Norwegian Dream Plans

In late August 2019, we took a trip to Norway to hike Trolluntunga. Unfortunately, the weather was far from ideal as Norway received record amounts of rainfall in the days leading up to our trip. I wish that we had better pictures but the conditions didn’t allow us have our camera out during the hike. Despite the cold and rain, it is still one of the most memorable hikes that we’ve done.

We flew in Bergen on SAS airlines and rented a car to drive to Odda. It took a little over three hours to get there as we decided to take the route that avoided ferries. We stayed in Odda for 3 nights at an AirBNB, did two hikes, and drove around the beautiful area to explore. Staying at an AirBNB and cooking meals will drastically reduce the costs of the trip. I’m happy to share our AirBNB if anyone would like it. --------------------------------------------- Trail Name: Trolltunga Location: Tyessdal, Norway Distance: 20 km (12.8 miles) from P3 Duration: 7- 10 hours Difficulty: Demanding Parking: TROLLTUNGA Parking -P3 Mågelitopp (https://goo.gl/maps/PrUdtCCcnh4pMweB9) Parking Cost: 600 NOK (70ish USD)

Trolltunga hovers 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. It is an awe-inspiring cliff in Norway.

You will need to plan for a full day of hiking. It is recommended that you have at least two days at your disposal to increase the chances of nice weather.

The hiking season lasts from 1 June to 31 August. The weather conditions quickly change on the mountain. Being prepared for the changing conditions on the mountain is EXTREMELY important. Be sure that you pack proper, warm, waterproof clothing, bring water and food, etc. Please visit (https://www.visitnorway.com/.../the.../hiking-to-trolltunga/) for a list of tips and safety recommendations.

To save yourself three hours of hiking, I recommend parking at the Mågelitopp. The road does not run all the way to the actual Trolltunga site but allows you to avoid the first 4,3km (2.7 miles) and 400-meters (1,312 feet) of the ascent. It still a 4-hour hike to Trolltunga and back in each direction. The road opens daily at 6 a.m from 1 June to September. The parking lot only has space for 30 cars. Reservations must be made online (https://www.trolltunganorway.com/en_GB/parking).

In the days leading up to our visit, I monitored the conditions on the mountain on the Trolltunga Trail Information FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Trolltunga.trail.information). The Mountain Rangers post updates on the trail conditions. Please head their warnings and do not attempt the trail if they advise against it. We saw so many people ill-prepared during our hike. Don’t be the person on the mountain in shorts, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes when the weather warrants warm, waterproof clothing (Yes, we saw this. The mountain ranger was heading out to check on them as we were hiking back). Be smart and be safe!

https://www.outdooractive.com/.../hike-to.../18412746/ --------------------------------------------- Trail Name: Buerbreen Glacier Location: Odda, Norway Distance: 6 km (3.8 miles) Duration: 3 – 4 hours Difficulty: Challenging Parking: Buardalen/Buarbreen carpark (https://goo.gl/maps/xHPa9P6fRc1QJbxc7) Parking Cost: 150 NOK (18ish USD) - Credit Cards accepted.

Our second hike took us to the Buerbreen glacier in Odda. It is a part of the Folgefonna glacier. The marked trail through Buerdalen takes you all the way up to the edge of the glacier. Don’t underestimate this hike. It may be short but it is demanding. You will ascend 600 meters (2968 feet) over a short distance. The hiking trail leads us through a fairytale forest up into the high mountains and on our tour the rushing glacier river accompanies us the whole time. The path leads along a well-marked path. Partly stony path and some steep rock passages have to be overcome with the help of the attached ropes. The last part of the trail is in steep terrain and suitable footwear is mandatory. Do NOT go near the glacier.

The rain prior to our visit created challenges which can be seen in the photos.

More information, a map for download, and a brochure can be found https://en.hardangerfjord.com/.../thin.../buerbreen-p1000083

https://www.outdooractive.com/.../wanderung.../110612125/...

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I added pictures from the area because it is too gorgeous not to share.

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