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TROLLSTIGEN

TROLLSTIGEN

Text and photos: Erik Hattrem

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.

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.

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.

 

Getting there

There are many daily flights to Ålesund and Molde airports from the largest cities and towns in Norway. Both airports are located about two hours from Trollstigen.

Express busses from Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen are passing Åndalsnes daily.

There are daily trains to Åndalsnes from Oslo and Trondheim. The trip takes five to six hours from Oslo and four to five hours from Trondheim.

 

Trollstigplatået

 

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.

 

Trollstigen-montasje

You are rarely lonely in Trollstigen

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.

 

Trollstigen

When you are in the area…

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 

Places to stay around Trollstigen?

Rauma and the neighbouring Vestnes and Nesset have several options for accommodation.

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