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.
Featured Image: Winter at Eggen Restaurant. Photo: Eirik Heen
The Romsdal Gondola goes from the fjord station at the center of Åndalsnes to the mountain station at Mt Nesaksla, 694 maf (meters above fjord).
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.
In summer, if you have hiked along Romsdalseggen, you can now end the fantastic mountain hike with a great meal and something good to drink at Eggen Restaurant, 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.
Mt Nesaksla – The City Mountain of Åndalsnes
Mt Nesaksla, where the Romsdal Gondola is located, has great views to the Romsdalen and Isterdalen valleys. The two rivers Rauma and Istra meander down through the beautiful valleys with the famous mountains the Troll Wall (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.
And of course, you have a great view towards the Romsdalsfjord from the Romsdal Gondola and Eggen Restaurant.
NOTE! 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. Read more about the Romsdalseggen hike and the season for this hike.
Romsdalstrappa at Åndalsnes is a popular hiking-trail among locals and tourists. It is “mandatory” to have a stop for a selfie at the Rampestreken Viewpoint at 537 masl. From Rampestreken Viewpoint there is a great view towards Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord, towards Isterdalen Valley and Trollstigen and down to the Romsdalen Valley and Rauma River. Read more about Rampestreken and Romsdalstrappa and the season for this hike.
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 Rauma Railway and the Romsdalseggen Ridge.
Travel to Åndalsnes
You can reach Åndalsnes by car, six hours from Oslo or four hours from Trondheim. By train to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways Rauma Railway. The Rauma 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.
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 Åndalsnes and in Romsdal
Grand Hotel Bellevue at Åndalsnes
Aak Hotel at Sogge outside Åndalsnes
Hotel Geist at Øran at Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem på Setnes
Åndalsnes Camping by Rauma River
Mjelva Camping at Mjelva outside Åndalsnes
Trollveggen Camping by the Troll Wall
Accommodation in Isfjorden
FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway
Romsdalen.no – The Romsdal Gondola
Eggen Restaurant – Romsdalen.no/eggen-restaurant
Visit Northwest – Official Website for Romsdal and Nordmøre
Rauma 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 Troll Wall (Trollveggen)
Fjords.com – The Romsdalsfjord