Experience magnificent nature in Romsdalen

'Then he told of Åndalsnes, a small town up in Romsdalen surrounded by high mountains, where it was so beautiful that his mother had always said that this was where God had begun when he created the world, and that he had spent so much time on the nature in Romsdalen that the rest of the world had to be done in a hurry to be finished by Sunday. - Jo Nesbø, The Batman

Center for mountain sports

Romsdalen is a center for mountain sports in Norway known for its iconic montane terrain. Rauma has been called the «world's best municipality for nature-loving people». Here you will find a wide range of hiking opportunities throughout the year.

Åndalsnes – the mountain capital

This "capital of the mountains" is located at the mouth of the river Rauma in Romsdalsfjorden - surrounded by high mountains and sharp peaks of up to 1800 meters. Some of the most famous mountain areas are Romsdalseggen, Venjetindane and Trolltindane with the steep Trollveggen showing the most prominent formations. In addition, you can experience the impressive Trollstigen.

Åndalsnes has around 3,000 inhabitants including surrounding areas. The town is the administration center for Rauma municipality in Møre og Romsdal. Tindehovedstaden is an important communication center in the county. Here, industry, trade and service meet in magnificent nature in the inner Romsdal.

Raumabanen – the world`s most beautiful train journey

The Rauma line is for those traveling by train - the gateway to Møre og Romsdal. The train ride between Åndalsnes and Dombås has several times been named Europe's most scenic train journey by Lonely Planet. At Dombås the Rauma line and the Dovre line meet, offering further connections to Trondheim and Oslo.

Where recreation is about reconnecting and using your senses

Åndalsnes has a broad range of diverse activities on offer. Experience the valley with the emerald green river Rauma, the steep mountain slopes, beautiful bridges, lush waterfalls and spectacular vantage points. The mountain capital Åndalsnes is sandwiched between fjords and mountains and forms a natural starting point for an active holiday all year round. By choosing guided mountain tours and climbing excursions, you will find your way to the hidden gems.

The meeting point on the mountain

The mountain Nesaksla has become an increasingly popular hiking destination. Hikers from Romsdalseggen, Romsdalstrappa and the viewpoint Rampestreken as well as Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata congregate here. In 2021, both The Romsdalen Gondola and Restaurant Eggen opened - which offers a wide range of food experiences and activites at 708 meters above sea level.

A plethora of activities

If you love skiing, there are many good opportunities both with and without a guide. In addition, mountaineering courses and ski festivals are presented, such as Romsdalsvinter and Pudderfestival in Romsdal. Popular activities in the summer include climbing and other sports in Rampestreken, Trollveggen and Trollstigen, a train ride with Raumabanen, SUP on the river Istra and camping in Åndalsnes. The Norwegian Mountain Festival is held in July every year where mountain and outdoor life fans meet. If music festivals are more your thing, you can participate in the August highlight Raumarock.

National labelling scheme for travel destinations

The Rauma society makes a special effort in taking care of the environment, tourists visiting in Åndalsnes in Romsdalen as well as their surroundings and distinctive culture. In 2021 the destination was awarded The Label for Sustainable Destinations by Innovation Norway. This certification proves that the community works together on systematic and targeted sustainability improvements. Their development process is measured and evaluated every three years.

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Travel inspiration

Articles written by our team of local guides and experts to give you an insight into the range of experiences to explore in the Northwest region. Figure out what you would like to see on your trip and then add specific activities, accomodation, places to eat and transport in your custom trip planner.

What to see and do

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Guided hike of Romsdalseggen with Uteguiden

One of the world's most scenic hikes (Lonley Planet 2011) and on many peoples bucket list, and we know why! It`s a hike were the highlights are numerous and the view are spectacular. This is one of the world's most scenic hikes (Lonley Planet 2011) and on many peoples bucket list, and we know why! It`s a hike were the highlights are numerous and the view are spectacular. While we are guiding you safely over Romsdalseggen, we also share from our local knowledge and give a deeper connection to both the hike and the surroundings. You will enjoy a spectacular view towards Trollveggen cliff, Romsdalen valley, and the fjord are just a few. The hike lead us in-between mountain which rises over 1800 meters, and are on the boarders of two Nationalparks, Reinheimen and Dovrefjell & Sunndalsfjella. Along the way we will stop for multiple breaks, and enjoy a traditional Norwegian lunch pack brought with us for a local producer. It's a long (10km) and demanding hike with almost 1000 meter ascent, but it`s definitely rewarding as long as you are in good shape and used to walk in steep and uneven terrain. Facts Stating time is at 0815 a.m and this is a 8 hour long trip Climb: 970 meters / 3182 feet Elevation: 1215 meters / 3986 feet Distance: 11 kilometers / 6 Miles Additional information What to bring Outdoor clothing suitable for hiking Water repellent or windstopper jacket Waterproof hiking boots Wool underwear, wool socks Mid-layer – fleece or wool Hat and gloves Backpack – 20-25L Bottle of water (1 liter) Snacks Camera Included Guide with local knowledge Traditional Norwegian lunch pack – high quality local food and drink Safety equipment   Buss ticket from Åndalsnes to starting point is not included   Your safety To keep you safe, we have some safety instructions and requirements we need you to follow.                         

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