It is curious that in 2010 when we were in this region, we did not even know about this rock. Actually it was known only to few people at those time. The rock became popular in 2012, when instagram appeared and Tripadvisor mentioned this place among the most unusual in the world.
A walk is usually possible from June 15 to September 15. We were there on June 27 and the trail was perfect. After a 33-kilometer hike in Patagonia, when we hardly got to the car, we began to prepare for this hike in a month.
But as it turned out, in good weather this route is quite simple. Its main difficulty is the length, but the path itself is very simple - no huge stones or a difficult surface, no problems with height. Most of the way you will walk along the flat areas with small ups and downs. For example, the route to the KjeragBolten is only 11 kilometers, but we were as tired as after Trolltunga.
In the evening we checked in to the Trolltunga Guesthouse (booking.com). This is the closest hotel to the route, quite large. It has studio with kitchen and free parking. In the hotel saw an interesting announcement.
Wow! A new road to the upper parking lot of Magelitopp has opened! There is a space for 30 cars on the top, the road is open from 6 am, price 60 EUR (2018).
To be among these 30 cars we got up early in the morning. The driving time from the hotel in Tyssedal to the lower parking lot (Skjeggedal) is about 20 minutes. When you arrive go straight to the barrier (N 60 08.024 E 6 37.584, google.maps) and wait till 6 a.m. At 5:30 in the morning we were fourth in line. Even at 6 am there were no 30 cars. But keep in mind that very few people know about this option, since it has just appeared. It is possible that in the future there will be 30 cars already at 5 in the morning.
If you do not get into these 30 cars, then park on the lower parking N 60 07.967 E 6 37.538 for 50 EUR. Either go on foot 4 kilometers to the top parking, or as can be seen from the announcement buy an online ticket for a bus that runs from July 2 to September 16.
The main part of the path which starts from the upper parking is 10 kilometers long in one direction. When we were returning down by car we saw hundreds of people who went all the way on foot. They were so tired that asked us to give them a ride down. Therefore try to get to the top parking lot by car or bus.
Full route took us 10 hours (8 hours walking, 2 hours on site). If you go from the lower parking then add another 2.5 - 3 hours. Therefore if your do not spend a night near Trolltunga then you need to start no later than 9-10 am.
There is nothing much to write about the path itself as it is well marked and not difficult if there is no rain. Despite this fact do not relax as several dozens of tired tourists are evacuated from the trail every year. Bring sandwiches and a half-liter water bottle with you, you will collect water in the streams along the way. And, of course, good shoes are required!
The way we sit in the previous photo is pretty safe. Although many do different crazy tricks on the edge of the tongue. Consider that many such photos are photoshoped. After the appearance of one of these photos on the Internet the idiotic flash mob began. People do not understand that the trick was done by a professional climber with safety equipment. Unfortunately in photos that have spread on the Internet the ropes were removed. And now many people are trying to repeat this trick.