Trollstigen is one of Norways Tourist Icons. It is part of the Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route, 18 kilometer from Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.
The Trollstigen Mountain Road with it´s 11 hairpin turns is closed during winter, it usually opens late May depending on the amount of snow in the surrounding mountains.
Trollstigen Mountain Road
Trollstigen is together with Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord one of the most visited attractions in Norway. The mountains which encircle the Trollstigen road are enormous. The Stigfossen Waterfall gushes down the mountainside towards the luscious Isterdalen Valley and in the middle of all this the Trollstigen Road winds its way up the mountainside.
From the Trollstigen Mountain Platou there is a short walk to the new Viewpoints which are great for taking in the breathtaking views towards the Trollstigen Road, the waterfalls, the river and the Isterdalen Valley. Only five to ten minutes walk from the parking. At the platou itself there is a restaurant and souvenir shops.
You can also hike in the surrounding mountain area. Popular goals are the edge of Trollveggen (more than 1000 metres vertical fall) or to the mountain Bispen (the Bishop) just above the Trollstigen Road.
In May, when the road opens after being closed during winter, and during early summer, Trollstigen is a popular goal for Summer-Skiers. After the skiing you can swim in the Romsdalsfjord from the city-center of Åndalsnes.
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, Vengedalen and Mt. Litlefjellet and the Romsdalseggen Ridge.
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.
Below you can see pictures and video from Åndalsnes and the municipality of Rauma.
Trollstigen and Åndalsnes – The Neighbourhood
Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are well known places nearby Trollstigen and Åndalsnes. 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.
Below you can see some pictures from the neighbourhood of Trollstigen and Åndalsnes.
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