Visit the Romsdalen valley for a live performance of the emerald green river Rauma, lush waterfalls, steep mountains and magnificent bridges. Nestled between fjords and mountains, the mountaineering capital of Åndalsnes makes a natural starting point for activities and attractions.
“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 posthaste to be finished by Sunday. ”
- Jo Nesbø, The Bat
With major natural attractions like the Rauma Railway, the national tourist route Trollstigen, the vertical rock Trollveggen and the Romsdalseggen ridge, there are countless activities on offer in the area.
The national tourist route Trollstigen takes you over the mountain to the Romsdalen valley and Åndalsnes, passing 11 exhilarating hairpin bends on the way. For hikers, the trek over the Romsdalseggen ridge is a top recommendation. This hike grants a seat in the front row to take in the Romsdalen mountains, the Trollveggen vertical rock, and the peaks of Romsdalshorn and Vengetindene.
Another way to experience the mountains in Romsdalen is by train. Raumabanen, operated by NSB (the Norwegian State Railways), has been named Europe's most scenic train ride by Lonely Planet. On the way from Dombås to Åndalsnes you can see the Trollveggen vertical rock, the Kylling bridge and the river Rauma as it winds its way down the valley.
When you have ticked off the major attractions, it's time to get active. Hiking, biking, skiing or fishing – take your pick!
As one of the most famous National Tourist Routes, the Trollstigen 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.
From the Romsdalseggen ridge you get fantastic views of the Romsdalsfjellene mountains, with the Trollveggen wall, Romsdalshorn and Vengetindene as the most distinctive peaks.
Make your holiday extra special by choosing the right accommodation for you. Many packages make sure that you don't miss out on local food, breathtaking scenery and a friendly atmosphere.
Renting an apartment offers a more homely accommodation option. It usually gives you more space and the possibility to cook your own meals. For an unusual holiday experience, stay on a farm or at one of the local lodges.
There is a huge range of places to stay in Romsdal, and we are sure that you will find something that suits you. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
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There are several options for getting to Åndalsnes and around.
One of the most beautiful train rides in Norway. The rail line Raumabanen to Åndalsnes goes daily from Oslo (5.5 hours) and Trondheim (4-5 hours).
Drive here via the E136 from Ålesund, or on Rv 64 from Molde.
There are daily express buses from Trondheim and Bergen.
The nearest airport is Molde Airport Årø, 1.5 hours from Åndalsnes. There are daily departures to Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.