A rock tongue hanging for several meters hanging 700 meters above the Ringedalsvatnet lake has been one of Norway’s biggest attractions for several years. No one is discouraged by the fact that taking a picture on the tip of Trolltunga, or the Language of the Troll, requires covering 23 kilometers through the mountains.
The rock formation was formed 10,000 years ago as a result of glacial erosion. Glaciers, moreover, formed the entire region and despite the warming of the climate still cover the upper parts of the surrounding mountains.
A fragment of the rock, flat and several meters long, protrudes above the cliff and indeed, as the name suggests, it resembles a huge, narrowing tongue.
It must be said simply that the trail to Trolltunga is demanding and not suitable for beginners and that its poor endurance.
There is 1100 meters of altitude difference to cover, and the whole route is about 23 kilometers. Depending on the pace at which we will go, the return trip will take 10-12 hours.
The trail is clearly visible throughout the section, with markings in the form of stone mounds. Depending on the weather, you should expect a bit of mud and slippery stones, especially when approaching.
What is important we will have to stand around 30-45 minutes in a queue for a photo.
How to arrive here?
The road to the beginning of the trail leads through the town of Odda, located at the end of SÃ¸rfjord, after which it climbs the bottom of the Tyssedal valley, ending after 7 km in the parking lot in Skjeggedal.
In the season, parking spaces fill up quickly, so if you are traveling by car, it is safer to leave your car in the parking lot in Tyssedal at Tyssohallen and continue by taking the local bus from Odda to Skjeggedal.
The route is open from mid-March to mid-October, but you can only wander without a guide from mid-June to mid-September.