The Romsdal Gondola at Åndalsnes

From fjord to mountain in four and a half minutes. From the restaurant at the top of Mt Nesaksla you have a fantastic view down to Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

 

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The new Romsdal Gondola opens on May 28th 2021. The gondola goes from the fjord station at the center of Åndalsnes to the mountain station at Mt Nesaksla, 694 maf (meters above fjord).

The Romsdal Gondola

On the way up to the mountain station you have a fantastic view inwards to Isfjorden and the mountains behind, down to Åndalsnes and to the Romsdalsfjord. The mountain station is a great starting point for adventures in beautiful and wild nature.

If you have hiked along Romsdalseggen, you can now end the fantastic mountain hike with a great meal and something good to drink, all with a fjord view before taking the gondola down to Åndalsnes. This is a good alternative to walking the tough descent along the Romsdalstrappa trail. Then you save both knees and time, and can rather spend the time for a swim in the fjord. This can be done from the floating pier at the center of Åndalsnes, only a short distance from the Mountaineering Centre.

The video below is from Romsdalseggen. You can see Nesaksla at the end of the mountain ridge, all the way to the right in the picture where it is filmed towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord.

Nesaksla – The City Mountain of Åndalsnes

Nesaksla is a great starting point for hikes and adventures with fantastic views all year round. You can take short and easy hikes from the mountain station to viewpoints with great views to the Romsdalen and Isterdalen valleys. The two rivers Rauma and Istra meander down through the beautiful valleys with the famous mountains Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, Vengetind, Kongen, Dronninga and Biskopen as a natural backdrop. You can actually see all the way to Trollstigen on a nice day.

On the opposite side of the city mountain, you can see in towards the alpine village of Isfjorden, which is the mecca for ski and Alpine Ski Touring enthusiasts in Norway. Here you see the innermost part of the Romsdalsfjord surrounded by Isfjorden and mountains such as Skarven, Klauva, Kirketaket, Kjøvskardstind, Juratind and Vengetind.

A great hike during summer is from Nesaksla to Isfjorden, along the trail on the north side / Isfjorden side of the mountain ridge. Follow the trail along the north side of the mountain ridge and down to Vikabotn. Continue up the ridge to Høgnøsa. Then you descends towards Isfjorden to Jamnåbotn and further down to Øvre Stølen and Furukollen. From Furukollen, follow the tractor road down to the football stadium in Isfjorden. This hike is well described at Romsdal.com.

It is not recommended to hike the Romsdalseggen ridge from Nesaksla, this is because you will meet a lot of people who hike Romsdalseggen the opposite way.

Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord

Åndalsnes is the “Hub” in Romsdal, and is situated in the middle of all the things that is worth seeing and doing in the Romsdalsfjord area. Åndalsnes is a great place to stay if you want to see and explore Trollstigen, Trollveggen, the Raumabanen Railway and the Romsdalseggen Ridge. 

Travel to Åndalsnes

You can reach Åndalsnes by car, 6 hours from Oslo or 4 hours from Trondheim. By train to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways Raumabanen. The Raumabanen Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet. The nearest airport is in Molde, then one hour by bus or car to Åndalsnes.

The Romsdalseggen Hike

Romsdalseggen has in short time become one of the most popular hikes in Norway. The hike starts in the Vengedalen Valley in Isfjorden and ends in the city center of Åndalsnes. The prize is a fantastic view over the Romsdalen Valley and the Romsdalsfjord and all the way to the Atlantic Coast.

Trollstigen

Trollstigen is one of our Tourist Icons. It is part of the Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route, 18 kilometer from Åndalsnes. The Mountain Road with it´s 11 hairpin turns is closed during winter, it usually opens late May. From the Trollstigen Mountain Platou there is a short walk to the two new Viewpoints which is great for taking pictures. Five to ten minutes walk from the parking.

Kirketaket – Winter and Alpine Ski Touring with Fjord View

Kirketaket (1439 mas) is voted among the top 10 mountains in Norway for Alpine Ski Touring by the Norwegian Ski Magazine “Fri Flyt”. The skiing up to Kirketaket takes around 3 to 5 hours. From the summit, there is more than 1000 vertical meters of great skiing down to the mountain dairy of Kavliheian which is situated at the foothill of the mountain.

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Isfjorden seen from the Romsdalsfjord. Kirketaket (left) and Åndalsnes (right).

Romsdal and the Romsdalsfjord Area – 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. Trollstigen, Midsundtrappene, Romsdalseggen and Litlefjellet are great places to visit. The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.

Accommodation at Åndalsnes and in Romsdal

Grand Hotel Bellevue at Åndalsnes
Aak Hotel at Sogge outside Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem på Setnes
Åndalsnes Camping by Rauma River
Mjelva Camping at Mjelva outside Åndalsnes

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

Romsdalen.no – The Romsdal Gondola
Visit Romsdal – Official Website for Romsdal
Raumabanen Railway – Train to Åndalsnes
Norwegian Mountaineering Center at Åndalsnes
Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata
Romsdalstrappa and Rampestreken
Fjords.com – Romsdalseggen Hike
Fjords.com – Åndalsnes in Romsdal
Fjords.com – The Romsdal Gondola
Fjords.com – Trollstigen Mountain Road
Fjords.com – The Romsdalsfjord

Romsdalsgondolen – Map Overview