Day 4: Trolltunga

When we woke up this morning, there were periods of rain predicted throughout the day. Instead of letting that stop us, we followed the old Norwegian saying, “Det finnes ikke dÃ¥rlig vær, bare dÃ¥rlig klær!” which translates to, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes!”

Packing layers and rain coats, we made sure we had clothes for all the weather could throw at us. We fueled up with eggs and bacon, as well as coffee of unknown strength (because I can’t read the Norwegian serving sizes on the jar).

Breakfast of champions

When we arrived to the Trolltunga parking lot at 8am, it was nearly full. Trolltunga (or Troll’s Tongue) is a rock formation that juts out from the cliff and is a popular destination for hikers. It takes about 10 hours round trip, so people tend to start early. The first 4km is an 8% grade gravel/dirt road with switchbacks. After that, the trail mixes it up with steep stone steps, bald-faced rock sections, giant boulders, mud, water, snow, you name it!

Starting the hike with 3-4km of switchbacks

Navigating past lakes and other standing waters

The weather was nice to us, with only a few passing showers as we went up. As expected, the views were spectacular.

Lake Ringedalsvatnet comes into view

Final 2km terrain before Trolltunga

We made good time and arrived at Trolltunga after four and a half hours. Because it is so popular, and because the ledge is fairly small, only one group of people are allowed on at a time, resulting in a line. After waiting for our turn, we asked our line mate to take our picture for us, but she couldn’t get the camera to work. Instead, she took some on her own phone and I gave her my email, but she spoke very little English, sooooo…. check back to find out if those ever arrive! 🙂 In the meantime, here’s what the place looked like:

We have arrived!

The line to step onto Trolltunga

Where’s Waldo! Can you find Jo, two people who are 30 minutes from getting engaged, and the lady who may or may not remember to send us pics of when we walked onto Trolltunga?

Every rule on this sign was being ignored

Even without going out on Trolltunga, the area provides incredible views overlooking the Fjord and cliffs. Plus, you are still up really freaking high, so if you want the same adrenaline rush that going on Trolltunga might provide, uh, just look over the edge.

Here is our backup photo from the higher peak next to Trolltunga

The view looking west-ish from Trolltunga

It was pretty windy and chilly at the top, so we hiked back down a few kilometers before stopping for lunch. It was lovely for a few minutes, then some real rain came in. We finished up, put on our rain coats, and got back on the trail for our long journey down.

Trying to re-trace our path on the way back

Cool rocks, man

Some really nice cleavage

This view is pretty good…

…we should stop and eat lunch in front of it…

…and finish just in time to put on rain jackets

And since we got rain, how about some snow too

Again, the rain passed fairly quickly, and the sun came out for the majority of the remaining hike. The strenuous uphill hike was still hard on the way down for our weak American legs. Judging by the looks and speed of fellow hikers, every day is leg day in Norway. When we finally made it back to the switchback road, a few cars drove by, seemingly taunting us. We successfully finished the 28km (17 miles!) hike in 10 hours and 10 minutes. Hopefully I will be able to walk tomorrow.

Back to the parking lot… We did it!

Back at the house, we made a quick dinner and moved as little as possible.

Canned foods never tasted so good!

Tomorrow is mostly a rest day. Our only plan is to drive to Bergen and explore the town.

5 Comments on “Day 4: Trolltunga”

  1. You guys are more amazing than the views! I love that you can get fresca there!

  2. I think you guys did a great job hiking that in 10 hours and 10 minutes.
    So proud!!

  3. Had no idea the hike to that place was 10 hours, crazy, but the views seem well worth it! Alan would be taking a nap somewhere, and I would be too with the time difference and how much climbing you’ve done. Keep it up. Enjoy your rest day! Much deserved.

  4. Great blogging commentary, Joanna and great photography, Matthew!

  5. Wow! Such amazing scenery and views. I would be remiss if I did not express how impressive it is that you hiked 17 miles in 10 hours! Pat yourselves on the back!

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