Troll Tongue is one of the most famous and legendary places not only in Norway but also in the world! Everyone has seen the dizzying pictures taken on the Trolltunga, just looking at which the heart starts to beat faster. And at that moment, everyone thought: "Oh, how cool! I wish I had a picture like that!" And everyone at that moment had a new dream... A dream to sit, dangling your feet from a 600-meter ledge. A dream that we offer to make reality in our trekking (hike) to Troll's Tongue! So, all fears aside, let's sign up for the hike!
By the way, sitting with your feet hanging down is not as scary as it looks in the photo:)
How did we start to go hiking to Troll's Tongue? It's pretty simple. Going on our first hike in Norway, we could not ignore the famous ledge - Troll's Tongue. To do as everyone else - to ascend and descend in one day - we did not want to. So we designed a three-day trek around Lake Ringedalsvatn, with an overnight stay near Trolltunga. At that time there was nothing similar on the Internet, and we were the first to lead a group on this route.
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We didn't want to do hike everyone else - ascend and descend in one day. So we designed a three-day trek around Lake Ringedalsvatn. At that time there was nothing similar at the Internet, and we were the first to lead a group on this route!
We spend the night near the Troll's Tongue itself. This will allow us to avoid the hefty queues and enjoy the views at sunset and sunrise. Twice the chance of catching good weather. New avatars are assured!
We'll hike you to Preikestulen 2, the one near Troll's Tongue. Few tourists get here, and for good reason. The views from the rock are incredible, and standing on this ledge is much scarier than on Tongue.
We take a circular trail around Lake Ringedalsvatn instead of descending the same way. You will discover landscapes even more mesmerizing than from Trolltunga. But it won't be easy sometimes)
During the trek we will have the opportunity to visit several huts for tourists high in the mountains, where there is absolutely everything a tourist needs, starting with a stove, a bed and ending with wooden sticks for food.
We do not cancel or shift groups. If the manager approved the purchase of a ticket, you can surely buy it. The hike will not be canceled due to our fault.
Kuluar experienced teamleaders will accompany the group along the entire route, making your trip as memorable and safe as possible! They have been to Norway many times and know the country in details.
The manager, who will advise you before the trip, has been to Norway herself and will tell you the details from personal experience!
More than 12,000 participants have already gone to the mountains with the Kuluar and 97,8% were satisfied.
The main part of the group arrives in Bergen today from home, some participants stay after trekking in Jotunheimen National Park. Today we meet, walk around Bergen, enjoy the northern cozy town with the gifts of the sea. In the evening we have dinner together, get to know each other and spend the night in a hostel.
We have breakfast and go to the bus station, where we take the bus and move to a small tourist town Odda, which is located in a very beautiful part of Norway between two mountain lakes Sandvevatnet and Hardangerfjord. This region is considered one of the most beautiful and most popular among tourists because here is a national park with the third largest Norwegian glacier - Folgeffona. Climbers and rock climbers also come to test themselves on one of the Via ferrata. Well, we came here to go to the legendary Troll's Tongue tomorrow. In the meantime let's test our strength by climbing a nearby hill with a small waterfall and beautiful views of the whole town, the lake and even the serpentine trail to Troll's Tongue tomorrow. Tonight we will spend the night at the edge of the forest, surrounded by mountains and wonderful nature.
Radial trekking: 7-10 km
In the morning we will have another short drive to Skjeggedal. The first 3 km will be quite difficult, with a total gain of 400 m, but on a comfortable serpentine road. If you want, you can ride this section for 15 euro/person.
Further our way goes on a stony trail, without steep climbing, up to the ledge of Troll's Tongue. The day will be very busy. As a rule, most people try to walk to Trolltunga and back in one day. It's a time-saver, but after all, how enchanting are the sunsets and sunrises in these parts! It's a sight we can't miss! We'll stay here overnight to soak up the atmosphere, take in the mystery and beauty of the legendary escarpment. Usually during the day there are large lines of tourists. But in the evening they all go down, and the famous Tongue will be completely at our disposal! It is high time for some nice unhurried photos.
