The Trollsigen Road – beautiful and exciting experience

Amazing view of Trollsigen Road. Photo: © Alexey Ponomarenko

Contents:

  1. What is Trollstigen Road
  2. When to go
  3. Where to stay
  4. How to reach the Trollstigen Road
  5. What else to see near the Trollstigen Road

The Norwegians build roads masterly, both where possible and where it seems impossible. The Trollstigen Road is that impossible example!

What is Trollstigen Road

The Trolls’ Path stretching among the mountain peaks in the Norwegian region Vestlandet is one of the most popular attractions in the south-west of the country. A narrow track of 106 kilometers length bordered by low barriers of natural stone is a perfect model of engineering: there is a serpentine with 11 hairpin bends, sometimes the height of ascent is 9%. In some parts of the road the width does not exceed 3.3 meters, so the cars longer than 12.4 meters are prohibited to drive here.

In addition to the picturesque road that climbs the hillside with steep eleven serpentine loops with a vertical drop of 12%, there is a mountain Trollhetta, a Cabin in the Trolls’ Country – Trollhelmshytta and even the Trolls’ Church. This Trolls’ Country is located on the way from the town of Andalsnes to Geiranger.

About halfway off the road there is a bridge over the waterfall Stigfossen. Higher, on the Trollstigen Road, starting from the turn called Bispensvingen, or a bishop’s turn, beautiful views of Andalsnes and the fjord Romsdal awaits you.

waterfall Stigfossen. Photo: © Alexey Ponomarenko 

At the top (858 meters above sea level), there is a big parking lot and plenty of souvenir shops. Within walking distance from the parking lot, there is a viewing platform which offers a view of the Trolls’ Path and the waterfall Stigfossen which height is 180 meters. Trollveggen, the Trolls’ Wall, is a vertical wall with the height of over 1,000 m climbing which is considered one of the most difficult in the world.

Viewpoint. Photo: © Alexey Ponomarenko

The Trolls’ Path is known as one of the most difficult roads on the world. Eleven sharp bends on a very narrow serpentine road leading to the height of 858 meters are within the power of only experienced drivers.

When to go

Many of the most beautiful mountain roads are open only in the summer including the famous Trollstigen Road in Norway. In fall and winter, the Trolls’ Path is closed for the travelers. Normally, the road opens in late May and closes in October but depending on the weather conditions, these dates may be shifted.

For example, in 2013 the road (drive-through) was opened only on May 22. From the Geiranger side, you can reach the viewing platform, but the drive from the Norway Atlantic road was closed. So, be sure to clarify in advance the road conditions before traveling. And take into consideration that the weather in Norway is unpredictable, and even in the open time you can face rain or fog on the Trollstigen.

Where to stay

Driving the Trollstigen requires concentration and attention, so it is better to go there well rested and, of course, in the daytime. If you come after the sunset to the road, you should find a place for an overnight stay.

  1. You can stay in one of the hotels of Andalsnes or Geiranger; the cost of a double room per night is about 150-200 Euros, not cheap, but you will have a good service. The choice of hotels is not large, and if you prefer to spend the night in comfort it is worth to make a reservation in advance.
  2. You can choose a cheaper option – one of the Trollstigen campings. There are lots of campsites on the way to the Trolls’ Path, as well as everywhere in Norway, and the cost increases as you approach the tourist sites: from 30 Euros for a place for a tent, car and two people, and about 1 euro for 4 minute shower. Some campsites offer their guests free use of the hotplate. Cabins in campsites are, of course, more expensive – from 50 to 100 Euros per night for two.

The camping just before Trollstigen and Trollstigen resort at Gryttenvegen 23, both by Andalsnes side are especially popular. Comfortable cabins with toilet, shower, kitchen and campsites are at your disposal.

How to reach the Trollstigen Road

The Trolls’ Path is part of the Norwegian national road RV63, connecting the cities of Andalsnes in the commune Rauma and Valldal in the commune of Norddal in the county of Møre og Romsdal.

There are different ways to get to the Trollstigen:

  • By car. The travel time from Oslo is 6 hours and 500 km, from Trondheim – 4 hours, from Bergen is about 5 hours. When going from Oslo, you should drive through the valley Gudbrandsdalen and then by the highway E136 to the north towards Dombas, then through Lesja and Romsdal to Andalsnes. From Trondheim go through Dovrefjell to Dombas, and then, the same way, through Romsdal and Andalsnes. Driving from Bergen, you should go by the highway E39 to the north towards Vestnes.
  • By train. You can go by rail Raumabanen (one of the most beautiful in Norway). It refers to the branch of the Norwegian State Railways, its terminus is Andalsnes. The fare from Bergen to Andalsnes is from 100 to 150 Euros, the travel time is 14 hours; from Oslo – 99 Euros, the travel time is 5.5 hours.
  • By plane. The nearest airport Årø is located in Molde, where you can get on your own or rented car to Åndalsnes by the highway Rv64, the travel time is 1.5 hours including ferry crossings. The ticket cost from Oslo is from 75 to 130 Euros, the travel time is an hour.

Moreover, you can order a bus trip in one of the many travel agencies of Romsdal, Molde, and Andalsnes.

Souvenirs shop at the top of Trollstigen. Photo: © Alexey Ponomarenko

What else to see near the Trollstigen Road

In addition to awesome views of the Trolls’ Path, you will find many interesting things on your way to the road.

Along the National Tourist Route Geiranger – Trollstigen, there are six viewing points and recreational areas. Another great place to stop is Ornevegen (the Eagles’ Road) where from you can see  Geirangerfjord. On the Trollstigen Plateau, there are two observation decks where you can enjoy fabulous views of the mountain road Trollstigen.

Among the main attractions of the region, there is Dalsnibba Mountain Plateau (1500 meters above sea level) and the Flydalsjuvet gorge. Do not forget to stop in the valley Romsdalen through which the river Rauma flows surrounded by the so-called Romsdal Alps. In this region, there is a great fishing and wonderful places for rafting by the river Valldela.

The old road Klevstien near the Trollstigen for centuries was an important link between the valley Romsdalen and Sunnmøre up before 1936 until the Trollstigen Road had been built. The two-hour climb up the trail Klevstien begins in the forest but then the trees make way, and you see the mountain peaks and Stigfossen Waterfall.

Norway knows how to surprise: these are amazing natural phenomena and amazingly beautiful landscapes, but there are some attractions that are able to impress even the most experienced traveler. The Trollstigen Road is such a place!