Follow in the footsteps of trolls and Vikings on this excursion to a mythologised mountain with a hole right through it.
Feel tiny as we wander through the cathedral-like hole through the heart of Torghatten, on the island of Torget
Hear the enchanting myths around the formation of the hole – and how geology and geography explain it
Learn fascinating Viking stories as we drive through one of the region’s important Viking seats, mentioned in the Icelandic sagas
Sample a local version of lefse, a traditional flatbread with a unique connection to Torghatten mythology
Spring, Summer (01.04-30.09)
Level 4: Challenging - good mobility and fitness needed
2 hours 40 minutes
Meals on the trip: Warm or cold drink (depending on weather), local lefse and ice cream.
Clothes/Footwear: Dress for the weather with comfortable shoes for hiking.
Note: Dress for the weather with comfortable shoes for hiking.
One of Norway’s most iconic places, Torghatten is known for its spectacular hole and the enthralling myths behind it. According to legend, it was created by an arrow fired by the lusty son of a mighty troll king while he was chasing a troll maiden who had been making lefse.
On the scenic drive there, we’ll hear all about the history and modern life of Brønnøysund and the Helgeland region. When we arrive at Torghatten we’ll follow a narrow footpath along the seashore and, after a short walk, wander through the awe-inspiring hole – it’s 160m long, 35m high, and 15-20m wide. It’s so big, a Hurtigruten ship could sail through it!
Then, we’ll share a drink and taste local lefse as we learn how and why people have thrived here for thousands of years.
We’ll drive back past the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre, a beautiful sight from our bus. Finally, we’ll try what could be the world’s best soft ice cream!