Hiking 7 - 9 h 20.4 km
Trolltunga (Troll’s Tongue) is a large rock that sticks out of the mountain about 700 meters above Ringedalsvatnet Lake in Skjeggedal, Norway. The view from Trolltunga is spectacular, and the feeling when you go out on the tongue is an experience you will remember for a lifetime!
The length of the hike is 10.2 km one way so it’s a full day hike that takes about 8 hours return.
Getting there & route description:
Take off from Highway 13 in Tyssedal and drive the narrow but good road ca. 7 km into Skjeggedal. Park where the Mågelibanen (trolley car) starts. The trolley is no longer in operation due to new guidelines. To the left of the trolley, the trail begins up Brakufsa. There is a distinct and well-used but very steep trail that rises about 450 meters.
After the initial climb the trail continues relatively flat towards Gryteskar. Where the path has a junction, follow the signs and T-marked trail to the right. Afterwards, head towards Skaret and further on to Trombeskar where the trail takes off to Tyssevassbu and further inland Hardangervidda.
The path to Trolltunga continues eastward and slightly downwards to Store Floren, where there are remains of horse stalls that were used in construction operations for power development in the early 1900s. Here is the running water and a nice picnic area.
Then you head over Hestaflåene and over the River Endåna, where you can see lots of traces of construction activity. It’s quite steep up to Endanunten, and then you cross Tyssestrengene. This was a twin waterfall with 300 meters free fall (Norway's highest). But the two waterfalls were built out in 1967. It is recommended to take a detour to the edge and look down towards Ringedalsvatnet Lake. The path continues past Tyssehylen Lake, which is dammed and has a nice beach.
Now you have almost reached Trolltunga. It is possible to walk out to the edge but be extremely careful.