Distanse: 13 km, climb: 1000 m, drop: 255 m
We wake up very early today, before sunrise, to watch the sunrise from Troll's Tongue. To be honest, the sunset here is much more beautiful than the sunrise, but you have to see it for yourself! After the morning photo session we leave this magical place and move to another viewing point - Preikestulen 2. This ledge is the namesake of the famous Preikestulen. It is not as large, but it is a must-see! Although this place is not as popular as Trolltunga, but the panoramas of the surrounding mountains and lakes from it will amaze everyone. Further on we descend to two more lakes lurking among the rocky mountain peaks - Nibbehol and Langevatn. We pass several beautiful dams.
Depending on the strength and mood of the group we can sleep overnight near the lakes or walk to the Mosdalsboo hut. Often we spend the night in tents. But if you wish it is possible to stay in a hut for extra charge.
Distanse: 18 km, climb: 900 m, drop: 725 m
Everything that was interesting in these parts we had seen, and that means it's time to go back home. From the mountain hut we go down lower, to the already familiar town of Szegedal, where we started our trek a couple of days ago. And we take a cab to Odda, and from there we set a course for Bergen, through the tunnels, fjords and Norwegian villages. In the evening, we have a goodbye dinner in our favorite hostel.
Distanse: 6 km.
The Bergen city is very beautiful and full of sights, because it used to be the capital of Norway. In the morning we can go to the Fish Market to taste the delicacies of the sea. Also of special interest is the local aquarium, which is considered one of the best in Europe. It contains the most impressive representatives of the North Sea. If you have time, you can visit the Bergenhuis Fortress, the manor house of Edvard Grieg, or the Bergen Art Museum. In the evening, we say goodbye and go home to share our impressions and photos!
Depending on the weather conditions, condition and general wishes of the group, the teamleader has the right to make changes to the route.
Citizens of Ukraine, who have a biometric passport, do not need a visa to visit Norway. At the border, you may be asked to provide an insurance policy. Citizens of other countries, who have a regular passport, need to have a Schengen tourist visa. If you don't have a visa, we'll help you to get one. So far, the participants of our trips have not received refusals.
You must have no illnesses from this list in order to participate in the hike.
The climate in Norway is not the easiest and most pleasant. It often rains, it can be foggy. But after bad weather you appreciate the gentle northern sun much more. We try to organize our hikes at the most favorable time, but we can not give any guarantees about the weather)). Take good membrane clothes, they will protect you from rain and wind. Air temperature is about +13 on average but sometimes it gets warmer than +20! So it is not as cold as you think! In June, there may still be snow on the overnight stay near Troll's Tongue. August is more rainy compared to other months.
Despite the relatively short distance, this hike in Norway is not very easy. On the route there will be trekking, often in a not very pleasant stony landscape. The harsh northern climate also adds to the difficulty. We recommend to go to a couple of hikes in the Carpathians or other regions before visiting Norway. It is not obligatory, beginners with good physical training will cope with the route. But it is necessary to understand, that you go on a campaign, and not simply on walk. Run many times before the hike and pick up good equipment.
Buy good, quality gear. On this hike you will feel all the advantages of expensive membranes over cheap.
After Troll's Tongue Trek, we recommend the following routes:
A detailed list of items for trekking in the south of Iceland – Journey to Mars with pictures and descriptions, see the article"A detailed packing list for hiking in Iceland and Norway"
We made a video on assembling a backpack for summer hiking.
See how to properly assemble a backpack for a hike in the mountains.
The teamleader has the right not to allow you to participate in the program if your equipment does not match the recommended on the site. For example, if instead of mountain boots you took sneakers or rubber boots.
Please be as responsible as possible when collecting equipment. Not only your health depends on this, but also the comfortable passage of the route by the group as a whole!
