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Norwegian Scenic Route Geiranger-Trollstigen: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

Norwegian Scenic Route Geiranger-Trollstigen connects the regions of Sunnmøre and Romsdal across majestic mountains and fjords. The 104 kilometer route travels past two of Norway’s most famous landmarks, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Geirangerfjord and the winding Trollstigen road.

Along the journey, hiking trails and roadside viewpoints deliver new perspectives of the dramatic and changing landscape. This guide features 12 selected adventures worth stopping for, featuring lush valleys, mountain farms, and plenty of fjord views.

The Geiranger-Trollstigen scenic route begins just north of the 27 kilometer Norwegian Scenic Route Gamle Strynefjellsvegen.

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Road closures

Two sections of the route are closed over winter. The stretch from the start of the scenic route at Langvatnet to Geiranger is usually closed between November and May. Trollstigen is typically closed from October to May.

Check the current status and see closure dates from recent years.

Ferries

The scenic route includes a ferry between Eidsdal and Linge. The ferries depart frequently and run from early in the morning to late at night. The crossing takes about 12 minutes.

Check departure times on Entur (Eidsdal ferjekai, Norddal to Linge ferjekai, Norddal).

If you’re coming from the west, from Ålesund for example, there is a ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger. This ferry also serves as a fjord cruise traveling the length of the Geirangerfjord, and is priced accordingly. The ferry runs between April and October and takes one hour. If you have a car it’s a good idea to book in advance.

Check departure times on Entur (Hellesylt ferjekai, Stranda to Geiranger ferjekai, Stranda) and buy tickets on visitflam.com.

Tips

  • The scenic route can be traveled by local bus. Bus 211 runs to Flydalsjuvet and Dalsnibba from Geiranger. From late June to mid-August bus 220 runs between Geiranger and Åndalsnes and includes a short stop at Trollstigen. Book tickets with FRAM.
  • This road and the surrounding attractions are some of the most visited in Norway. Consider traveling in the spring or autumn to avoid most of the cruise and bus tourists.
  • Valldal is famous for its fruit and in particular strawberries. Make sure to keep an eye out for some local produce for sale during the summer.
  • There are many campgrounds, cabins, and hotels to stay in along the route.

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Flydalsjuvet

Sunnmøre

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Flydalsjuvet

As you drive down into Geiranger you’ll come to Flydalsjuvet viewpoint, 300 meters above the fjord. From here you can see over the village and across the fjord. To the right-hand side, the scenic route climbs up 11 hairpin turns with Ørnesvingen at the top.

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Vesteråsfjellet

Sunnmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
1 km · 1 hr

Vesteråsfjellet

Westerås Farm sits in the hills above Geiranger. It’s a popular spot to visit with a restaurant and accommodation and is the starting point for several short hikes.

Vesteråsfjellet is just a 20 minute walk away and features a viewpoint down over the village and fjord below. Further along the same trail is another viewpoint, Løsta.

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Storseterfossen Waterfall

Sunnmøre

Hiking Trail
Medium
2.9 km · 2 – 3 hr

Storseterfossen Waterfall

The trip to Storseterfossen Waterfall is another popular hike from Westerås Farm, heading up into the valley behind the farm.

The trail is made easy by stone steps laid by Sherpas. A path has been built in behind the waterfall, allowing you get up close and feel the raw power of the rushing water.

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Skageflå Mountain Farm

Sunnmøre

Hiking Trail
Medium
4.4 km · 4 – 6 hr

Skageflå Mountain Farm

A visit to Skageflå is best combined with a fjord cruise from Geiranger. The boat docks at the edge of the fjord and then it’s a steep hike up the mountainside to the abandoned farm.

You can hike back down and catch the next boat returning to Geiranger, or continue hiking to Geiranger via Homlongsætra.

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Ørnesvingen

Sunnmøre

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Ørnesvingen

The road out of Geiranger winds up a steep mountainside and towards the top sits Ørnesvingen, or Eagle’s Bend. A viewing platform has been constructed on the outside of the bend from where you can admire a panorama of the Geirangerfjord.

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Vardefjellet

Sunnmøre

Hiking Trail
Medium
6.4 km · 2 – 4 hr

Vardefjellet

As you cross the Norddalsfjord on the ferry from Eidsdal to Linge, you pass under the nose of Vardefjellet mountain. Used by the Vikings to warn people below of impending attacks, the summit features wide-ranging views of the fjord and surrounding mountains. The trailhead is just a short drive from the Linge ferry terminal.

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Gudbrandsjuvet

Sunnmøre

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Gudbrandsjuvet

After leaving village of Valldal the road travels through the fertile valley of the same name, past strawberry fields and alongside the Valldøla River.

At Gudbrandsjuvet, a series of platforms have been built over and around the deep, narrow canyon through which the river rushes.

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Steindalsstølen

Sunnmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
1.4 km · 1 – 2 hr

Steindalsstølen

A few kilometers past Gudbrandsjuvet, a short detour down a side road brings you to the trailhead for the family-friendly hike up to a former mountain farm. Steinsdalsstølen sits at the entrance to Steindalen Valley and is home to flocks of grazing sheep in the summer months.

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Bispevatnet Lake

Romsdal

Hiking Trail
Medium
2.4 km · 1.5 – 2.5 hr

Bispevatnet Lake

Just prior to reaching the Trollstigen Viewpoint are a number of small parking bays. From here, a trail leads up to the blue-green Bispevatnet Lake. The lake sits in the shadow of Bispen mountain and holds deliciously fresh water. The peaceful nature by the lake stands in stark contrast to the busy viewpoint below.

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Trollstigen

Romsdal

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Trollstigen

With its thirteen hairpin turns Trollstigen is without doubt one of the most recognised stretches of road in Norway.

The viewpoint consists of a series of walkways and platforms at the edge of the landscape. Step out 200 meters in the air and watch the vehicles crawl along the road below.

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Stabbeskaret

Romsdal

Hiking Trail
Demanding
10.1 km · 5 – 7 hr

Stabbeskaret

Trollstigen is located in the north-western corner of Reinheimen National Park and is home to several trailheads leading into the mountains.

Hiking to Stabbeskaret takes you across typical mountain terrain and leads to the top of Trollveggen. From there you can see down along the Romsdal Valley below.

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Trollstigfoten

Romsdal

Hiking Trail
Easy
2 km · 1 – 1.5 hr

Trollstigfoten

At the base of Trollstigen is a large car park and the starting point for this easy trail through the woods around the Istra River. Wander in the shadows of the tall mountains known as the King, the Queen, and the Bishop.

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