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.
We recommend you to take the Romsdalseggen-bus from the center of Åndalsnes to the Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden and start from the parking site at the Vengedalssetra Mountain Pasture (380 masl). The trail is well marked, and you hike uphill the first two kilometers to Hesteheia where the trail divides in two different directions. On the way up to Hesteheia 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 Hesteheia, steep up towards the ridge. The view from the ridge is great, you 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 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.
Pics: From Vengedalen to Mt Blånebba
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. From Nesaksla you can either take the Romsdal Gondola or hike Romsdalstrappa via Rampestreken Viewpoint down to Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.
Pics: From Vengedalen to Romsdalseggen and Mt Nesaksla
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 Hestheia, where the trail divides, you continue towards north-west and follow the Jamnåbotn 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.
Pics: Panorama from Romsdalseggen
The two trails meets again at Mt Mjølvafjellet from where you follow the path, slightly downwards, to Mt Nesaksla (715 masl). You need to pass Mjølvaskaret (1216 masl) 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.
At 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 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 (537 masl), 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.
Pics: Romsdalstrappa from Mt Nesaksla via Rampestreken to Åndalsnes
Pics: Drone Photos from Romsdalseggen
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).
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
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