Mt Tarløysa is located in the middle of the  Romsdalsfjord. From the summit there is a great view towards the alpine mountains in Romsdal, towards the Romsdalsfjord and all the way to the Atlantic Coast outside Molde. Map to use: Romsdalsfjella Nord 1:50000.

Tarløysa is a popular hiking destination, here you get to see Romsdal in all its glory.

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Visit Northwest is the official destination company for the Romsdalsfjord, Romsdal and Nordmøre area.

Hiking down from Mt Tarløysa. The Romsdalsfjord and the Atlantic Coast down there...
Hiking down from Mt Tarløysa. The Romsdalsfjord and the Atlantic Coast down there…

About season and other important information

GRADING – Challenging. ALTITUDE DIFFERENCE – This hike starts at approximately 376 masl (Parking lot by Nysetra). Highest point at approximately 1092 masl (Mt Tarløysa).

GUIDE – We recommend you to join a Guided Tour on Mt Tarløysa. DID Adventure in Molde guides both to Mt tarløysa and to other mountain peaks in Romsdal. DID Adventure knows the area inside out like the back of its hand. They guide e.g. kayak tours, mountain hikes, tours with E-bikes and gravel bikes and other activities.

DID Adventure guides throughout the county of Møre and Romsdal, but has an extra heart for Molde, Eikesdalen, the area around Hustadvika and the Atlantic Road, Ona Lighthouse and Romsdalen. DID tailors and makes the entire journey with guides, equipment, accommodation, transport and food according to needs and wishes.

SEASON – Mid July to Mid September, these are approximate dates that depends on the weather, temperature and the amount of snow in the mountains.

SAFETY IN THE MOUNTAINS – You should follow the Norwegian Mountain Code when hiking in Norway. It can change from summer and sunny weather to winter and frost in minutes! Always check the Weather Forecast before you go hiking. For safety reasons it is recommended to avoid hiking in Thunderstorms, in fog, in bad weather and when it is snow and ice on the trail and in the mountain! Always bring good clothes and hiking shoes. And have enough food and water in your rucksack.

NOTE – This hike is not suitable for children! This is a long and demanding hike, you should be an experienced hiker to do this hike. There are several steep, narrow and exposed sections at the end of this hike.

NOTE – We recommend to use a map and compass on this hike since parts of the hike go in areas where there is no trail. It also often happens that Tarløysa is shrouded in fog.

Nysetra and Lake Herjevatnet

Lake Herjevatnet at Åfarnes in Romsdal, seen from a drone.
Lake Herjevatnet at Åfarnes in Romsdal, seen from a drone.

The hike to Tarløysa starts from the parking lot (376 masl) by Nysetra at Holmemstranda. From the main road, around four kilometers southeast of Åfarnes, you follow the 3.5 kilometer long toll road to Nysetra.

Nysetra is also a nice starting point for a walk around lake Herjevatnet which is located at 438 masl.

There is a well prepared hiking trail around the lake, from the parking lot at Nysetra it is a two kilometer long hike to the outlet of lake Herjevatnet. If you take the round trip around Lake Herjevatnet, it is a total of 10 kilometers to walk.

The hike to Mt Tarløysa

The view towards the Romsdalsfjord is epic. From the hike towards Tarløysa.
The view towards the Romsdalsfjord is epic. From the hike towards Tarløysa.

See map and more detailed tour description at Romsdal.com.

The first part of the hike goes through scattered mountain forest with a mixture of birch and pine. The first half of the trip is varied. Slightly heavy start in the forest before a more gentle climb in light terrain, which is perfect for warming up. The trail is nice, clearly visible and easy to follow in the first half of the hike.

It gradually becomes much steeper and more rocky, and the trail is more difficult to follow in the last part of the hike.

The last part of the trail to Tarløysa is rocky.
The last part of the trail to Tarløysa is rocky.

Then cross upwards along the wide mountain side, you first come up to the mountain ridge which is the first summit before you continue the hike along the ridge to Mt Tarløysa.

Follow the marked cairns on the mountain side, but it is easy to lose the trail. Be careful, there is a vertical cliff at the back of the ridge on the first summit.

From the first summit, follow the ridge in a southerly direction until you reach the top of Mt Tarløysa at 1092 masl. There is a small cabin on Tarløysa, Torvbu, where you can seek shelter if necessary.

Romsdalsfjord – What to See and Do

Litlefjellet in Romsdal.
Litlefjellet in Romsdal.

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.

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.

Drive to the viewpoint Varden at 407 masl and take in the spectacular Molde Panoramic View towards the Romsdalsfjord and the 222 snowcapped mountains. Ona Island and Ona Lighthouse, The Atlantic Road and Midsundtrappene are attractions facing the Atlantic Ocean.

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 Mt Nesaksla 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.

Hotels and Accommodation at Åndalsnes and Romsdal

Grand Hotel at Åndalsnes
Frich´s Ekspress Hotel Åndalsnes
Aak Hotel in Romsdalen by Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem at Setnes at Veblungsnes
Åndalsnes Camping by Rauma River at Åndalsnes
Mjelva Camping at Mjelva at Åndalsnes
Soggebru Camping at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Resort at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Gjestegård og Camping in Isterdalen below Trollstigen
Trollveggen Camping by the Troll Wall in Romsdalen
Accommodation in Isfjorden

Åndalsnes and Romsdal – Useful Links

Online Booking Romsdalseggen Bus
Romsdal.com – Hiking Guide to the mountains in Romsdal
Norsk Tindesenter at Åndalsnes
Fjords.com – Åndalsnes in Romsdal
Fjords.com – Trollstigen in Romsdal
Fjords.com – The Romsdalsfjord
Fjords.com – Romsdalseggen
Fjords.com – Romsdal Gondola
Fjords.com – Rauma Railway



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