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Romsdalseggen
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Hiking the
Romsdalseggen Ridge

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Prepare yourself for unbeatable sights

The Romsdalseggen ridge is known as one of the most picturesque and accessible hikes in the country.

Fjords, mountains and waterfalls everywhere you look – the hike across the Romsdalseggen ridge offers views that will take the most seasoned hiker’s breath away.

From the top you can see across Åndalsnes, the Trollveggen cliff and the Trolltinder peaks, and all the way to Molde and the ocean to the west. Far down, the Rauma river winds its way through the valley, and you may get a glimpse of the train on the Rauma Railway.

The hike is around ten kilometres and takes five to seven hours. There are three route options: one easy, one of medium difficulty and one extreme that requires a mountain guide. Take a bus from Åndalsnes to the starting point in the Vengedalen valley in the morning.

Season

The hiking season lasts from July to September.

About Northwest

In the region of the Atlantic Road and Trollstigen in the northwestern part of Fjord Norway you will find a mountain area with tall peaks and breathtaking views. Apart from the Romsdalseggen ridge in Åndalsnes you can try the fjord route just north of Kristiansund, visit the beautiful valley Innerdalen, or explore Trollheimen.

Read more about hiking in Northwest.

Other hiking offers near Romsdalseggen

Climb the West wall of the Romsdalsstigen via ferrata

Take the challenge and climb the airy West wall of the Romsdalsstigen via ferrata for an adrenaline thrill. The five to six hours it takes to get to the top of Mount Nesaksla offers outstanding photo opportunities and magnificent views of the Romsdalsfjellene mountains – as well as a satisfying sense of achievement.

The West wall is classified as a D on the UIAA’s scale of difficulties, which means that you need to be in good shape and can move in steep terrain. Norsk Tindesenter recommends that you climb with a professional via ferrata guide.

Price from NOK 1,490

Grand views from the Rampestreken viewpoint

At 550 metres above sea level the panorama view from Rampestreken is a perfect example of the fact that not all hikes need to be long to be breathtaking – in more ways than one. From the platform you can see the beautiful Romsdalen valley and the Romsdalsfjellene mountains, the Rauma river and the Isfjord, and the city of Åndalsnes. And if you want a 360 degree view, just continue for 20 minutes to the top of the mountain – you won’t regret it!

The about one hour hike is steep, but manageable for most, and the Sherpa made trail is durable and has handrails and stone stairs where needed. The path is well marked all the way to the top, and you get a taste of the incredible view only 15 minutes into your hike.

Hiking in Trollheimen – home of the trolls

Join a three- or four-day long hiking tour on lovely single track paths through beautiful valleys, past mountain lakes and over mountain peaks.

Trollheimen (“the home of the trolls”) is a mountainous area between Trøndelag and Nordmøre that has been inhabited by humans since the Stone Age. The area still has a thriving cultural landscape with grazing, summer farming, herding, hunting, and fishing. Located in two climate zones with distinctive geological conditions, Trollheimen offers an impressive variety of landscapes, plants, and animals.

This is a moderate/challenging hiking tour with three full days of hiking (6–8 hours per day). The tour can be extended with one extra day to climb Innerdalstårnet.

Climbing the tower of Innerdalen

Conquer the classic Innerdalstårnet at 1,452 metres above sea level. Innerdalen is one of the most picturesque valleys in Norway, and the mountain known as the Innerdal tower is no doubt the jewel in the crown.

The group will meet at the parking area in Nerdalen and hike slowly to the summer farm Renndølssetra (about 1 hour). Alternate meeting places are Renndølssetra and Innerdalshytta. From there, the hike will take you to Giklingvatnet lake, before the climb to the summit starts. The hike is exposed and takes 8–10 hours, but you do not need any climbing experience.

Prices from NOK 1,500 per person including a local certified mountain guide and climbing/security equipment. The tour is offered for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 people per guide.

Where it's at

The map below may come in handy when you start planning your adventure to Romsdalseggen.

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    Getting here and around

    • Romsdalseggen hiking road

      By road

      Drive or take a bus to Åndalsnes from Molde on road Rv64, or from Ålesund on road E39 and E136.

      From Åndalsnes, there is a daily bus service from 1 July to 30 September to Vengedalen.

    • Romsdalseggen hiking train

      By train

      There are daily train departures from Oslo (5.5 hours) and Trondheim (4.5 hours) to Åndalsnes. Find timetables and book tickets at NSB’s website.

    • Romsdalseggen hiking plane

      By plane

      Molde is the closest airport, located around 60 kilometres from Åndalsnes. There are daily flights to and from major cities in Norway.

    Safety in the mountains

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    Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

    1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
    2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
    3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
    4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
    5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
    6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
    7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
    8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
    9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

    Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

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