A trip to Norway will never be complete without a hike to Trolltunga. We visited this lovely place before the peak summer season and managed to enjoy its beauty with snow. Plus, all hikes during this period are strictly guided so visitors are kept to an absolute minimum.
We decided to put ourselves up at the Trolltunga Hotel based in Odda, since this was where the pre-hike briefing was conducted. Surrounded by mountains and situated next to a lake, this hotel truly offers fantastic views of what Norway has to offer.
There was a huge lot in front of the building, so we parked our vehicle before heading in to check-in. However, the main entrance of the hotel was not obvious to us, so we ended up circling the building before locating it.
The check-in reception was actually located within the bar area, that seemed to double up as a living room of sorts. It was very cozy, with sofas and seats arranged over the entire floor area for guests to simply chill over a cup of tea or coffee. This was also the venue where the pre-hike briefing was conducted.
Once we got our keys, we decided to head up to our room to settle in. On the way, we had the chance to appreciate the interior decor of the corridors and hallways. Ornaments and decorative pieces such as this bicycle were displayed prominently in the common areas of the property.
The room was located on one of the higher floors and since there weren’t any lifts, we had to carry our suitcases up ourselves. The room was pretty small when compared to the more mainstream hotel chains.
Two single beds were pushed together to form a double, right next to the window, which offered an amazing view of the lake.
The heater was located under the window sill, and provided adequate warmth in the room. A small wall-mounted flat-screen television also provided some form of entertainment, albeit with limited channels to pick from.
The bathroom was quite a squeeze, but nothing that we were unable to make do with.
There were no other facilities like a gym or pool that you would expect to find in a typical hotel. However, with a strenuous hike to Trolltunga to consider, food was an important consideration here. The main restaurant is located downstairs, and they whip up some very decent dishes for guests.
The restaurant also doubles as the breakfast area, offering a selection of hams, cheeses, hardboiled eggs, as well as cereal and yoghurt. If you’re in a hurry, you may even put everything together into a sandwich to go.
The Trolltunga hotel is a convenient location to base yourself if you’ve got plans to hike to Trolltunga. Instead of the luxurious feel you get from the typical 5-star properties, you’ll be treated to a comfortable and cozy homestay vibe during your stay at the hotel. Plus there are some walking trails around the hotel that you can explore as an easy morning or evening stroll too!