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Hike adventure to Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjerag

This Adventure Tour combines the most famous hiking destinations in Norway: Trolltunga, Preikestolen, and Kjerag. En route, we will hike one of the biggest glaciers in Norway, as well as the longest wooden stairway in the world:

We had an AMAZING time! The guide was fantastic!! We loved every minute. Thank you for the best trip and most beautiful scenery ever! We are definite Norway fans and hope to be back one day for another tour. — Melissa 2017

Norway has become famous for its iconic, dramatic, and exciting view points: Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjerag. These three hikes, three of the most beautiful view points in Norway, along with three more days exploring Norway's more hidden gems make this tour the best of all worlds. Dramatic fjord views, high mountain tops, and unique geological rock formations provide travelers with an exciting and well-rounded tour of South-Western Norway. 

  • Hike Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjerag.
  • Hike in Hardangervidda, one of Norway's wildest National Parks and home to native Reindeer herds.
  • Explore a day on the Glacier in Folgefonna National Park roped up with helmets, ice axes and harnesses.
  • Take an express ferry up Lysefjorden (The Fjord of Light) between sheer cliffs on either side. 
  • Stay in isolated Flørli (only accessible by boat and a key player in Norway's hyrdo history) and hike the longest wooden staircase in the world.
  • Spend two days traveling within Hardangerfjorden from Rosendal, one of Norway's most beautiful fjords.

This tour is one of the most dynamic tours Hvitserk offers. It takes you to all three most famous view points in Norway, as well as traveling up famous fjords, teaching about Norwegian culture, enjoying three course dinners, and staying in some of the most sought after and traditional accomodations Norway provides. 

The hikes on this tour are relatively long (see day to day itinerary), and we hike everyday. So, you need some hiking experience and fitness to join. The tour starts and ends in Oslo, and we go by small groups with a maximum of seven guests per guide, travelling by minibus. On this tour you can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so you only have to carry what you need for your dayhike. 

We recommend that you plan an extra day in Oslo before or after the tour. Oslo is among Lonely Planet's top 10 cities on their Best in travel 2018 list and a beautiful place to reminisce about your upcoming or past adventure with Hvitserk!

You can book "Trolltunga Hike Tour, Preikestolen and Kjerag" in the menu to the right; please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at [email protected]

DIFFICULTY           

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. The hardest hike is the hike to Trolltunga; it can take up to 12 hours all together. The other days will be about 4-6 hours of hiking. You should expect scrambling and the path is rocky and a bit slippery if it rains. You should have hiking experience from similar conditions. Good fitness and some hiking experience are also fine. 

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day. 

How to get there?

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.

accommodation

We stay at what we think are the unique and welcoming accommodation in the area. If you travel alone you share a same-sex twin room, but it might also be possible with single rooms, please let us know if you would like to pay extra for this. Most nights we stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. The single supplement is 3000 NOK for the whole trip. If you want a single room we cant guarantee en-suite room each day. 

Baggage

There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our minibus, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip. 

insurance 

You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              

Minimum: 3 people; Maximum: 7 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide 
  • Accommodation for five nights
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All local transport (ferries, buses, transfers etc.)

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo. We are happy to assist you with booking a hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital.
  • Drinks and snacks.

Day 1: From Oslo to the mountains

We meet outside Oslo Opera house at 10 a.m.; the guide will pick you up there. Look for our logo on a minibus. Together you go for a four-hour drive towards the mountains. As you drive, the settlements get smaller, and you will get a glimpse of Norway`s many rural areas. On the way we will stop by Heddal Stave Church, and have a look at the charming old building, this is one of Norway's largest stave churches. Our destination for the day is a mountain cabin located around 1000 meters above sea level called Haukeliseter. Rough and wild nature surrounds Haukeliseter. Norwegians on a mountain holiday highly approve the mountain lodge, and every year Norwegians of every age visit the area. We do a short hike to make sure all the equipment is ready for the next day. After that, we have a traditional three-course dinner and go through the itinerary for the next days with the guide.  

Accommodation Mountain Lodge Meals D Transport 4-5 hrs

Day 2: Trolltunga

People come from all over the world to experience Trolltunga, and today it's our turn! People come from all over the world to experience Trolltunga, and today it’s our turn! In English, it is named the Troll's Tongue. Trolltunga is a spectacular mountain formation situated 1,100 meters above sea level, and 700 meters above the lake of Ringedal. Trolltunga is a long hike (10-12 hours), the longest hike of the trip, so we start off early in the morning, and will have dinner quite late. Even though the hike is tough, it is both doable and worth it! We will have time to relax at the top, enjoy the view, and take memorable photos on the plateau. This place inspired many Norwegian artists during the Romantic era and led to some of the most remarkable artworks ever coming out of Norway. In a case of bad weather, we have the opportunity to swap day 2 and 3 and get the best weather possible on Trolltunga.

