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.