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Standing at the Edge of Norway's Trolltunga

03/20/15

Jutting out into the crisp European air like the mean half of an anvil, Trolltunga (translation: “troll’s tongue”) in Norway is a terrifying sliver of rock that daredevils have been stepping towards the edge of for centuries. Around since the ice age, the cliff is all that’s left after glacial water broke off what was once the surrounding mountainside. (About 10,000 years ago, the top of a glacier once reached the height of Trolltunga, freezing water in the mountain’s crevices that caused the mountain to break apart in giant chunks. There’s your Norwegian geology lesson for the day.)

Separated and alone, the narrow piece of precambrian bedrock now hangs 2,300 feet above the lake below, serving as a stunning vantage point for the surrounding landscape for those who care to make the four-hour hike and, more importantly, lack even the faintest fear of heights. In proof that the Norwegian government is far less meddling than the United States with respect to safety, you’ll find no railing to hold onto, leaving the landscape intact (and plenty of people plenty nervous).

Feeling absolutely out of your mind? Try base jumping on a nearby cliff until you reach terminal velocity.

Photo via Huffington Post