Accommodation Hotel Ascent 1000m Distance 28km Meals B,L,D Descent 1000m Time 10-12 hrs hiking Transport 1-2 hrs


Photo: Terje Nesthus / www.fjordnorway.com

Day 3: Up to the eternal ice - glacier walk at Folgefonna

From Rosendal we make our way up to Folgefonna and go for a full day walk (4-6 hours) on the glacier. Folgefonna is Norway's third biggest glacier. Our adventure starts in the Folgefonna National Park. Hiking on the glacier plateau is not particularly hard, but it is a truly magnificent experience walking roped up on the 350m thick carpet of ice! When the weather allows, it is a spectacular view of the surrounding fjord landscape from the glacier. During this day we will walk at a gentle pace, and take the time to enjoy our company, and beautiful scenery. We spend the evening and night at our small hotel in Rosendal. 

Accommodation hotel Ascent variable Distance 5-6km Meals B,L,D Descent variable Time 4-6 hrs hiking Transport 1-2 hrs


Photo: Pål Hermansen / Folgefonna Breførarlag

Day 4: Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock)

On this day we head towards one of the most famous mountain hikes in the whole world, Preikestolen! From the hotel, we will drive (around 4 hours) through the beautiful coastal scenery between Folgefonna and Preikestolen. Tonight, we will rest in the spectacular Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. The new lodge opened in 2008, and have won several prizes for its unique architecture. During the day, it is often a lot of people visiting the plateau. Therefore, we choose to hike in the evening; here we can enjoy the sunset and a meal after most tourists have left this popular destination. The trek to Preikestolen is a four-hour round trip, and the beautiful landscape has resulted in numerous international top rankings. Among these are CNN, who listed the Pulpit Rock on top of the bucket list of natural wonders.

Accommodation Mountain Lodge Ascent 350m Distance 6 km Meals B,L,D Descent 350m Time 3-4 hrs hiking Transport 4-5 hrs

Photo: André Spica, Hvitserk of Norway

Day 5: The longest wooden stairway in the world

We leave the lodge after breakfast and take the ferry into the mystical fjord landscape in Lysefjorden. From the ferry, will be able to see Preikestolen from a completely different view than last night. Within two hours we arrive in Flørli. The village is a roadless hamlet by the fjord, surrounded by mountains rising over 1,000 meters into the sky.  From Flørli we hike up the longest wooden stairway in the world – 4444 steps right up from the fjord to the mountain. 

In Flørli we will stay in a simple but cozy guesthouse by the fjord. There is only one accommodation here, and it has a lower standard then the other places we stay at on the trip, but what Flørli lacks in fanciness, the place makes up in charm. We get a very nice farewell dinner, while the hosts prepare a bonfire or a wood-fired hot-tub on the old ferry quay!

*On the departure starting on July 7, August 4 and September 15 we will arrive later at Flørli. 

Accommodation guesthouse Ascent 740m Distance 5km Meals B,L,D Descent 740m Time 5-6 hrs hiking Transport 1 hr Transport 2 hrs

Day 6: Lysebotn and Mount Kjerag 

Another well-known trekking destination is on today's program. We start by taking a morning ferry to Lysebotn – the innermost part of Lysefjorden. From here we head for Mount Kjerag. It is situated 1,000 meters above the Lysefjord, and the round trip itself takes around 6 hours. At this time of year, it might also be an excellent chance to meet the base jumpers who jump out of the 1000 meters cliff!

After the trek, we return to Oslo in our minibus (6-7 hours). During the drive back, we will talk about our fantastic trip, and sum up all the experiences that we have had together. We also stop at a café so that those who want can have dinner on their way back. Arrival in Oslo in the evening, around 9-10 p.m., so we recommend staying in Oslo to the next day.

Ascent 500m Distance 11km Meals B,L Descent 500m Time 6 hrs hiking Transport 6-7 hrs Transport 1 hr

B = breakfast included
L = lunch included (normally you make your lunch box at breakfast)
D = dinner included

Photo: Terje Rakke / www.fjordnorway.com

 

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if youre missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

1) Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip. 

2) Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.

3) Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about weather where youre traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

 

REQUIRED:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

 

RECOMMENDED:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

 

OPTIONAL:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment you need for the glacier hike on day three is also included, also hiking boots that are compatible with crampons.