This stunning collection of photographs reveals the lengths adrenaline junkies will go to in order to obtain the perfect snap on a world-famous landmark – but all is not what it seems.
Caught on camera at Trolltunga in Norway, a precipice of rock jutting out over a sheer cliff and picturesque lake, are thrill seekers performing incredible backflips, handstands, yoga poses – and queuing.
The iconic landmark, a flat cliff edge 700 metres from the ground which translates to ‘Troll’s Tongue’ in English, sticks horizontally out of a mountain on the north side of Lake Ringedalsvatnet.
But it has now become such a hot-spot for Instagram posers desperate to get their dream shot that ‘behind the scenes’ photos show hour-long queues of tourists snaking down the rock formation as they patiently wait their turn.
Toby – one of the thousands of tourists a day trekking to the Trolltunga for the perfect Instagram shot – completing a backflip 700m up with the stunning Norwegian scenery behind him. The picturesque landmark has become so popular it takes hours to get to the edge and many tourists complain of the natural wonder becoming damaged by the volume of travellers
A man performing a flying kick on the ‘Trolls Tongue’ – as it is in English (left) – and newlyweds Keow Wee Loong and his wife Marta Sibielak photographed kissing (right) at 700m up at Trolltunga, Norway. One TripAdvisor review of the landmark said: ‘This destination is full of trash and human waste! Even in the end of the season it’s a LOT of people and approximately an hour in line to have your pictures’
Hikers living on the edge mimicking swinging a broom at the head of a friend. One tourist wrote of review website TripAdvisor: ‘When we arrived at Trolltunga I was just sad’, another said: ‘Once we reached the top, we had to wait almost four hours to take the photos’
A couple pose on the edge of the cliff, with one pretending to push the other off the sheer edge with a kick to the back. Many travellers advise arriving at Trolltunga by 6am to avoid the long queues. An estimated 100,000 people hiked to Trolltunga in 2017 and 81,655 people in 2016
Toby completing his backflip at 700m up on Trolltunga (left) and a group forming mid-air somersaults time their leaps perfectly to form an arch with the dramatic scenery as a backdrop. Last July tourists complained when parking at the nearest village, Skjeggedal, was raised by 67 per cent to £45.56 (NOK 500) for 24 hours to cover the cost of the additional visitors
A man makes a ballet pose at the iconic landmark – a flat cliff edge 700 metres from the ground which translates to Trolls Tongue in English, sticks horizontally out of a mountain on the north side of Lake Ringedalsvatnet
Some adrenaline-seekers venture out to the edge of the 700m cliff and dangle their legs over for the perfect social media picture. Despite the long wait some tourists still said it was worth queuing, one wrote in an online review: ‘All that said, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking’
This is the dramatic image of a hiker perilously walking out onto the Trolls Tongue – a ledge overhanging 3,000 feet above the ground. The picture was taken by British photographer Jay Patel from Wallington after a five-hour hike to the Trolltunga in Skjeggedal, in the southern Norwegian fjords
Tourists and Instagram selfie hunters queuing to take a photo on the ‘Trolls Tongue’. Lines for the landmark have become so long some have to queue for hours just to get one shot. Visitors to the site began to increase drastically after it was named by TripAdvisor in 2012 as one of the world’s most spectacular destinations
Emma and friend, Mark, peering over the sheer edge of the Trolltunga in Norway (left) and another tourist, Luis (right), standing looking out at the misty fjords. One traveller wrote on TripAdvisor: ‘You climb from nearly sea level to a snowy rocky plateau with stunning views of the glacial lake and surrounding mountains. The tongue itself is a marvel and being out on it really puts in perspective how tiny and inconsequential we all are’
Anthony – one of thousands who queue for hours to get a picture on on the Trolltunga – sitting on the edge admiring the southern Norwegian fjords. Last year guards were added to the trail path up to Trolltunga in an effort to cut the number of tourists authorities had to rescue