If you want to see the best of the fjords, the mountains and the ocean in western Norway, this is the round trip for you.
The route between Geiranger via Trollstigen to the Atlantic Road includes one UNESCO World Heritage Site (the Geirangerfjord), two National Tourist Routes (Geiranger – Trollstigen and the Atlantic Road) and one “construction of the twentieth century” (the Atlantic Road).
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Visit Northwest and Visit Ålesund are the official destination companies for Møre og Romsdal.
Season: Summer. This also depends on whether the roads closed in winter are open.
This is a 200 kilometer long stretch of road in a landscape varying from deep and narrow fjords, steep and dramatic snowcapped mountains, cascading waterfalls and rivers, green valleys, numerous isles and a weather-beaten ocean landscape. You can drive this stretch of road in one day, the drive alone is a great experience, but we recommend you to spend a few days so you can see and experience all the great places and spectacular nature that are worth seeing.
Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord
Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Each year, hundreds of thousands tourists visit this area. RIB-boating or ferry are both great ways to experience this majestic fjord. You can combine a boat trip and mountain hiking to one of many abandoned mountain farms, like Skageflå.
Drive to the viewpoints at Dalsnibba, Flydalsjuvet and Ørnesvingen (the Eagles Road) and see the view towards the Geirangerfjord and the surrounding mountains and waterfalls. Hike from Vesterås to Storseterfossen Waterfall or to Vesteråsen Viewpoint. If you bring your skis you can visit Stryn Summer Ski Centre, 57 kilometers from Geiranger. You can also stay a night at Hotel Union and enjoy the Spa-facilities there with wonderful fjord views.
Geiranger – Trollstigen
The 68 kilometer long road between Geiranger and Trollstigen is one of 18 tourist routes in Norway. Parts of this road are closed during winter; it usually openes in May and closes in October, depending on the amount of snow in the mountains.
From Geiranger, you drive up the steep Ørnevegen (the Eagles Road). On the upper part of the steep hillside there is a viewpoint where you can stop and see Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord from a birds-eye perspective. From here you can also see the famous waterfall “The Seven Sisters” cascading into the fjord.
Continue the drive over the mountainpass to Eidsdal, a small, cosy town down by the Storfjord. Cross the Storfjord by ferry to Linge and continue driving to Valldal where tasting the strawberries from the local farms is a must – the best strawberries in the world!
Between Valldal and Trollstigen, 11 kilometers from Valldal, you should stop at the new view point at Gudbrandsjuvet. This is one of many architectural constructions made in connection with the road´s status as a National Tourist Route. Here you can visit Juvet Hotel. This hotel has won many prizes for its special construction and integration into its wild and beautiful surroundings.
Trollstigen, Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord
Trollstigen, 16 kilometers from Gudbrandsjuvet, is together with Geiranger one of the most visited attractions in Norway. The mountains which encircle the Trollstigen road are enormous. The Stigfossen Waterfall gushes down the mountainside towards the luscious Isterdalen Valley and in the middle of all this the Trollstigen Road winds its way up the mountainside. There are two viewpoints at Trollstigen only a few minutes walk from the road.
From Trollstigen it is only a short distance to Åndalsnes, a small town down by the Romsdalsfjord. Before arriving at Åndalsnes, drive eight kilometers up the Romsdalen Valley to the base of Trollveggen and Romsdalshorn. From here there are great views to the mountains, to the valley and to the Rauma River.
Drive to the town centre of Åndalsnes, down by the Romsdalsfjord, where you have a lovely view towards Isfjorden and the surrounding mountains. The Romsdal Gondola goes 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.
Continue towards Isfjorden, six kilometers from Åndalsnes. A small side step, worth taking in Isfjorden, is a short drive up the mountain road (toll road) to Vengedalen. Drive almost to the end of the road and walk up to Litlefjellet, a 20 minutes hike to a mountain ridge where you can see down to the Romsdalen Valley and the Rauma River and its surrounding mountains Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Vengetind among others. You can also see down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord. Romsdalseggen needs no further description, it is Norway’s roughest and most beautiful mountain hike.
Another suggested side step in Isfjorden is the Kavliheian Mountain Pasture. Drive the mountain road (toll road) from Øvre Kavli in Isfjorden and then walk for 20 minutes in flat and easy terrain. You will see the inner part of the Romsdalsfjord and the Romsdal mountains from the road and from the Kavliheian mountain pasture.
