Hiking to 'Trolltunga' (translated Troll's Tongue) in Norway has been on my list for a while. It's one of the *must to do* things in life. Based on popularity, I believe Trolltunga also has placed Norway on the world map.
After over 50.000 steps we got back to the car with painful feet but still a great feeling of satisfaction. What a day! We where so lucky with the weather and I definitely had too much in my backpack.
I had the pleasure of hiking with Joakim. We chose to drive the route through Haukeliseter mountain pass from Oslo. Of course we had to stop a few times to take pictures.
Photos in 3:2 aspect ratio are taken with Leica M2 + Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH VM and 1:1 (square) photos are taken with Hasselblad 501cm + Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80. All films are Kodak Portra 400. Developed & scanned by Richard Photo Lab.
When we arrived at the Hardangerfjorden we were speechless.
Plenty can be read about Trolltunga of the Internet. To sum it up: Starting point is Skjeggedal in Odda municipality at 400 m. and from there the trail goes up to around 1200 m. within the first 4 kilometres. The hike is 11 kilometers one way and will take you between 8-10 hours in total, depending on weather conditions and physical shape.
Trolltunga is located on the mountainside 700 m. above Ringedalsvatnet. The lake is the main reservoir for a hydroelectric power station in Tyssedal which provides electricity for the power intensive industries in the nearby town of Odda.
Warning: If you choose to go the last 15 steps out the tip please be very careful. Some days it can be crowded here and then it's a long queue of people who want to go out on the tip. Show respect and be patient so people get the time they need.