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

Read more about these highlighted places and attractions in Northwest.

Hike to the top of Trollveggen - Store Trolltind (1788 m.a.s.l.) with Uteguiden

The most spectacular hike to see the great Troll Wall from the top! Hike to Store Trolltind is a long and demanding trip for those who are in a good shape. This is the best way to experience the Troll Wall and the surrounding mountain areas. A spectacular view is waiting on the top, but along the way you will get glimpse of what waiting. Some technical areas where you need to move around exposed areas with vertical drops, and scramble your way towards the summit. Therefor this is not the hike for beginners or those who are afraid of heights, but perfect for those who are in good shape and like to move around in exposed mountain areas. We start the hike from top of the Troll Road, at the plateau. From here we hike to the backside of the famous The Troll Wall, which is the tallest vertical rock face in Europe. About 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) from it`s base to the summit of it`s highest point! The first half is easier and a good warm up, before we start on the challenging part, where escpesially the last 1/4 is more technical and interesting while sometimes are balancing on thin ledges and looking down the Troll Wall. Reaching top, 1788 m.o.s.l, we are rewarded with the most spectacular view! Mountains, fjords, valleys as far as we can see, and in the fare west we can see the big Atlantic Ocean. Facts The tour takes 8 hours and classified as hard. Climb: 1010 meters / 3314 feet Distance: 14 kilometers / 8,7 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 At least 1l. of water and some snack Camera Included Guide with local knowledge Traditional Norwegian lunch pack Safety equipment Important information This is a demanding hike, and not always do we reach the top. This could be due to weather conditions and your safety, or guests not being in good enough shape. Keep that in mind when booking. If we see that the top is unreachable due to weather conditions in advance of the trip, we will offer you another trip instead. Your safety To keep you safe, we have some safety instructions and requirements we need you to follow. Read our safety rules here. Our safety-waiver must be signed before you can participate in our activities or courses.

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