A Holiday Travel Blog

Andalsnes

Trollstigen

The tourist route from Geirangerfjord to Andalsnes was spectacular. There are various points at which to stop along the way, including a nice (if short) gorge walk. The viewing platforms over Trollstigen gave amazing views of the road below and waterfall, Stigfossen. The viewing platform overhangs the cliff edge in places. The drive down the hairpin bends was something to remember and was surrounded by incredible views. The weather was changing, however, and we unfortunately didn't get a great view of Trollveggen (the troll wall from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) Andalsnes was OK for a pit-stop town, but definitely not the most scenic of places we had visited in Norway.  

We wanted to complete a half-day hike the next morning that begins in Andalsnes town and heads up the Nesaksla - a prominent peak above town. But when we woke up the weather was drizzly rain and the top of the peak was cloud covered and we decided to pay a visit to fairly nearby Alesund before driving the Atlantic Ocean Road - see Kristiansund link! 

Alesund is a really lovely town, and after a devastating fire has been rebuilt in it's original art nouveau style. On our approach to Alesund we stopped at Kniven Viewpoint for a look at the town we were approaching and the surrounding mountains and islands. 

In Alesund itself we visited the Jugendstil Senteret museum which you enter through an old pharmacy. It documents to rebuilding of Alesund which included a really fun 'time machine' presentation.