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, 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.
Some highlights from the Romsdalsfjord area
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.
Visit Northwest is the local Tourist Information for the Romsdalsfjord Area.
-Then he told him about Åndalsnes, a tiny settlement up in Romsdalen Valley, surrounded by high mountains which were so beautiful that his mother had always said that that was where God had started when He was creating the world, and that He had spent so long on Romsdalen that the rest of the world had to be done post-haste to be finished by Sunday. Jo Nesbø, The Bat
Åndalsnes is the “Hub” in Romsdal, and is situated in the middle of all the great 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. Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are well known places nearby. If you go westwards, you have the Atlantic Coast with the Atlantic Road, Ona Island with Ona Lighthouse, Bjørnsund and Midsundtrappene. Go North-East, and you will find the beautiful Eikesdal and the Mardalsfossen Waterfall, Aursjøvegen Mountainroad, and Litjdalen Valley. The cities of Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansund are nearby.
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 nearest airport is in Molde, then one hour by bus to Åndalsnes.
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.
From Åndalsnes, drive eight kilometres up the Romsdalen Valley to the base of Trollveggen and Romsdalshorn. From here there are great views to the surrounding mountains, to the valley and to Rauma River. Trollveggen is the tallest vertical Rock Face in Europe (1100 meters vertical cliff with more than 50 meters overhang). The highest peaks at Trollveggen rage almost 1800 meters above the Romsdalen Valley. Trollveggen can be seen from Trollveggen Visitor Center down in the Romsdalen Valley, but also from the surrounding mountains like Litlefjellet and Romsdalseggen.
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.
The Raumabanen Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes is voted as Europe´s most scenic Rail Journey by Lonely Planet. Take the train to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drive eastwards along Langfjorden to Vistdal and Vistdalsheia and continue to Eresfjord and Lake Eikesdalsvatnet (22 metres above sea level). Drive along the 18 kilometre long lake to Eikesdal, a small village which is surrounded by steep mountains and waterfalls. From Eikesdal you can walk up to the Mardalsfossen Waterfall, one of Norway´s highest waterfalls with its 705 metre drop, divided into two vertical waterfalls. This walk takes between 30 and 45 minutes. The waterfall is regulated for hydroelectric power, but is “open” between 20 June and 20 August.
The Aursjøvegen Road between Eikesdal and Sunndalsøra is partly surrounded by the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park. The 120 kilometre long toll road rises steeply from Eikesdal to the mountain plateau by Lake Aursjøen (831 metres above sea level). It is not recommended to drive this road with a caravan or bus due to its sharp turns and the steep and narrow road.
This area is perfect for adventures like hiking, fishing, cycling, paddling, climbing and swimming. The road opens around June 1st and closes when the first snow falls. Eikesdal and Litldalen are also popular places for BASE-Jumping. From Aursjøen you pass Lake Osvatnet and drive through the Litldalen Valley to Sunndalsøra down by the Sunndalsfjord. Sunndalsøra is close to the Innerdalen Valley, one of Norway´s most beautiful valleys. You can visit the mountain pastures at Torbuvollen in the Torbudalen Valley, Renndølsetra in the Innerdalen Valley and Gammelsetra in the Grøvudalen Valley. The Driva River ends in Sunndalsøra and is a good river for fishing salmon and trout.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 12. This small island community has its own summer-restaurant, several places to stay and two pottery workshops.
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Isfjorden in Romsdal
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