Romsdalseggen is Norway’s most beautiful hiking trip with a spectacular view of the mountains of Romsdalen.
The long and narrow Romsdalen valley has many impressive mountaintops such as Kongen, Dronningen, Romsdalshorn, Store Trolltind and Store Venjestind. From Romsedalseggen you can also see the toothy grin of the Troll Wall with a 1000 metres sheer drop below.
On days with clear weather and good visibility, standing on Romsdalseggen you can see all the way to Molde and the Atlantic Ocean. Below in Romsdalen you can see the river Rauma bend through the valley and also the railway track meander to the train station of Rauma.
The hiking trip over Romsdalseggen is not for everybody! You should consider your own mountain hiking experience before you take the decision of hiking Romsdalseggen ridge. In case of dense fog or low clouds, strong wind in combination with rain, low temperature, or if the weather forecast says thunderstorms, choose another day for hiking Romsdalseggen!
About the Route
- Season: from approximately June to October
- Grading: Red (demanding, suitable for experienced walkers).
- The normal route ("normalruta") is airy, but a breathtaking experience standing on top of the ridge. The path is well marked, and the surface is good. Some parts of the hike is exposed, and it feels scary to some people. You don’t need climbing equipment, but there are chains bolted in the steepest parts for a better grip. People with a mild degree of fear of heights will, with a good companion to lean on, manage to get through the toughest part of the hike. But you should not choose the normal route if you suffer from a solid fear of heights or lack sufficient hiking experience. You should choose a milder route option – alternatively start the hike from the opposite direction, from Åndalsnes town.
- Romsdalseggen via Høgnosa - a longer tour, but this is an option if you want to avoid the steepest, and most scary part of Romsdalseggen. It is is not an easier hike, the total length is more than 12 kilometers and the height difference is even more than the Normalruta. In some parts you will walk in scree, and many find this more physically demanding than the other route.
- This is a long and exhausting hike, it is not suitable for children younger than 10 years. Younger children should be used to hike longer distances and be steady when walking in rough mountain terrain. In the steepest parts the dog must be carried. The dog should be in a healthy condition and energic.
- The routes are marked and at some stages are strengthened with steel stairs. The steel stairs are primarily located at the most difficult spots and bends, and are designed to blend into the nature.
- Duration: about 8 hours, 10-12 km
- Ensure you plan your day well, start early and check the timetables if you are travelling by public transportation.
- Sheep and cattle graze in the area, so please remember to close all gates behind you and keep your dog on a leash at all times.
- Wear warm, multiple layers of clothes and good, solid hiking boots. Bring wind and water proof clothes, a hat and gloves, plenty to eat and drink and a map and a compass before embarking on this long hike.
- Update yourself about the latest weather forecast - remember that the weather can change very quickly in the Norwegian mountains.
See a complete description of the hiking trip here.
See information about grading, safety and equipement here.