Set on the banks of Romsdalfjord and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Andalsnes immerses you in the raw natural beauty of Norway. The town has a proud history of mountaineering and is a launchpad to some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world.
Things to do in Åndalsnes
The Andalsnes town centre is set around a picturesque harbour overlooking the fjord. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, the stop for refreshments at an open-air cafe. The excellent Norsk Tindesenter Visitor Centre charts the rich history of mountaineering in Andalsnes and offers interactive exhibits to test your strength and an indoor climbing wall.
Perched 550 metres above sea level, Rampestreken Viewpoint commands stunning vistas over the fjord. The steep trail starts in the Andalsnes town centre and winds up to the viewpoint, where you can enjoy panoramic views. Mount Nesaksla is another fantastic hike, with stone steps leading to the summit of the rocky peak.
For the ultimate thrill, head to Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata. The vertigo-inducing climbing course features steel cables, ladders and tightropes suspended over the valley.
Arriving in Andalsnes is a highlight in itself. Featuring 11 hairpin switchbacks, the Trollstigen Pass takes you through spectacular mountain scenery. Another option is the Rauma Railway, a magnificent track that winds through a glacier-carved valley and past cascading waterfalls.
After a day of adventure, refuel at one of the cosy bistros in the Andalsnes town centre. Fill up on local delicacies such as Norwegian salmon, fish soup and reindeer stew. Wash down your meal with a shot of barrel-aged “akvavit” served in a traditional tulip-shaped glass.
Getting around Åndalsnes
Andalsnes is compact and easy to get around on foot. Trains run between Andalsnes and Oslo in around 5.5 hours while local buses connect with Alesund, Molde, Kristiansund and Geiranger.