Romsdalseggen Ridge is a 10.3 kilometer point-to-point hike over a famous Norwegian mountain ridge. The trail ends in the coastal town of Åndalsnes.
Romsdalseggen Ridge is consistently listed as one of the most popular hikes in Norway. The trail is a demanding, full day hike. Along the journey there are spectacular views of the Romsdalen Valley, Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, Åndalsnes, and the fjords.
With a total elevation gain of 960 meters over rocky terrain, plus a long descent, you need to be in pretty good shape to attempt this hike. Since the trail follows a ridge, there are some exposed sections. Chains for extra grip are bolted to the rocks in the steepest parts. If you have a strong fear of heights, consider a different hike.
The hike is suitable for families, but only for older children that have hiking experience.
This hike is best on a clear, sunny day. But since the clouds can move fast in the mountains, even an overcast day can offer spectacular views. With some patience, the clouds may part and reveal the beautiful surroundings.
The hike should not be attempted in bad or very windy weather. Thick fog, low clouds and rain will not only be dangerous but will ruin the views (and your day).
The Norwegian national weather service provides detailed weather reports and forecasts for Romsdalseggen in English.
There are several alternative hikes that are much easier and still have incredible views.
Litlefjellet offers great reward for effort. It is a short hike accessed from the same valley as Romsdalseggen with fantastic view across to Trollveggen, as well as Romsdalshorn and the Romsdalen Valley.
Rampestreken is a viewpoint towards the ends of the Romsdalseggen trail that can be hiked directly from Åndalsnes. It’s a steep hike up, but the metal ramp over the trees is an iconic spot for selfies.
If the hike whets your appetite for more mountain fun, or if climbing is more your thing, check out the via ferrata routes on offer from Norsk Tindesenter. They have both an intro wall and a tougher wall on the western side of the mountain, near Åndalsnes.
There are several hotels, lodges, and campgrounds in and around Åndalsnes.
- Hotel Aak is a cozy boutique hotel with wonderful food, located about 5 kilometers from Åndalsnes
- Hotel Bellevue is the largest hotel in town and has an in-house restaurant
- Trollveggen Camping has modern cabins and campgrounds, right alongside Trollveggen
- Bring plenty of drinking water. There is water available from streams at the start of the trail.
- The hike is dog-friendly, but you might need to carry them across the steepest sections. Dogs must be on a leash. It costs 50 NOK to take a dog on the bus to the trailhead.
- No climbing gear is required, but there are chains bolted in at the steepest parts for better grip.
- Wear hiking shoes or boots. Good grip and thick soles are best for the rocky terrain.
- Pack plenty of food and snacks (more than you need) in case the hike takes longer than planned.
- Pack a small first-aid kit, rain gear, and a power bank.
The trailhead is in the Vengedalen valley, 12 kilometers from Åndalsnes.
The best way to reach the trailhead is to take the organized bus that runs every day from the middle of June to the end of September. The bus leaves from Åndalsnes at 8:30 and 9:30. Tickets cost 200 NOK for adults, 100 NOK for children and 500 NOK for a family. The bus takes about 25 minutes and runs just one way since the trail finishes back in Åndalsnes.
Take note of the recommended parking locations when booking your bus ticket. The orange and yellow parking lots are closer to the end of the trail.
It’s also possible to drive or take a taxi to the start of the trail. The last part of the road into the valley is a toll road. There is an automatic boom gate that accepts credit card.
Free parking is available by the trailhead. Remember that this hike runs one-way. If you have two cars, leave one in Åndalsnes so you can drive back and pick up your car after the hike.
Oslo to Åndalsnes
Getting to Åndalsnes from Oslo is a beautiful trip by either car or train. The journey takes you through the Gudbrandsdalen valley and into the Romsdalen valley, where you follow the turquoise-colored Rauma river to Åndalsnes.
Driving to Åndalsnes from Oslo takes 6–7 hours. The quickest route travels along highway past Lillehammer to Dombås before continuing northwest to Åndalsnes. There are several points of interest to visit in the Romsdalen Valley, including Slettafossen Waterfall and Trollveggen.
The train trip involves first a train from Oslo to Dombås. Dombås is where the Rauma railway begins, following the Rauma river all the way to Åndalsnes. The trains are synchronized so making the connection is easy.
From the end of May to the end of August, the Rauma railway runs as a sightseeing train. This means that all passengers receive a brochure and recorded information about the sights along the way. The train slows down at the most impressive sights and big windows help you see the views.
Ålesund to Åndalsnes
There are frequent, comfortable buses between Ålesund and Åndalsnes. The trip takes about 2 hours.