About the Trolltunga hike. Summary & Tips.
— We were there in the middle of August
— Sleep at the Odda camping (it is the closest one if you don’t want to take a Bed and breakfast or a hotel and everybody there is going to do the Trolltunga hike or already did the day before). We stayed two nights because we wanted to start the hike early and we knew we would be tired when we got back and we won’t have been able to drive to find another campground the night after). PS: We tried swimming into the lake… It was the coldest water I’ve ever been into. As soon as my skin reached the water, it was like millions of little knives entered my skin. SO COLD. If you are a little curious, you’ll find out that this water comes from the Glacier that is only few miles away. We went to see it the day before the big hike but that is another story that will be told soon (The Buer Glacier).
— Departure time: 5:45AM (at the bottom of the hike)
— End time: 6PM
— Duration: 12H15MIN
— Time on top : 2 hours (We reached the top at 10:30AM)
— Kilometers: 11.46km x 2 = 22.92km total
— Parking: If you have your car and you park it on the starting point, you will have to pay 120NOK (around 12€, Aug. 2015) per day.
— There is a bus leaving from Odda camping to the start of the hike. You can find the information of the camping website. I took the info below from the website on November 2015 (They might change with time, check out the website to make sure)
Bus Odda – Skjeggedal (route 995)
Daily route from 23 June to 17 August 2014 between Odda and Skjeggedal (30 min one way)
Departure Odda: 7.35 – 9.10 – 15.20 – 19.25
Departure Skjeggedal: 8.15 – 10.10 – 16.10 – 20.10
Ticket: NOK 31 one way.
— If you haven’t reached the Trolltunga by 4PM, you have to turn around and go back. That’s for safety if you don’t plan on sleeping on top. (It’s written everywhere).
— You have to follow T’s written in red on rocks to find your way. (Like for the Prekeistolen and the Kjeragbolten)
— There is drinkable water on the way so don’t bring too much water on you (you can save weight that way).
— We walked on snow (take good mountain shoes. If you can choose between sneakers, running shoes or hiking shoes, take the hiking shoes! Between the snow and the up and downs, you won’t regret them).
— You can sleep on top if you want to live something incredible. Though, you have to know that you are not the only one that got the same idea. Quite many people sleep on top so it might not be as intimate as you would think.
— For girls: take something to be able to pee standing (And learn how to use it first!) and/or toilet paper! I can’t tell you how difficult it was to try to not pee for ten hours (impossible) and as Norway is quite rocky, there are only few spot where you can pee hidden. Even then, there is a lot of people hiking at some point so it is difficult to have no one around.
— Going down is as painful as going up. It will make your knee work and suffer.
— Even if it is a very long hike, there are a lot of people (much more than at Kjerag)
— People run back and forth and will make you feel like a looser because they will pass by you twice when you won’t even have done one way.