The Romsdalsfjord is located in the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Fjord Norway. The region center is Molde (25,000 inhabitants), which is the largest city in the area. Åndalsnes (7,400 inhabitants) is the other town in the area.
Top things to do and see
- Roundtrip Molde - Trollstigen - Geirangerfjord - Ålesund - Molde
- The Trollstigen Mountain Road
- Raumabanen Railway - Scenic railway from the fjord to mountains and waterfalls
- Molde Panorama - Fantastic view over the Romsdalsfjord and 222 mountain peaks
- Romsdalseggen - Mountain Walk with fjord view
What to do and see
Round trip Trollstigen Mountain Road – Geiranger
See the Trollstigen Mountain Road from the new spectacular view point. At Geiranger you board the Hurtigruten Ship. Experience the Geirangerfjord, which is on the UNESCO list of world heritage. A short stop in the Art Nouveau Town Ålesund before the ship continues to Molde. Daily Roundtrips with bus and boat.
The Molde Panorama
Take a trip to the Varden View point (1,335 feet) above Molde and see the Molde Panorama. Here you have a fantastic view over the Romsdalsfjord. Behind the fjord you will see 222 mountain peaks towering up, partially covered in snow until late summer. Ten minutes by car or a one-hour walk on a nature trail from the centre of Molde.
The Romsdal Museum
Located in central Molde and consists of about 35 houses from the 1600s to the 1900 centuries. At the Romsdal Museum, you will find several yards and mountain pastures in addition to a separate city street that recreates how Molde looked like before the Second World War.
Fishing safari on the Romsdalsfjord
Rauma Fishing Safari invites you on an exciting fishing trip with the ship "Brisen". All trips depart from the fishing quay at Åndalsnes. The fishing banks are close by, and the Romsdalsfjord offer the chance of big fish and a wide variety of species.
The Rauma Railway
A fantastic train ride with slow driving and photo stops at the most spectacular sceneries. The Raumabanen Railway has its end station down by the Romsdalsfjord. It passes right under the massive Trollveggen Mountain Wall. Travelling over the old stone bridge "Kylling Bru", over the wild waterfalls and into the Stavem Tunnel where the train makes a 180-degree turn inside the mountain.
Hiking with fjord view
Romsdalseggen Mountain - a mountain walk in some of the most beautiful and wild mountains in the world, with a view that will take your breath away. There are mountains and fjords, peaks, rivers and waterfalls on all sides. Romsdalseggen is available in two variants: Romsdalseggen and Romsdalseggen Family.
Litlefjellet Mountain - An easy and short mountain walk with a tremendous view. Drive the mountain road from the village of Isfjorden (beside the Isfjord) to Vengedalen. The walk up to the edge of Litlefjellet (2,559 feet) takes approximately 30 minutes. Enjoy the fantastic view down to the Romsdalen Valley, Raumaelva River and to Troll Wall on the other side of the valley.
Fjord and sea rafting, scuba diving and sea safaris
Based on the Romsdal coast, there is a great potential for activities and nature experiences. Some of the activities are ocean safaris, fjord and sea rafting, scuba diving, island hopping and sailing a viking ship.
Ski the fjords in Romsdal
The Romsdal Mountains with Kirketaket (4,721 feet above sea leavel) is famous for its skiing. From Kirketaket, you can see most of the Romsdal Mountains, the fjord and out to the coast. But best of all; you have more than 3,280 feet vertical skiing waiting for you. A guide is recommended when you ski in the Romsdal Mountains.
What to do and see in the surrounding area
Trollstigen Mountain Road
One of the most visited attractions in Norway. The mountains, which encircle the Trollstigen Road, are enormous. Stigfossen Waterfall gushes down the mountainside towards the luscious Isterdalen Valley. In the middle of all this, the Trollstigen Road winds its way up the mountainside. Fantastic view point at the top. The road continues to Geiranger or Ålesund. Closed during the winter.
Trollveggen Mountain Wall
The highest vertical mountain wall in Europe. From a total of 5,905 feet, more than 3,280 feet are vertical together with a 50-metre overhang. View point and picnic area below Trollveggen, next to the road E136 outside Åndalsnes.
Canoeing on the Istra River below Trollstigen
This is Norway's answer to the Amazon River with vegetation drooping down over the canoes. Romsdal Aktiv is the provider. Also possibilities for guided kayak trips on the Romsdalsfjord.
Mardalsfossen Waterfall and Eikesdalen Valley
Eikesdalen is a small rural community surrounded by steep mountains, waterfalls and lakes. Mardalsfossen Waterfall, the highest in Norway (before it was regulated for hydroelectric power), is only a half hour walk away. Every summer, the majestic waterfall awakens to life again when the taps are opened from 20 June to 20 August. Further into the Eikesdalen Valley you will come across Aursjøvegen Road that goes over the mountain to Sunndalsøra.
The Atlantic Road
The Atlantic Road connects the idyllic islands and reefs along the coast between Molde and Kristiansund. The drive itself is an adventure. But you should stop and challenge the nature with some of the many activities that are possible in the area.
The fishing village of Ona and Ona Lighthouse
Norway's southernmost still-functioning 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. Four daily departures with ferries to Ona from Aukra, outside Molde.
Island Hopping by bicycle
A tour stretching from Molde via the Atlantic Road to Kristiansund. This is a fantastic route with beautiful scenery and short stretches. A cycle guide for the island hopping with detailed maps and tour descriptions is on sale at Molde Tourist Office. Read more about Island hopping on bike.
Scuba diving at Hustadvika
The clear water makes it an adventure to explore the many shipwrecks that are scattered off the coastline, which also has a rich underwater fauna and more than 1,400 marine species. Many describe the exposed coast at Hustadvika as a paradise for divers.
Where to stay
Gamle Angvik Handelssted
A small cosy hotel by the fjord in Angvik. If you want peace and relaxation, Gamle Angvik Handelssted is a good place.
Bed and Breakfast on the farm in Eide. Derinngarden also produce local cheese.
Fishermen's Cabins ("Rorbuer")
In the old fishing community of Bud at the outermost point on the Romsdal Coastline. These fishermen's cabins have fully-equipped kitchenettes, shower and WC. Own boat with outboard motor. See Rorbuferie.
An old trading site on Ona that consists of a shop (Bua), a post office and 5 apartments with 11 high-standard rooms (22 beds). The restaurant at Ona Havstuer also opens when bookings are made.
Read more about where to stay in the Molde and Romsdal area.
Facts about the Romsdalsfjord
- Length: 54 miles
- Depth: Approximately 1,640 feet
- The Romsdalsfjord devides into three branches; Fannefjord, Langfjord and Romsdalsfjor
Getting to the Romsdalsfjord and around
You can travel by car, train, boat or plane to the Romsdalsfjord area. Read more about getting to the Romsdalsfjord area.
By round trips
A good way to see the Romsdalsfjord area is to join one of several organised round trips. Fjord Tours, Fjord 1 and 62° Nord have good selections of high quality round trips in Fjord Norway.
For more information about the Romsdalsfjord and its surrounding areas, please visit the following sites: