Last weekend we visited Isfjorden in Romsdal, and on Saturday we decided to drive up the Trollstigen Mountain Road. The mountain road had opened four days earlier after being closed during the winter. We brought the skis with us, and decided ski towards Mt. Alnestind (1679 m.a.s).
We parked the car by the roadside, at around 827 m.a.s, just before the mountain pass. From here we had a great ski trip to one of the most popular summer-ski-touring-mountains in the Romsdal area. From the summit, which is on the border between Romsdal and Sunnmøre, we had a fantastic view towards the surrounding mountains, the Romsdalsfjord and the Atlantic Coast.
The skiing down back to the road was fun, the snow was good despite the warm temperature. We stopped at theTrollstigen Mountain Plateau on our way back, and visited the viewpoint where we could see the Trollstigen Mountain Road from above. We could see the Isterdalen Valley and Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord in the background. We continued driving back to Isfjorden, and some of us had a swim in the Romsdalsfjord before we headed back to our cabins in Isfjorden.
Information about Trollstigen and the Romsdal area:
Trollstigen is together with Geiranger one of the most visited attractions in Norway. The mountains which encircle the Trollstigen road are enormous. The Stigfossen Waterfall gushes down the mountainside towards the luscious Isterdalen Valley and in the middle of all this the Trollstigen Road winds its way up the mountainside. There are two new viewpoints at Trollstigen only a few minutes walk from the road. You can hike or ski in the surrounding mountain area. Popular goals are to the edge of Trollveggen (more than 1000 metres vertical fall) or to the mountain Bispen (the Bishop) just above the Trollstigen Road.
From Trollstigen it is only a short distance to Åndalsnes, a small town down by the Romsdalsfjord. Before arriving at Åndalsnes, drive eight kilometres up the Romsdalen Valley to the base of Trollveggen and Romsdalshorn. From here there are great views to the mountains, to the valley and to the Rauma River.
Drive to the town centre of Åndalsnes, down by the Romsdalsfjord, where you have a lovely view towards Isfjorden and the surrounding mountains. Continue towards Isfjorden, six kilometres from Åndalsnes. A small side step, worth taking in Isfjorden, is a short drive up the mountain road (toll road) to Vengedalen. Drive almost to the end of the road and walk up to Litlefjellet, a 20 minutes hike to a mountain ridge where you can see down to the Romsdalen Valley and the Rauma River and its surrounding mountains Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Vengetind among others. You can also see down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.
Another suggested side step in Isfjorden is the Kavliheian mountain pasture. Drive the mountain road (toll road) from Øvre Kavli in Isfjorden and then walk for 20 minutes in flat and easy terrain. You will see the inner part of the Romsdalsfjord and the Romsdalen mountains from the road and from the Kavliheian mountain pasture.
The Åndalsnes and Romsdalsfjord area is a “hub” with short distance to many great nature attractions in the county of Møre og Romsdal. You have Trollstigen, Trollveggen, Romsdalseggen and Raumabanen Railway around you. You can also reach the Atlantic Road, Eikesdal, Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord, and the cities of Ålesund, Molde, Kristiansund is just a couple of hours drive away.