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6 days - Premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach hiking tour via the Troll Road, bagging Romsdalseggen, Rampestreken and Mefjellet.
Join our new hiking tour visiting the Northwestern fjords of Norway, starting from Ålesund and finishing in Åndalsnes. With our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, relax and enjoy the scenery as your driver navigates Norway's famous Scenic Routes. Be amazed by Norway’s most visited tourist road, Trollstigen Road with its eleven magnificent hairpin turns. Hike some of the best routes in this part of Norway - with the local guides and away from the crowds.
With your premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, enjoy five days of travel through an enchanting area of Norway. As well as ticking off some of Norway's best hikes, visit waterfalls, little villages and stave churches.
This trip links up with our 'Beautiful Norway' and 'Western Fjords of Norway' tours.
- Hike Romsdalseggen Ridge and Rampestreken - this lookout is 537 metres above sea level, and Åndalsnes is beneath your feet. Continue to the top of Nesaksla. The view is simply breathtaking!
- Hike Mefjellet, a challenging 4 hour hike to the top of the fjords!
- Day 1
- Arrive in Ålesund and transfer to your hotel
- Day 2
- Meet the minivan and then travel to Valldal via Strandafjellet
- Day 3
- Mefjellet Hike
- Day 4
- Travel from Valldal to Åndalsnes with stops along the Trollstigen National Scenic Road
- Day 5
- Romsdalseggen Ridge and Rampestreken Hike
- Day 6
- Depart Åndalsnes
- Start/End Place
- Ålesund, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 6 Days
- Group Size
- Carbon Footprint
- 106Kg of CO₂e Average carbon footprint per person?
All transportation (buses, trains, and local small ferries) between destinations is included in the price. This includes travel between Ålesund and Åndalsnes by premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops, as well as food and rest stops. The scheduled minivan has space for 1-12 people and this partly self-guided tour with a driver gives you greater independence, but also offers the safety of being in a group. A great option for solo travellers!
The bus does this route with you:
Day 2 Brosundet Hotel, Ålesund via Strandafjellet to Valldal Fjord Lodge
Day 4 Valldal Fjord Lodge via Trollstigen to Hotel Aak (Åndalsnes)
- 5 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double / twin rooms with private facilities
- 5 breakfasts, 4 dinners, 2 lunches, after hike snacks and 2 pre-dinner aperitifs
- All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats
- Premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach (or similar) which travels weekly from Ålesund via Valldalen to Åndalsnes. Stop along the way for spontaneous photo opportunities, waterfalls, stops to see wandering wildlife or for quick rest stops.
- Guided group hike to Romsdalseggen Ridge & Rampestreken viewpoint including a packed lunch
- Guided group Mefjellet hike with traditional Norwegian lunch pack including high quality local food and drink and safety equipment
- 24-hour support service
- Taxes and service fees
International flights, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature. A small tip for the bus driver will be appreciated.
Please note that there is no guide in the mini-coach. However, your bus driver will offer help and answer questions when possible.
Day 1 - Arrive in Ålesund and transfer to your hotel
Arrive in Ålesund and transfer to your lovely hotel by the water. Ålesund is known for its art nouveau architectural style in which most of the town was rebuilt after a fire in 1904. Explore on your own or add an adventure into your afternoon. Options include kayaking trips around the historic waterfront buildings; wildlife sea safari; climbing Mt. Aksla for lunch (418 steps); 6 hours long hike up the most famous summits in Norway (Mt Saksa); or perhaps a guided walking tour around the city centre.
AccommodationHotel Brosundet or similar
Day 2 - Meet the minivan and then travel to Valldal via Strandafjellet
This morning, meet your minivan driver and fellow passengers around 10am - be sure to enjoy the port before the minivan arrives. Make yourself comfortable in this private van that will take you through the fjords and along the coast.
Along the way today, you will travel through the Strandafjellet valley, stopping along the way at points of interest.
Your home for the next two nights is the Valldal Fjord Lodge, with a lovely backgarden and traditional livingg rooms and boasting breathtaking views of fjords and mountains. Check in and relax before your dinner at the hotel (2 courses).
AccommodationValldal Fjord Lodge or similar
Day 3 - Mefjellet Hike
Starting at 9.30am with a guide, the hike takes you through traditional Norwegian farm land and wild nature, with multiple viewpoints with spectacular view. You will stop at Ruggå, a large boulder, and try to make Ruggå sing for you! The first half part is the same as “Viewpoint Ruggå”. From Ruggå you follow a panoramic trail with an amazing fjord view whilst climbing higher up and pass Nysætra, an old mountain farm. After a steep climb, eventually end up at peak Mefjellet and a spectacular view. Enjoy the best view towards the hidden UNESCO fjord Tafjorden, mountains, and valleys around. Along the way, you will find a beautiful place to enjoy a local lunch. If you are looking for a hike with “all included”, this is it!
