ROMSDALSEGGEN HIKE

Take part in a Guided Hike 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: Romsdalseggen DNT Hiking Map 1:25000.

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.

Visit Northwest

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

FJORDS NORWAY - Romsdalseggen by the Romsdalsfjord.
Romsdalseggen by the Romsdalsfjord.

Hotels and accommodation in and near Åndalsnes

Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.
Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.

The area at and around Åndalsnes in Romsdal has a large selection of hotels and other accommodation options.

Åndalsnes and Isfjorden are the largest towns in the area, which lies deep in the Romsdalsfjord.

There is a large selection of different types of accommodation, from great hotels and campsites to cozy houses and cabins with fantastic fjord views. Here you can see a list of places to stay in the area around Åndalsnes and at the inner part of Romsdal.

About season and other important information

TOUR DESCRIPTION – Read the official tour description of the hike over Romsdalseggen here, with map.

GRADING – Challenging. ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE – This hike starts at approximately 380 masl (The parking lot at Vengedalssetra Mountain Pasture). Highest point at approximately 1216 masl (Mt Mjølvafjellet).

GUIDE – We recommend you to join a Guided Hike on Romsdalseggen. Norsk Tindesenter at Åndalsnes organizes Guided Hikes over 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.

SAFETY IN THE MOUNTAINS – 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 check the Weather Forecast before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms, in fog, in bad weather and when it is snow and ice on the trail and in the mountain! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack.

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

From the trail between Vengedalen and Romsdalseggen. Here there is only one way, upwards...
From the trail between Vengedalen and Romsdalseggen. Here there is only one way, upwards…

See map and more detailed and official tour description from Romsdal.com.

In season there is a bus from Åndalsnes to the Vengedalen valley, in high season there are several bus departures every day. You can book bus tickets online.

We recommend you to take the Romsdalseggen bus because it can often be difficult to park in Vengedalen.

You follow the trail in the westwards direction from Hesteheia, steep up towards the Romsdalseggen ridge.
You follow the trail in the westwards direction from Hesteheia, steep up towards the Romsdalseggen ridge.

The Romsdalseggen hike starts close to the parking lot at Vengedalssetra (380 masl). There are also toilet facilities at the parking lot at Vengedalssetra which are open during the summer season.

The Romsdalseggen 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 on a bridge.

A short distance before Hesteheia is the last chance to fill your bottles with water during the hike. The water source may be dry if it hasn’t rained for a while.

Steep up towards Romsdalseggen mountain ridge

Drone image of Romsdalseggen. Romsdalen with Mt Romsdalshorn and Trollveggen in the background.
Drone image of Romsdalseggen. Romsdalen with Mt Romsdalshorn and Trollveggen in the background.

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.

FJORDS NORWAY - Panoramic image over the western part of Romsdalseggen. Norway, beautiful and wild...
Panoramic Drone image over the northwestern part of Romsdalseggen.

Along Romsdalseggen towards Mt Nesaksla

It is steep along certain parts of Romsdalseggen.
It is steep along certain parts of Romsdalseggen.

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.

The view from Romsdalseggen is fantastic.
The view from Romsdalseggen is fantastic.

Continue along the ridge to Mt 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.

Romsdalseggen seen from the air

Below you can see a video with drone clips from Romsdalseggen. Here you can see Romsdalseggen, Romsdalen and the Romsdalsfjord from a bird’s eye view.

From Mt Nesaksla and down to Åndalsnes

View from Rampestreken towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.
View from Rampestreken towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

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.

The Romsdal Gondola at Åndalsnes

FJORDS NORWAY - View from Eggen Restaurant at Mt Nesaksla towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.
View from Eggen Restaurant at Mt Nesaksla towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

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

On the way up to the mountain station you have a fantastic view inwards to Isfjorden and the mountains behind, down to Åndalsnes and to the Romsdalsfjord.

The mountain station is a great starting point for adventures in beautiful and wild nature. Season and opening hours; see Romsdalsgondolen Website.

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

Åndalsnes – the “Hub” by the Romsdalsfjord

FJORDS NORGE - Åndalsnes, the city by the Romsdalsfjord.
Åndalsnes, the city by the Romsdalsfjord.

-Then he told him about Åndalsnes, a tiny settlement up in Romsdalen Valley, surrounded by high mountains which were so beautiful that his mother had always said that that was where God had started when He was creating the world, and that He had spent so long on Romsdalen that the rest of the world had to be done post-haste to be finished by Sunday. Jo Nesbø, The Bat

Åndalsnes is the “Hub” in Romsdal, and is situated in the middle of all the great things that is worth seeing and doing in the Romsdalsfjord area.

The inner part of the Romsdalsfjord with Isfjorden and Åndalsnes seen from Klungnes.
The inner part of the Romsdalsfjord with Isfjorden and Åndalsnes seen from Klungnes.

Åndalsnes is a great place to stay if you want to see and explore Trollstigen, Trollveggen, the Romsdal Gondola, the Rauma Railway and the Romsdalseggen mountain ridge.

Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are well known places nearby. The road there, Geiranger – Trollstigen National Tourist Route, is an attraction in itself.

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. 

Travel green with Rauma Railway to and from Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord

FJORDS NORWAY - The Rauma Railway runs over the Kylling Bridge at Verma in Romsdalen.
The Rauma Railway runs over the Kylling Bridge at Verma in Romsdalen.

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. Tom Cruise used the Rauma Railway when filming Mission Impossible 7.

The Rauma Railway is one of the country’s most beautiful and wildest railway sections. It starts at Dombås and ends 114 kilometers further west, at Åndalsnes down by the Romsdalsfjord.

The area through which the Rauma Railway runs houses some of Norway’s most famous tourist attractions. Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Rauma Elv are the most famous.

Romsdalsfjord – What to See and Do

Litlefjellet in Romsdal.
Litlefjellet in Romsdal.

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.

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.

Drive to the viewpoint Varden at 407 masl and take in the spectacular Molde Panoramic View towards the Romsdalsfjord and the 222 snowcapped mountains. Ona Island and Ona Lighthouse, The Atlantic Road and Midsundtrappene are attractions facing the Atlantic Ocean.

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 Mt Nesaksla 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.

Hotels and accommodation in and near Åndalsnes

Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.
Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.

The area at and around Åndalsnes in Romsdal has a large selection of hotels and other accommodation options.

Åndalsnes and Isfjorden are the largest towns in the area, which lies deep in the Romsdalsfjord.

There is a large selection of different types of accommodation, from great hotels and campsites to cozy houses and cabins with fantastic fjord views. Here you can see a list of places to stay in the area around Åndalsnes and at the inner part of Romsdal.

Åndalsnes and Romsdal – Useful Links

Online Booking Romsdalseggen Bus
Romsdal.com – Hiking Guide to the mountains in Romsdal
Norsk Tindesenter at Åndalsnes
Fjords.com – Åndalsnes in Romsdal
Fjords.com – Trollstigen in Romsdal
Fjords.com – The Romsdalsfjord
Fjords.com – Romsdalseggen
Fjords.com – Romsdal Gondola
Fjords.com – Rauma Railway

 

HOTELS - LINKS - FAQ

Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords. FAQ is an overview of articles that answer the most common questions you have when planning to visit the fjords in Western Norway.

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