Isfjorden.com – Hiking Romsdalseggen

Romsdalseggen has in short time become one of the most popular hikes in Norway. The hike starts in the Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden and ends at Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.

Isfjorden - Romsdalseggen
Drone Panorama above Romsdalseggen, Romsdalen, Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

From Romsdalseggen there is a fantastic view down to the Romsdalen Valley, Mt Romsdalshorn and Trollveggen, and the Romsdalsfjord in all its glory, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

 

During summer and autumn, you can join a bus from Åndalsnes to the Vengedalen Valley, the starting point of the hike. There are several bus departures each day.  Book bus-tickets online or at the Tourist Information at Åndalsnes.

Romsdalseggen – Different routes and difficulties

Note! This is a challenging hike, not recommended for children and unexperienced hikers. If you have children and want to see the great view to the Romsdalen Valley and the surrounding mountains, we recommend a hike to Mt Litlefjellet instead.

We recommend you to take the Romsdalseggen-bus to the start of the hike.  The trail is well marked. 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

Follow the trail in the westwards direction from Hesteheia, steep up to the Romsdalseggen mountain ridge. This is where you get your first WOW-factor! The view from the ridge is fantastic, you see Mt Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and Trollveggen. You see straight down to the Romsdalen Valley with the meandering Rauma River, and if you turn around you will see the Romsdalsfjord in all its glory. If the weather is nice, you can see all the way out to the Atlantic Coast.

A great but detour from the ridge is to hike the opposite way towards Mt Blånebba. This will take an hour or two extra, but is well worth the time. This hike also consists of steep and exposed intervals, but it is not necessary to hike all the way to the summit of Blånebba to see the fantastic view.

Back to Romsdalseggen: Follow the mountain ridge towards Åndalsnes. The trail partly goes through flat terrain, but some intervals are narrow and with steep downwards mountainsides on both sides. This is the most exposed part of the trail, you should be well equipped and be an experienced hiker to walk this route. Parts of the trail are secured with chains and wire. Continue along the ridge to Mjølvafjellet. This is where the two different routes meets, follow the same trail from Mjølvafjellet towards Mt Nesaksla and down to Åndalsnes.

Romsdalseggen via Høgnøsa

The hike via Høgnøsa is longer, but more gentle. You avoid the most exposed and narrowest part of the trail. From Hesteheia, where the trail divides, you continue towards north-west and follow the valley to Kaffekjelbua Cabin, a small cabin with open door. There you have a last chance to fill your bottles with water before heading up towards Høgnøsa to Mjølvafjellet where you meet the trail on the Normal Route.

Mt Nesaksla, Romsdalstrappa and Rampestreken down to Åndalsnes

From Mjølvafjellet you follow the trail, slightly downwards, to Mt Nesaksla (715 masl). You will pass Mjølvaskaret (1216 masl) on your way to Nesaksla. Mjølvafjellet is a narrow ridge, but the trail is gentle. Due to the narrow steep mountainsides downwards on both sides of the trail, you must not be afraid of heights.

The descent from Nesaksla is steep, but the trail is good and some intervals has stairs made of stones. This part of the trail is called Romsdalstrappa, and is a popular hiking-goal among locals and tourists. You should have a stop at the Rampestreken Lookout (550 masl), a selfie here is a must, but it might be a long waiting time to get out to the view point.

From the end of May, 2021, you can now take the new Romsdal Gondola down from Mt Nesaksla to Åndalsnes.

As mentioned earlier, it is not recommended to bring children on this hike due to the steep, exposed and long and demanding hike. If you have children and want to see the Romsdalen Valley in all its glory, we instead recommend a hike to Mt Litlefjellet instead.

Useful Links – Isfjorden and Romsdal

Romsdalseggen and Litlefjellet – Map Overview