The Romsdalsfjord

The Romsdalsfjord, 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 and the Atlantic Road, Romsdalseggen and Midsundtrappene are great places to visit when you are in Romsdal. The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Western Norway.

 

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Some highlights from the Romsdalsfjord area

The Romsdalen Valley and the Åndalsnes area (Norway’s Tirol) and well known mountains Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Vengetind. The National Tourist Route Geiranger – Trollstigen.

The Raumabanen Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet.

Hike the Romsdalstrappa Path or the Romsdalseggen Mountain Ridge, one of Norway´s hiking icons. Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata is also a must when you are in the area. The hike to Mt. Litlefjellet is short, but the view you get at the summit is great.

Hike up to the Mardalsfossen Waterfall, one of Norway´s highest waterfalls with its 705 metre drop, divided into two vertical waterfalls.

The small island of Håholmen is an old fishing community with 28 preserved buildings and can be reached by boat from the Geitøya island just beside the Atlantic Road.

Molde is known as the town of roses, for Molde international Jazz Festival and the Molde Panorama. Drive to the viewpoint Varden, 407 metres above sea level, and take in the spectacular Molde panoramic view towards Romsdalsfjorden and the 222 snowcapped mountains.

Take a day excursion to Ona Lighthouse, a traditional fishing village with a permanent population of about 30. This small island community has its own shop, a small café, several places to stay and two pottery workshops.

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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.

Geiranger – Trollstigen National Tourist Route

Experience the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord and the Trollstigen Mountain Road, two of Norways most dramatic and most visited attractions. Stay at the Juvet Landscape Hotel that use the surrounding nature as part of the hotel. The National Tourist Route is 106 kilometre long and is closed during winter.

Raumabanen Railway

The Raumabanen Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet.

 

Fjord Hike on Romsdalseggen

Romsdalseggen in Romsdal 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. From Romsdalseggen you can actually see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Hiking to Rampestreken Viewpoint at Åndalsnes

Part of the Romsdalseggen Ridge between Isfjorden and Åndalsnes in Romsdal. You can do the long hike along the mountain ridge, and you will pass Rampestreken Viewpoint at the descend down to Åndalsnes (long and heavy hike). Or you can hike upwards from Åndalsnes to the viewpoint at 565 metres above the Romsdalsfjord (1-2 hour hike).

Isfjorden in Romsdal

Isfjorden is a village at the innermost part of the Romsdalsfjord, close to Åndalsnes in Møre og Romsdal county. Easy arrivals to the surrounding valleys and mountains; Randonnée and telemark-skiing, hiking, mountaineering and climbing.

Some of Norways most famous mountains are located in Isfjorden and nearby: Romsdalshorn, Trollveggen, Vengetind, Blånebba, Juratind, Kirketaket and Torshammaren are some of them.  The Romsdalseggen hike is one of Norway´s most scenic hikes.

Hike to Mt. Litlefjellet in Romsdal

Drive to Isfjorden in Romsdal. Continue to Liabygda, from where you drive 7 kilometer along the tollroad towards the foot of Mt. Litlefjellet. 30 minutes hiking up to Litlefjellet, a mountain ridge between 660m – 790 m.a.s. Fantastic view down to the Romsdalen Valley and the surrounding mountains; Mt. Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and Blånebba. You can also see the beautiful Rauma River down in the Romsdalen Valley, meandering down to Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.

Mt. Kirketaket and Blånebba – Skiing with Fjord View

Kirketaket (1439 masl) is voted among the top 10 mountains in Norway for Alpine Ski Touring by the Norwegian Ski Magazine “Fri Flyt”From the summit, there is more than 1000 vertical metres (3000 feet) of great skiing down.

Blånebba (1320 masl) – follow the same route as the Romsdalseggen Hike to the mountain ridge, where you have a great view down to the Romsdalen Valley and the surrounding mountains.

