Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway.
It is located 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) from city center in Odda, Hordaland, a county in Western Norway.
This unique cliff is extending out horizontally out from the mountain, into free air about 700 meters (2,300 feet) above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet.
The cliff overlooks the valleys of the Hardanger region. The mountains surrounding the cliff reach heights of up to 1,500 meters (4,920 feet).
The view from trolltunga is breathtaking.
The cliff is part of the Precambrian bedrock and was formed during the Ice Age, approximately 10,000 years ago, when the edges of the glacier reached the cliff.
The water from the glacier froze in the crevices of the mountain and eventually broke off large, angular blocks, which were later carried away with the glacier.
Along the cliff itself, a gneiss, there continues to be deep cracks.
Trolltunga is one of the best hikes to do in Norway.
Trolltunga is a very challenging route. The hike starts in Skjeggedal and goes through the high mountains, takes 10-12 hours (27,5 kilometers / 17 miles in total to Trolltunga and return) and the ascent is about 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).
The route to Trolltunga goes through high mountain terrain with creeks, streams, boulders, mud puddles, wet march and water at several spots on the hike.
From late-September to June the terrain is normally covered with ice and snow. After a hard winter it can be snow at Trolltunga even during the summer season.
About 80,000 people hike on Skjeggedal every year.