The drive along Trollstigen is undoubtedly more dramatic than most people are used to, but what is special about driving in Norway is that in fact people live just about everywhere. Even on the narrowest mountain ledge or small crag there will be a house. We are bound to the landscape and the natural surroundings through settlements that have offered us a livelihood throughout history. Geiranger-Trollstigen offers numerous highlights, and the eleven hairpin bends of Trollstigen as well as the view from Ørnesvingen down to the Geirangerfjord may set your pulse racing. Lush valleys, sheltered strawberry-growing areas, precipitous mountains and vantage points guaranteed to make you dizzy offer some of Norway’s most scenic views. Allow plenty of time for the trip − stops are welcome whether you want the challenge of a hike to a lofty summit or just to enjoy the view. For those who take the time, there’s such a lot more to be discovered.

History

For several centuries the road was an important transport artery between Valldal and Åndalsnes, first as a path and then as a bridleway, until construction of the Trollstigvegen road started up in 1916. Parts of the original pack horse track are still visible and passable on foot. It’s an exciting alternative for everyone who would like to experience the road as it was in days of old.

Experiences

You will find some of the most sensational installations we have constructed on this stretch. Here, viewing points such as Ørnesvingen, Gudbrandsjuvet gorge and Flydalsjuvet gorge let you explore the natural surroundings in a unique manner. Taking the ferry on the Geirangerfjord will bring you up close to the well-known waterfalls of Dei Sju Systre, Friaren and Brudesløret while at the same time you will experience the most renowned fjord in the world – the Geirangerfjord, which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. 

Cycling

This route is characterised by high mountains and deep fiords. The cycle ride is easiest if you start at Grotli. It is a tough alpine stretch of road, but you will have a nice descent down to Geiranger and the Geiranger fiord. The next stage includes a climb up through Ørnesvingen, but an easy ride from there and down to Norddalsfjorden and to the ferry across to Linge. The final stage includes a rather long climb, but at the top of Trollstigen and during the descent to Åndalsnes you will be greatly rewarded. Traffic is heavy on the route Geiranger-Trollstigen during high season, so you might prefer to make your trip in early June or September.

Hiking

Passing between fjords and mountains, the route presents the opportunity to explore a mixture of alpine terrain and green valleys. Rushing water and mountain farms feature throughout the landscape. Perched over Geiranger, Vesterås Farm is the starting point for several relaxed hikes, including Storseterfossen waterfall. Further around the fjord, the picturesque Skageflå Mountain Farm is best reached by first taking a ferry before a steep hike up the mountainside. If you wish to avoid the boat trip and the steep climb, we recommend the hiking trail from Geiranger via Homlongsetra. The peak of Vardefjellet, near Valldal, was a lookout point in the Viking Age. Around Trollstigen, trails lead up into the mountains and Bispevatnet Lake offers a peaceful moment under the shadow of a mighty mountain.

Find a selection of hiking trails along the route in the Outtt app

 

 

Norwegian Scenic Route Geiranger-Trollstigen runs from Langvatnet to Strynefjellet and Sogge Bru in Romsdalen, a total distance of 104 km (Road 63). On part of this stretch you must take a ferry from Eidsdal to Linge. If you want to experience a fjord cruise, you should include the ferry route between Geiranger and Hellesylt, as part of a round trip of the World Heritage area, or as part of the stretch from Geiranger to Trollstigen. On the very same day you can experience the best that both fjords and mountains can offer.

There are restrictions on the length of buses on this section and the maximum length is 13.1 metres.
 In the menu below you will find useful links that we hope will be helpful. For more tourist information, please contact local and regional tourist agents.

Winter notice: The road is open - 16 May 2019. Parts of the Norwegian Scenic Route Geiranger - Trollstigen are closed during the winter season. The stretch from Langvatnet-Geiranger is usually closed in November and reopens in May. Trollstigen is usually closed in October and reopens in May. 

Red flags in the map show where the road will be closed.

Opening and closing of scenic routes closed in winter and statistics >>

Traffic and road information - Telephone +47 815 48 991.
Traffic alerts in map >>

GPS: Langvatnet 62.014219, 7.393992 -
Sogge bru 62.53207, 7.736939

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