My husband and I did this tour yesterday and it was a fantastic day out. We had wanted to see Trolltunga, but were not looking forward to the 22 km round trip hike, as we had just done three days of hiking in a row. This provided a wonderful alternative. It took just as long as the hike (11 hrs round trip) but it was so varied and interesting and without the crowds!
Our guide was Petter and we had a father and son from England with us as well. So it was a lovely small group and the dynamics were perfect.
It starts out with a 7 km bike trail alongside the fjord (or lake?) that you see pictured in the Trolltunga photos. The bike ride was on a well maintained mountain bike trail, but very wide so it was easy to bike.
The next phase was a hike up through a forest to an absolutely. stunning location by a waterfall for lunch.
Then, we had another hour of hiking through a boulder field with a lot of rock hopping. Finally we arrived at the base of the cliffs below Trolltunga. There we started the via ferrata. Basically you have a harness and you clip into either ropes, cables or the metal ladder rungs. In many cases the cliff you are scaling is completely vertical. The via ferrata was a wonderful way for a non-climber to achieve that sense of exhilaration from scaling a sheer cliff face!
When we got to the top we had to hike a mere kilometre to get to Trolltunga. There were a lot of people on the trail, so I am so glad we did this tour instead.
After the photos at Trolltunga (and Petter repelled down to get a different angle) we did the whole trek in reverse. Going down the via ferrata was a lot more thrilling and scary.
I would definitely recommend this trip. If you do it, bring light gloves because some of the ropes can get muddy and you will also prevent friction rubs when going down using the ropes.
So far, this has been my best experience in Norway!
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