AccommodationValldal Fjord Lodge or similar
Day 4 - Travel from Valldal to Åndalsnes with stops along the Trollstigen National Scenic Road
After breakfast, be sure to have your cameras charged as you travel from Valldal to Åndalsnes, with stops along the Trollstigen National Scenic Road. Trollstigen is Norway’s most visited tourist road, and this masterpiece in engineering in the midst of majestic natural landscapes is a true joy ride (particularly when you are in the safe hands of our Norwegian driver).
The eleven magnificent hairpin turns along Trollstigen offer fantastic scenery along the mountain road. Each bend has its own name, often named after the person who supervised the construction work on that particular section. At some locations, you will discover that the road is carved into the mountain itself, and in other places it is built in stone instead.
Historically, Trollstigen used to be an important transport passage between the villages Valldal in Indre Sunnmøre and Åndalsnes in Romsdalen. When the road opened in 1939, it wasn’t long before Trollstigen became a tourist attraction.
The Trollstigen is surrounded by mighty mountains that reach an altitude of over 1600 meters. To the west of the road lie the mountains of Bispen (1450m), Kongen (1614m) and Dronninga (1701m), and to the east of the road lie the Stigbottshornet (1583m) and the Storgrovfjellet (1629m).
Your minivan will stop along the way today for photos, rest stops and a stop at the Strawberry Cafe to sample the famous strawberry cakes on offer. You will also stop at the thundering ravine, Gudbrandsjuvet, near the Juvet Hotel. Gudbrandsjuvet is a 5 metre narrow and 20–25 metre high ravine through which the Valldøla River forces itself. The waters have formed a complex of deep potholes and intricate formations. The depth down from the surface of the water is about equal to the depth of ravine down to the river.
AccommodationHotel Aak or similar
Day 5 - Romsdalseggen Ridge and Rampestreken Hike
After breakfast, meet your guide and transfer to Vengedalen. Before you leave, you will be able to make up a packed lunch from the breakfast table. This is a very typical way for the Norwegians to prepare for a day's hiking.
Today you will be doing the Romsdalseggen Ridge, one of Norway's most 'prestigious' hiking walks, guarantee breathtaking views and exposed trails. The hike is intermediate to advanced level, with a touch of scrambling on the most exposed sections of the hike. You will use about 6-8 hours, depending on the group to do this hike. It is on a 10 km long ridge with around 1000 metres of ascent and 1200 metres descent. The trails are mostly rock sections with some small and big boulders.
On the way home, you will pass the Rampestreken, 537 metres above sea level. The locals love this ramp, and they often do climb up here as exercise to be rewarded with a magnificent, breathtaking view. Note the wonderful pieces of stone construction works by Nepalese Sherpas on the way down. Worth a study itself, called Romsdalstrappa.
Back at your hotel, enjoy an after hike snack and pre dinner aperitif.
Day 6 - Depart Åndalsnes
Åndalsnes is a local transport hub so you have many ways to turn for further Norwegian adventures after breakfast this morning. You can travel back by train to Oslo, go further up to Trondheim or continue with the 50 Degrees North minibus.
From price per person, twin/double share. Departs on selected Thursdays below during midsummer.
NOTE: Minimum of two people as the Romsdalseggen hike doesn't operate with one person.
25 Jul 2023
25 Jul 2023
1 Aug 2023
1 Aug 2023
8 Aug 2023
8 Aug 2023
15 Aug 2023
15 Aug 2023
5 Sep 2023
13 Sep 2023
Certain dates over summer will be unavailable if accommodation is fully booked. Some of the hotels are very small with limited rooms.
The hikes on this tour are considered moderate to strenuous and not for those afraid of heights. Please bring proper hiking boots, backpack with water bottle, additional snacks, extra clothing for all conditions such as layers, wool underwear, warm mid-layers and wind/waterproof outlayer.
As a Nordic specialist we are keen to show travellers the hidden gems of the countries we visit, and as an anti-dote to over-tourism to reduce the environmental pressures on the traditional and busy routes that most travel companies will take. This itinerary has been designed to do just that.
Our premium mini-coach tours are one way in which we are looking at how we can reduce carbon emissions over all styles of travel that we offer, not just on our group tours which by their nature have shared transport, but also on our private options. This tour is a private tour however the transport 'mini-coach' between destinations is shared (with more of our clients doing the same tour, max 12 pax), therefore reducing the overall carbon footprint for each traveller.
Throughout your stay we have hand-selected accommodations which are locally owned, have deep roots in their communities, and pride themselves on supporting local facilities and producers. This is done through shopping locally, and buying sustainably sourced options, so in the words of one of the chefs in the accommodation you will be staying in 'you should taste what’s here in the surroundings, from lakes, mountains and farms'
On this itinerary we also support Nordic Choice Hotels, a collection of hotels renowned for their environmental efforts. The hotels are ISO 14001 certified, have launched plastic free initiatives in partnership with WWF, where possible are powered by renewable energy and are taking great strides to reduce water consumption and reduce the use of chemicals. Even though access to water is not an issue in Norway compared to other parts of the world, this hotel group is conscious of the energy consumed for heating, and chemicals required for purification, so reduction makes up part of their overall environmental policy. In addition to this they provide sustainable, organic, fair-trade food, and only use sustainably produced palm oil.
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