ISFJORDEN – HIKING

Some of our most famous mountains are located around Isfjorden. The Romsdalseggen hike is one of Norway´s most scenic hikes. Map to use: Romsdalsfjella Nord 1:50000.

Isfjorden-Kavliheian
Kavliheian Mountain Pasture in Isfjorden. Mt Juratind in the background.

Some of the mountains in Isfjorden and nearby are Romsdalshorn, Trollveggen, Vengetind, Blånebba, Juratind, Kirketaket and Torshammaren. Here you can read about some of the hikes you can do from Isfjorden. We recommend that you use guide services on many of the mountain, climbing and skiing trips in Isfjorden and Romsdal.

NOTE – The hikes described in this article have different seasons. See the links to the different hikes to read more about the hikes and season.

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.

Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden

Litlefjellet in Vengedalen, Romsdal.
Litlefjellet in Vengedalen, Romsdal.

There are many valleys that are claimed to be “Norway’s most beautiful”. Vengedalen Valley is one of them. What is certain is that the Vengedalen is right up there in the lead.

Vengedalen is one of several side valleys in Isfjorden in Romsdal. The nature experiences are there for everyone, whether you choose to walk, cycle or drive along the road into the valley, or to experience the valley from all the mountains that lie there like pearls on a string.

Vengedalen has been a favorite destination for both locals and tourists since the dawn of time. It is primarily the sport of climbing that has put Vengedalen in Isfjorden on the map of Norway.

Today, Vengedalen is best known for being the starting point of the Romsdalseggen and Litlefjellet hikes.

FJORDS NORWAY - Lake Vengedalsvatnet has Mt Romsdalshorn and Trollveggen as backdrops. It can't be more beautiful than this.
Lake Vengedalsvatnet has Mt Romsdalshorn and Trollveggen as backdrops. It doesn’t get more beautiful than this.

The Romsdalseggen hike

FJORDS NORWAY - From Romsdalseggen, view towards Romsdalen valley and Rauma river, Mt Romsdalshorn, Mt Trollveggen and Trolltindene.
From Romsdalseggen, view towards Romsdalen valley and Rauma river, Mt Romsdalshorn, Mt Trollveggen and Trolltindene.

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 view from the Romsdalseggen ridge is fantastic, 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.

Romsdalseggen is a challenging hike. We recommend you to join a Guided Hike. Norsk Tindesenter at Åndalsnes organizes Guided Hikes over Romsdalseggen.

FJORDS NORWAY - Romsdalseggen by the Romsdalsfjord
Romsdalseggen by the Romsdalsfjord

Short hike to Mt Litlefjellet in Vengedalen

View from Litlefjellet towards Romsdalen. Åndalsnes in the background.
View from Litlefjellet towards Romsdalen. Åndalsnes in the background.

Drive to Isfjorden and continue to Liabygda. In Liabygda, at the start of the road to Vengedalen, there is a toll road. Continue for about seven kilometers along Vengedalsvegen, past lake Vengedalsvatnet, to the foot of Mt Litlefjellet.

It takes about 30 minutes to hike up to Mt Litlefjellet, which is a mountain ridge at around 660m – 790m above sea level.

From the mountain ridge at Litlefjellet there is a fantastic view down to the Romsdalen valley and to all the mountains that surround you; Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and Blånebba are some of them.

From there you can see straight down to Rauma river, which meanders far down in Romsdalen and all the way down to Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.

Hike to Kavliheian Mountain Pasture in Isfjorden

Kavliheian Mountain Pasture in Isfjorden.
Kavliheian Mountain Pasture in Isfjorden.

The hike to Kavliheian in Isfjorden is a short and easy hike, and is a great hike for families with small kids. Fjord view towards the Romsdalsfjord is included.

Drive 2.5 kilometers eastwards from the center of Isfjorden to Øvre Kavli. From Øvre Kavli, at the crossroads where Romsdal Lodge is located, it is around three kilometers to drive to the parking lot at the end of the mountain road (toll road).

From the parking lot you have a great view towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord. Turn around and you see eastwards towards mountains like Mt Juratind which is one of the most beautiful and majestic.

It is one a kilometer easy hike in flat terrain to the mountain pasture at Kavliheian. This is also a great starting point for more demanding hikes in the Isfjorden mountains.

Hike to Grøvdalsbakken

From the upper part of the trail towards Grøvdalsbakken.
From the upper part of the trail towards Grøvdalsbakken.

The hike to Grøvdalsakken in Isfjorden is steep and heavy. But the view you get when you get over the edge towards Lake Bakkevatnet is fantastic.

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.

Hike to Brevikskaret

The trail to Brevikskaret from a Bird´s eye view.
The trail to Brevikskaret (marked in red) seen from a Bird´s eye view.

The hike to Brevikskaret goes along an old tractor road. A great fjord view towards the Romsdalsfjord, to Romsdalseggen and down to Åndalsnes is included.

It is only a short hike from Brevikskaret to lake Brevikskarsvatnet, which is located at 602 m above sea level.

The distance from the start of the hike down at Brevika (27 m above sea level) to lake Brevikskarsvatnet at 602 m above sea level is approximately 2.3 kilometres.

Einangsetra – Fantastic view towards Åndalsnes

View from Einangsetra towards the Romsdalsfjord, Åndalsnes and Romsdalen.
View from Einangsetra towards the Romsdalsfjord, Åndalsnes and Romsdalen.

The hike to Einangsetra is short with fantastic view down to the Romsdalsfjord, Åndalsnes and to Romsdalen. Drive nine kilometers west from the center of Isfjorden. Turn to the right at Vikabukta and drive up the toll road to the parking lot at Skorgedalen.

The hike to Einangsetra starts from the parking lot at Skorgedalen. Cross the bridge and follow the gravel road eastwards to the end. The trail is marked from there to Einangsetra. The hike is easy and will take you around 40 minutes.

You walk in the forest until you reach Einangsetra and can enjoy the wiew towards the Romsdalsfjord, Åndalsnes, the Romsdalen Valley and the surrounding mountains like Romsdalshorn and the Troll Wall (Trollveggen).

 

Isfjorden in Romsdal – Map Overview