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Hiking Romsdalseggen Ridge in Norway

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The Romsdalseggen hike, our final hike in Norway, was the most challenging and physically demanding hike of the trip.  This was the hike I was looking forward to the most.  It was a point to point hike which would take us along the Romsdalseggen Ridge with views over the fjords, over the town of Andalsnes, and even out to the western coastline of Norway to the Atlantic Ocean.  We had spent the last day and a half driving up to Andalsnes just to do this hike.

Romsdalseggen Ridge Norway

Our epic cabin

Our epic cabin

 

Prior to the hike we spent the night at the Trollveggen Campground in Andalsnes.  We slept in cabin #3 and it was adorable.  Tyler and Kara loved it.  In fact, they described it as “epic.”  I was keeping a close eye on the weather.  We had three straight days of rain which was just ending on the day of our hike.  I was praying for clear skies but we weren’t going to be that lucky.

We awoke the day of the hike to cloudy skies.  It was 39 degrees Fahrenheit with a small chance of snow in the morning.  Snow!  It was August.

 

The four of us bundled up in multiple layers, drove into the town of Andalsnes, and managed to find a place to buy two pairs of gloves for the hike.  The skies were beginning to clear a little and I even got a glimpse of blue sky.

Andalsnes Romsdalseggen

Just follow the signs!

 

We took a twenty minute bus ride to the start of the hike.  From this point we would be hiking 11 km back to town, ending in Andalsnes.  We were dropped off with twenty other hikers.  Once again, Tyler and Kara were the only children.  So, at a little before 10 am, under cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 40’s, our adventure began.

The first part of the hike was through a farm and up a hillside.  We hiked past mooing cows and through muddy trails.  We actually got warm and shed most of our layers almost right away.  Did we really need those gloves?

Julie and Kara Romdalseggen

Julie and Kara, still having fun.

The vegetation changed as we climbed higher.  We left bushes, trees and muddy trails for alpine grass and a rocky landscape.  As we got higher the air got chillier and more overcast, the layers went back on.

Norwegian Boulders

Tyler, taking a break from climbing up a mountain of boulders.

We ascended 800 meters through fields of boulders to the top of the ridge.  This climb took us about an hour and a half.  Unfortunately, the skies did not clear up.  The weather actually got worse.  Just as we reached our first real viewpoint it began to rain.  The low lying clouds hid our views of the valleys below.  As Kara would say, “it was shivering cold” and she was miserable.  Kara was crying, it was raining, and I was disappointed because this hike was turning out to be a big ole waste of time.  I was beginning to get very frustrated with Norway and its unpredictable weather.

We gave Kara a lollipop which helped her feel better.  The four of us hiked towards the Blanebba viewpoint and we actually had pretty good views down into the valley for several minutes.  We enjoyed these views while we had them.  It did not take long for the clouds and rain to move back in.

A rare view down into the valley. Somewhere down there was our cabin.

A rare view down into the valley. Somewhere down there was our cabin.

As we hiked along the ridge we were alone for most of the time.  This was the least populated hike we had in Norway.  Tyler and I shared one pair of gloves and Kara had her own.  Tim was totally fine.  At one point during the hike a thermometer read 6 degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit).  As long as we kept moving we were fine.

Careful!

Hiking along the edge of the ridge.

Boulder Climbing

It was wild hiking along these peaks in the fog.

 

 

We hiked along the ridge and up and down smaller ridges of boulders.  With fog all around us we could not see the straight down drops on either side of us, but we knew they were there.  We had short climbs with chains again, which Tyler and kara loved.  It was a fun hike but I just wanted that darn fog to go away!

 

 

Finally, after four hours of hiking, the fog and clouds began lifting.  We had clear views of the ridge in front of us and the valley below, and the views were spectacular.

Romsdalseggen Ridge

Our first clear views of the Romdalseggen Ridge.

As we started hiking downhill towards Andalsnes the weather got better.  I was finally happy but I was driving Tyler and Kara crazy by always stopping to take photos.

Tyler and Kara

Tyler and Kara on the ridge.

Romsdalseggen

Another view of the ridge.

Julie Rivenbark

Enjoying the view.

Romsdalseggen Ridge

What an amazing hike, to walk along this ridge with these awesome views. I was so glad the weather was finally cooperating.

Finally, six and half hours into the hike, we were starting the final descent into Andalsnes.  This was a very steep path down into town and we were hoping it would go quickly.  By now we were all done with this hike.

Andalsnes

The view down to Andalsnes, our finish line. We still had a long way to go and didn’t realize it at the time.

 

The hike down was extremely difficult, and it was probably the most challenging part of the whole day.  Part of the normal trail was closed and we were forced to descend down steep, muddy drops with the use of ropes attached to the rock face.  Tyler and Kara needed a lot of help here, and before long all four of us were muddy.  Finally, the rock descent was over, and then it was a steep, sometimes very slippery trail into Andalsnes.  At 6:20, eight and a half hours after the start of the hike, we were finished.  We were so happy to be back in town.

Although not the longest hike in distance, this was the hike that was the most challenging and took the longest to complete.  In the end I was glad we hiked Romsdalseggen.  We did eventually get those views I wanted, and except for the last portion, it was a fun hike.

About the Hike

For more information about the hike, check out the Visit Norway website, here.


Want to learn more about traveling in Norway? Check out our Norway Travel Guide.

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  1. Trying to decide if we’re ready for this hike with my 11 year old son and 8 year old daughter. They’ve done plenty of hefty hikes in northern England, including some scree, and some 14 mile days… But never via ferratta or 2m wide ridges! I think we’ll go for it, but it definitely gives me some pause… have you run into others who’ve done this with kids?

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      The day we hiked Romsdalseggen, there were only about 20 other people who did the hike. Maybe the overcast, rainy conditions kept people away. Our kids were the only kids doing the hike that day, and at the time Kara was just about to turn 9 and Tyler was 11. They had no real problems although the final, muddy climb down at the end was hard. But a path was being built so this part of the hike should be much better. There is no via ferrata for Romsdalseggen (at least not in 2013). If your kids have hiked 14 miles and have lots of experience they should have no trouble on Romsdalseggen. The ridge is not as narrow as it looks in some photos. There is a drop off but it is easy to stay clear of the edge. Hopefully you will have a good weather day…we were there when it was drizzly and cool, obscuring our views. Romsdalseggen has the potential to be a gorgeous hike. I would say go for it!

      Cheers, Julie

  2. Wow i just found there is that awesome course in andalsnes and added in my hiking list in July this year even i have to drive 9 hours from odda in a day. Should i book the bus ticket from andalsnes to starting point in advance?

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