As one of the most famous National Tourist Routes, Trollstigen (“The Trolls Road”) is a visual feast. If you see it from the right height and angle, you can feel the view hit you in your stomach.
The stretch of road that climbs up the mountain is not particularly long, but the National Tourist Route from Geiranger to the bottom of Romsdal valley cover a ground of 100 kilometres. It takes you through the mighty nature of Fjord Norway and offers breathtaking views, steep mountain slopes and high waterfalls. Framing the experience are lofty mountains with names like Kongen (“the King”), Dronningen (“the Queen”), Bispen (“the Bishop”) Trollveggen (“The Trolls Wall”), Romsdalshorn and Alnestind.
Ørnevegen (“the Eagle Road”) is the name given to the steepest part of the road up the mountainside from Geiranger to Eidsdal, 620 metres above sea level. Here, the road twists through eleven hairpin bends as it climbs up to Stigrøra, 858 metres above sea level.
The road is carved into the mountain and supported by stone walls. An impressive bridge carries the road across the Stigfossen waterfall. On this road, even the bravest can feel the adrenaline pump through their veins.
The Trollstigen platform and two viewpoints are designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects. From the top, well protected against the elements by steel and glass, you can see all the way down the mountainside. The structure is designed so that it blends in with the surroundings. Some parts are carved into the rock, whilst other parts are built on stone walls.
In the summer season, 2,000 cars pass the Trollstigveien Plateau, which equals one car every ten seconds. But you won’t only encounter motorised vehicles on your journey up Trollstigen.
More and more people choose to see the view from their bike. Climb the 10 percent inclines effortlessly with an electric bike from Hotel Aak in Åndalsnes, or rent an ordinary bike in the city centre.
In the centre of Åndalsnes you can visit the Norwegian Alpine Centre. The centre is a continuation of the work and collections of the climbing pioneer Arne Randers Heen (1905–1991) and his wife Bodil Heen, and the inheritage they left the municipality.
Arne Randers Heen was known as the “King of the Romsdalshorn”, as he ascended the famous peak 233 times. He went climbing all over the world and made several first ascents. Norsk Tindesenter opened on 13 May 2016.
The nearest airport is Molde Airport, located 1.5 hours from Åndalsnes. Daily flights to and from major cities in Norway.
There are daily express buses to the area from Trondheim and Bergen.
You can drive to Åndalsnes via the E136 through the Romsdalen valley, via E136 from Aalesund, or Rv64 from Molde.
There are daily train departures from Oslo (5.5 hours) and Trondheim (4–5 hours) to Åndalsnes.
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The National Tourist Route Atlanterhavsvegen has been called the world’s most beautiful drive and has been voted the “Norwegian construction of the century”.
From the Romsdalseggen ridge you get fantastic views of the Romsdalsfjellene mountains, with the Trollveggen wall, Romsdalshorn and Vengetindene as the most distinctive peaks.