Trolltunga Winter Hike

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Trolltunga Winter hike is an expedition far from the ordinary. The sun slowly rises above the snow-covered mountains. Everything around you begin to sparkle and you in the company of your guide and travel companions set out to you to experience Trolltunga covered in ice and snow. If you want to avoid the summer crowds – put snowshoes on and start your winter adventure.

In the period 1st Jan-1st March the price is 1750 nok pp. From 1st March 1600 nok pp.

1600
NOK*
12
h
Trolltunga Winter Hike
Expert
5
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Meetup point

Trolltunga Active

Skjeggedal 20

5770 Tyssedal

About the

hike

In wintertime all hikes to Trolltunga start on P2 parking in Skjeggedal. A long yet unforgettable day lies ahead of you. Normally, it is necessary to walk with micro spikes or snowshoes a large part of the tour. First you must “conquer” the steep uphill. This hike is a challenge, but you are prepared! All you hear is the crunching sound of your snowshoes breaking the ice layer and your breath. The fresh mountain air fills your lungs, and you finally reach the top of that long hill.

Soon you find so many marvels along the way to Trolltunga - incredible views on faraway snowy mountains, the Ringedalen valley and amazing formations that the wind has carved into snow. Even your simple sandwich for lunch tastes like a Michelin Star dish up here. We keep on going to see what is coming next. You will be rewarded with Trolltunga in its winter suit majestically rising above the half-frozen Ringedal lake. The clouds rolling in, fighting with the beam of the sun.  

Be aware that the weather during the Norwegian winter is unpredictable, it can change at any time. This is nature, it is pure and real up here! But do not worry, your guides are educated in reading the mountain conditions and has a lot of experience in this terrain. Your safety is our priority! That is why on the iciest days, we cannot guarantee that it will be safe to go down on the rock itself. We will make sure to show you alternative and equally beautiful photo spots and that you will feel like a true explorer after this one-day expedition.

What's included?

Professional guide and instructor carrying safety and first aid-equipment

Hiking poles

Micro spikes or snowshoes if needed

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

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

Information about local nature and history

Good to know

Difficulty and requirements

Level of difficulty: Expert

The weather conditions greatly determine the level of difficulty.  Please inform your guide of any medical conditions that might impact you during your hike or in an emergency.

Requirements:

  • Good physical condition  
  • Not suitable for people with troublesome knees
  • Minimum age: 15 years
  • A minimum number of 2 participants for the tour to run
Duration and distance

Approximately 8-12 hrs • 28 km return • 1200 m ascent

Meet up

thWe 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. Beware the road to Skjeggedal is your first adventure for today, depending on the weather conditions good winter tires, spikes or snow chains are crucial.  

Weather

During the winter, the conditions in the mountains are unpredictable. They can change from minute to minute. Temperature can be deceiving as the wind plays an important role in how cold it feels. Similarly, the snow conditions have a great impact on how easy or hard the hike gets.  

A general thumb rule is: 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. On a sunny day remember that the snow reflects the sun light which makes it stronger – suncream and sunglasses are essential!

We do not cancel tours due to bad weather. Even if the conditions look harsh, they can also turn out to be much better once we reach the mountains. The only times we cancel is when the bad weather becomes dangerous weather. We will inform you in case of cancellation. Please read our cancellation policies for more information.

What to bring
  • Sturdy, waterproof and warm hiking boots  
  • Warm woolen socks and spare socks
  • Woolen base layer (do not use cotton: it is freezing cold when it is wet)
  • Warm mid layer
  • Wind- and waterproof shell jacket and pants
  • Beanie or warm headband
  • Gloves/mittens and a spare pair
  • A lot of food: at least double of what you would eat on a normal day (sandwiches, nuts, chocolate, banana)
  • 2 litres of water (nice to have: thermos with hot water) – you cannot fill up water in the winter mountain
  • Sunglasses and/or goggles (helpful in snow and wind)
  • Sunscreen
  • Head lamp  
  • Backpack with approximately 40 litres capacity

Please make sure to leave a bit of space in your backpack for the micro spikes and be aware that you should be able to strap snowshoes onto the backpack you are bringing.

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

The long-term weather forecast looks bad. Is it safe to hike?

The long-term weather forecast can be unreliable. We rely on the forecast 2-3 days in advance. Besides, old Norwegian wisdom teaches us: there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. If you are booked on a hike with us and the weather conditions are so bad that they might threaten our safety, we will cancel the tour.

Cancellation due to bad weather. Will I get a refund?

If you choose to not show up for your tour, there is no refund. If we cancel due to the weather, you get a full refund or change to another day. This might happen due to high avalanche risk or strong winds. Please read our General Terms and Conditions for more information.

Is the meeting at Trolltunga Hotel the night before the hike mandatory?

No, however it is highly recommended. This is where you meet one of our guides and your travel companions in person. The guide will tell you about tomorrow’s weather conditions, what to wear, what to bring and safety precautions. You are welcome to ask any questions that you have.

Can I rent equipment at the Trolltunga Active Base?

Yes, you can. We rent out wind- and waterproof/-resistant jacket, pant, shoe and backpack.

There is a minimum of 2 participants for Trolltunga Active in order to run the tour. What happens if I am the only one?

If you are the only person booked on a tour, we will ask you to move your booking to another day. If this is not possible, you will be refunded. You can wait until the evening before the hike to see if there are any last-minute bookings. Alternatively, if you really want to go and cannot reschedule, you can pay for a second ticket.

Do I need a guide to hike Trolltunga outside the main season?

It is not mandatory, but it is recommended to use a guide in the period of 1 October – 31 May. This is due to uncertainty related to weather, snow, rivers, which previously have led to several rescue operations.

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