Europe´s highest vertical and overhanging rock face (1.000 metres). It is 5.950 feet from the valley to the top of the wall, of which 3.300 feet are vertical. This is the craddle of mountain climbing sports in Scandinavia. Trollveggen is a landmark when you drive down Romsdalen by car. Most of the people stop the car at Horgheimseidet to admire Europs highest overhang. Only the best climbers in the world challenge the mountain.
Others choose the other way with parachute, BASE jumping is popular in Trollveggen. This is now forbidden, but... If you want to admire Trollveggen from the top, then you can walk the backside from Trollstigen. You need 3 to 5 hours to the BASE-EXIT at Bruraskardet (Brudesløret), climbing rope is not needed. From here you have a fantastic view down towards Romsdalen and to Romsdalshorn, Vengetind etc. at the other side of the valley.
The route Trollryggen was climbed for the first time in 1958 by Arne Randers Heen from Åndalsnes, and Ralph Høibakk. This was the first climbing route in Norway where the climbers had to spend the night on the mountain. Trollryggen is still the longest climbing route in Europe, approximating to 11.500 feet.
Before 1965 no one thought it was possible to climb the vertical face of Trollveggen. However, in that year a Norwegian and an English climbing team proved otherwise. After 14 days of climbing they reached the top, climbing different routes, the Norwegians one day prior to the Englishmen. Since then various routes have been climbed in Trollveggen. The routes are often named after the first ascenders. Most of the routes have also been climbed during the winter.
In 1980 a new sport appeared when the Finn Jorma Øster was the first to parachute off Trollveggen. Between 1980-86 almost 400 jumps were performed. As a result of several accidents and dangerous rescue missions parachuting in Trollveggen was prohibited by law in 1986.
Åndalsnes is the center of Rauma Council, both geographically and as a small city. The city is an important junction in Møre and Romsdal, and is also the terminal for the Rauma Railway. A impressive nature scenery surrounds the city. Idyllic hamlets and villages, mountain-tops reaching up to 6.000 feet, fjord-side beauty spots and wonderful viewpoints. If you walk up to the top of the city mountain Nesaksla, you have a breathtaking gradient and a fantastic view over the alps and the fjord.
Some of Norways most famous mountains nearby: Romsdalshorn, Trollwall,Vengetind, Juratind, Kirketaket and Torshammaren are some of them. The fjord also invites to activities; sea kayaking, craw fishing and fishing trips in idyllic surroundings. There are also the rivers Isa and Glutra, very good rivers for fishing salmon and trout, they meet and ends in the fjord.
With the well known mountains and the Kylling Bridge in the area, Åndalsnes has more than a 100 years long tradition in the tourism industry. These are some of the reasons for our 150-year-long tradition as a place to visit. A plentiful selection of accommodation restaurants, shops and other services will make your stay here most enjoyable.
Close to the beautiful Rødvenfjord we have Rødven Stave church. The stavechurch is the only one in Romsdal, and the church was built around year 1100. This is an one-nave stave church, whose oldest components originate from the end of the 1100´s. It has been considerably altered during the course of time. A crucifix dating to the middle 1200´s belongs to the old interior. During summertime there are guided trips in the church, also possible off-season.
The Sinclair Play will have performances at the new outdoor theatre at Klungnes. The play is about the Scottish soldiers who came onshore from their ships at Klungnes. This happened the 20th of august 1612. The Scotsmen was on their way helping the Swedes against Norway and Denmark in the Kalmar war. Six days after they came on land at Klungnes, they went into an ambush in Gudbrandsdalen. The first to be killed was Captain George Sinclair. The Sinclair Play has performances in august.