The Mission: Finish off Norway’s “Big 3” by backpacking Trolltunga
Grab enough food for 2 days and check the weather to ensure you have appropriate gear.
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For this particular hike, sturdy waterproof boots were essential. The weather also changed quite a bit so I packed layers including waterproof gear and the waterproof cover for my pack (which I definitely ended up using). And don’t forget the camera!
We arrived at Trolltunga and hit the trail at around 3:00pm. We planned to take about 6 hours to reach the summit and have plenty of time to spare to pitch our tent before nightfall. We carefully arranged our packs and hit the trail.
The first mile of the hike is the most intense, it starts up a steep incline of steps that were built by Sherpas from Nepal. It had rained heavily the day before and the trail was a slick, muddy mess. I made use of the rope to steady my balance and took a few breaks to catch my breath. Once we conquered the most grueling part of the trail, we were hot and sweaty as we strolled through an open valley under the bright sun. We stopped and filled our water at the flowing stream and continued on.
We crossed a few wooden planks that were placed to keep us from sinking into the mud before we were met with another steep, rocky incline. This time there were no steps, but a rocky trail. This portion was also steep, but nothing like the first mile we had encountered. We took our time, took in the view and then climbed up a not quite as steep rock face towards a plateau.
We were relieved to have another “rest” period of mostly flat terrain. The trail continued on, we stopped for lunch, paused for photos, breathed the fresh air and pushed on. There were a few additional climbs, but again, nothing quite that steep or long making the final push of the hike easier as we neared the troll’s tongue.
The hike out to Trolltunga ended up taking us about 6 hours as we had predicted. We arrived at Trolltunga just before sunset and had the area almost all to ourselves. Words cannot describe the beauty, it was more incredible than we could have ever imagined. We took tons of photos and sat out on the Troll’s tongue before we found a spot with a view to pitch our tent.
In the morning, the area was filled with tourists and fellow campers taking in the view. We were happy that we had the time to enjoy the place to ourselves the night before. We spent an hour or so hiking around the area, up to a glacier and checking out the emergency cabin up on the hill before heading back down.
Our hike back to the car was a bit quicker than our hike up and took us about 4 and a half hours. Luckily the sunshine had dried a bit of the mud and the trail was not quite as slick, making our descent a little less stressful.
- Level of difficulty: Strenuous
- Water and toilets at the trail head
- Pay to park
- We filled up our water in the streams along the hike and had no health issues
- Plenty of camping area at the top
- There is an emergency cabin near the Troll’s Tongue if needed
- Sturdy, waterproof boots were a must for this hike!
- The weather changed multiple times; we had hot sunshine, cold rain and gusty winds. Prepare for everything!