ÅNDALSNES IN ROMSDAL

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.

Go Fjords - Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord

Åndalsnes is a great place to stay if you want to see and explore Trollstigen, Trollveggen, the Rauma 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 didn’t sleep that much on the train and that was fortunate. At end of the journey, the train went down a narrow valley called Romsdalen. 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

FJORDS NORWAY - Åndalsnes in Romsdal
Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord. Isfjorden to the left and Romsdalen and Veblungsnes to the right. The Romsdal Gondola and Romsdalseggen in the middle of the picture.

Some highlights from Åndalsnes and the surrounding area

Åndalsnes is a great place to stay if you want to see and explore Trollstigen, the Rauma Railway and the Romsdalseggen Ridge. 

The Romsdalen Valley and the Åndalsnes area (Norway’s Tirol) and well known mountains Troll Wall (Trollveggen), Romsdalshorn and Vengetind. The National Tourist Route Geiranger – Trollstigen.

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

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.

Travel to Åndalsnes

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, Rauma Railway. The Rauma 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.

Travel green with Rauma Railway to Åndalsnes

The Rauma 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.

The Romsdal Gondola

From fjord to mountain in four and a half minutes. From Eggen Restaurant at the top of Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord. The Romsdal Gondola opened in the summer of 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

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Panorama view from Trollstigen in Romsdal.
Panorama view from Trollstigen in Romsdal.

The Troll Wall (Trollveggen) in Romsdalen

From Åndalsnes, drive eight kilometers up the Romsdalen Valley to the base of the Troll Wall (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 (more than 1000 meters vertical cliff with and 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.

The Pioneers of the Troll Wall

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.

Hiking Romsdalseggen

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Romsdalseggen seen from a drone. From Left: Vengetind, Romsdalshorn, Romsdalen, Trollveggen, Rauma river, Isterdalen, Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.
Romsdalseggen seen from a drone. From Left: Vengetind, Romsdalshorn, Romsdalen, Trollveggen, Rauma river, Isterdalen, Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre at Åndalsnes

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre at Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.
The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre at Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.

Salmon Fishing below the Troll Wall, in the river Rauma

In Norway, salmon fishing in the rivers has been important to people since the dawn of time. At the end of the 19th century, the salmon rivers also became an important source of secondary income for those who owned the rivers. That was when the English tourists discovered Norway, and the Salmon Lords became a well-known phenomenon. It was people from the English upper classes that travelled to Norway and the fjords to fish for Atlantic Salmons in the rivers. The river Rauma, which runs through the Romsdalen Valley and past the Troll Wall, was one of the rivers which the salmon lords liked. Today, Elveguiden offers salmon fishing in 22 fishing spots in the Rauma river, several of the spots are located just below the Troll Wall.

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.

Fjord Fishing on the Romsdalsfjord

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.

Hiking to Rampestreken Viewpoint at Åndalsnes

Part of the Romsdalseggen Ridge between Isfjorden and Åndalsnes in Romsdal. You can do the long hike along Romsdalseggen, and you will pass Rampestreken Viewpoint on the descend down to Åndalsnes (long and heavy hike). Or you can hike upwards from Åndalsnes to the viewpoint at 537 meters above the Romsdalsfjord (1-2 hour hike).

FJORDS NORWAY - Rampestreken viewpoint at Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.
Rampestreken viewpoint at Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.

Isfjorden, probably the most beautiful village in Norway

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Isfjorden seen from the Romsdalsfjord. Mt Kirketaket to the left, Åndalsnes to the right.
Isfjorden seen from the Romsdalsfjord. Mt Kirketaket to the left, Åndalsnes to the right.

Hike to Mt Litlefjellet

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.

Hike to Einangsetra in Romsdal

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.

Hiking to Kavliheian Mountain Pasture

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.

Hiking to Grøvdalsbakken

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.

Torvika/Klungnes by the Romsdalsfjord

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - View from Klungnes towards Innfjorden on the other side of the Romsdalsfjord.
View from Klungnes towards Innfjorden on the other side of the Romsdalsfjord

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Skiing on Romsdalseggen from the ski trip to Mt Blånebba. Mt Romsdalshorn and Trollveggen in the background.
Skiing on Romsdalseggen from the ski trip to Mt Blånebba. Mt Romsdalshorn and Trollveggen in the background.

Summer Ski at Trollstigen

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).

Romsdalsfjord – What to See and Do

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. Ona Island and Lighthouse, The Atlantic Road and Midsundtrappene are attractiona facin the Atlantic Ocean. Trollstigen, The Troll Wall, Romsdalseggen, Rampestreken and Litlefjellet are great places to visit in the inner part of the Romsdalsfjord, where the fjord meets the spectacular and alpine Romsdal mountains. Travel green to Åndalsnes with Rauma Railway, a wild, beautiful and unique experience regardless of season. From Åndalsnes Railway Station, you can walk straight from the train and over to the Romsdal Gondola that takes you up to the city-mountain Mt Nesaksla and Eggen Restaurant. From there you have a fantastic view towards Isfjorden, down to the Romsdalsfjord and up towards the Romsdalen Valley which you have just experienced from the train ride along the Rauma Railway. The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.

Accommodation at Åndalsnes and in Romsdal

Grand Hotel Bellevue at Åndalsnes
Aak Hotel at Sogge outside Åndalsnes
Hotel Geist at Øran at Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem på Setnes
Åndalsnes Camping by Rauma River
Mjelva Camping at Mjelva outside Åndalsnes
Trollveggen Camping by the Troll Wall
Accommodation in Isfjorden

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

Fjords.com – Trollstigen
Fjords.com – Romsdalseggen
Fjords.com – Romsdal Gondola
Official Tourist Information – Visit Romsdal
Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes
Visitnorway.com – Åndalsnes and Romsdal
Visitnorway.com – Visit Northwest

Åndalsnes and the Neighbourhood – Map Overview