The hike from Tufto by the Nærøyfjord to Rimstigen Viewpoint is steep but easy. The two kilometer long Rimstigen Trail starts down by the fjord and ends 725 meters above it.
Hiking up to Rimstigen will take you around 1-2 hours, and the prize is a fantastic view of the UNESCO Protected Nærøyfjord.
IMPORTANT! This hike is 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 heavy hike 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. This is one 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.
The Starting Point of the Rimstigen Hike
The Rimstigen Trail starts at Kvernaviki between Bakka and Tufto by the Nærøyfjord.
When we did the hike, we came from further out the Nærøyfjord in our kayaks, we had been staying overnight in our tent at Salthella Beach in the middle of the fjord.
The normal way is to drive five kilometer from Gudvangen at the innermost part of the Nærøyfjord towards Bakka further out the fjord. You can see a sign with directions and information about the hike just before you arrive the Tufteelvi River. There is a small parking place at the starting point of the hike.
Christopher Seymour hikes up Rimstigen
Christopher Seymoures own words: Join me as I hike to the top of Nærøyfjord on an exhausting and breathtaking trail. I fought through cold rain, intense elevation, blistering wind and I was rewarded by some of nature’s best views. This video is a true testament to hard-fought goals and the heart of landscape photography.
The Rimstigen Hike
The trail up to the Rimstigen Viewpoint is steep, but the trail is in good condition with stairs of stones on parts of the trail. Due to the steep terrain, the trail goes in a zigzag pattern upwards on the south side of the Tufteelvi River which is a waterfall in the upper parts.
The trail are surrounded by forest in the lower part, but in some parts you can see the fjord. Further up there are less threes, and at the Rimstigen Viewpoint 725 meters above the fjord you are above the timberline. From here you have a fantastic view down to the Nærøyfjord and to the surrounding mountains.
The hike ends at the Rimstigen Viewpoint, and the return goes down on the same trail back to the starting point.
The hike to Rimstigen will take you around 1-2 hours one way. Remember to bring enough water, food and clothes on this hike. There are no rivers from where you can fill your bottles, it is too steep and dangerous terrain.
Flåm, Aurland, Gudvangen and Bakka are perfect starting points for experiences in and around the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord, two of the world’s most beautiful and dramatic fjords that are also included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Join a fjord safari, a fjord cruise or enjoy the two fjords from a kayak. See the fantastic view from Stegastein viewpoint and taste the local goat cheese in Undredal. Visit the Viking village Njardarheimr in Gudvangen and experience the history and culture of the Viking Age. There you can also join guided kayak trips, walk along the Nærøyfjord or enjoy the fjord view from the surrounding mountains. Flåm Railway is the train journey from fjord to mountain, perhaps the most beautiful train journey in the world. Combine this train journey with cycling along Rallarvegen which goes from the high mountains via Flåmsdalen Valley to Flåm. Aurlandsdalen Valley is one of Norway’s most popular hikes. The Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord are both part of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord which is located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the middle of Western Norway.
“Sakte” is a collaboration between companies that provide adventures, accommodation, dining and short-travelled food- and products. “Sakte” are located in the area around the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord and is an offer for those who want to contribute to a sustainable society in the world heritage area.