Romsdalseggen Ridge Hiking
One of the greatest ridges in Norway
- Destination: Romsdal
- Season: June–November
- Difficulty: Expert
- Distance: 10.3 kilometers (point‑to‑point)
- Elevation Gain: 960 meters
- Duration: 5–8 hours
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About Romsdalseggen Ridge
Romsdalseggen takes you up to the top of Mjølvafjellet and along a ridge all the way back down to Åndalsnes. There are stunning views the entire hike. From the forest that lies in Venjesdalen valley, to the lower alpine waterfalls and up onto the mountaintops, you’ll be in awe of the nature and astonishing mountains from the first to the last step.
The best way to do Romsdalseggen is to take the bus that leaves at 09:30 outside the Norsk Tindesenter/Åndalsnes main station to Vengedalshytta. It takes about 30 minutes. It's very popular so be sure to show up early to save your spot on the bus.
The ride over the Romsdalseggen is steep and airy, so some degree of hiking experience is recommended. Take a break for a short lunch at Mjøvafjellet and soak in the incredible views looking over towards Trollvegen and Trolltinden. If you’re lucky you might even see some daredevils base-jumping down the rock face. There is a bit of climbing in the middle sections with ropes and chains to help you in the steepest sections. We recommend taking a break and refuelling before the steep and hard walk down. If you haven’t felt the burn yet, you’ll be sure to feel it on the last section!
The trip is dog friendly, although you might have to carry a few times in the steepest sections. Be careful as there are steep cliffs along most of the route. You don’t need climbing gear, but there are chains bolted in at the steepest parts for a better grip.
Romsdalseggen is a tough hike. It is therefore important to have good hiking shoes and be prepared for rapid weather changes.
Drinking water is available all year from the start up to the bottom of Hestheia. There is also usually water approx. 50m after Aakesvarden out end of July.