Romsdalseggen

Romsdalseggen

August 2021

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 ever done.

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The starting point for this hike is Åndalsnes from where most people take the bus in the morning to Venjedalen (option 1 below). You then actually walk your way back to Åndalsnes but at the ridge far above Romsdalen and the river Rauma.


Another option (2) is to drive to Venjedalen, park the car there and then walk the ridge but instead of heading down to Åndalsnes you turn back to Venjedalen after Mjölvafjellet. It is a longer hike but might be a great option if you choose to free camp in Venjedalen or simply want to skip the bus.

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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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Yet, a third option, if you are mostly interested in the views from above, is to hike straight from Åndalsnes to the ridge, walk the distance you prefer along the ridge and then go back the same way. Since July 2021 you also have the option to go by gondola from Åndalsnes village to the top oneway or as a roundtrip. 


Then finally, a fourth option, if you like running, is to run from Åndalsnes to the start of the hike in Venjedalen and then run your way back on the ridge. That is about 20-25 kilometres in total.

How get to the start of Romsdalseggen hike?


The starting point for this hike, 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, some with a lovely view right by the harbour.


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.


There is one large parking from where the buses leave and another one pretty close. Besides that there is also a parking by the harbour. Parking costs NOK 100 a day (2021).

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.


After about an hour you reach the last water supply. The pace is very well signed. From here you cross a field and the landscape changes into high mountain terrain with blocks of stones to cross.


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


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


So, I took several deep breaths and kept my body low close the ground taking it step by step without looking down too much. 

Next top is Mjölvafjellet at 1,216 metres with more incredible views.

If you choose to go back to Venjedalen (Option 2, the longer hike), you follow the signs to Venjedalen right after the descent from Mjölvafjellet.


Walking straight ahead along Romsdalseggen you have one more ridge to conquer.

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After this ridge, you have a lovely descent all the way to Åndalsnes. At the edge of the cliff above Åndalsnes you will pass the newly built restaurant, Eggen, serving hamburgers, beer and some snacks. This is a perfect stop before going the 400 metres down to Åndalsnes, almost like being in the Alps.

Continuing the trail from the restaurant you reach the view point of Rampestrekken after about 500 metres. After the gondola was built the queues to Rampestrekken are for hours. Be prepared to wait for at least 2 hours if the weather is nice in high season. Also, the descent to Rampestrekken is pretty challenging so you need to take your time. 


Even though you already have had the most amazing views the way down brings some more before reaching the parking in Åndalsnes.

Really, really afraid 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.

Free camping 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 can free camp 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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