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ÅNDALSNES

The mountaineering capital

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Rampestreken, Romsdalseggen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Small World Production / Shutterstock
Rampestreken, Romsdalseggen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Small World Production / Shutterstock

Ready for an epic nature adventure in the northern part of Fjord Norway?

Start by hiking the 550 metres up to the Rampestreken viewing platform.

Rampestreken, Romsdalseggen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Small World Production / Shutterstock
Rampestreken, Romsdalseggen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Small World Production / Shutterstock

For a full panoramic view, climb the Romsdalstrappa steps all the way to the top of Mount Nesaksla, 708 metres above the Romsdalsfjord.

Nesaksla .
Photo: Knoff / visitnorthwest.no
Nesaksla .
Photo: Knoff / visitnorthwest.no

You might meet some tired-looking hikers along the way, as the trail down from Nesaksla is the final leg of Romsdalseggen – one of Norway's most popular (and Instagrammable) hikes, which starts in Vengedalen.

The view is spectacular – and not just from the top, which is no doubt why Lonely Planet named it one of the world’s most scenic hikes.

Romsdalseggen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: VisitNorthwest
Romsdalseggen .
Photo: VisitNorthwes

While Romsdalseggen is a strenuous route for experienced hikers, hiking up Litlefjellet (pictured), is much easier and also offers breathtaking views. From the car park, it takes about half an hour to reach the top (roughly 1 hour both ways).

Litlefjellet in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Øyvind Heen / Fjords.com
Litlefjellet in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Øyvind Heen / Fjords.com

Fuel up for your hike in the mountains with some tasty local food!

Åndalsnes has several cosy restaurants and cafés, including Sødahlhuset café, which has specialized in making delicious homemade food from locally-sourced ingredients — perfect for active 'mountain people'!

Food at Sødahlhuset in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Sødahlhuset
Sødahlhuset in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Sødahlhuset

A short walk from the café, you'll find the Norsk Tindesenter mountaineering centre.

Here, you can discover more about the region's proud mountaineering history, and try Norway’s tallest indoor climbing wall. Are you up for a 21-metre-high challenge?

The Norwegian mountaineering centre in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Oddgeir Visnes / Møre og Romsdal Reiseliv
The Norwegian mountaineering centre in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Oddgeir Visnes / Møre og Romsdal Reiseliv

The Romsdalen Gondola is right next door to the mountaineering centre. The gondola takes you all the way up to Eggen Restaurant and stunning views at Nesaksla's summit.

View from Eggen restaurant in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Sven Erik Knoff
View from Eggen restaurant in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Sven Erik Knoff

If you prefer more adrenaline, you are sure to feel some butterflies in your stomach as you make your way up the Romsdalsstigen via ferrata.

Romsdalsstigen via ferrata .
Photo: VisitNorthwest
Romsdalsstigen via ferrata .
Photo: VisitNorthwest

Yet another rush awaits if you head up the 11 world-famous hairpin bends to the Trollstigen plateau. At the top, you can enjoy both beautiful architecture and an unforgettable panoramic view from the viewing platform.

Don’t be surprised if you see people cycling up the steep mountainside. 

Trollstigen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: VisitNorthwest
Trollstigen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: VisitNorthwest

Those craving a tough challenge use road bikes, a good dose of will power, and some solid pedalling. Others choose to enjoy their surroundings while letting an electric bike do most of the work.

If you're planning a bike trip, it's a good idea to go outside the high season in July. You will then have more space and travel more safely on the roads.

Cycling at Trollstigen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Haakon Lundkvist/Nordveggen
Cycling at Trollstigen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Haakon Lundkvist/Nordveggen

If you don’t have a bike, you can hire one, for example at the charming Hotel Aak – which is well worth a visit in its own right.

Enjoy rustic homemade dishes made from local and seasonal ingredients. Or take a guided tour of the northernmost vineyard in the world, Vingården Tuen.

Hotel Aak in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Visitnorthwest
Hotel Aak in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Visitnorthwest

Sit back and relax on the Rauma Railway – named one of Europe's most beautiful train journeys by Lonely Planet (2022).

The trip from Åndalsnes to Dombås takes less than two hours. The line connects at Dombås with the Dovre Railway line, which runs between Oslo and Trondheim.

The Rauma Railway in Åndalsnes .
Photo: VisitNorthwest
The Rauma Railway .
Photo: VisitNorthwest

The journey takes you past the emerald green Rauma river, the Kylling Bridge (pictured), and the famous Trollveggen mountain wall.

Trollveggen is Europe’s tallest vertical rock face at more than 1,100 metres high!

You can also visit the nearby Trollveggen Visitor Center – a spectacular building with big panoramic windows facing the wall.

Trollveggen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Sergey Bogomyako / Shutterstock
Trollveggen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Sergey Bogomyako / Shutterstock

When the temperatures drop and the seasons change, Åndalsnes turns into a dreamy winter wonderland and a ski touring paradise.

Mount Kirketaket is one of the most popular peaks to conquer. Once you reach the summit, you are rewarded with beautiful views of the powder-coated landscape.

Sun, powder, and a fast descent – does it get any better than that?

For your own safety, we strongly recommend having a local guide. You'll find experienced, certified guides at both Romsdal Lodge and Guiding, and Urpu Ski and Mountain Guiding.

Kirketaket in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Haakon Lundkvist
Kirketaket in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Haakon Lundkvist

Travel green! Rauma municipality is certified as a sustainable destination.

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Romsdalseggen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson Photography AB / Visitnorway.com
Romsdalseggen in Åndalsnes .
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson Photography AB / Visitnorway.com

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