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OpplevOdda Tysso Via Ferrata - In the Footsteps of the Rallar Day Tour

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OpplevOdda Tysso Via Ferrata - In the Footsteps of the Rallar Day Tour
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2caize wrote a review Jul 2018
Goodwick, United Kingdom48 contributions11 helpful votes
Booked this trip as a bit of a challenge for a pair of 60+'s and we absolutely loved it. Our guide Richard was just what was needed, encouraging, entertaining and as it turned out, one hell of a photographer, taking some great action pics of my wife and I. The climb up starts fairly modestly, but becomes more challenging as you get higher, and the history more interesting. The first traverse is for non- climbers a bit daunting at first, but after encouragement from Richard and a demo of how to walk on the near vertical rock, it became easy...yeah right !! I do not think it will start me on a career of rock climbing, but many thanks to Richard and Trolltunga Active for a memory that will be discussed over dinner for weeks to come. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Steven R wrote a review Oct 2017
Rye, Australia1306 contributions206 helpful votes
I did not do the tour but walked up by myself.This is worth the half hour it takes to reach the top from the car park on the hill past the car park for Trolltunga.Look for a sign to Lilletopp which is the trail to the top.Its rocky and muddy and you have to climb a few ladders and steps.Its worth it for the amazing view of the Fjord below.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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Jorn Tore H wrote a review Aug 2017
Jessheim, Norway20 contributions5 helpful votes
A perfect challenge for kids older than 15. Superb view and interessting history to learn. Brilliant guiding performed by Marta from Trolltunga active
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Date of experience: July 2017
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dw732 wrote a review Aug 2015
Chicago329 contributions76 helpful votes
My family (me, wife, 2 college age children), in the midst of a week-long trip through the fjord region, decided to join the Via Ferrata in Tyssedal through Trolltunga Active during our stay in the Hardanger region. What a fantastic way to enjoy this arm of the Hardangerfjord! The trip mimics the way in which workers in the early 1900s helped build the Tysso 1 power station by securing themselves while climbing up and down the side of the mountain during construction. You start out at the museum where we viewed a video telling the story of how the hydro power plant was built. We then met our guide who gave us our equipment and safety instructions. Then a short hike to the beginning of the route straight up the mountain face along the huge water pipes that stretch from the top all the way to the bottom. It starts out easy of course by walking up a short (20 meters)slightly steep rock face using a rope and a device that grips the rope that allows you to help pull yourself up. Then you switch over to doing your first vertical ladder climb straight up a rock face via steel handles bolted into the rock along with a wire to which you clamp your safety harness. I think these first 2 climbs are sort of ‘tests’ to make sure that everyone can handle the rest of the way up because it gets longer, higher, and more thrilling (or vertigo-inducing depending on your perspective) from here! Don’t wish to say too much but basically you then engage in a long ladder-like climb followed by a continuous series of traverses across and up the open rock face until you reach the top 600 meters up! The last 100 meters is a normal hiking trail ending with truly magnificent views of the fjord- lots of pictures to take before an easy hike back down the mountain. While rewarding to finish, this trip is certainly not for the faint of heart. You are definitely secured to the safety wires at all times when there is danger(you each clip/unclip/reclip yourselves into the wires as you go) but make no mistake about it- you are very high up with a harrowing sheer drop below you. But if you follow the instructions of your guide(our guide, Louise, was terrific), take your time, take it slow until you get used to it, and if you have some fear of heights then definitely don’t look down but just look at your next step or look up. You’ll have plenty of opportunities at each rest pause to look back down at what you just overcame before continuing up. I wouldn’t say the trip is only for the extremists, but it is also fairly tiring and physical on both legs and arms climbing. Our family has done some whitewater rafting, steep hikes and a few other adventurous things. But we agreed this took us more out of the comfort zone than anything else we’ve tried. The views at the top, to say nothing of the sense of accomplishment, are well worth it though. There are numerous photos/videos on the Trolltunga Active website and/or the visitnorway site and on youtube that you can check out also. Highly recommend- a real highlight of our trip.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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