Trolltunga is a spectacular example of the geological oddities that dot the Norwegian landscape.
The fittingly named “Troll’s Tongue” sticks out of a vertical mountainside above a 700 meter (about 2,300 feet) drop. The scenic cliff offers a magnificent view of lake Ringedalsvatnet in Skjeggedal. It was made thousands of years ago by water from a glacier freezing off part of the rock.
Keep an eye on your feet as there’s no safety rail here. You can take a funicular up part of the way, though it isn’t always functioning. Otherwise, it is roughly an 8 to 10-hour hike roundtrip through mountains and waterfalls to the ledge.
In recent years, this spot has become more popular with travelers looking for that perfect Instagram shot. If waiting in line to take a photo isn’t to your liking, this might no longer be a good destination for you.
Know Before You Go
You can also get to Skjeggedal by public transport: take bus #995 from Odda. Guided tours are also available. The recommended season to Trolltunga is from June 15 to September 15.
If you aren’t going during the summer, pay attention to these dates: September 16 to October 28, as recommended with a guide; October 29 to February 16 is not recommended because it's highly dangerous; February 17 to June 14 are recommended with guide to snowshoe.
All the hikes in Norway are at your own risk. As such, use appropriate clothing for hiking. Bring food, water, maps, and a first aid kit. There is no cellphone coverage in certain areas.