12-Step-Guide To The Amazing Romsdalseggen Hike In Åndalsnes, Norway

The day hike along the Romsdalseggen ridgeline near Åndalsnes was still relatively unknown until a few years ago. Today, it has risen to an unmissable day hike in Norway, which is on par with Trolltunga or Preikestolen.

Everything to know about the Romsdalseggen hike in Norway

I have finally ticked off this hike during my last visit to Norway and my third stopover in Åndalsnes. The first two times, either a poor weather forecast or a high amount of snow stopped me from trekking along the Romsdalseggen.

Are you interested in incorporating Romsdalseggen into your holiday in Norway? It features on my following road trip plans:

1. Romsdalseggen day hike: the stats

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  • Total distance: 9.34 km / 5.8 mi*
  • Time required:  5-7 hours*
  • Total Ascent: 912 m / 2994 ft
  • Total descent: 612 m / 2009 ft*
  • Type of hike: One-way relocation
  • When to go: July – September
  • Parking: 62.566845, 7.691285
  • Bus station: Åndalsnes Stasjon

*From the trailhead to the top of the gondola station

2. Where is the Romsdalseggen hike?

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Romsdalseggen starts near the Venjedalen (Venje Valley), circa 15-minute drive from Åndalsnes, Norway’s top tourist destination. The bottom of the gondola station in Åndalsnes marks the end of the hike.

The whole area lies in the Møre Og Romsdal county, known for its dramatic mountains, beautiful alpine lakes, and many famous Fjords.

The Romsdalseggen ridgeline divides two valleys: Romsdalen to the West and Erstaddalen to the East.

3. The map of the Romsdalseggen hike

Above, you can see my path from the car park to the summit. I measured the distance, elevation gain, and route with my Garmin Fenix watch.

Click on the arrow in the top left corner to see different points of interest and facilities along the hike and the route.

4. How difficult is the hike along Romsdalseggen?

The difficulty level of Norwegian day hikes is rated by colour. Green is easy, blue is moderate, red is challenging, and black is reserved for experts only.

The official difficulty rating of the Romsdalseggen day hike is red, which means it is certainly not a beginner trail. You should only attempt it if you have a good head for heights and don’t mind some light scrambling.

The challenge also lies in the capricious Norwegian weather. Forecasts tend to be unreliable, so coming prepared for all types of weather is essential.

On the day I hiked along Romsdalseggen, I experienced three seasons: torrential downpours at the start, light snowfall in the middle, and sunny and humid towards the end.

Hiking Romsdalseggen with a dog

My dog Jasper accompanied me along this hike; honestly, I wouldn’t have taken him again.

Unless your dog is light enough to be lifted, you might struggle hiking Romsdalseggen with a dog. If it wasn’t for the fact that my partner hiked with me and helped me lift Jasper, I would have had to turn around.

Having my dog strapped to my hiking harness at all times was also terrifying along the exposed sections of the trail. One bad move would have sent us tumbling down a cliff in no time.

Important! Dogs have to be leashed at all times when hiking Romsdalsegeen. There are signs every few hundred meters reminding you of that rule.

5. The best time of year to hike Romsdalseggen

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I hiked the Romsdalseggen ridgeline in mid-July, and there was still quite a bit of snow in some places.

Whilst it was safe to pass, it was a good indication of how long the snow remains at higher elevations in Norway.

To be on the safe side, don’t bet on hiking this trail any earlier than July. September marks the official end of the Romsdalseggen hiking season, but the first couple of weeks of October are often still good for tackling this trail.

6. How to get to the Romsdalseggen trailhead

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The best and most environmentally friendly option to get to the trailhead of the Romsdalseggen hike is to take a bus. A special bus line operates between Åndalsnes and the trailhead during the summer season.

Buses leave daily from the Åndalsnes bus station near the town centre’s visitor centre. I marked it on the map.

The journey takes around 20 minutes and costs 250 NOK/person. Jasper, my dog, was allowed on board with me and travelled free of charge.

TIP: You can pre-book the tickets on the bus company’s website. Type in Åndalsnes stasjon as the starting point and Romsdalseggem as the endpoint.

I took the first bus of the day at 7:30 AM. Only a handful of other hikers travelled with us, but as the day progressed, buses got busier.

