An unforgettable hike amidst one of Norway's most spectacular rock formations
The third largest glacier of Norway – Folgefonnabreen – forms the breathtaking scenery of this adventurous hiking trail surrounded by turquoise shimmering glacial lakes, rushing waterfalls and towering fjord valleys. An idyllic dramatic ambience invites enthusiastic photographers and nature lovers alike. Visitors from all over the world come to marvel at this spectacular rock formation every year.
A night in a tent on one of the many plateaus amidst desolate, impressive and rough nature for an unforgettable sunset and sunrise.
Updated: July 27, 2018
Best time of year
One should depart for the hike during early morning hours (no later than 10 o'clock). Since weather conditions can change quite rapidly in high-altitude mountains, it is highly advisable to check the local weather forecast again before the hike on the day. The hike is not recommended if wind, rain and fog are prevailing. Moreover, it is very important that you bring sufficient food and drinking water supplies given that there are no refreshment points on the trail. Drinking water is also available along the hike path from surrounding streams.
Parking area at Vetlavatnet lake - Skjeggedal (420 m)
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Trolltunga lookout point
The hike starts at the parking area in Skjeggedal about 100 m backwards on the right hand side of the access road. The signage is easily noticeable and during the hike you can also find signposts, which indicate distance covered and accordingly distance still to tackle. Right at the beginning of this hike the hardest and most strenuous part is awaiting us: approximately 400 m with extreme incline have to be conquered across several 1000 wooden and slightly brittle steps (ancient abandoned cable car). As an alternative you can also choose to walk the steep but shadowy path through the woods. At the end of the cable car tracks one reaches a plateau, which invites to a stunning mountainous landscape. Along the trail one will cross multiple streams through a relatively shallow river valley where you can handily refill your drinking water supplies. After another moderate hike along a pebble path you will reach another plateau which overlooks lakes and green space with panoramic views as far as the eye can reach. With a little luck you will cross shimmering white fields of snow. The two longest ascents are accomplished and the remaining trail to the stone tongue is well indicated and accessible. You will encounter numerous crowds during the day standing in line to capture a memorable picture on Trolltunga. The rock spur is about 10 m long and stretches out horizontally over the 350 m situated lower artificial lake Ringedalsvatnet. The way back is hiked downwards along the exact same trail and is very pleasant (except for a few shaky legs from the hike uphill).
all notes on protected areas
With the bus to Odda (only commuting in summer!) and from Odda with the Trolltunga shuttle to the parking area at the Vetlavatnet lake in Skjeggedal.
It is recommended to travel by car. From Odda you follow the route north via RV13 until Tyssedal and from there follow the signage through to Skjeggedal. After approximately 7 km you reach your destination parking area at Vetlavatnet lake.
On-site parking available (parking fees apply) directly in front of Vetlavatnet lake, the starting point for the hike.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof and warm clothing, sunscreen, possibly hiking sticks, compass and torch