Hiking the BIG 3

TrollAktiv can offer a 7 day itinerary that takes you on a spectacular round trip of the three most popular view points in Norway.

Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjerag are all within range of TrollAktiv and line up nicely for a great round trip.  Book flights to Kristiansand or Stavanger and hire a car, ready for a trip that crosses the Setesdal Mountains, the fjords of western Norway and the Hardanger vidda plateau.

Each attraction involves a hike so you will need some preparation and the right equipment.   Accommodation on route can be selected from campsites, wild camping or hotels.

TrollAktiv will set up your itinerary based on your budget and experience level.  We suggest starting and finishing at TrollAktiv where you can also take part in a rafting trip, visit the Moose park or just relax by the river.

  • Itinerary

    Trolltunga, Prekestolen & Kjerag have become well known over the past years due to the growth of social media.  They are now some of the most visited viewpoints in Norway.  On this trip it is possible to take in all three on a seven or eight day round trip and still have time to relax in between hikes.

Itinerary Details:
    • Day 1: The tour starts at TrollAktiv where you pick up all the local information you require. It is also possible to hire a guide and vehicle for the trip. We will check your equipment and ensure you have the necessary safety equipment for each day.
    • Day 2: Early morning start and drive over the Setesdal mountains to the parking lot at Øygardstøl. The hike to Kjerag is around 11 kilometres long and takes 7 to 10 hours up and back. Be sure to be in good physical shape before heading out on this mountain hike, which has an elevation gain of 800 metres. In some places, you have to pull yourself up and slide down with help of wire, so it is a demanding hike even for experienced hikers. Kjerag is a seasonal hiking destination and is only possible on foot between May and October. That evening stay in Lysbotn ready to take the ferry the next day to Prekestolen which departs at 07.30.
    • Day 3: Arrive at Stavanger and enjoy lunch in the town overlooking the harbour. In the afternoon take the ferry to Tau and then drive on to the Prekestolen mountain lodge.
    • Day 4: We advise an early start for this popular trek to avoid the crowds that will visit during the day. It is possible to camp and be on the Prekestolen for the sunrise. The hike starts from the parking (parking fee applies) by the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. Located here is a service facility with toilets. The hike consists of slightly hilly terrain with a difference of altitude of 350 metres. The prime attraction on the hike you obtain on top of the plateau with a mesmerising view of the outstanding Lysefjord. Additionally, there are nice spots to take a dip as well as enjoyable resting areas along the path. It is important that you check the weather conditions at all times. If there is snow in the mountains, it is not recommended to do the hike, or you should use a nature guide. Remember good footwear, preferably mountain shoes, warm clothing, food and drinks. Main hiking season: April – October. Ascent: 350 m Time: 4 hour t/r, 6 km. Return for a late lunch and then set off north to head inland up the Suldal valley.
    • Day 5: A rest day sightseeing and enjoy the mountains on route to Odda. If you are feeling strong then it is possible to hike up to the Glacial snouts that stretch off the Folgefønn ice cap or start the hike to Trolltunga early and camp on route to reduce the total distance the following day.
    • Day 6: This is a long day which again demands and early start. Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway. Trolltunga is situated about 1100 meters above sea level, hovering 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet. The view is breathtaking. The hike starts in Skjeggedal and goes through the high mountains, takes 10-12 hours (23 km in total to Trolltunga and return) and the ascent is about 1000 meters. It is a long and demanding hike. The trail is marked from the parking lot in Skjeggedal to Trolltunga.
    • Day 7: Return to TrollAktiv and enjoy a rest day and maybe a white water rafting trip.
  • There are several variations on this tour.  The trip we suggest allows for rests between the demanding hiking days.  It is also possible to camp, stay in hotels or cabins on local campsites. The tour is also possible in reverse.

    Two of these hikes are demanding and require full mountain trekking equipment.  35 – 60 litre rucksacks are necessary with safety equipment consisting of food, water, tents or wind shelters, full waterproof clothing and a lightweight sleeping bag.  Good hiking boots are essential
  • In country contact

    Simon Hansen

    English groups manager

    Simon heads up our english groups multi-activity packages and is also in charge of safety. Simon has a wealth of experience delivering activities and is a qualified Rescue 3 instructor and first aid instructor.