Best of Åndalsnes

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Åndalsnes
Travel via the Trollstigen scenic road or view-packed Raumabanen to Åndalsnes, a village surrounded by steep mountains alongside a river. It’s the last stop on the Rauma railway, considered one of the most scenic in the world, and home to another natural achievement, with northern Europe’s steepest vertical mountain wall at Trollveggen.

Previous kimkim travelers have found some of Norway’s best hikes here, including Romsdalseggen and steep Rampestreken, which leads to views over the town and other trails. Ride the Raumagondol up to the top of Nesaksla mountain to follow the short walks at the top or enjoy the restaurant, or tackle the Trollstigen road via e-bike rather than in a car.
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A rushing river in the town of Lom—gateway to Jotunheimen National Park
Map of Norway Outdoor Adventure: Oslo to Trondheim - 10 Days
Norway Outdoor Adventure: Oslo to Trondheim - 10 Days

Hiking enthusiasts will love this 10-day summer adventure in Central Norway's great outdoors. You'll climb several of the best summits with a guide, and take memorable drives through mountains, fjord-side villages, and working farms. There's also time to hit the water with a kayak in the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord and take a rafting trip in the Driva River. Plus, with overnight stops in Oslo and Trondheim, you'll experience just the right dose of urban fun.

Åndalsnes is your jumping off point for the region
Map of Best of Northwest Norway - 13 Days
Best of Northwest Norway - 13 Days

This stunning adventure travels to the heart of the Sunnmøre region in northwestern Norway. Start in up-and-coming Oslo and check out this exciting capital before boarding a train that runs along the emerald-green Rauma River. From Åndalsnes, begin the ultimate road trip through mountains, fishing villages, cities, and dramatic fjords with a slew of outdoor activities and national scenic routes, not to mention 11 hairpin turns on the 'Troll's Ladder'.

Sunset over Alesund
Map of Autumn in Norway: Bergen, Aurland, Oslo, Åndalsnes & Ålesund - 13 Days
Autumn in Norway: Bergen, Aurland, Oslo, Åndalsnes & Ålesund - 13 Days

This 13-day Nordic adventure delivers the highlights of western and central Norway in all their autumn glory. Begin in Bergen, a historic port city where you'll stroll cobbled streets and ride cable cars up to mountain lookout points. The next leg takes you to Norway's stunning fjords and on scenic hikes and train rides before wrapping up with food tours in Oslo, dinners at mountaintop restaurants, and day trips to rugged islands.

Hike up to Norway's Romsdalseggen ridge
Map of Bergen to Trondheim Outdoor Adventure -14 Days
Bergen to Trondheim Outdoor Adventure -14 Days

This road trip starts and ends in two of Norway's biggest cities, with outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking and rafting along the way.  Designed for active travelers, this is a perfect excursion for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of Norway's great outdoors.

Take a train to Åndalsnes and begin the road trip
Map of Oslo & the Sunnmøre Region - 8 Days
Oslo & the Sunnmøre Region - 8 Days

This stunning 8-day itinerary is the ultimate road trip through scenic coastal routes, fishing villages, and dramatic fjords in Northwest Norway. Nature lovers will be spoiled for choice with a range of outdoor activities, while urbanites can get their fix with two nights in Oslo—Europe's fastest-growing capital.

Hike the narrow ridge of the Romsdalseggen trail for epic vistas
Map of Fjord Active Adventure: Bergen to Trondheim - 15 Days
Fjord Active Adventure: Bergen to Trondheim - 15 Days

Explore Norway's famous fjords, snow-capped mountains, and stunning waterfalls on this 15-day tour—perfect for active travelers with a love of hiking and the great outdoors—that starts in UNESCO-listed Bergen and finishes at Trondheim. Drive alongside the famous Sognefjord, paddle on glacial lakes in Jostedalsbreen National Park, take a beautiful train journey from Flåm and enjoy the warmer months when Norway's hiking trails are open and the waterfalls are flowing.

The queen of Sunnmøre, Slogen Mountain
Hike Norway's Hidden Fjords - 8 Days

Hike through some of Norway's most spectacular landscapes on this 8-day trekking adventure. Based in the northwestern regions of Romsdalen and Sunnmøre, you'll scale the famous Troll Wall, kayak across tranquil fjords, find hidden waterfalls at Geirangerfjord, and summit the triangular peak of Slogen. With nights spent in historic hotels, local inns, and remote mountain huts, you'll have plenty of time for rest and relaxation between each day's exhilarating excursions.

Sail through the Geirangerfjord and get up close to waterfalls
Map of Best of Western Norway - 11 Days
Best of Western Norway - 11 Days

This family-friendly road trip covers a mix of popular and lesser-known destinations on Norway's stunning west coast. Start with a few days in Bergen to explore numerous cultural opportunities and easy hiking trails. Then, pick up your rental car and head north through distinct fishing communities to get to Ålesund. From here, choose your own activities as you slowly make your way to Solvorn where you'll stay at the oldest family-run hotel in the country before looping back to Bergen.

A train ride along Norway's peaceful River Rauma.
Map of Western Norway's Rivers, Islands & Fjords - 10 Days
Western Norway's Rivers, Islands & Fjords - 10 Days

Discover magnificent areas of Western Norway in an exciting 10-day summertime itinerary. Your adventure starts in the capital city of Oslo, followed by a train ride along the emerald-green River Rauma, to the breathtaking city of Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture. Continue the journey to coastal islands and narrow fjords towards Bergen, before ending your trip back in Oslo for one last night of Scandinavian fun.

The Nordfjord is located between Ålesund and Bergen
Map of Islands & Fjords in Western Norway - 13 Days
Islands & Fjords in Western Norway - 13 Days

This scenic loop through Western Norway uses a variety of fun travel modes that beckon you to sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Starting in Oslo, you'll ride a train along an emerald river to get to Ålesund. Spend a night in this art nouveau city before taking a Hurtigruten cruise through stunning fjords to get to Florø—your jumping-off point for fishing islands, outdoor activities, and Viking culture. Finish the adventure in UNESCO-listed Bergen before circling back to Oslo on the Flåm Railway.

The Nordfjord between Ålesund and Bergen
Map of Western Norway's Rivers, Islands & Fjords - 11 Days
Western Norway's Rivers, Islands & Fjords - 11 Days

Traveling by train, boat, and coastal steamer, this summertime tour covers areas of Western Norway that are often overlooked by tourists. Start with a local tour of Oslo before boating along the River Rauma to Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture. From there, bike and hike on coastal islands, explore bustling Bergen, and ferry through both the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord.

Ålesund on the west coast is a gateway to many fjords
Discover Norway's Cities & Fjords - 9 Days

This summer itinerary encompasses a mix of fun travel modes for the ultimate Nordic adventure. It begins in Oslo, where you'll explore the fastest-growing capital in Europe on your own and with a local guide. Then take a scenic train west to hike with views of the Aurlandsfjord—a spectacular branch of the Sognefjord. From here, cruise to Bergen and Ålesund where you'll have quality time in each city—and surrounding fjords—before looping back to Oslo for one more night on the town.

Boathouses in a fjord near Ålesund
Western Norway's Islands & Fjords - 9 Days

This 9-day adventure starts from Oslo where you'll catch a scenic train to get to Norway's western fjords. From here, spend a day exploring art nouveau architecture in Ålesund and then take an overnight cruise to Florø—your jumping-off point for fishing islands, outdoor activities, and Viking culture. Finish with two nights in UNESCO-listed Bergen, loaded with culture and restaurants.

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