If you travel by car, you can park here and walk 500 meters to the bus station to catch the bus. The parking cost for the whole day is 200 NOK.

7. The highlights of the Romsdalseggen hike

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I have done hundreds of hikes in my life. The Romsdalseggen day hike quickly became one of my top five favourite hikes. It has the most dramatic views any hiker can wish for.

Ridgeline hikes are the best because you are constantly graced with amazing views. When it comes down to Romsdalseggen, it’s no different.

The vistas include the intensely green Romsdal valley with the turquoise river Rauma flowing through it.

The triangle-shaped Romsdalhorn and the sheer drop of the Trollveggen – Europe’s highest vertical cliff- are the most impressive views along this hike. During the last stage, you will also get a panoramic view of Åndalsnes and the Isfjord. A true feast for the eyes.

READ MORE: 30 Best Day Hikes and Via Ferratas in the Fjord Region of Norway

8. Facilities along the Romsdalseggen trail

There are paid toilets at the train station near the bus stop in Åndalsnes. You will also find toilets at the trailhead and the gondola station at the end of the hike.

Apart from the above-mentioned, there are no toilet facilities or bins along the hike, and since it’s a very exposed trail, finding a hidden spot for a pee isn’t easy.

The ‘leave no trace’ policy applies on the trail. Pack away any trash, including toilet paper, tissues, fruit peels or other footrests.

9. In which direction is best to hike Romsdalseggen

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You can hike the trail in both directions, and both options have advantages and disadvantages.

Option 1: Venjedalen to Åndalsnes

The Romsdalseggen hike is slightly less strenuous if you start it in Venjedalen. The trailhead in Venjedalen is 300 vertical meters higher than the one in Åndalsnes, which means less elevation gain (900 meters vs 1200 meters).

You also finish the hike in Åndalsnes, meaning you can head back to your hotel for a shower or grab a quick bite immediately afterwards.

Since you will take the shuttle in the morning, another positive is that you are not bound to a bus schedule when you finish the hike.

This is the route I followed.

Option 2: Åndalsnes to Venjedalen

This is a better option if you decide to take the gondola up and start hiking from the upper station first.

This way, you will save yourself 600 meters of climbing, and your total elevation gain and loss on the trail will be approximately 600 meters up and 900 meters down.

I also thought when hiking Romsdalseggen that the views would have been better when hiking from Åndalsnes to Venjedalen as they would be in front of you.

When hiking from Venjedalen, I had to stop constantly to look back at Romsdalshorn and Troll Wall. Of course, it was only a mild inconvenience.

The downside is that you will be tied to the bus schedule because you must take the shuttle back to Åndalsnes after completing the hike.

10. Romsdalseggen trail description

The whole Romsdalseggen hike is well signposted with trail markings (red T-shaped guiding signs painted on rocks) or guiding poles, like in the photo above. Navigation is very easy.

When you first leave the parking lot in Venjedalen, you will start with a gentle ascent until you reach a small plateau. This is the easiest part of the Romsdalseggen hike. You will gain ca. 400 meters in the first 2.4 kilometres. This part took me around 1h 15 mins to complete.

For the next 1 hour and 800 meters of distance, you will ascend circa 300 vertical meters until you reach the ridgeline. This part is quite steep, and you gain elevation quickly.

Once along the ridgeline, you follow an undulating trail. Crossing the entire ridgeline takes around 3 hours.

The path becomes very narrow in certain parts, with a few hundred meters of drop on either side. If you are scared of heights, you will have a very hard time. Chains have been placed in the steepest parts to help hikers get across.

11. How to shorten or extend the Romsdalseggen hike

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There are several variations of the Romsdalseggen day hike and ways to make it shorter and easier. The two most notable ones are below.

Extension to Mount Blånebba

Once you reach the ridgeline, you follow the signs for Mount Blånebba instead of going right. Going to the summit will add around 200 vertical meters to the hike and 2 extra kilometres. Return the same way to where you veered off the trail and continue along the ridgeline.

Since there was still a lot of snow on the summit of Mount Blånebba, I decided to skip this extension.

Returning to Åndalsnes with a gondola

The last part of the Romsdalseggen hike between the upper gondola station and Åndalsnes runs within a treeline with occasional viewpoints towards the Fjord, Rampestrekken being the most notable.

