This was our first time in Norway so we didn’t know our way around, let alone how to get to Trolltunga so we were winging it from the get go. Unfortunately we were off to a bad start after our luggage had been left in Rome. We were meant to do three hikes in three days but having to hang around the airport for so long we decided to sacrifice Kjeragbolten. So gutted but we’ll be back.
What is Trolltunga?
It translates to ‘Troll’s Tongue’ which is a cliff rock that literally sticks out like a tongue. It’s about 700 metres above Lake Ringedalsvatnet in Norway.
What is the closest airport to Trolltunga?
We flew from Rome to Stavanger airport which is probably the best airport if you want to do Trolltunga, Preikestolen and/or Kjeragbolten. From the moment we stepped out of that airport we couldn’t stop saying wow and dropping our jaws at how picturesque every road, mountain and house looked. Norway is absolutely breath-taking.
What is the best way to get to Trolltunga?
We hired a Hertz car through Expedia which only cost us $300 for 3 days including insurance and as it was a Hybrid we only had to fill up petrol once.
The drive to our hotel was about 4 hours away but taking in all the views was unbelievable. It will take you about 45 minutes to get to the port where you’ll need to take the Mortavika-Arsvågen/E39 ferry. It’s about a 45 minute ferry trip then you will continue driving for another 2.5 hours.
Along the drive there will be massive waterfalls to one side and beautiful lakes on the other. We pulled over at Lattefossen which is a famous large waterfall that goes under a bridge. You definitely want to pull over here to get some photos and videos.
We stayed at Trolltunga Hotel which was in the perfect location to get to Trolltunga nice and early in the morning.
Fun Fact: As we were there in July, the sun sets around 10.30pm and rises at 4.30am. So weird to get used to but meant it was easier to wake up early to hike in the morning.
How to do Norway on a budget?
For those of you that don’t know, Norway is VERY expensive. Expect to pay over $AUD20 for a sandwich and $AUD7 for a regular drink. The best thing to do is go to supermarkets. We highly recommend REMA 1000 has that seemed to have the cheapest prices. As we were hiking we needed food we could take on the go anyway. Doing Norway on a budget is possible just make sure you plan ahead.
What to bring to Trolltunga?
- Water Bottle – bring a decent amount but there are some waterfalls you can fill it up at
- Lunch and high-energy snacks
- Warm and comfortable clothes – layers are great because you switch between hot and cold
- Hiking boots – we were literally the only ones that did it in Nikes
- Camera (and don’t leave the battery in the car like I did)
- Toilet Paper – for obvious reasons
How to get to Trolltunga from your hotel?
If you stay at Trolltunga Hotel or another one nearby it should only take you about 20 minutes to drive to the carpark to begin your hike. If you put Trolltunga in your GPS it should take you to as far as you can go.
How to hike to Trolltunga?
Trolltunga is a 22km round trip. The internet told us it would be an 11 hour trip but we did it in much less than that. Steffan’s pretty fit but I’m not at all so we were both surprised when we realised how quickly we did it.
Along the hike there are all of these red T’s to look out for which tell you how to get to Trolltunga. Also at each kilometre there’s a sign and it is honestly so satisfying every time you reach one of these.
The first kilometre is literally just climbing up these stone steps. For me personally, this was the hardest part of the whole hike. I wanted to give up here, but with Steffan’s help we persevered. The next couple of kilometres aren’t too bad because it’s quite flat but as expected the ascent soon comes.
It takes about 6 hours to get to the top, we did it in 4.5 hours.
We were at the top for about an hour taking photos and having something to eat.
It takes about 4 hours to come back down, we did it in 3.5 hours.
For most, it would be an 11 hour round trip but we did it in about 9.
The whole walk is absolutely breath-taking so definitely take it all in .
Drive: 4 hours from Stavanger airport
Parking: There is a carpark at the start of the Trolltunga hike
Walk: 22km round trip, 9-11 hours depending on how much you stop
- Stick to the right side when walking past people (if you’re used to the left)
- Wear extremely comfortable clothes and shoes
- The earlier you can start the better. We started at 5.30am and were back at 2.30pm.
We hope you enjoyed this guide on how to get to Trolltunga!