Romsdalseggen

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Romsdalseggen

Norway

This is an absolutely stunning hike with amazing views of the Romsdalen valley with the windling river Rauma and the mountain summits of Trolltindene. It is one of the most amazing hikes we have done.

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Most people take the bus in the morning from Åndalsnes to Venjedalen (option 1 below) where the hike starts and then walk the ridge back to Åndalsnes. Another option (2) is driving to Venjedalen, park the car there and then walk back there instead of going down to Åndalsnes. It is a longer hike but might be a bette option if you choose to free camp in Venjedalen.

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Option 1


Starting/Finishing point

Åndalsnes (bus oneway to Venjedalen)


Distance

11 km


Length of time

7-9 hours


Ascent/Descent

+/-1 000


Difficulty

Black*


Water

Available along the first part of the hike from Venjedalen


Shoes to choose

Hiking boots

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Option 2


Starting/Finishing point

Venjedalen (no bus transport)


Distance

16 km


Length of time

8-10 hours


Ascent/Descent

+/-1 000


Difficulty

Black*


Water

Available along the first part of the hike from Venjedalen


Shoes to choose

Hiking boots

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Åndalsnes is beautifully situated by Romsdalsfjorden. From the city center you have a stunning view of the mountains surrounding the fjord. The village is not large but there are a few cafés and restaurants with a lovely view right by the harbour.

How get to the start of Romsdalseggen hike?


From Åndalsnes there are buses (30 minutes) in the morning at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m (250 NOK per person) to the start of the Romsdalseggen hike in Venjedalen. If you are a company of four people you might consider taking a taxi instead.

Romsdalseggen hike


The hike starts with a rather steep ascent from Venjedalen with plenty of water supply along the way. This part of the trail is lovely but might be rather streneous so take a few short breaks while following the windling trail up and up.


After about an hour you reach the last water supply an it is very well signed. From there you cross a field and the landscape changes to high mountain terrain with stones to cross.


Another hour later you reach the first part of the ridge with beautiful views of the Romsdalen valley and the Romsdalsfjorden. This place is just perfect for a long break. The views are stunning beautiful!

After the rest you are probably ready for some challenges. This is the most difficult part of the hike if you are afraid of heights. I am really, really afraid of heights and was very nervous about it beforehand. I was not sure that I would be able to carry this through at all.


I took several deep breaths, kept my body low close the ground and tried to walk most of the part on the middle of the ridge step by step without looking down too much. 

Next stop is the top of Mjölvafjellet with more incredible views. From Mjölvafjellet you have a descent for a couple of hundred metres before you go up again following the Romsdalseggen.

Approaching the end of the hike you find the Rampestreken, a view point right above Åndalsnes.


If you want to go back to Venjedalen (Option 2, the longer hike), you follow the signs to Venjedalen when you reach Nesakala right after havin passed Romsdalseggen.

Really, really fear of heights?


If you want a shorter hike or are really afraid of heights an option is to hike from Åndalsnes up to Rampestreken and then back the same way. It is a steep and streneous hike up and down that will take you a few hours.

Freecamping in Venjedalen or Litlefjell


This is a lovely way to start your Romsdalseggen hike. Instead of spending time at a hotel or a camping you freecamp by the lake Venjedalen or at Litlefjell. Check out how to do that here.

Right of public access in Sweden and Norway

In Sweden and Norway you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house or land under cultivation. It is called thFreedom to Roam.


This freedom to roam means that you are allowed to freecamp for the maximum of two nights. If you are unsure of how close to camp a residence - ask the landowner before! 

 

Of course you shall bring all your rubbish with you (including toilet paper). 


Read more about the right of public access in Sweden here.

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