Bispevatnet Lake Hiking Trail

Escape the crowds at Trollstigen and visit a mountain lake

  • Bispevatnet lake by Bispen mountain.

    Bispevatnet lake by Bispen mountain. Photo: Guri Romtveit

  • Bispevatnet lake.

    Bispevatnet lake. Photo: Guri Romtveit

  • Hiking up to Bispevatnet lake, with Bispen mountain in the background.

    Hiking up to Bispevatnet lake, with Bispen mountain in the background. Photo: Guri Romtveit

Essential info

  • Destination: Romsdal
  • Season: June-October
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 2.4 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 270 meters
  • Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours

About Bispevatnet Lake

The blue-green Bispevatnet lake sits calmly under the shadow of Bispen mountain, constantly replenished with icy-cold water from a small waterfall.

The hike to Bispevatnet is quite quick but very rewarding. Just a short distance from the crowds at the Trollstigen Viewpoint below, it feels as though you’re being let in on a secret piece of Norwegian nature.

Make sure to fill your bottle with the cold, fresh water from the lake.

Getting there

The marked trailhead is about 750 meters south of the car park by Trollstigen viewpoint. There are several pockets by the roadside to park in.

Trail description

The trail is a gentle uphill route over rocks and low vegetation with views back towards the Alnes lake and valley.

From the trailhead at the side of the road, follow the clear path that heads up towards Bispen mountain which looms above.

At the lake, head over the bridge and venture out around the northern shore to see the water change color. You’ll pass by some small areas with year-round snow cover.

Alternative route
There is another marked trail that starts across the road from the car park by Trollstigen viewpoint. It’s also a good trail, but steeper.

Facts

  • Bispen is one of the most popular BASE jumping take-off points in the area

Where to stay

There are several hotels, lodges, and campgrounds in and around Åndalsnes.

  • Hotel Aak is a cozy boutique hotel with wonderful food, located about 5 kilometers from Åndalsnes
  • Hotel Bellevue is the largest hotel in town and has an in-house restaurant
  • Trollveggen Camping has modern cabins and campgrounds, right alongside Trollveggen

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