Åndalsnes is the “Hub” in Romsdal, and is situated in the middle of all the things that is worth seeing and doing in the Romsdalsfjord area.
Åndalsnes is a great place to stay if you want to see and explore Trollstigen, Trollveggen, the Raumabanen Railway and the Romsdalseggen Ridge.
A story from Peru in 1988. I was sitting at a bar talking to an American. The young man had traveled the world for four years and was on his way back to the States. The parents believed that all young people needed such a journey, a formative journey. I asked him what he remembered best from his adventure. Something that had stucked with him.
-There were three places he would never forget, he said. The first was a lagoon on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Then there was Nepal. The third was as follows: «I took the night train from Oslo, to a small place called Andalsness. I did’nt sleep that much on the train and that was fortunate. At end of the journey, the train went down a narrow valley called Romsdal. The sun was coming up and set color on the mountains. I’ve never seen anything like it. Maybe the most beautiful place I’ve ever been….. »
The young Mr. Grøvdal becamed moved when he replied…. «That’s where I’m born……❤
Roger Grøvdal – From Åndalsnes
Some highlights from Åndalsnes and the surrounding area
Take the Romsdal Gondola up to the city mountain Nesaksla or hike the Romsdalstrappa Trail or the Romsdalseggen Mountain Ridge, one of Norway´s hiking icons. Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata is also a must when you are in the area. The hike to Mt Litlefjellet is short, but the view you get at the summit is great.
The mountains in Romsdal, all of them “delivered” with fjord-view, are great for hiking, mountaineering, climbing, cycling and skiing, and attracts visitors from all over the world.
Visit Romsdal is the local Tourist Information for Åndalsnes and Romsdal. The Tourist Information is located at the center of Åndalsnes, at Skysstasjonen in the same building as the Railway Station.
You can reach Åndalsnes by car, six hours from Oslo or four hours from Trondheim. By train to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways Raumabanen. The Raumabanen Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet. The nearest airport is in Molde, then one hour by bus or car to Åndalsnes.
The Romsdalsfjord, from snowy mountains to beautiful coastline of islands and reefs. Experience all this in one day due to the short distance from mountains to coast. The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.
From fjord to mountain in four and a half minutes. From the restaurant at the top of Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord. The new Romsdal Gondola opens on May 28th 2021. The gondola goes from the fjord station at the center of Åndalsnes to the mountain station at Mt Nesaksla, 694 maf (meters above the fjord).
Trollstigen is one of our tourist icons. It is part of the Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route, 18 kilometer from Åndalsnes. The Mountain Road with it´s 11 hairpin turns is closed during winter, it usually opens late May. From the Trollstigen Mountain Platou there is a short walk to the two new Viewpoints which is great for taking pictures. Five to ten minutes walk from the parking.
From Åndalsnes, drive eight kilometers up the Romsdalen Valley to the base of Trollveggen and Romsdalshorn. From here there are great views to the surrounding mountains, to the valley and to Rauma River. Trollveggen is the tallest vertical Rock Face in Europe (1100 meters vertical cliff with more than 50 meters overhang). The highest peaks at Trollveggen rage almost 1800 meters above the Romsdalen Valley. Trollveggen can be seen from Trollveggen Visitor Center down in the Romsdalen Valley, but also from the surrounding mountains like Litlefjellet and Romsdalseggen.
If you were into new routes and big walls in the 1960s you would have known about a monster in Norway about which ominous stories circulated that can be summed up in one word: ‘unclimbable’. The Troll Wall was also known as ‘the Vertical Mile’, and described as ‘the largest overhanging wall in Europe’. It was reputed to be smooth and holdless for 5,000 feet, and impossible without the aid of bolts.
The Raumabanen Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet. Take the train to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways.
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.
Norsk Tindesenter is a visitor centre at Åndalsnes, in the heart of Romsdalen Valley. The centre accommodates the Norwegian Mountaineering Museum, Norway’s highest indoor climbing wall, a restaurant and a gift shop. The centre is starting point for the spectacular climbing experience Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata.
Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata consists of two adventurous climbing trails: the Intro wall and the West wall, both of them are tailored with steel wires and iron steps. Challenge yourself by climbing up the rock wall without being a mountaineer. It is highly recommended to go along with one of the highly skilled via-ferrata guides. Starting point at The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre.
All trips depart from the city center at Åndalsnes. Experience an exciting adventure after large fish or after specific species of fish, all according to your wishes. The fishing banks are very close by, and the Romsdalsfjord can offer the chance of big fish and a wide variety of species.
Part of the Romsdalseggen Ridge between Isfjorden and Åndalsnes in Romsdal. You can do the long hike along the mountain ridge, and you will pass Rampestreken Viewpoint at the descend down to Åndalsnes (long and heavy hike). Or you can hike upwards from Åndalsnes to the viewpoint at 565 meters above the Romsdalsfjord (1-2 hour hike).
Isfjorden is a village at the innermost part of the Romsdalsfjord, close to Åndalsnes. Easy arrivals to the surrounding valleys and mountains; Randonnée– and telemark-skiing, hiking, mountaineering and climbing are popular activities that you can do in Isfjorden. Many of Norways most famous mountains are located in Isfjorden: Romsdalshorn, Vengetind, Blånebba, Juratind and Kirketaket are some of them.
Do the 30 minutes hike up to Mt Litlefjellet, a mountain ridge (660m – 790 masl). Fantastic view down to the Romsdalen Valley and the surrounding mountains; Mt Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and Blånebba. You can also see the beautiful Rauma River down in the Romsdalen Valley, meandering down to Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.
Einangsetra Mountain Pasture has a great view towards the Romsdalsfjord, Åndalsnes and the Romsdalen Valley with Romsdalseggen and it´s surrounding mountains like Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Vengetind.
Skiing with Fjord View to Kirketaket and Blånebba
Kirketaket (1439 masl) is voted among the top 10 mountains in Norway for Alpine Ski Touring by the Norwegian Ski Magazine “Fri Flyt”. From the summit, there is more than 1000 vertical meters (3000 feet) of great skiing down.
Blånebba (1320 masl) – 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.
Late May we visited Isfjorden in Romsdal, and one day 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 to ski towards Mt Alnestind (1679 masl).
Drive to Isfjorden in Romsdal. Keep driving east, approximately 2.5 kilometer to Øvre Kavli. From there, around three kilometer (tollroad) to parking lot at the end of the road. From the parking lot you have a great view towards the Romsdalsfjord and Åndalsnes. Between one and two kilometers easy hike to Kavliheian.
A short detour by car (approximately 2.5 kilometer) from Riksvei 64 at Torvika between Åndalsnes and Åfarnes in Romsdal. Beautiful view towards the Romsdalsfjord and Innfjorden with it´s surrounding mountains. View from the road, no hiking necessary. But we recommend you to park the car at Torvika and walk along the road to Klungnes to get an even better experience.
The hike to Grøvdalsakken in Isfjorden is steep and a bit heavy. But the view when you see Lake Bakkevatnet is priceless. Drive east to Grøvdalen at the innermost part of Isfjorden. Start at Stølen where the road ends (toll road) in Søredalen in Grøvdalen.
Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are well known places nearby. If you go westwards, you have the Atlantic Coast with the Atlantic Road, Ona Island with Ona Lighthouse, Bjørnsund and Midsundtrappene. Go North-East, and you will find the beautiful Eikesdal and the Mardalsfossen Waterfall, Aursjøvegen Mountainroad, and Litjdalen Valley. The cities of Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansund are nearby.