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IF YOU’VE EVER seen a picture of the Troll’s Tongue (and if you haven’t, just scroll down), you know the feeling you get looking at some random person, perched on a tiny piece of granite 2,000 feet above the valley floor, their feet dangling over the edge. Your heartbeat picks up, hands get a little sweaty, and you start thinking to yourself: “That is absolutely insane.”

I can tell you firsthand that the feeling of looking over the ledge in real life isn’t much different. The trip up was nothing like what I expected either, so I thought I’d bring you along, and show you what it’s like to hike up and stand on the edge of Trolltunga, also known as the Troll’s Tongue.

Scott’s trip to the Troll’s Tongue was sponsored by Fjord Norway,
and led by Opplev Odda.

Trekking + Exploring Photo Essay


About The Author

Scott Sporleder

Since graduating from San Diego State University, Scott has dedicated 3 months a year to travel and photographing the world's unique cultures. While not on the road, you can visit Scott every summer at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. You can also view his travel photography at

  • NorwayConnects

    Awesome! Thanks for giving an overview of the entire trip start to finish, makes me feel like I’m there with you.

  • Caroline King

    WOW…incredible photos. The Troll’s Tongue reminds me of Pride Rock in the Lion King haha…but with a much more breathtaking view!

  • Anthony Perez

    Certainly on the bucket list. I had no idea the hike was like this. Seems so much more exciting now! :D

  • Jesse


  • DiGsInNYC

    Amazing photos. I would’ve loved to seen this place with my own eyes. I had no idea the hike was like this. Think I would be ok with the hike but definitely not the via ferrata. Must one take via ferrata? If so this is now off the bucket list.

  • Scott Sporleder

    Thanks everyone & it is just as beautiful as you see in the pictures. @digsinnyc:disqus the answer is no, you don’t have to take the Via Ferrata. There is another trail that is a little longer and wraps up the mountain like a traditional hike, so you’ve got 2 options on how to get up there. Either way, it’s an awesome adventure.

  • Pete Buckley

    Did some hiking in Norway a few years back – it’s a beautiful country but I’m going to have to go back to do this trip. Totally awesome photos!

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