Trolltunga Via Ferrata

Trolltunga Via Ferrata © Algirdas Zabitis / Trolltunga Active

The Trolltunga Via Ferrata

Are you yearning for a challenging and exciting adventure? Then Trolltunga Via Ferrata is perfect for you! We cycle 6 km along Ringedalsvatnet lake, then climb the 250–metre Via Ferrata route, before walking the final 3 km to Trolltunga. Our return is a hike down the Trolltunga Trail.

On this excursion you will experience mountain scenery that is breathtakingly magnificent. And you are sure to experience an adrenaline rush and a sense of accomplishment as you scale the 250 metre high rock wall to reach the mountain plateau near Trolltunga. The view from this outcrop itself, suspended 700 metres above Ringedalsvatnet lake is unforgettable.

Via ferrata is an Italian term that means “iron path”. In short, it is a protected climbing route built with a steel cable fixed to the rock, metal steps and ladders, and sometimes also suspension bridges and zip wires. The term defines both the route and the mountain activity, which consists of safely climbing the via ferrata while a harness attaches you to the steel cable. Halfway between scrambling and rock climbing, via ferratas allow non-expert climbers to safely reach a high destination, using a minimum of equipment.
We start our Trolltunga Via Ferrata adventure with a bicycle ride along the Ringedal lake. After about 6 km we park our bikes and walk steeply up a 500-metre slope, to the start of the actual Trolltunga Via Ferrata route. After our 250-metre Via Ferrata climb, we hike 3 km along the Trolltunga Trail to reach Trolltunga – Norway’s most spectacular rock formation!
Get your camera ready and enjoy the great view! Our return hike is along the Trolltunga Trail.

Please note
This is a challenging and advanced excursion that includes mountain biking, steep hiking and climbing. However, no prior climbing experience is necessary. You should be able to join our excursion if you are in good physical shape, know how to cycle, and are at least 15 years of age. Please inform us of any medical conditions such as asthma, prior heart trouble or epilepsy. People with knee trouble or a strong fear of heights should not join our Trolltunga Via Ferrata excursion.

The return trip from Trolltunga is done along the normal Trolltunga trail.

The weather at Trolltunga can change quickly, so it is vital that you are fully prepared and bring everything on the equipment list.

Requirements
• Good physical condition
• Good cycling skills
• Please inform us of any medical conditions such as asthma, prior heart trouble or epilepsy.
• People with knee trouble should avoid this excursion.
• If you have a strong fear of heights, you should not join our Trolltunga Via Ferrata excursion.
• Minimum age: 15 years

Practical information
• An experienced guide will accompany you on the entire excursion
• Climbing gear and helmet will be provided
• A bicycle is included
• Minimum: 2 people

Evening information meeting
At 21:00 the evening before your Via Ferrata excursion, an information meeting will be held at the Trolltunga Hotel in Odda. (See map.) Your guide will provide detailed information about the upcoming adventure, review the list of equipment needed, go over the weather forecast and preparedness, and answer any questions you might have.

Where to meet in the morning
On the day of the excursion, we meet up at 7:30 at the Trolltunga Active Base in Skjeggedal, which is 15-km drive from the town centre of Odda. (See map.)

Booking
You can book this excursion online at Trolltunga Active’s website. The Via Ferrata adventure can be combined with Trolltunga Sunset/Sunrise. Please visit the website for further information.

Price: from NOK 1550.

What is included
• Professional guide who carries navigation, safety equipment and first-aid kit
• Climbing harness and helmet
• Taste of Hardanger-Surprise snack. (This snack does not replace your meals. Please bring enough for the whole day.)

Parking and transport
For detailed information about shuttle buses schedules and taxis from Odda, and parking at P2 Skjeggedal, please click here.

 

Trolltunga Via Ferrata-Algirdas-Zabitis/Trolltunga Active

Trolltunga Via Ferrata © Algirdas Zabitis / Trolltunga Active

Autumn at Trolltunga Via Ferrata © Algirdas Zabitis / Trolltunga Active

History of the via ferrata

The world’s oldest via ferrata, established in 1843, is on the Hoher Dachstein in Austria. Many more were established during the First World War to enable troops to move through the high mountains. Today there are at least a thousand via ferratas in the Alps, most of them in Italy and Austria, and many more throughout the world.

What to bring:

What to wear:

• Woollen socks and thermal underwear
• Wind-jacket/pants, Goretex recommended
• Running gloves
• Cap
• Waterproof hiking boots.
• Sunglasses, sunscreen lotion and lip balm

A small backpack containing:

• Cap or hat that covers your ears
• Warm gloves/mittens
• Dry woollen socks
• Extra warm clothes (mainly woollen, which will keep you warm if it gets wet)
• Food for 8–12 hours
• At least 1.5 litres of water/beverage
• Some snacks: chocolate, nuts, trail-mix, fruit