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Trolltunga is a rock formation situated about 1,100 metres above sea level in Ullensvang Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The cliff juts horizontally out from the mountain, about 700 metres above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet. Popularity of the hike to Trolltunga and rock formation itself has exploded in recent years. The increased popularity has turned Trolltunga into a national icon and a major tourist attraction for the region. Until 2010, fewer than 800 people hiked to Trolltunga each year.

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At about 1,100 metres above sea level and about 700 metres above the famous Lake Ringedal, Trolltunga is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular rock formations in Norway. Trolltunga, which means 'troll's tongue' in Norwegian, is situated at the western end of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, near the small town of Odda. The strange rock formation and the valley below it have their present form thanks to the huge ice sheet that covered most of Scandinavia during successive ice ages. Every year, tourists from all over the world visit the area and follow the famous hiking trails to the rocks, where they can take photos in front of the impressive cliffs. When to go The hiking season runs from 1 June to 31 August. Experienced hikers can go alone on this route, but it is always advisable to be accompanied by a guide. It is advisable to set off on your hike before 8am so that you can be back before dark. If you are hiking the trails during the winter season (1 October to 31 May), we always recommend that you go out with a guide. Some agencies offer guided tours with snowshoes or skis, so you can enjoy the snow-covered landscape of Trolltunga. Trolltunga Safety Wheel Duration: 10 to 12 hours The high mountain trek to Trolltunga (1,180m above sea level) is a long and challenging one (both physically and mentally). You will need to be properly equipped and fit to embark on this adventure. If you are brave enough to take on the challenge, stunning views await you. From Skjeggedal, the main starting point, the round trip is 28km with an altitude difference of approximately 800m. So be prepared for a 10-12 hour hike, including rest stops. Starting from Mågelitopp, the round trip is also 20 km and the altitude difference is about 320 metres. The hike should take between 7 and 10 hours. Information panels along the way show the remaining distance to Trolltunga and the distance back to the starting point. It is advisable to allow at least two days, as it is more likely that you will be able to carry out the route in good weather. Trolltunga is surrounded by steep cliffs and there are no protective barriers, so please keep a safe distance, especially in fog. A fall from the cliffs can be fatal, so please take extra care.

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This breathtaking cliff is perched about 1100 meters above sea level and overlooks the Ringedalsvatnet lake at a height of 700 meters. This cliff prominence belongs to the Norwegian county of Vestland, east-southeast of Bergen

Trolltunga is relatively difficult to reach and is for people in good physical condition.

  • To reach Trolltunga requires a 5-hour walk for an ascent of about 900 meters. 

To admire this masterpiece of nature, go to the county of Hordaland, 180 km east of Bergen (or 350 km west of Oslo). 

You will then have to leave Skjeggedal for the high mountain trail.

The hike takes 4 hours and is punctuated by multiple sites, including the Ringedal Dam and the Rullestad circular caves. 

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