The trail to Grøvdalsbakken in Romsdal is steep and it is a heavy hike. But the view when you see lake Nedre Bakkevatnet is great. Map: Romsdalsfjella Nord 1:50000.

Drive eastwards from the center of Isfjorden to Grøvdalen. From Grøvdalen you continue along the toll road and almost to the end of the road in Søredalen. This is where the hike towards Grøvdalsbakken starts.


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.

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. Hikes mentioned in this website have different seasons. See links to the various hikes to read more about the hikes and season. 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 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. 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

GRADING – Challenging. ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE – This hike starts at approximately 170 masl (Parking in Søredalen). Highest point at approximately 760 masl.

GUIDE – We recommend you to join a Guided Tour to Grøvdalsbakken.

SEASON – Mid July to August, depending on temperature and snow. This is a landslide-prone area, always make your own evaluation about this danger before and during this hike. It often happens that the snow accumulates in the river valley and on the trail from snow avalanches that have occurred during the winter. Due to this, it is not recommended to go on this hike if there is still snow on the trail.

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. Remember that there is no mobile phone coverage in large parts of the hike to Grøvdalsbakken.

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 Grøvdalsbakken is shrouded in fog.

Hiking to Grøvdalsbakken

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You park just before the river that crosses the road, just before you get to the mountain pasture in Søredalen. You have to walk the last part along the road to the mountain pasture, this is where the trail towards Grøvdalsbakken starts.

The first part of the hike is easy. The trail is gentle and flat and goes through an open cultural landscape before it continues in the forest. The trail will gradually begin to rise in the forest. Follow the trail through the forest on the left side of the river until you come to a suspension bridge. You then cross the river on the suspension bridge before the trail gets steeper up the Loftdalen valley. This part of the trail goes above a waterfall, be careful there due to the steep terrain.

The trail continue up on the right side of the river/waterfall. It is a bit steep and exposed in parts of the trail, it is steep down towards the river/waterfall, so you have to be careful and stay on the trail all the way due to this.

The upper part of the trail goes over a rocky interval before it continues gently down towards the cabin at lake Nedre Bakkevatnet. Lake Nedre Bakkevatnet consists of two lakes, and the cabin stands between the two lakes.

The hike to Grøvdalsbakken and lake Nedre Bakkevatnet is six kilometers one way. It takes approximately two hours from the start to the small cabin by the lake.

It is allowed to fish for trout at lake Nedre Bakkevatnet and the other lakes in the Isfjorden mountains. For more information and to get a fishing license, contact Hen Fjellstyre.

Read more about the hike to Grøvdalsbakken at

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 Romsdal

Grand Hotel at Åndalsnes
Frich´s Ekspress Hotel Åndalsnes
Aak Hotel in Romsdalen by Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem at Setnes at Veblungsnes
Åndalsnes Camping by Rauma River at Åndalsnes
Mjelva Camping at Mjelva at Åndalsnes
Soggebru Camping at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Resort at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Gjestegård og Camping in Isterdalen below Trollstigen
Trollveggen Camping by the Troll Wall in Romsdalen
Accommodation in Isfjorden

Åndalsnes and Romsdal – Useful Links

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

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

Grøvdalsbakken in Romsdal – Map Overview