Self-driving the 150 miles (241 km) from Norway's Kjerag mountain to the famous rock formation and mountain, Trolltunga is the most popular option for travelers looking to explore with flexibility along the way. The journey between these two well-known points of interest for hiking is a beautiful one as well. There are options to take a shuttle bus part of the way from nearby villages.
The 7-mile hike up Kjerag is weather dependent, and only accessible during the summer season that runs from mid May until October or November, when the snow closes the seasonal road leading to the trailhead. Arriving to the top, hikers are rewarded with impressive views of the Lysefjord below as well as the famous Kjeragbolten boulder.
Trolltunga, perhaps the most famous rock formation in Norway, is located on the Hardangervidda plateau, overlooking Ringedalsvatnet lake. Hiking takes approximately 8-12 hours. It's possible to hike or snowshoe during the off-season but you will need to arrange for a guide.
Duration: 7-9 hours
Driving directly from Kjerag to Trolltunga takes approximately six and a half hours, however, it's wise to allow for extra time to explore the gorgeous scenery along the way. Drivers can choose from two routes, one of which is about a half hour longer and goes along a section of the southwestern fjords. The shorter route will have you departing from the town of Lysebotn, before taking the hour long ferry ride to Songesand. You'll then drive on Fv661 to Rv13 in Hjelmeland and stay on that until Nesvik to board another ferry for a half hour ride. Continue towards Tyssedal, the village serving as a base for Trolltunga climbers, where you'll drive on Skjeggedalsveggen to the trailhead.
The second route choice will have you departing Lysebotn in the opposite direction onto Fv45 and driving along the southern end of Frafjordheiane Nature Preserve before veering onto E39 going north in the direction of Stavanger. From Rennesøy, take the Mortavika-Arsvågen ferry before continuing on E39 to Aksdal where you'll take E134 to Rv13 in Odda. Stay on Rv13 until the trailhead for Trolltunga.
Just before arriving to Trolltunga, consider spending some time in the nearby Folgefonna National Park, where you can venture in the glacial landscape. Both routes will take you past here.
By Car and Shuttle
Duration: 6-8 hours
Shuttle bus connections are available during the summer months and can be taken from the villages of Odda, Tyssedal, and Skjeggedal. Driving to any of these towns along the way from Kjerag and then taking the shuttle is a possibility for those that don't want to navigate the mountain roads or try to find parking at the trailheads.