ROMSDALSEGGEN HIKE

Join a Guided Tour on Romsdalseggen which 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. Map to use: Romsdalsfjella Nord 1:50000.

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 Coast.

 

Hiking - Safety, Responsibility and Season

The nature in Norway is beautiful but also dangerous. It is important to read about your own responsibility and how to explore the Norwegian nature in a safe way.

BEFORE YOU GO HIKING – THE NORWEGIAN MOUNTAIN CODE
This hike is not suitable for children! The weather can change dramatically in the Norwegian mountains. This is why you should follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in Norway. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack. Due to the challenging and long hike in rapidly changing weather, we recommend you to join a Guided Tour.

NOTE! Most of the hikes described on this website are intended for experienced hikers that know the area. This is one of those hikes. We recommend to use a map and compass on this hike, it also often happens that this mountain area is shrouded in fog.

SEASON & WEATHER: Season is depending on temperature and snow. Seasons mentioned on this website are approximately dates. It is recommended to avoid hiking if there are ice and snow in the terrain and on the trails. Always make your own evaluation about the danger of landslides before and during the hike. Always check the weather before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms and in fog and bad weather!

Use the information you find on fjords.com at your own risk and your own responsibility. Errors and omissions may occur. Always make your own evaluation. Adapt your own risk to your own skills and by choosing where, when and how you travel. Fjords.com is not a guide or a travel planner, and the information on the pages should not be used accordingly. Marked and mentioned routes are not accurate and will also often change for various reasons, always look for updated information.

Visit Northwest

Visit Northwest is the official destination company for the Romsdalsfjord, Romsdal and Nordmøre area.

About season and other important information

GUIDE: We recommend you to join a Guided Tour on Romsdalseggen.

SEASON: Mid July to Mid September. These are approximate dates that depends on the weather, temperature and the amount of snow in the mountains. Contact Norsk Tindesenter at Åndalsnes for information about the hike, season and information about the weather-, snow- and hiking conditions.

NOTE – This hike is not suitable for children! This is a long and demanding hike, you should be an experienced hiker to do this hike. There are several steep, narrow and exposed sections on this hike.

NOTE – We recommend to use a map and compass on this hike since parts of the hike go in areas where there is no trail. It also often happens that Romsdalseggen is shrouded in fog.

The Romsdalseggen Bus and the start of the hike from Vengedalen

Guiding: We recommend you to join a Guided Tour on Romsdalseggen.

See map and more detailed tour description from Romsdal.com. In the high season, you can join a bus from Åndalsnes to Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden which is the starting point of the Romsdalseggen Hike. There are several bus departures each day in the high season.  Book bus-tickets online or at the Tourist Information at Åndalsnes.

We recommend you to take the Romsdalseggen bus from the center of Åndalsnes to the Vengedalen Valley and start the hike from the parking site at the Vengedalssetra Mountain Pasture (380 masl). The trail is well marked, and you hike uphill the first two kilometres to Hesteheia. On the way up to Hesteheia you need to cross the river, this is the last chance to fill your bottles with water during the hike.

FJORDS NORWAY - Romsdalseggen by the Romsdalsfjord
FJORDS NORWAY – Romsdalseggen by the Romsdalsfjord

Steep up towards Romsdalseggen mountain ridge

You follow the trail in the westwards direction from Hesteheia, steep up towards the Romsdalseggen ridge. The view from the Romsdalseggen ridge is great, you can see mountains like Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and the Troll Wall (Trollveggen) around you. You can see straight down to the Romsdalen Valley, and if you turn 180 degrees you will see the Romsdalsfjord and all the way out to the Atlantic Coast.

Pics: From Vengedalen to Romsdalseggen and Mt Nesaksla

Along Romsdalseggen towards Mt Nesaksla

Follow the Romsdalseggen mountain ridge in a northwesterly direction towards Mt Nesaksla which is the City Mountain at Åndalsnes. Parts of the mountain ridge are narrow with steep downwards mountainsides on both sides. These are the most exposed parts of the trail, and you should be well equipped and be an experienced hiker to hike this route. Parts of the trail are secured with chains.

Continue along the ridge to Mjølvafjellet. From Mjølvafjellet, follow the trail gently down towards Nesaksla (715 masl). You must pass Mjølvaskaret (1216 masl) on the way to Nesaksla. Mjølvafjellet and Mjølvaskaret is a narrow mountain ridge. Due to the narrow steep mountainsides downwards on both sides of the trail at Mjølvafjellet, you should not be afraid of heights.

Remember that there is often snow on parts of Romsdalseggen, snow that lies far beyond the summer.

From Mt Nesaksla and down to Åndalsnes

At Mt Nesaksla you can either take the Romsdal Gondola or hike Romsdalstrappa down to Åndalsnes. The descent from Nesaksla is steep, but the trail is good and many intervals are stairs made of stones. This trail is called Romsdalstrappa, and is a popular hiking-trail among locals and tourists. It is “mandatory” to have a stop at Rampestreken Viewpoint (537 masl), a selfie here is a must. Great view towards the Romsdalsfjord and the Isterdalen Valley and Rauma River. The Romsdalstrappa trail is well marked.

Note that there might be a long queue and therefore it it can take some time to wait to get out on Rampestreken viewpoint, sometimes more than two hours.

Pics: Romsdalstrappa from Mt Nesaksla via Rampestreken to Åndalsnes

The Romsdal Gondola

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 gondola goes from the fjord station at the center of Åndalsnes to the mountain station at Mt Nesaksla, 694 maf (meters above the fjord).

FJORDS NORWAY - View from Eggen Restaurant at the top of Romsdalsgondolen. Photo: Eirik Heen
View from Eggen Restaurant at the top of Romsdalsgondolen. Photo: Eirik Heen

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 attractions facing 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

Online Booking Romsdalseggen Bus
Visit Romsdal – Official Website for Romsdal
Romsdal.com – Guide to the mountains in Romsdal
Norwegian Mountaineering Center at Åndalsnes
Fjords.com – Åndalsnes in Romsdal
Fjords.com – The Romsdal Gondola
Fjords.com – Trollstigen Mountain Road
Fjords.com – The Romsdalsfjord
Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata
Romsdalstrappa and Rampestreken

Romsdalseggen and Mt Litlefjellet – Map Overview (markings are not accurate).