Doing a hike simply for the photos can seem like it’s defeating the purpose of the expedition… but hiking to Trolltunga might be the exception. While you don’t hike specifically to take pictures, you can’t reach this iconic cliff without snapping a few once you reach the “Troll’s Tongue,” a diving-board formation extending into free air 700m above Ringedalsvatnet, a lake which provides hydroelectric power for nearby communities.

The hike to Trolltunga is difficult, and gains 900m in elevation. It crosses great swaths of granite with views of fjords, valleys, and snow-capped peaks. And after all that, there’s steep climbs followed by more level sections. Fit hikers should expect a full day to complete the 42km from trailhead to Trolltunga and back.

The trailhead is located at Skjeggedal carpark, and is marked with a red “T” along the route. Like many locations on this list, weather can change rapidly in the high mountain regions, so be prepared with extra layers and don’t be afraid to turn back . Also be aware that though the internet might show solo photos out on the Troll’s Tongue, there was likely a line waiting to take that photo. This is a popular hike, and while it’s well worth the potential crowds, don’t be disappointed when you’re waiting in line to get your snap.

About the author

Maggie Slepian

Maggie Slepian

Backpacker, trail runner, climber, and mountain biker

Maggie is an avid outdoor enthusiast based in Bozeman, Montana. When she's not in front of a computer writing and editing, she can be found backpacking, trail running, mountain biking, climbing, shooting archery, or trying to teach her cat how to walk on a leash.

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