The outdoor tips by SailorRoar reminded me of when we visited Andalsnes on a cruise ship and had limited time. We both had colds so we went to the drug store to get an over-the-counter throat lozenge. The clerk recommended Fishermans Friend which worked great. While walking back to the ship from the fantastic Stave church, I noticed a sign that...more
Watch the adventures of one of the mountain climbing pionners of the world, Arne Randers Heen. The museum displays a unique collection of collectibles and pictures from the pioneering time an up until today. The museum is closed in 2008 while it is being moved to a more central location in Åndalsnes.more
The Tivoli comes to town in late september every year, lots of rides, concerts, popcorn etc. A place for the locals and the ones who have moved out to meet up again and catch up on the latest, and of course some partying! Romsdalsmartnan also hosts a farmers marked with everything from local handicraft to tractors. There are also a few farm animals...more
I was looking forward to seeing Romsdalsalpene, but unfortunately I couldnt see anything. The clouds were so dense and so low, that it was impossible to see the mountains.I had seen many photos of Romsdalsalpene before our roadtrip, so I closed my eyes and pretended I was looking at them... It worked - kind of... ;)"The alps of Romsdal" consists of...more
Trollstigen is one of the most famous touristattractions in Norway, and definetly worth a visit! The narrow road winds up the steep mountain, with plenty of hairpin bends.I had many sleepless nights before I went there. When I was standing at the bottom my heart was beating at an astronomic rate, my hands and feet were trembling and I felt almost...more
The Troll ladder (Trollstigen) is an impressive road that climbs up the mountainside through 11 switchbacks. The road har been rebuilt to become safe for rock slides and handle the increased traffic. Trollstigen is the most popular tourist attraction in Norway with over 700.000 visitors each year, and when you go there it is pretty obvious why....more
Great place for a restaurant, excellent view of fjord and mountain ranges. You can also see the ferry crossing from here to the town of Molde. Tasty French fries with 'salat' and 'ost (cheese) og dressing' respectively. Quick service, very good, and very authentic atmosphere!more
Serving Pizzas, Steak/Meat, Kebab, Pasta and Salads. Desserts. Wine and Beer. My favorite restaurant in Åndalsnes, I think they have the best food in town. The restaurant was a bit worn the last time I was there, but I drove by there in July 2007 and saw that they had made a large outdoor area just above the electronics store. So I assume they have...more
Åndalsnes host one of the largest Rock Festivals in Norway, it is an annual event normally in August. There are always a good mix of local, national and international artist at the program. It is also the big party event at Åndalnes. Check out their website
Dress Code: Party!
Norway Bussekspress operates a bus connection that departs at 10 AM(day bus) and 10 PM(overnight bus) from Oslo to Åndalsnes.The bus also connects to/from Molde and Ålesundhttp://www.dagognattekspressen.no/Link to english version in the top left corner of the page.more
If you arrive to Åndalsnes from the north you can take the ferry between Sølsnes and Åfarnes. It saves you a long drive around.The ferry takes about 10 minutes, and departs many times per hour.North of Åndalsnes lies places like Molde, Bud, the Atlantic Road and Kristiansund. All of them worth a visit!more
There is an express buss connection between Åndalsnes and Oslo with one trip in each direction during the day, and one overnight trip. This buss connection is called "Dag og Nattekspressen" and has route number 142, schedule and booking can be found hereThere are also bus connections several times a day to Molde and Ålesund, both of them have an...more
Regularly on Saturdays there are Bondens marked (Farmers Marked) in Åndalsnes, or in other cities near Åndalsnes. The market hosts traditional food and handicraft product. When in Åndalsnes the farmers market is inside the city hall, or when the weather is in the pedestrian street just down from city hall.more
Two very creative ladies who makes a lot of nice handicraft products in a old farmhouse in Innfjorden (about 10-15 minutes out of Åndalsnes). Wool, fabric and woven products. Wool seating plates are very popular. Depends on what you would like, most things are between 50 and 1000 NOK, but some bigger stuff might be more.more
I don't know about you, but when I buy souvenirs from a trip I like to get something that is typical for the area. Typical for the area are of course Trolls, but before you buy take a look underneath and check if it is made in Norway or China. A lot of the trolls are mass produced in China, just a tip to those of you that thinks that things like...more
General hiking tips: Never hike alone.
Make sure someone who is not hiking, knows where you are, and when you should be expected back.
Don't get too close to the edge; winds at 15-1700m might be sudden and hard, and could throw you off the rock.
Luggage And Bags: You probably come there for the mountains, so pack in a comfortable backpack. Clothing / Shoes / Weather Gear: Layered clothes, and a your rain gear even during summer. Good hiking shoes for the mountains, your average joggers are only usable if it is very dry, which is not that often ;) Photo Equipment: Yes, bring lots of it,...more
In case you want to bring any electrical appliances with you, here is the system Norway uses: 220 volts and 50 Hz. It is a round pin attachment plug (see picture)An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use, a...more
Bøstølen is a quiet little mountain area, where the locals relax in their mountain cabins, and a few farmers still have their cattle or sheeps here during the summer. The area offers something for most people, there are free boats in several of the lakes (Littlevatnet, Storvatnet, Taskedalsvatnet and Sjøbolet) be aware though that fishing requires...more
The first ever World Bace Race is beeing held in my hometown, Innfjorden (just 10 minutes by car or bus from Åndalsnes). The first ever competiotion is in July 2008, from the 7th to the 12th. The competiotion form is a 2-on-2 750 meter speed race. There is also a qualifying round the week before. Fast base jumping equipmentmore
We are not anglers but the campsite at Gjora we stayed on was full of them, some having come over specially for the weekend. They were local people, Norwegians so I'm sure they knew what they were doing. Fishing for trout, I suppose, in the mountain river at the back of the campsite. They disappeared in the late hours of the evening and the next...more
14 Reviews and Opinions
As we approached Andalsnes from the east, we knew we would finally reach the fjords just before we turned left to climb Trollstigen. We had driven thousands of kilometres from Warsaw, across Poland and then Sweden and couldn't wait to see the fjords - we had heard so much about them. And here finally was our first, Sunndalsfjord, not sunny at all that day. We still thought it was magnificent.
As we went on, the weather changed, the sun came out and soon we could see the view in the intro picture. But the first impression is still deep in our memories, never to be forgotten.