Summer Ski at Trollstigen

Late May we visited Isfjorden in Romsdal, and one day we decided to drive up the Trollstigen Mountain Road. The mountain road had opened four days earlier after being closed during the winter.  We brought the skis with us, and decided to ski towards Mt. Alnestind (1679 m.a.s). From the summit, which is on the border between Romsdal and Sunnmøre, we had a fantastic view towards the surrounding mountains, the Romsdalsfjord and the Atlantic Coast.

 

Hiking to Kavliheian in Isfjorden

By car/Short hike. Drive to Isfjorden in Romsdal. Keep driving east, approximately 2.5 kilometre to Øvre Kavli. From there, around 3 kilometer (tollroad) to parking place at the end of the road. From the parking place you have a great view towards the Romsdalsfjord and Åndalsnes. Between one and two kilometres easy hike to Kavliheian.

Torvik/Klungnes by the Romsdalsfjord

By Car. A short detour by car (approximately 2 kilometer) from Riksvei 64 at Torvika between Åndalsnes and Åfarnes in Romsdal. Beautiful view towards the Romsdalsfjord and Innfjorden with it´s surrounding mountains. View from the road, no hiking necessary.

Midsundtrappene (Stairways to Heaven), Atlantic Coast

Hiking, 2-4 hours. Hiking to Rørsethornet (729 masl) at Otrøya in the outer part of the Romsdalsfjord. On this hike, you walk on the longest stairway in Norway, 2200 steps (2 kilometre long stairway) in stone made by Sherpas from Nepal. Fantastic view towards the Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Atlantic Road and the Atlantic Coast

A 36-kilometre long stretch of road between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde. The Atlantic Road National Tourist Route runs from Kårvåg to Bud. There are several panoramic view- and rest areas with facilities in bold architectural forms along the Atlantic Road. Here you can experience both nature and architecture in great interaction. Some of the viewing platforms are also popular with anglers…and photographers.

Road Trip Geiranger – Trollstigen – The Atlantic Road

If you want to see the best of the fjords, the mountains and the ocean in western Norway, this is the round trip for you.

The route between Geiranger via Trollstigen to the Atlantic Road, Kristiansund and Molde includes one UNESCO World Heritage (the Geirangerfjord), two National Tourist Routes (Geiranger – Trollstigen and the Atlantic Road), one National Park (the Aursjøvegen Road) and one “construction of the twentieth century” (the Atlantic Road).

Molde and the Molde Panorama

Molde by the outer part of the Romsdalsfjord is the second largest city in Møre og Romsdal. Molde is known as the town of roses, for Molde international Jazz Festival and the Molde Panorama.

Drive to the viewpoint Varden, 407 metres above sea level, and take in the spectacular Molde Panoramic View towards the Romsdalsfjord and the 222 snowcapped mountains.

In the summer, there are several boat departures from Molde to Hjertøya, a small island in the Romsdalsfjord. This is a great area for recreation and for swimming in the fjord. A small café is open on Saturdays and Sundays and a Fisheries Museum is located on the island.

Visit the Romsdal Museum in the centre of Molde. This is a Folk Museum where you can see more than 50 old buildings originating from the Romsdal region.

Ona Island and Ona Lighthouse

Take a day excursion to Ona Lighthouse, or stay over at Ona Havstuer. Drive westwards from Molde and take the ferry to the island of Aukra. From Småge, in the west on Aukra, there are several daily boat departures to Ona and other islands. Ona is a traditional fishing village with a permanent population of about 30. This small island community has its own shop, a small café, several places to stay and two pottery workshops.

FJORDS – Useful Links:

Fjord Tours: Norway in a Nutshell
Fjord Tours: Plan and book fjord travel, accommodation and activities
Go Fjords: Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Fjord Pass: Great Discounts on Activities and Attractions in the Fjords
Visit Norway: Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway: Official page for Fjord Norway

Isfjorden in Romsdal
Visitnorway.com – Trollstigen
Visitnorway.com – Åndalsnes and Romsdal
Visitnorway.com – Visit Northwest
Visitnorway.com – National Tourist Routes
Visitnorway.com – The Atlantic Road

The Romsdalsfjord – Map Overview