MIDSUNDTRAPPENE – STAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN

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.

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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.

Important – Before you go – The Norwegian Mountain Code

IMPORTANT! Some of these hikes are not suitable for children.The weather can change dramatically in the Norwegian mountains. This is why you have to 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 hikes in rapidly changing weather, we always 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. These are some of those hikes.

Season: July to September, depending on temperature and snow. Do not do this hike if there are ice and snow on the trail.

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). Do not 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.

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 attractiona facin 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 Midsund and in Romsdal

Hammock Park at Midsundtrappene
Sandneset Camping at Otrøya
Visit North West – Accommodation in Romsdal and Nordmøre

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FJORDS – Useful Links

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Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
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Midsundtrappene: Bus to Hike

Midsundtrappene – Map Overview