Midsundtrappene at Otrøya Island in Romsdal are five great Hiking-Trails made in stone by Sherpas from Nepal. Otrøya is an island in the outer part of the Romsdalsfjord, at the Atlantic Coast outside Molde.
From the summits, there are fantastic views towards the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Ocean, and to the outer part of the Romsdalsfjord and the surrounding isles and mountains.
The drive from Molde to Otrøya Island
Drive from Molde to Mordalsvågen (10 minutes drive), where you take the ferry over to the Otrøya Island. Or you can join a roundtrip by bus, “Bus to Hike”, from Molde to Midsund and Midsundtrappene Trails.
The trails of stones lead you to the five summits Rørsethornet (659 masl), Digergubben (527 masl), Midsundhornet (483 masl), Bløkallen (522 masl) and Akslahornet (411 masl). The trails to the five peaks consists of a total of 7930 steps made of stone.
Mt Rørsethornet (659 masl)
From the Ferry Quay at Otrøya, drive towards Midsund, approximately 10 minutes drive to the parking place at Rakvåg on the north side of the island where this epic hike starts. On this hike, you walk on the longest stairway in Norway, 2200 steps (two kilometer long stairway) in stone. Fantastic view towards the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.
From Rørsethornet you can continue to Ræstadhornet (729 masl), but the trail between Rørsethornet and Ræstadhornet are natural and is exposed (45 degrees steep hill on the Western side and sheer cliffs on the Eastern side of the trail). It is not recommended to bring kids on the last part of the hike, stop at Rørsethornet where you have a great view from the viewpoint made of stone.
Mt Midsundhornet (483 masl) and Digergubben (527 masl)
The trail to Midsundhornet and Digergubben starts above the center at Midsund, by the bridge over the Bakkeelva River. The first part of the trail goes through some woodland and then steep up to above the timberline. Around 100 meters before Lake Midsundvannet, at “Kumlokket” (the Manhole Cover), the trail separates. You can continue to the left up to Mt Digergubben (527 masl) or take to the right to Mt Midsundhornet (483 masl).
From Digergubben you have a great view towards the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Ocean. From Midsundhornet you can see the outer part of the Romsdalsfjord, the Sunnmøre Alps and the isles towards Sunnmøre.
Mt Akslahornet (411 masl)
This is the newest and shortest trail at Midsund with it´s 500 steps made of stone. You start at the North East side of the Football Field at Midsund. This is a great but short hike, and a popular goal for the locals who wants to see the beautiful sunsets in the Atlantic Ocean.
Mt Bløkallen (522 masl)
The trail to Mt Bløkallen is made of 1400 steps of stones and starts at Midøya Island west of Otrøya. Drive two kilometers Westwards from the City Center of Midsund, cross the two bridges that connects Otrøya and Midøya and drive to Blø where the trail starts. The trail to Bløkallen is gentle and is said to be one of the finest hikes at Midsund. You pass two lakes when hiking this trail; Lake Bløvatnet and Lake Stordalsvatnet.
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, Midsundtrappene, Trollstigen, The Troll Wall, Romsdalseggen, The Romsdal Gondola and Litlefjellet are great places to visit. The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.
Accommodation at Midsund and in Romsdal
Midsundtrappene: Bus to Hike