P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Long and hard hike but totally worth it ! Be prepared for weather change, and come prepared with food

2  Thank topeadeoye
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I hiked Trolltunga on September 19th and it was amazing. It took us 8h and we started from the top parking lot, and we stopped quite a few times to eat and take pictures.
We stayed 45 minutes at the top for the fun of it, but since we started early we had the place to ourselves!

We arrived at the gate to the road leading to the top parking lot at 5h10 and were the first there. It opened around 5h40. When we came back from the hike the lot was not even full so I guess September is a good time to do the hike.

Anyway it's pretty awesome and the views are amazing. It's a good work out but totally worth it.

Thank Benoit A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was definitely one of the best hikes I did in Norway. I went with Trolltunga active's guide, Jan Vidar Oyen, with a group of 4 people. Jan did fantastic job from motivating us to sharing many great hiking tips. At first, I was not really confident if I could do this hike because of the duration and the inconsistent weather that is very different from hiking in Indonesia. But Jan was super amazing for some many reasons!

First reason, he let us hike with our own pace and let us take many technical stops as needed (such as: take off layers, add layers, grab some chocolate, catch up with our breath, and even to just take some pictures!). Second reason, although he adjusted the pace to our best physical condition, Jan also made sure he challenged us by taking different routes while motivating us at the same time during the hike. Some great tips were also continuously shared to make sure we could maintain our stamina and reduce the sore/pain to our body. Third reason, Jan was such a caring guide! Jan constantly checked on us to ensure we were ok and having a great time. Also, everytime we had technical stops, Jan would shared his knowledge about many things from the area, name of plants, norwegian culture/history, etc., I definitely felt more confident from hiking with him and learnt so many useful and great tips that I used for my next hikings in Norway.

It was really a lovely and fantastic experience hiking with him, I will definitely want to hike with him again and again and hopefully can hike somewhere else with him beside Trolltunga! Super recommended!

Thank indahroesyanto
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