Trolltunga Via Ferrata

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Are you looking for an alternative path to Trolltunga? The Via Ferrata is the most extraordinary way to experience the Norwegian mountains and the iconic rock formation. Iron steps, steep rock faces, incredible views and adrenaline kicks await you!

1800
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10
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Trolltunga Via Ferrata
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Meetup point

Trolltunga Active

Skjeggedal 20

5770 Tyssedal

About the

tour

To warm up, we start the day with a 6 km walk on a gravel road along the lake before a 1 km steep path takes you to the start of the Via Ferrata. After the profound safety instructions and some insider tips, you feel ready to face the challenge ahead of you.  

Step by step you climb the iron steps that lead up the steep rock face above. The higher you get, the more unbelievable the views. Underneath you can see the dark blue lake – Ringedalsvatnet and you gaze towards Folgefonna Glacier on the other side of the fjord. Suddenly, you are more present in the moment, deeply inhaling the fresh mountain breeze! After approximately 2 hours of climbing, you reach the top. Here the view over the steep canyon opens and you spot Trolltunga from far. We enjoy our lunch at this hidden spot before you start on the last 3km hike to reach “the Troll’s tongue”.  

Finally, it is the time to get overwhelmed by the bucket list viewpoint! Arriving at the tourist crowds at Trolltunga, the other hikers are looking at you with admiring eyes as they see the helmet hanging on your backpack. After a photo-session here, we start our journey back following the main trail and you will see how enjoyable it is to “just walk” after our previous adventures.  

What's included?

Professional Guide, Storyteller & Motivator carrying safety and first aid-equipment

All necessary climbing gear

Hiking poles on demand

Micro spikes or snowshoes if needed

Information about local nature and history

Pictures: your guides help you with taking photos during the entire tour

Photos from the best viewpoints on Via Ferrata

Special photos with the “needle” view on Trolltunga available only on guided tours (when the weather conditions allow rappelling down)

1st of June - 18th of September: Transport from P3 to P2 (within the shuttle bus hours)

Good to know

Difficulty and requirements

Level of difficulty: Advanced

The weather conditions and how you personally deal with heights greatly determine the level of difficulty. Please inform your guide of any medical conditions that might impact you during your tour or in an emergency.

Requirements:

  • Good physical condition
  • Minimum age to participate: 15 years old  
  • Maximum weight: 120 kg
  • Minimum weight: 40 kg
  • Not suitable for people with troublesome knees or strong fear of heights
  • Minimum number of 2 participants for the tour to run
Duration and distance

Approximately 8-12 hrs • 24-28 km return • 800m ascent

Meet up

We recommend joining the information meeting at Trolltunga Hotel at 9 pm the night before your hike.  

7:30 am: Meet your guide and travel companions at the Trolltunga Active Base in Skjeggedal 20, 5770 Tyssedal.

Weather

Conditions in the mountains can be unpredictable and change fast. Temperature can be deceiving as the wind plays an important role. Also think about the effects of sun, rain and snow conditions. Climbing the Via Ferrata, we usually move slower than if we hike, it is therefore a bigger challenge to stay warm during cold and wet days – especially on the hands. Every person’s perception is different, so make sure you bring clothes according to your personal needs.

A general thumb rule is: check the weather forecast, prepare for the worst conditions but do not overload your backpack, weight matters greatly when it is about saving energy. Use the onion look: layers that can easily be taken on and off.  

We do not cancel tours due to bad weather. The only times we cancel is when the bad weather becomes dangerous weather. On the Trolltunga Via Ferrata this can be strong winds, thunderstorms or icy conditions. We will inform you in case of cancellation. Please read our cancellation policies for more information.

What to bring
  • A lot of food (e.g. sandwiches, nuts, chocolate, banana)
  • 2 litres of water - we can fill up water on some spots along the trail
  • Hiking boots
  • Windproof shell jacket
  • Mid layer
  • Cap or hat  
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Backpack with approximately 35 litres capacity
  • Recommended for Via Ferrata: gloves with good grip

If rain and low temperatures are forecasted bring also:

  • Woolen base layer (do not use cotton, it is freezing cold when it is wet)
  • Warm mid layer
  • Wind- and waterproof shell pants
  • Spare socks  
  • Beanie or headband
  • Gloves

Please make sure to leave enough space in your backpack for the climbing harness. In spring and autumn, we might additionally bring micro spikes or/and snowshoes. Inform yourself about the snow conditions prior to your trip.

You can rent certain pieces of equipment on site: rain pants and jackets, hiking boots, backpacks.  

Additional info

To book a private guide, choose the option ‘Private guide’. A group with a private guide, can include up to 8 participants/the price is equal to the price of 8 persons booked. For the private guide, make a booking for 8 persons, when placing your booking info, write ‘Private guide xx persons’ in the cell for your first name. And your full name in the cell for the last name.

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FAQ

Why to join a guide on Via Ferrata?

Climbing a Via Ferrata without proper experience impose serious risks. Therefore, we highly recommend joining a guided tour since your guide will show you how to use the equipment correctly and safely and assist you whenever you are facing challenges. People with prior experience will benefit from special tips and tricks. Through stories about local history, culture and nature, your guide will help you see your surroundings with fresh eyes.

Do I need previous experience with Via Ferrata on a guided tour?

No previous climbing or Via Ferrata experience is required for this activity. However, you should feel fit and comfortable with heights

Is Via Ferrata a short cut to Trolltunga?

No, the Via Ferrata is not a short cut to Trolltunga. It is an alternative route that has the same length as the Classic Trolltunga Hike (from P2). Often the Via Ferrata takes longer than the hike.

Is it possible to climb Via Ferrata without a guide?

Yes, but everyone in the group must be more than 15 years old and must have experience with climbing or Via Ferrata. You cannot "guide" people without climbing experience. People without climbing experience, must join the guided tours.

To climb on your own, you must pay a maintenance fee for each person. This can be done atour store in Skjeggedal or to our VIPPS account Trolltunga Active. In the store in Skjeggedal we also have rental of climbing gear (within opening hours of the store).

Do I need any certification for Via Ferrata?

No, you do not need certification. Norway is an honest country that also trusts in the honesty of its visitors. If you tell us, you and your travel companions have the experience needed, we will believe you. After all it is your life that depends on your experience. Do not risk, just to save money!

Is the Via Ferrata safe in the rain?

The Via Ferrata is built to handle rain, there are steel steps from the start to the end, so it safe to climb even if the mountain is wet. If the weather is too rough, more than 25mm of rain and wind more than 15m/s over the 24 hours, or thunderstorms (there are quite rare in our region) we cancel the tour.

Why do not you anymore use the bikes to reach the Via Ferrata?

Unfortunately, we can no longer offer the bikes in the beginning of this tour as it is more sustainable and time-efficient to walk on the trail.

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