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Odda, Norway

Trolltunga

Walk 2,300 feet above the ground on the "Troll's Tongue." 

Trolltunga is a spectacular example of the geological oddities that dot the Norwegian landscape.

The fittingly named “Troll’s Tongue” sticks out of a vertical mountain side above a 700 meter (about 2,300 feet) drop. The scenic cliff offers a magnificent view of lake Ringedalsvatnet in Skjeggedal. It was made thousands of years ago by water from a glacier freezing off part of the rock. 

The location is less known than some other spectacular geological wonders in Norway, however still quite accessible, but keep an eye on your feet as there’s no safety rail here. You can take a funicular up part of the way, though it isn’t always functioning. Otherwise, it is roughly an eight to ten hour hike roundtrip through mountains and waterfalls to this ledge at the end of the world, and there you can see how far you dare walk on this final soaring end of the journey. 

Know Before You Go

You can also get to Skjeggedal by public transport: take bus #995 from Odda. Guided tours are also available. The recommended season to Trolltunga is from June 15 to September 15.


If you aren’t going during the summer, pay attention to these dates: September 16 to October 28, as recommended with a guide; October 29 to February 16 is not recommended because it's highly dangerous; February 17 to June 14 are recommended with guide to snowshoe.


All the hikes in Norway are at your own risk. As such, use appropriate clothing for hiking.Bring food, water, maps, and a first aid kit.There is no cellphone coverage in certain areas.