As one of the most famous National Tourist Routes, Trollstigen (“The Trolls Road”) is a visual feast. If you see it from the right height and angle, you can feel the view hit you in your stomach. On this road, even the bravest can feel the adrenaline pump through their veins.
The stretch of road that climbs up the mountain is not particularly long, but the National Tourist Route from Geiranger to the bottom of Romsdal valley cover a ground of 100 kilometres. It takes you through the mighty nature of Fjord Norway and offers breathtaking views, steep mountain slopes and high waterfalls. Framing the experience are lofty mountains with names like Kongen (“the King”), Dronningen (“the Queen”), Bispen (“the Bishop”) Trollveggen (“The Trolls Wall”), Romsdalshorn and Alnestind.
The road twists through eleven hairpin bends as it climbs up to Stigrøra, 858 metres above sea level. An impressive bridge carries the road across the Stigfossen waterfall. The road is carved into the mountain and supported by stone walls.
The Trollstigen platform and two viewpoints are designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects. From the top, well protected against the elements by steel and glass, you can see all the way down the mountainside. The structure is designed so that it blends in with the surroundings. Some parts are carved into the rock, whilst other parts are built on stone walls.
The paths and steps to the viewing points invite the traveller to stroll around. The largest viewing platform juts out over a ledge to hover 200 metres above the Trollstigen road that snakes up the steep mountainside. The platform has various viewing points suitable for both the bold and the cautious visitor
In the summer season, 2,000 cars pass the Trollstigveien Plateau, which equals one car every ten seconds. But you won’t only encounter motorised vehicles on your journey up Trollstigen.
More and more people choose to see the view from their bike. Norwegian Scenic Route Trollstigen offers a spectacular cycling experience.
Climb the 10 percent inclines effortlessly with an electric bike from Hotel Aak in Åndalsnes, or rent an ordinary bike in the city centre.
Up on the Trollstigen plateau you can enjoy the breathtaking view before cruising down the hairpin road back to Åndalsnes. Enjoy fresh air and fabolous views as you step in your way!
In the centre of Åndalsnes you can visit the Norwegian Alpine Centre. The centre is a continuation of the work and collections of the climbing pioneer Arne Randers Heen (1905–1991) and his wife Bodil Heen, and the inheritage they left the municipality.
Arne Randers Heen was known as the “King of the Romsdalshorn”, as he ascended the famous peak 233 times. He went climbing all over the world and made several first ascents. Norsk Tindesenter opened on 13 May 2016.