When packing a backpack, put all things in airtight bags (or plastic bags), this will protect them from getting wet in case of heavy rainfall.
Approach the packaging of the sleeping bag and all warm clothes (especially downy ones) with maximum love. Dry, they will warm and delight you even in not the best weather.
Buy tickets as early as possible, closer to the start of the price can increase by half. From Ukraine and other countries there are no direct flights to Bergen, only with connections in European cities. Tickets cost about 300 euros. If you live near the border with Poland - you can get there by train or bus, and get inexpensive tickets to Bergen for 80-120 euros. Most often we fly with WizzAir, but you can only find Kiev-Bergen tickets through aggregators. Directly on the site you need to choose individual connections, such as Kiev-Gdansk, Gdansk-Kiev. But if so, make sure your connection time is not less than 3 hours, because you have to check-in and get your luggage checked-in all over again.
It is also worth considering arriving in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, from where you can get to Bergen by train for 7-8 hours along one of the most scenic roads in the world, the price of a one-way ticket is 50-80 euros. Flights and available airlines are constantly changing. so you have to look at the actual flight at the time of purchase. If you have any difficulties - you can always contact us, and we'll help you with the selection and purchase of the ticket.
Our recommendations for airline ticketing services can be found in this article.
You need good insurance to participate in the program. Please do not neglect this item. For some participants, it saved thousands of dollars. You can find our recommendations for taking out insurance here: "Insurance for Kuluar hikers"
Teamleader meets the group in Bergen at the hostel Marken Guesthouse. From Bergen airport there is a streetcar to the city center (terminal of the train station), our hostel is located 300 m from the station. The streetcar fare from the airport to the city is 37 kroner (approx. 4 euros) for 2018. 7-10 days before the hike, we will send you by e-mail detailed information about the meeting of the group, the contacts of the teamleader, how to get to the hostel.
Almost everywhere in the city you can pay with a bank card. It is important that it has a chip or Pay Pass, as not all terminals have a slot to read the magnetic tape. But for city transportation, we'll buy tickets in cash. If you plan to cash out with a card, note that many ATMs have a commission - about 200 kronor (approx. 20 euros). The amount of the fee may vary and is written on each ATM. Look for state banks such as Spare Bank - there you can cash out money without fees. It is also worth taking some cash with you into the mountains for the trek.
Of course, it's not a cheap treat, but to visit the Bergen waterfront and not taste the delicacies of the sea... You'll regret it until the next time you come back.
Buy ice cream. It's very similar to Icelandic ice cream - just as big, tasty and expensive.
Surely you are wondering what we will eat on a hike? Let's just say that you don't have to worry. Many participants say they eat better on the hike than they do at home. The basis of the menu is a simple meal of cereals and soups. You should not count on gourmet delicacies (although they can be).
If you do not eat any products, be sure to inform the manager so that the guide can slightly adjust the menu for you. We also recommend taking some yummies with you - nuts or sweets. Appetite on a hike is much better than at home.
Please note that the menu shown is indicative only. Team leaders usually have their signature dishes that they love to pamper participants with.
Features of nutrition for vegetarians - if you do not eat meat, be sure to read. We tell here how we will feed you and at the same time we give you a 5% discount to the hiking.
The total amount of mandatory additional expenses of the program: from 40 euros
Depending on your wishes you will need money for souvenirs, additional excursions, getting to and from the airport (10 euros), meals in a cafe. It is always recommended to have a hundred or two euros with you in case of unforeseen circumstances.
To book a place in the group, you need to make an advance payment of 100 euros, payment methods here. The rest of the sum is to be given to the teamleader in cash at the first day of the hike. If you leave the route, the money will not be refunded.
*Please note: It is not the manager's task to choose a separate flight for each participant. The manager gives general recommendations from his experience and shares flights of other participants, so you can fly together. It's up to the participant to select and purchase his own convenient airfare. If you want the manager to buy you a ticket, book a hotel or an additional excursion, read the terms and conditions on the page: additional services.