This section is not the most enjoyable, with steep parts and roots sticking out from the ground. The trail also becomes very slippery in wet conditions.

After reading a few other trip reports and speaking to my friend, who hiked Romsdalseggen a few years back, I decided to skip the last part and take the gondola down. I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything.

12. What to bring and wear on the Romsdalseggen hike

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Black Diamond Trekking Poles

I never leave on a trail without a pair of my trusted Black Diamond Carbon Z Poles. At 300 grams a pair, they are hard to compete with.

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Hanwag Hiking Boots

My longest-lasting pair of hiking boots (and I went through quite a few) is the Hanwag Alverstone. They were perfect for muddy Norwegian trails.

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HydraPak Hydration Bladder

There is no better way to stay hydrated on the trails than to have constant and direct access to your water without taking your backpack off. Thanks to its slim design, the hose coming out of the side of the bladder, and a magnet clip that makes the hose attachment easy, I find the HydraPak the best water bladder on the market.

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Merino Wool Socks

I always carry two pairs of socks in my day pack and always have them on me during multiday backpacking trails. Merino wool fibres and their unique properties are resistant to odours.

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Hardshell Rain Jacket

You would be mad not to bring a rain jacket on a hiking holiday trip to Norway. Patagonia’s sustainability efforts make it my go-to outdoor clothing brand.

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Osprey Hikelite 18 Liter Backpack

Osprey backpacks have accompanied me since the humble beginnings of this website. I think they offer the perfect fit without sacrificing their usability.

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Other hikes, activities, and places to experience near Åndalsnes

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Litlefjellet

The best vantage point of the famous Troll Wall can be reached in just 30 minutes. Hiking to Litlefjellet offers great views of Romsdalhorn and the serpentines of the turquoise river Rauma.

Via ferrata Romsdalsstigen

A great half-day activity for true adrenaline junkies. Via Ferrata Romsdalsstigen was the hardest ferrata I have ever done. If you love to challenge yourself, you should try it.

Trollstigen

Who hasn’t seen at least one picture of the famous serpent road called the Trollstigen? It just so happens that it leads to Åndalsnes. It’s one of the must-do experiences in Norway.

Trollvegen

This one is still on my list, and I will be back in Norway to tackle it. The challenging trail leads to a viewpoint of the Troll Wall, and according to the Travel Norway website, the Trollveggen hike is the best option to see it from above.

Gondola and Rampestreken Viewpoint

Suppose you don’t want to hike the whole Romsdalseggen trail but would still like to check out the great views of Isfjord and Romsdalen. In that case, you can ride the gondola up and down and take the guided hike from the upper gondola terminal to the Rampestreken viewpoint and back. Book your tickets below.

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Marta

Hi! I am the photographer and creator of www.inafarawayland.com. I come from Poland, but I've been living, travelling and working around the globe since I turned 18. A few years ago, during one of my trips to Scotland, I bought my first DSLR and my adventure with photography began. When I am not stuck to my computer editing photos, you can find me hiking somewhere in the mountains.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for all of the helpful information on your blog! I’ve been reading your posts as I’m planning my trip to Norway this summer. I had a clarifying question: if I follow your route and take the gondola down, will I cut out the most difficult part of the descent? I’ve been reading many reviews about how hard the descent is on one’s knees, but it seems like perhaps those people didn’t take the gondola. Thanks for the clarification!

    • Hi Erin. Thanks for visiting my site. Yes, exactly you will be cutting out the steep part of the descent by taking the gondola. Do bear in mind however that you do have some steep up and down parts along the trail too. But mostly as per my post you will be mostly hiking up than down. I do highly recommend taking the gondola down. You won’t miss anything. I hope that helps!

  2. Hi, it’s a great article to plan for the Romsdalseggen hike. Can we visit Rampestreken viewpoint and then take gondola back to Andalsnes while descending? I am planning for August end.

    • Hi Laxmi. Thanks for the feedback. If you hike the way I did that is from Venjedalen to the top of the gondola then you won’t go past the Rampestreken viewpoint. Only if you decide to hike down from the top of the gondola station to its bottom. On a side note that You will have plenty of amazing view along the way, better than the Rampestreken and without all the people waiting for the photo, so you won’t be missing out on anything. I hope that helps!

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