Romsdalseggen in Romsdal has in short time become one of the most popular hikes in Norway. The hike starts in the Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden and ends in the city center of Åndalsnes. The prize is a fantastic view over the Romsdalen Valley and the Romsdalsfjord. From Romsdalseggen you can actually see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
In the high season, you can join a bus from Åndalsnes to the Vengedalen Valley which is the starting point of the Romsdalseggen Hike. Then there are several bus departures each day. Book bus-tickets online or at the Tourist Information at Åndalsnes.
Romsdalseggen – Different routes with different difficulties
Note! This is a challenging hike, not recommended for children and unexperienced hikers.
The hike over the Romsdalseggen Ridge can be done both ways and with different starting points. The most popular choice is to take the Romsdalseggen-bus to the Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden and start from the parking site at the Vengedalssetra Mountain Pasture (380 mas). The trail is well marked, and you hike uphill the first two kilometers to Jamnåbotn where the trail divides in two different directions. On the way up to Jamnåbotn you need to cross the river, this is the last chance to fill your bottles with water if you hike the normal route.
The Normal Route
If you want to hike the normal route you must follow the trail in the westwards direction from Jamnåbotn, steep up towards the ridge. The view from the ridge is great, you see mountains like Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and Trollveggen around you. You can see straight down to the Romsdalen Valley, and if you turn 180 degrees you can see the Romsdalsfjord and all the way out to the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.
A great but short detour from the ridge is the opposite way towards Mt. Blånebba. This will take an hour extra, but is well worth the time. As on the Romsdalseggen Ridge, this hike also consists of steep and exposed intervals. Take care.
Follow the ridge towards Mt. Nesaksla and Åndalsnes, the trail goes through flat terrain but parts of the ridge are narrow and with steep downwards mountainsides on both sides. This is the most exposed part of the trail, and you should be well equipped and be an experienced hiker to walk this route. Parts of the trail are secured with chains. Continue along the ridge to Mjølvafjellet, this is where the two different routes meets again and where you follow the same trail again towards Mt. Nesaksla and down Romsdalstrappa to Åndalsnes.
Romsdalseggen via Høgnøsa and Mjølvafjellet
This hike is longer, but more gentle, and you avoid the the most exposed and narrowest part of the trail. From Jamnåbotn, where the trail divides, you continue towards north-west and follow the Hesteheia Valley to Kaffekjelbua, a small cabin with “open door”. This is where you have the last chance to fill your bottles with water before heading upwards towards Høgnøsa and the ridge upwards to Mjølvafjellet where you again meet the Normal Route Trail.
Mt. Nesaksla, Romsdalstrappa and Rampestreken
The two trails meets again at Mt. Mjølvafjellet from where you follow the path, slightly downwards, to Mt. Nesaksla (715 mas). You need to pass Mjølvaskaret (1216 mas) on your way to Nesaksla. Mjølvafjellet is a narrow ridge, and the path is nice and easy. But due to the narrow steep mountainsides downwards on both sides of the trail, you should not be afraid of heights.
The descent from Nesaksla is steep, but the trail is good and many intervals are stairs made of stones. This part is called Romsdalstrappa, and is a popular hiking-trail among locals and tourists. Below Mt. Nesaksla it is “mandatory” to have a stop at the Rampestreken Lookout (550 mas), a selfie here is a must. Great view towards the Romsdalsfjord and the Isterdalen Valley and Rauma River.
It is recommended to not bring children on this hike due to the steep, exposed and long and demanding terrain. If you have children and want to see the Romsdalen Mountains, we recommend a hike to Mt. Litlefjellet instead (read more below).
Short Detour in Vengedalen – Hiking to Mt. Litlefjellet
If you are in the Romsdal and Vengedalen area, we recommend you to hike up to Mt. Litlefjellet Ridge. This is a short hike with a fantastic view over the Romsdalen mountains like Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and Blånebba. You also see down to the Romsdalen Valley and to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord. The hike up to the ridge takes around 30 minutes, and is a great alternative to the Romsdalseggen Hike if you have children or if you are not an experienced hiker.
You start from the Vengedalen Valley, same as the Romsdalseggen Hike. Continue driving further up the valley, pass Lake Vengedalsvatnet and drive towards the foot of Mt. Romsdalshorn. You can now see the Litlefjellet Ridge on the right side, and you can also se the trail on the hillside. The starting point and the trail is well marked, and parts of the trail are secured with chains. Mt. Litlefjellet is a wide ridge between Mt. Romsdalshorn and Mt. Blånebba. Be aware that the ridge has steep downwards hillsides on both sides. If you bring children, always keep them in a safe distance from the steep edges on both sides of the mountain ridge.
Winter – Skiing at Romsdalseggen and Mt. Blånebba
Mt. Blånebba (1321 mas) is a short detour with great view when hiking Romsdalseggen. Blånebba is also a popular mountain for skiing. You start this ski-tour from the parking at Vengedalssetra, same starting point as the Romsdalseggen Hike. Follow the same route as the Romsdalseggen Hike to the mountain ridge, where you have a great view down to the Romsdalen Valley and the surrounding mountains. Instead of skiing westwards along Romsdalseggen, you ski uphill towards Mt. Blånebba which is the opposite way. The last 100 meters can be demanding depending on the snow conditions, take care. We recommend to ski down the same route as described when skiing upwards.
Isfjorden is surrounded by great skiing-mountains, and all the mountains have fjord view. We also recommend skiing to Mt. Kirketaket, Kjøvskardtind, Skarven and Galtåtind. In Isfjorden and Romsdal, Guided Tours are recommended.
Skiing to Blånebba – Video by Simon Grøndahl
Tourist Information Åndalsnes and Romsdal
The Romsdalseggen Hike
Online Booking Romsdalseggen Bus
Activities and attractions in Romsdalen
Safety in the Norwegian Mountains
Trollstigen Mountain Road
Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata
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