"Where I grew up :)" Åndalsnes by SailorRoar

Åndalsnes Travel Guide: 69 reviews and 79 photos

Getting to the "Alps of Norway"

I was born and raised near Åndalsnes, have lived here for about 20 years of my life, and if I add up all the visits to my parents and relatives I still spend over a month here each year. This region is a Mekka for anyone who likes the outdoors. We have plenty of mountains, woods and fjords. The area is best known for the Troll Ladder (Trollstigen in Norwegian), the Troll Wall (Trollveggen in Norwegian), the Romsdal Horn (Romsdalshorn in Norwegian) and Vengetindene. I will describe these attractions in more detail in my tips.

First a little information on how to get there. Åndalsnes is a town with a population of about 5000, it is the end station og the Rauma Railway (Raumabanen in Norwegian), which traffics the streach between Åndalsnes and Dombås. At Dombås there is connecting trains to Oslo and Trondheim. There are 3-4 trains to and from Dombås each day, all of them connects to Oslo and Trondheim. If you book early you can get tickets for 199 norwegian kroner for any streach of railway in Norway (booking at www.nsb.no).
There is also an express buss connection between Åndalsnes and Oslo with one trip in each direction during the day, and one overnight trip. This buss connection is called "Dag og Nattekspressen" and has route number 142, schedule and booking can be found here

There are also bus connections several times a day to Molde and Ålesund, both of them have an airport, and Hurtigruten dockes there.

The alpine Åndalsnes

Åndalsnes is known as a very popular place for mountains climbers, base jumpers, extreme skiing etc, etc. Trollveggen was one of the absolute hot spots for base jumping untill it was banned because accidents put the alpine rescue team and their choppers in extreme danger during rescue operations. Roumors has it that there are still around 300 illegal jumps here each year.

Best in the world for those who love the nature

The local council has an ambition of becoming the best region in the world for those who love tha nature. As I mentioned there are plenty of options for the extreme sport adict. But the region around Åndalsnes also has tousands of options for those who are into hiking in the woods and mountains, boating on the fjords, or just sitt back and take in the fantastic view.

Welcome to Åndalsnes, and the surroundig areas! :)

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  • Pros:Best place in the world for those who love the nature
  • In a nutshell:Best place in the world for those who love the nature
  • Last visit to Åndalsnes: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated Apr 14, 2008
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  • Mar 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    I worked at OranVest on an oil rig on the fjiord in 1977 and stayed at Andalsnes. Saw quite a bit of this beautiful area and would love to visit again one day. We had some great meals at the Grand Hotel!

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    Jun 14, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    Lots of interesting insider tips on this stunning area. Thanks for bringing back memories. Hope to go back there some day but I certainly won't try to travel down Trollstigen on top of a doubledecker bus. :) Good updates, esp. accommodation tips.

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