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Fjord Tours Articles / 25 Apr 2022

UNESCO Geirangerfjord & Trollstigen tour: Åndalsnes

The charming town of Åndalsnes has long been at the top of many travellers' list of places to see in Norway. There’s no shortage of stunning sights and exciting local experiences in the area, with Åndalsnes being known as the mountaineering capital of Romsdalen. On Fjord Tours’ new Unesco Geirangerfjord & Trollstigen Tour, you can see Åndalsnes, Ålesund and Geiranger all in one trip, for a journey you’ll never forget!

You can now explore the alpine village of Åndalsnes, the stunning Geiranger area as well as the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund - all in one trip with Fjord Tours' new UNESCO Geirangerfjord & Trollstigen tour!

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Where is Åndalsnes?

The picturesque small town of Åndalsnes is set within a spectacularly idyllic location in the Romsdalen valley in the north of fjord Norway. Located by the long, narrow Romsdalsfjord, the town is surrounded by steep mountains and beautiful scenery. The small Åndalsnes port located conveniently in the town center has welcomed visitors to its shores for over 100 years. In the high season, plenty of international cruises carrying excited travelers arrive at Åndalsnes cruise port.

Known internationally for its tall mountains, splendid nature, and rich history of mountaineering, Åndalsnes has been nicknamed “the alpine village by the fjord”. It’s a fantastic destination for active travelers hoping to explore the area by hiking, skiing, cycling, or climbing. In fact, the region can boast some of Norway’s most interesting natural attractions, such as Trollveggen, the Norwegian Scenic Route Geiranger-Trollstigen, and the Romsdalseggen ridge.

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What is there to do in Åndalsnes?

There’s no shortage of things to do in Åndalsnes, Norway. As the town and surrounding area is perhaps best known for its incredible nature experiences, there’s truly something for everyone – especially if you’re ready to get active outside. 

Åndalsnes is a famous mountain hiking and climbing destination, and there’s a variety of great destinations nearby. You’ll find several routes that are well-suited for beginners or families with kids, and there are also more challenging peaks to be climbed by fit and experienced mountaineers. Walking or climbing along the famous Romsdalsstigen Via Ferrata is a popular choice with many visitors to the area, and there are some fantastic guided tours available.

The fantastic hike up to Rampestreken viewpoint is another great option, where you’ll walk on a trail and on Romsdalstrappa, stone steps built by Nepalese Sherpas. Though the descent is steep at the end, the hike can be done with kids too and offers magnificent views of Åndalsnes below.

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The area’s stunning scenery with its majestic mountains, deep valleys, lush greenery, and sparkling waters offers the perfect backdrop for cycling experiences. On the UNESCO Geirangerfjord & Trollstigen tour you get to experience the infamous Trollstigen with its hairpin bends, as well as a journey on the Raumabanen Railway. This historic railway line connecting Åndalsnes and the small village of Dombås has been named Europe’s most beautiful railway journey by Lonely Planet!

As Åndalsnes is situated by the Romsdalsfjord, there’s no shortage of opportunities for exploring the area by water. A cruise or RIB boat tour is always a great way to experience Norway’s spectacular fjords, or if you’d like to get even closer to the water, join a spectacular sea kayaking tour or try an SUP adventure on the beautiful Istra River. See other activities you can add to the tour here.

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The UNESCO Geirangerfjord & Trollstigen Tour

Fjord Tours’ new UNESCO Geirangerfjord & Trollstigen tour is designed to show you the best of Åndalsnes, Geiranger, and Ålesund and all in one customizable holiday. On this tour, you travel by train, boat, and bus through some of Norway's most beautiful scenery.

Example itinerary

  • Train, Oslo - Dombås 
  • Train, Dombås - Åndalsnes
  • Bus, Åndalsnes - Ålesund
  • Boat, Ålesund - Geiranger
  • Bus, Geiranger – Ålesund
  • Back to Oslo on the same route

If you’re currently planning your next holiday, Fjord Tours offers fantastic options for exploring Norway. Our newly launched UNESCO Geirangerfjord & Trollstigen tour will take you on an unforgettable journey through some of Norway’s most breathtaking landscapes, and we look forward to welcoming you to this stunning part of the world! 

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Photo: Friluftslek