Trolltunga, Norway

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Trolltunga, Norway

trolltungaTrolltunga is situated in Norway, Vest land county and it is a rock formation which is 1100 meters above the sea level in Ullensvang Municipality in Norway. The English translation of Trolltunga is Troll’s tongue and the Norwegian name is Trolltunga.  The total round trip hike is 28 kilometers around the mountain and it will take 10-12 hours to hike with breaks.

In 1820 the British gentleman discovered the stunning scenery of Tyssedal and Odda and firstly a large number of tourists visit this beautiful area. At that time the main tourist attractions were waterfalls and glaciers.

The hiking of the Trolltunga mountain is not very difficult, but the unfortunate incident was, a 24-year-old Australian woman fell to her death off Trolltunga on the 5th of September 2015. That was the first recorded death in Trolltunga. But there can be seen some photos of people hanging off the cliff or doing a handstand on it and most of them are manipulated. Troll mountain’s trailhead is at the Skjeggedal car park. The first time hike the mountain is very strenuous. It has firstly 1 km of constant steep climbing on stone steps and gravel trails before the terrain levels out.

When considering the safety in Troll, between 2009 to 2016, thousands of tourists have visited it during the four summer months and the total tourist quantum has increased from 500 per year to 80000 per year. There is no safety railing that has been constructed on the edge of the cliff and without harming the natural beauty of the cliff they have constructed a few small metal hooks as footholds to climb down to the rock.

The Trolltunga mountain cliff is overlooking the valleys of the Hardanger region. Some of the surrounding hilltops are having plains interspersed with lakes. Snow patches can be seen in some areas even in the summer months as well. The trail to Troll quickly turns to mud after rain in the summer, due to heavy use by tourists.

The main city in Norway is Oslo, and there are 2-3 buses operate from Oslo to Troltuna (Odda) daily and it will take 6-7 hours to drive. Odda is a village of Hardanger. There are great camps available in Trolltunga for hiking people and it contains mountain accommodation in a beautiful geodesic dome and guided hike with an overnight stay.  Normally hiking the mountain in May is a bit difficult due to snow but suggest hikers take tours throughout the spring season.

Weather

Trolltunga has a mild and humid climate throughout the year. The weather condition often changes such as blue sky to wind, rain, and dense fog quickly in summer and autumn time in Troll. Mid-June to mid-September is springtime and good for hikers and most of the guided tours operating during that time. Mid October to mid-March there can be unpredictable weather as well as a high level of snow and hikers are advised not to go during that period. The rainiest months are September and October with an average rainfall of 9 inches. The hottest months are June, July, and August with an average temperature of 65F. During the wintertime there are only 4 to 5 hours of light can be seen. Therefore, the best time to visit Trolltunga is from mid-June to mid-September.

Tourism

trolltunga hikingDue to the safety in Trolltunga, between 2009 to 2016, thousands of tourists have visited it during the four summer months and the total tourist quantum has increased from 500 per year to 80000 per year. The most important event in Troll is hiking the mountain. It is not difficult to hike the mountain, but advisable to hike with an experienced guide.  There are some events available to develop tourism in Trolltunga such as, explore the beauty of the fjords and the mountains and visit the local communities, using sustainable transportation to get there, the most popular itineraries from Odda and surrounding areas, and travel on your own. So far it is only one death recorded who fell from Troll mountain. Also, there can be easily found some budget hotels to luxurious suite hotels and apartments near Trolltunga within the walking distance as well.

Hotels

There are some good hotels from 3 star to apartments level available near Trolltunga according to the visitors’ Trolltungabudgets. The top choice place to stay is Hardanger Hotel and it is a 3-star hotel providing free breakfast and free WiFi. It is situated 13.4 kilometers away from Troll. Other best hotels in the area are Trolltunga Guesthouse Apartments and Trolltunga Guesthouse Hostel. The national tourist route for Trolltunga hotels is Hardanger, Bergen, and Western Norway. The Tyssedal Hotel is ideal for those who are going to hike Troll. The Trolling Guesthouse is very close to the mountain, and it is 6.2 kilometers away. Its outside looks like a prison but inside rooms are large, clean, and comfortable. There are some other hotels such as TrollHotel, Troll Odd Apartments, Vikinghaug, Kinsarvik, Huse Gjestegard, etc hotels available near Trolltunga.

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