TROLLSTIGEN IN ROMSDAL

Trollstigen is one of Norways Tourist Icons. It is part of the Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route, 18 kilometer from Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord. Map to use: Romsdalsfjella Nord 1:50000.

The Trollstigen Mountain Road with it´s 11 hairpin turns is closed during winter. The road usually opens late May or early June, depending on the amount of snow and the avalanche danger in the surrounding mountains.

Visit Northwest

Visit Northwest is the official destination company for the Romsdalsfjord, Romsdal and Nordmøre area.

INFORMATION ABOUT TROLLSTIGEN MOUNTAIN ROAD – Many of the roads in Western Norway can be prone to landslides and avalanches, especially in rainy and snowy weather. Trollstigen Mountain Road is one of these exposed roads.

FJORDS NORWAY - Panorama view from Trollstigen in Romsdal.
Panorama view from Trollstigen in Romsdal.

Trollstigen Mountain Road

Trollstigen in Romsdal.
Trollstigen in Romsdal.

Season – Summer. This depends on whether the Trollstigen road, which is closed in winter, is open.

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 viewpoint at Trollstigen.
From the viewpoint at Trollstigen.

From the Trollstigen Mountain Plateau there is a short walk to the Viewpoints which are great for taking in the breathtaking views towards the Trollstigen Road, the waterfalls, the river and the Isterdalen Valley.

It is only a five to ten minutes walk from the parking lot to the viewpoints. At the mountain plateau itself there is a restaurant and souvenir shops.

NOTE – There are restrictions on the length of vehicles on Trollstigen Mountain Road.

Here you can see a 360 panorama from the highest point on the Trollstigen road, between Trollstigen and Slettvikane. At the bottom of the panorama, you will find navigation buttons that allow you to “travel” around and focus on places you want to take a closer look at. Some panoramas allow you to “jump” to other locations.

Gudbrandsjuvet between Trollstigen and Valldal

FJORDS NORWAY - Gudbrandsjuvet Viewpoint.
Gudbrandsjuvet Viewpoint.

Between Valldal and Trollstigen, 11 kilometers from Valldal, you should stop at the new view point at Gudbrandsjuvet.

This is one of many architectural constructions made in connection with the road´s status as a National Tourist Route.

Here you can stay at Juvet Hotel, remember to book well in advance. This hotel has won many prizes for its special construction and integration into its wild and beautiful surroundings.

At Valldal you should taste the strawberries from the local farms, this is a must – the best strawberries in the world!

Road Trip – Geiranger – Trollstigen – The Atlantic Road

View from Litlefjellet towards Romsdalen. Åndalsnes far down there.
View from Litlefjellet towards Romsdalen. Åndalsnes far down there.

If you want to see the best of the fjords, the mountains and the ocean in western Norway, this is the road 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) and one  “construction of the twentieth century” (the Atlantic Road).

This is a 200 kilometer long stretch of road in a landscape varying from deep and narrow fjords, steep and dramatic snowcapped mountains, cascading waterfalls and rivers, green valleys, numerous isles and a weather-beaten ocean landscape.

You can drive this stretch of road in one day, the drive alone is a great experience. But we recommend that you spend a few days, so that you can see and experience all the detours, the great places and the spectacular nature.

Åndalsnes – the “Hub” by the Romsdalsfjord

Åndalsnes, the city by the Romsdalsfjord.
Åndalsnes, the city by the Romsdalsfjord.

-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.

View towards Åndalsnes and the Isfjorden from Klungnes.
View towards Åndalsnes and the Isfjorden from Klungnes.

Åndalsnes is a great place to stay if you want to see and explore Trollstigen, Trollveggen, the Romsdal Gondola, the Rauma Railway and the Romsdalseggen mountain ridge.

Geiranger and the Geirangerfjord are well known places nearby. The road there, Geiranger – Trollstigen National Tourist Route, is an attraction in itself.

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. 

FJORDS NORWAY - The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre at Åndalsnes by the Romsdalsfjord.
Åndalsnes and the Norwegian Mountaineering Centre by the Romsdalsfjord.

Travel green with Rauma Railway to Oslo from the Romsdalsfjord

FJORDS NORWAY - The Rauma Railway runs over Kylling Bridge at Verma in Romsdalen.
The Rauma Railway runs over Kylling Bridge at Verma in Romsdalen.

The Rauma 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. Tom Cruise used the Rauma Railway when filming Mission Impossible 7.

The Rauma Railway is one of the country’s most beautiful and wildest railway sections. It starts at Dombås and ends 114 kilometers further west, at Åndalsnes down by the Romsdalsfjord.

The area through which the Rauma Railway runs houses some of Norway’s most famous tourist attractions. Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn and Rauma Elv are the most famous.

Romsdalsfjord – What to See and Do

Litlefjellet in Romsdal.
Litlefjellet in Romsdal.

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 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.

Drive to the viewpoint Varden at 407 masl and take in the spectacular Molde Panoramic View towards the Romsdalsfjord and the 222 snowcapped mountains. Ona Island and Ona Lighthouse, The Atlantic Road and Midsundtrappene are attractions facing the Atlantic Ocean.

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 Mt Nesaksla 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.

Hotels and Accommodation at Åndalsnes and Romsdal

Grand Hotel at Åndalsnes
Frich´s Ekspress Hotel Åndalsnes
Aak Hotel in Romsdalen by Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes Vandrerhjem at Setnes at Veblungsnes
Åndalsnes Camping by Rauma River at Åndalsnes
Mjelva Camping at Mjelva at Åndalsnes
Soggebru Camping at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Resort at Sogge at Åndalsnes
Trollstigen Gjestegård og Camping in Isterdalen below Trollstigen
Trollveggen Camping by the Troll Wall in Romsdalen
Accommodation in Isfjorden

Åndalsnes and Romsdal – Useful Links

Online Booking Romsdalseggen Bus
Romsdal.com – Hiking Guide to the mountains in Romsdal
Norsk Tindesenter at Åndalsnes
Fjords.com – Åndalsnes in Romsdal
Fjords.com – Trollstigen in Romsdal
Fjords.com – The Romsdalsfjord
Fjords.com – Romsdalseggen
Fjords.com – Romsdal Gondola
Fjords.com – Rauma Railway

 

HOTELS - LINKS - FAQ

Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords. FAQ is an overview of articles that answer the most common questions you have when planning to visit the fjords in Western Norway.

Trollstigen and Åndalsnes – Map Overview