Read on to find all the information you need in order to do the Trollpikken hike yourself!
Over the Easter holidays, Simon and I rented a car in order to explore more of the beautiful Stavanger region that I’m so fortunate to call home. As the weather was absolutely perfect (sunshine and 20 degrees - can you believe that?), we really wanted to go on some hikes instead of being trapped in the car for ages.
Said and done. After hiking to Månafossen Waterfall on Good Friday, we made our way to Egersund to go on the Trollpikken Hike - the so-called “troll’s penis” that had been destroyed by vandals in 2017 and that is also (for no sane reason - I mean, it’s nature, come on!) banned from Google Maps.
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Where to find Trollpikken
The rock formation Trollpikken is situated in the so-called “Magma Geopark” in Dalane, close to Egersund in Rogaland county, South-West Norway - 1 hour and 15 minutes by car from Stavanger and only 10 minutes by car from the town of Egersund itself.
How to get to the starting point of the Trollpikken hike
The starting point of the Trollpikken hike is situated at Kjervallveien in 4370 Egersund. If you’re driving from Stavanger, follow the road E39 towards Kristiansand until Krossmoen (located about 15 minutes after you’ve passed Vikeså). Then turn onto Krossmoveien (road 42) in direction of Egersund and follow the road for another approx. 10 minutes. You can look out for the sign stating “Trollpikken”, though to be honest, it’s probably easier if you just type “Kjervallveien” into your SatNav or Google Maps. Anyhow, turn onto Sletteidveien and follow the road until you get to the big parking lot to your right.
The road continues further into the valley and also up the mountain, however, as it’s a pretty curvy and narrow one, parking is no longer permitted by the road and you have to use the parking lot next to the lake at Sletteidveien instead. From the parking lot, it’s about a 1km walk uphill to the actual starting point of the Trollpikken hike and this stretch, albeit being a gravel road, is actually the most difficult (read: most exhausting).
There is currently no public transport going to Trollpikken but if you don’t feel comfortable renting/driving a car abroad yourself, you can either join our Scandinavia & Nordics Travel group on FB to maybe find and join other hikers, or go by train/taxi or private tour.
The train from Stavanger to Egersund costs around 200 NOK (100 NOK one way) and the taxi from the train station to the start of the hike also costs ca. 200 NOK (one way). Both should be booked well in advance to guarantee the best price.
All you need to know about the Trollpikken hike
Before embarking on the hike myself, I’d read on a blog that the trail is “mostly flat”. Now, I don’t know if you’ve already been to Norway before, but let me tell you, Norway is not the Netherlands. It’s not flat here. It’s either mountainous or hilly, if you’re lucky, but it most certainly isn’t flat.
So, no, the hike to Trollpikken isn’t exactly “mostly flat”. As I mentioned earlier, the beginning of the hike is in fact a bit steep, but all in all, it’s definitely an easy hike. Not exactly wheelchair accessible or suitable for anyone with walking difficulties, but easy enough for children and couch potatoes likewise.
The hike is only approx. 5 km long in total and it shouldn’t take you longer than 45 minutes to an hour, to get from the parking lot to Trollpikken (depending on how often you stop to take pictures and enjoy the view).
Once you leave the gravel road, the trail is marked with signs and blue dots on the rocks, so that there’s no way you can get lost. The trail leads you past a scenic river with a waterfall, as well as a lake, before you finally get to the Trollpikken rock formation itself.
Once arrived, there are 2 ways to climb Trollpikken for the gram - either by climbing onto it from the right side (from the perspective of you standing right underneath the rock formation) or by going through the little cave on its left. The climb on the right side is definitely the more difficult and dangerous way as you have to jump down around 1,80 meters and later climb that stretch up again without any help other than your own muscles. It’s definitely easier if you climb the left side of the mountain and then go down to the little cave from where you can pull yourself up to the Trollpikken rock.
I really wanted to climb the rock myself, but then totally chickened out as I just don’t cope well with heights and steep edges... My boyfriend Simon happily made the climb, but even he didn’t go all the way to Trollpikken’s edge. It has collapsed once, after all.
Granted, due to vandalism, and the municipality re-erected the rock, so it’s now safe to be climbed again, but still... a little cautiousness can’t hurt!
What to bring on the hike
Even though the Trollpikken hike is really only a half-day hike, you should bring proper hiking gear. For instance:
proper hiking shoes that provide a good grip on uneven terrain
a pair of hiking pants or a seating pad
plenty of water and a packed lunch
sunscreen in the summer
Facilities at the parking lot
In the summer, there are toilets and a small souvenir store around, but when we visited during Easter, there were only some construction site toilets around - yuck! Better make a pit stop in Vikeså on your way instead...
Parking costs 100 NOK, to be paid either using Vipps (for which you need a Norwegian phone number) or through the EasyPark App. There’s also a ticket machine on the parking lot, though it didn’t work when we visited (but maybe they’ve fixed it by now).
Accommodation in Stavanger and Egersund
As the Trollpikken hike is only a little over an hour from Stavanger, you can easily stay in the city and make a day trip out of visiting Trollpikken. Some of the cheapest hotels in Stavanger are, for example, St Svithun’s or Stavanger Bed and Breakfast, though you can also always get a good deal at Scandic Forus outside the city centre.
In Egersund, you can rent affordable cottages at Steinsnes NAF Camping.
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