The hike from Tufto by the Nærøyfjord to Rimstigen Viewpoint is steep but easy. The 2 kilometer long Rimstigen Trail starts 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.
The Starting Point of the Rimstigen Hike
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 5 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.
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.
It is possible to continue the hike upwards the mountains above you, Mt. Breiskredsnosi is a popular goal. But the trail disappears further up and the hike is very demanding, long and difficult. It is not recommended to continue hiking alone in these mountains, always use a guide (if you manage to find one).
For most of the people 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.
The Nærøyfjord is one of the worlds most beautiful and dramatic fjords. It is included in UNESCO´s World Heritage List. Join a Fjord Safari, a Fjord Cruise or experience the fjord in a kayak. See the view from Stegastein Viewpoint or taste the local Goat Cheese in Undredal by the Aurlandsfjord. The Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord are 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.
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