Four years ago I saw Trolltunga (The Troll’s Tongue) in a magazine and I promised myself one day I would sit on the edge. That day came. That day was E P I C.
3 hour bus ride from B E R G E N > 1 hour Ferry > 2 hour bus ride > A R R I V E O D D A (Length of stay : 5 days) > 1 hour drive to starting point > 7km Mountain Bike Ride along the Norwegian Fjord’s (Tough terrain) > 2 hour hike up a steep valley > 1 hour wade through white water > 1 hour rock run up a rock avalanche (fell 2 weeks prior) > B R E A K > See a R E A L rock avalanche through the valley we hiked > Continue to point > Gear up to rock climb > (Torrential rain begins) > Begin rock climb up 250m rock face > 1.5 hour rock climb > Walk through knee deep snow for an hour > A R R I V E A T T H E T O N G U E //
Completely saturated, battered and bruised from the rocks, invigorated and full of adrenaline but completely calm, and in my element dangling my legs over the edge, I had the most profound experience I just can’t find the words to explain.
But what goes up must come D O W N // Back down the way we came but this time it’s 7 hours later, thunderstorms and exhausted but so alive and full of spirit from conquering the tongue.
Mud sliding down vertical drops and overwhelmed with excitement. Twenty metres before we get to the bottom, I slip down 6 metres of rock face and knock my head, knocking myself out! Full concussion I still had 7km’s of mountain biking to do…come 2am I am in a restaurant with 20 other people not knowing how I got there!
…or we could have hiked the 11km trail…but that wouldn’t be as A D V E N T U R O U S!
2am at the Restaurant > Change accommodation from my Scandinavian cabin to a small hostel > 3am lay down on bed > 3.30am walk an hour to bus stop > 5am Catch bus to Bergen > Fall asleep at the back of the bus > Still asleep I get locked in the bus at the terminal > Wait an hour for someone to come back > Head to the airport > Wait 5 hours for flight (Still half concussed, bruised head to toe, no sleep over 36 hours and exhausted) > Fly to Denmark > Arrive Copenhagen > Catch train at 11pm > Walk to hostel > Check in…discover a new place all over again!
1. Make friends with any guides you do tours with // It will either get you a 10% discount because they like you or/and they will give you lifts to save you 460 kroner ($100) for a 25 minute (one way) cab to areas no buses go to or you can walk to safely that won’t take 3 hours!
2. Stay out in the valleys in the small villages, that’s where the best of Norway is.
3. Don’t expect to go to Norway and be handed the most profound scenery you’ll see, you need to be psychically willing to find the true wonders of Norway.
4. Be accepting that Norway is the most expensive place in the world so yes, everything is budget blowing!
5. There’s a sugar tax in parts of Scandinavia so it’s cheaper to eat your fruits and vegetables than anything else! Go to the supermarkets and cook – average stock standard restaurant meal is approx. kr260 ($56).
6. When in Norway, E A T the salmon!
7. After a hike, stand in a Scandinavian lake (3 degrees!) then put your thongs on and walk on the rocks/pebbles for some soothing DIY reflexology.
8. Norway’s weather can change from calm to extreme conditions in the matter of seconds – be prepared for the wet. *Norways sun is strong too – you burn quicker than Australian sun.
9. If you go by yourself but hate being alone in your own company for more than 2 days at a time, don’t bother going to small parts of Norway, you need to take yourself on adventures and just get up and go!
10. Norway’s adventures can be as tough or as easy as you like, it just depends on how you want to see it! Until next time Norway // It’s been unreal.