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The hike to and from Trolltunga is quite long. Some hikers may wish to slow their pace and take two days, so as better to savour the mountain wilderness.
Sunsets in the mountains can be magical, especially on clear summer days, and during the night you can experience a profound tranquillity. (See sunset and sunrise times.)
The wilderness is vulnerable
We ask that all campers show the utmost care and help us preserve our magnificent mountain wilderness. This environment is extremely vulnerable!
To minimise your environmental impact, choose your campsite carefully. We recommend pitching your tent at one of the sites that are clearly labelled with a tent symbol on the map.
Your campsite must be downhill from the trails, and well away from streams and lakes. Please respect signs indicating areas where camping is prohibited. These may be rest areas intended for use by all hikers, areas that are too close to private cabins, or areas with a particularly vulnerable environment. No camping is allowed near the parking lots or trailhead.
In order to reduce wear and tear on the vulnerable alpine vegetation, we request that you pitch your tent on bare rock, if possible. Regardless of where you camp, a good thick sleeping mat is an absolute must.
Please note: The Mountain Rangers and Wilderness Guides are authorised to expel hikers from the mountains if they are camping where prohibited, lighting fires when forbidden, polluting the lakes or streams, or littering our mountain wilderness.
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Fires and rubbish
You should either bring food that does not need to be cooked, or bring a small camping stove. No campfires are allowed between 15 April and 15 September.
There are no public toilets on the mountain. Campers must bring back all their rubbish. This includes not only bottles, cans and food wrappers, but also all used toilet paper!
Invest in a quality tent. Cheap tents can easily be torn apart by strong winds. If so, you must bring the damaged tent back from the mountain.
The disadvantage of camping in a tent is that you will have a much heavier load to carry – and remember, it will feel extra heavy on the long ascent up to Trolltunga.
A great camp awaits you!
Fortunately, there are excellent alternatives to lugging all that camping gear!
Trolltunga Active offers a guided hike with an overnight stay.
Your mountain accommodation is in their beautiful geodesic dome, which is secluded and “off the beaten track”. Breakfast and dinner is included. Their campsite has a toilet.
Trolltunga Adventures also has a prepared campsite situated on the high mountain. Their Trolltunga Classic adventure includes all camping gear, and hearty meals are provided, so you don’t have to haul any of this yourself.
There are many advantages to joining a guided hike and adventure. The knowledgeable guides will keep you safe and share many insights about the mountain wilderness around Trolltunga.
Rules for camping
- Choose a quality tent, a good sleeping bag, and bring a thick sleeping mat.
- Bring extra warm and waterproof clothing.
- Your campsite must be downhill from trails and well away from streams.
- Likewise, your toilet visits must be far away from streams and lakes.
- Don’t light campfires between 15 April 15 and 15 September 15.
- Follow all instructions given by the Mountain Rangers and Wilderness Guides.
- Bring back all your garbage (including used toilet paper). Discard it in the rubbish bins in the parking lot.
- Don’t pollute our streams!
- Keep our mountain wilderness pristine!