On of the hikes I did this summer is called Romsdalseggen. Romsdalseggen is located in Romsdalen, Åndalsnes. It is 1216 meters over sea level. To get there you drive two hours from the city of Ålesund or find a campsite in Romsdalen somewhere. If you drive be sure to look around at the fjord scene next to your car window. Especially in the summer when the fields are green. Over the years this hike has become on of Norways most unique trekking routes. The scenery is stunning all the way. Romsdalen is used by basejumpers and climbers as well as hikers, because of endless possibilities and steep mountains.
The most normal route to go is from Vengedalen and to get there you take the bus from the bus station in Åndalsnes. In the summer the bus goes twice a day. You get dropped of and then you follow a marked trail up the valley and to the mountain top. Remember to use mountain boots as there can be areas that can be muddy and wet. When you get closer to the top there are a lot of rocks to walk on. Along Romsdalseggen there are a long nice path until there comes some harder parts.
On the way up through Vengedalen!
The scenery along Romsdalseggen is overwhelming and make sure to take a lot of nice pichures on the way. You can see a lot of famous mountaintops from here like Romsdalshorn, Trollveggen (the troll wall), Kongen, Dronningen and Bispen. I almost stopped to breathe for a second, because of the scenery and it`s beauty.
Romsdalen/Isterdalen allround view!
The hike takes 5-8 hours and I recommend a trip to Blånebba 1320 meters, which takes about an hour more. Why not take that hike too, when you are up there anyway?
Romsdalseggen has a couple of steep climbing areas, but there are made chains you hold on to, so you manage to get up without problems.
We were amazed by two old Norwegian men who followed us all the way and they were 75 years old or something. I guess they use to hike alot and I hope I will end up like them when I get old. Children and dogs can also walk Romsdalseggen, but I would not recommend it for children under 10 years old. Only if they are used to hights and mountain hiking.
The steep part with the chains!
The spectacular view!
When the hike is almost over you go down to the mountain Nesaksla. Here you have an spectacular fjordview over Isfjorden and Åndalsnes. Further down you find Rampestreken that is a popular viewing point for pichure taking. When you`re almost down, you walk Romsdalstrappa (Romsdalsstairs) that was built of real sherpas from Nepal, in the fall 2013. Notice their great work! The stairs is amazing!
View over Åndalsnes and Romsdalsfjord!
What to pack?
Make sure to have enough to drink and food enough for a long hiking trip.It`s smart to have extra clothes and good hiking shoes. If you have bad knees some poles for support can be good to have.
Happy hiking :)