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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.
For a full panoramic view, climb the Romsdalstrappa steps all the way to the top of Mount Nesaksla, 708 metres above the Romsdalsfjord.
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.
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).
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'!
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?
Looking for more adrenaline?
You are sure to feel some butterflies in your stomach as you make your way up the Romsdalsstigen via ferrata.
If you prefer to experience nature from a lower angle, how about a guided trip along the Istra river on stand up paddle board (SUP)?
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.
Those craving a tough challenge use road bikes, a good dose of will power, and some solid pedaling.
Others choose to enjoy their surroundings while letting an electric bike do most of the work. You can rent electric bikes with pre-programmed routes.
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.
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.
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 journey takes you past the emerald green Rauma river and the pictoresque Kylling Bridge.
If you want a nice picture, a tip is to walk the small hike from Verma to this viewpoint, and grab a shot when the train passes by!
If you can't get enough of this view and would like to wake up to it, check out the Trollstigen Camping.
Here you can also bring your own tent, motorhome or van.
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?
Be a better traveler! Rauma municipality has achieved the certification Sustainable Destination. Although this does not mean that the destination is sustainable, it does mean that it has made a commitment to work systematically to reduce the negative effects of tourism, while strengthening its positive ripple effects.
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