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 meters 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 Plateau 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 stretch of road named Trollstigen is not particularly long, but the National Tourist Route from Geiranger to the bottom of Romsdal, is 10 miles long. “It takes you through powerful nature, breathtaking views, steep mountain slopes and high waterfalls.
The famous mountains Kongen, Dronninga, Bispen, Romsdalshorn Alnestind and Trollveggen are some of the highlights you experience along the way.
Foto: Erik Hattrem
The Trollstigen Plateau and the two spectacular viewpoints that provide full overview of the countryside, is designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects. Everything is built in steel and glass and provides good protection against rough weather.
The structure is designed so that it blends in with the surroundings, some parts are carved into the rock, while other parts are built on stone walls.
Foto: Øyvind Heen/Visitnorway
In the summer season, 2000 cars pass the Trollstigveien Plateau, which equals one car every ten seconds. But you won’t only encounter motorised vehicles on your jorney 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.
You can drive to Åndalsnes via the E136 down Romsdalen valley, via E136 from Aalesund, Riksveg 64 from Molde.
There are daily express buses to the area from Trondheim and Bergen.
There are daily train departures from Oslo (5.5 hours) and Trondheim (4-5 hours) to Åndalsnes.
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