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The Troll’s Tongue: A spectacular spot in Norway with tongue-like rock formations

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The Troll’s Tongue: A spectacular spot in Norway with tongue-like rock formations.

The Troll’s tongue” is a sheer cliff in Norway, known as a sightseeing spot that offers a spectacular view of Norway’s majestic fjords.

Trolls are fairies from Norway and other parts of Scandinavia, and I believe they are popular characters in fiction and fantasy in Japan as well.

In this article, I would like to introduce The Troll’s tongue, a famous landmark with a slightly unusual name in Scandinavian Norway.

The Troll’s tongue created by Norwegian nature

Norway is a Scandinavian country with great nature created over millions of years, including fjord coastlines that stretch to the horizon.

The Troll’s tongue is one of the most spectacular places in the country where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Norway’s nature.

The Troll’s tongue is a mountain located in the Hardangerfjord region in western Norway, at an elevation of about 1100 meters.

The Troll’s Tongue was given its unique name because the rock face protruding from the precipitous cliff resembles a fairy troll stretching out its tongue, as in old Norwegian folklore.

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It is also known as “Trolltunga” in Norway.

The Hardangerfjord, where the Troll’s tongue is located, has such magnificent natural scenery that it is one of Norway’s five major fjords.

The Troll’s tongue, which is located more than 1,000 meters above sea level, offers an unobstructed view of Norway’s beautiful Hardangerfjord.

Popular to take pictures at the tip of the bedrock

The Troll’s tongue offers spectacular views of Norway’s natural landscape and attracts many tourists from home and abroad each year.

The Troll’s tongue is a popular destination for tourists not only to admire the scenery, but also to take pictures standing on the tip of the Troll’s tongue.

Some visitors even try acrobatic postures, such as standing on their heads, to take pictures.

However, The Troll’s tongue is not equipped with any kind of fence to prevent falls, and a precipitous cliff awaits below the bedrock.

I understand the desire to take pictures with the magnificent Scandinavian wilderness in the background, but be careful not to cause a fall.

SNS postings triggered a surge of publicity

Until the 2000s, The Troll’s tongue was not well known and only a few climbers visited annually.

The turning point that made it the tourist attraction it is today was the development of SNS, including Instagram.

The Troll’s tongue became well known as more and more people posted photos of themselves posing on the tip of the Troll’s tongue on SNS.

The Troll’s tongue is now one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions, visited by as many as 40,000 people a year.

The journey to The Troll’s tongue

The Troll’s tongue is located in an unexplored part of Norway, and you will have to trek to your destination, The Troll’s tongue, on a well-maintained trail.

The Troll’s tongue is at an altitude of over 1,000 meters, which means that the distance is 10 kilometers and it takes 4 to 5 hours to climb the trail each way.

The slope is gentle, but the distance is so long that it can take a beginner trekker more than 10 hours for a round trip.

Therefore, if you are going to The Troll’s tongue as a day trip, it is generally recommended to leave early in the morning if possible.

Many trekkers who head to The Troll’s tongue stay the night before in Odda, a town at the foot of the mountain, to prepare for the next day’s challenge.

The best season for climbing up to The Troll’s tongue is the summer season, from June to September, when the climate is mild in Northern Europe.

In winter, on the other hand, the area is covered with deep snow and the trail conditions are dangerous, so climbing is generally prohibited.

Conclusion

The Troll’s tongue is one of the most scenic & exhilarating spots in Scandinavian Norway.

If you plan to visit, take a picture with the beautiful fjord scene formed by the erosion of glaciers over a long and unnerving period of time in the background.

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