Norway´s most beautiful detour – Eikesdal and Mardalsfossen Waterfall
From Isfjorden you continue to Åfarnes. A nice detour is to drive east from Åfarnes along Langfjorden to Vistdal and Vistdalsheia and continue to Eresfjord and Lake Eikesdalsvatnet (22 masl). Drive along the 18 kilometer long lake to Eikesdal, a small village which is surrounded by steep mountains and waterfalls. From Eikesdal you can walk up to the Mardalsfossen Waterfall, one of Norway´s highest waterfalls with its 705 meter drop, divided into two vertical waterfalls. This hike takes between 30 and 45 minutes. The waterfall is regulated for hydroelectric power, but is “open” between June 20th and August 20th.
A great place to stay in Eikesdal is Eikesdal Camping. Season: Summer. There is no grocery store in Eikesdal. Depending on where you come from, the nearest grocery stores are Coop Marked Eresfjord in Eresfjord, about 28 kilometers north of Eikesdal and Coop Marked Vistdal in Vistdal, about 51 kilometers northwest of Eikesdal.
Kristiansund and the Atlantic Road
From Eikesdal you drive back to Eresfjord and continue in northwest direction towards Kristiansund, with the coast and the many isles dominating the landscape. Here are several driving routes to choose from. Kristiansund is the third largest city in Møre og Romsdal, and is situated on four islands reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean.
The fishing village of Grip, 14 kilometers north-west of Kristiansund, is an important tourist destination for visitors in Kristiansund. In the summer season there are daily boat departures from the city to the small island.
From Kristiansund, there is only a short distance to the Atlantic Road, one of Norways 18 National Tourist Routes. The road is 8.3 kilometers long and is known as the construction of the century within Norway. It consists of eight bridges and traverses several small islands and reefs. This is a beautiful road set in great surroundings with activities like fishing, diving, cycling and ocean safari which can all be done in the area. The small island of Håholmen is worth a visit and here you can try sailing a Viking Ship! Håholmen is an old fishing community with 28 preserved buildings and can be reached by boat from the Geitøya island just beside the Atlantic Road.
From Vevang, the south east end of the Atlantic Road, you continue on fv. 663 and fv. 664 towards Farstad and the fishing village of Bud. We recommend you to drive detours on local roads toward the coast to be able to see more of the area and the coastal landscape. From Bud you can walk along Kyststien (the coastal path), a four kilometer long path towards the open ocean.
Molde and Midsundtrappene
From Bud drive 54 kilometers towards Molde, the second largest city in Møre og Romsdal. Molde is known as the town of roses, for Molde international Jazz Festival and the Molde Panorama.
Drive to the viewpoint Varden, 407 masl, and take in the spectacular Molde panoramic view towards the Romsdalsfjord and the 222 snowcapped mountains.
Midsundtrappene at Otrøya in Romsdal are five beautiful hiking trails that have been made in stone by Sherpas from Nepal. Otrøya is an island in the outer part of the Romsdalsfjord, on the Atlantic coast outside Molde. From the trails and the mountains there is a fantastic view towards the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Ocean, and to the outer part of the Romsdalsfjord the with the surrounding islands and mountains.
In the summer, there are several boat departures from Molde to Hjertøya, a small island in the Romsdalsfjord. This is a great area for recreation and for swimming in the fjord. A small café is open on Saturdays and Sundays and a Fisheries Museum is located on the island.
Visit the Romsdal Museum in the centre of Molde. This is a Folk Museum where you can see more than 50 old buildings originating from the Romsdal region.
Ona Island and Ona Lighthouse
Take a day excursion to Ona Island and Ona Lighthouse. Drive westwards from Molde and take the ferry to the island of Aukra. From Småge, in the west on Aukra, there are several daily boat departures to Ona and other islands. Ona is a traditional fishing village with a permanent population of about 17. This small island community has its own summer-restaurant, several places to stay and two pottery workshops.
The best time to do this round trip is July to August. Note that some of the roads are closed during winter. Depending on the amount of snow in the mountains these roads are usually open between late May and early June.
Geiranger and Geirangerfjord – What to See and Do
The Geirangerfjord is like a fairytale. It is unique and exceptionally beautiful. And the fjord is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You can take a fjord cruise or join a fjord safari on the Geirangerfjord and see the Seven Sisters Waterfall from the fjord. Visit Flydalsjuvet, Ørnesvingen and Dalsnibba and see the iconic views of Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord. Combine a boat trip on the fjord with a hike up to Skageflå, one of the many abandoned mountain farms above the Geirangerfjord. The Fosseråsa trail goes from the center of Geiranger via the Norwegian Fjord Centre and up to Vesterås which is a great starting point for mountain hikes in Geiranger. Take a Road Trip from Geiranger via Trollstigen to the Atlantic Road. The Geirangerfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.
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.
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