Let's go hiking in Europe! This is on our bucket list for good reason.
Here's some preliminary plans scoured from our the interwebs...covid has made travel tough but we have goals for next year and this is on the top.
Trail Name: Trolltunga Location: Tyessdal, Norway Distance: 20 km (12.8 miles) from P3 Duration: 7- 10 hours Difficulty: Demanding Parking: TROLLTUNGA Parking -P3 Mågelitopp (https://goo.gl/maps/PrUdtCCcnh4pMweB9) Parking Cost: 600 NOK (70ish USD)
Trolltunga hovers 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. It is an awe-inspiring cliff in Norway.
Fly to Bergen, rent a car for 3 hour drive to Odda with no ferries.
You will need to plan for a full day of hiking. It is recommended that you have at least two days at your disposal to increase the chances of nice weather.
The hiking season lasts from 1 June to 31 August. The weather conditions quickly change on the mountain. Being prepared for the changing conditions on the mountain is EXTREMELY important. Be sure that you pack proper, warm, waterproof clothing, bring water and food, etc. Please visit (https://www.visitnorway.com/.../the.../hiking-to-trolltunga/) for a list of tips and safety recommendations.
To save yourself three hours of hiking, it's recommend parking at the Mågelitopp. The road does not run all the way to the actual Trolltunga site but allows you to avoid the first 4,3km (2.7 miles) and 400-meters (1,312 feet) of the ascent. It still a 4-hour hike to Trolltunga and back in each direction. The road opens daily at 6 a.m from 1 June to September. The parking lot only has space for 30 cars. Reservations must be made online (https://www.trolltunganorway.com/en_GB/parking).
You can monitor the conditions on the mountain on the Trolltunga Trail Information FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Trolltunga.trail.information). The Mountain Rangers post updates on the trail conditions. Please head their warnings and do not attempt the trail if they advise against it. Don’t be the person on the mountain in shorts, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes when the weather warrants warm, waterproof clothing. Be smart and be safe!
Trail Name: Buerbreen Glacier Location: Odda, Norway Distance: 6 km (3.8 miles) Duration: 3 – 4 hours Difficulty: Challenging Parking: Buardalen/Buarbreen carpark (https://goo.gl/maps/xHPa9P6fRc1QJbxc7) Parking Cost: 150 NOK (18ish USD) - Credit Cards accepted.
The Buerbreen glacier in Odda is a part of the Folgefonna glacier. The marked trail through Buerdalen takes you all the way up to the edge of the glacier. Don’t underestimate this hike. It may be short but it is demanding. You will ascend 600 meters (2968 feet) over a short distance.
The hiking trail leads us through a fairytale forest up into the high mountains and on our tour the rushing glacier river accompanies us the whole time. The path leads along a well-marked path. Partly stony path and some steep rock passages have to be overcome with the help of the attached ropes. The last part of the trail is in steep terrain and suitable footwear is mandatory. Do NOT go near the glacier.
Rain can create challenges.
More information, a map for download, and a brochure can be found https://en.hardangerfjord.com/.../thin.../buerbreen-p1000083
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Author profile: Morgan Fielder is an evangelist for play. Join her eating, playing, and loving on Nature around Europe exploring sustainability & husky powered odysseys. She is living in Germany raising two gorgeous girls, wife of a rebel, serial expat, and is actively involved in the German community and sustainable projects through several organizations. Visit her community projects at Cornhole Europa andSustainable Investors Group.