Rampestreken – grand views in no time

Not all hikes need to be long to be spectacular and Rampestreken is a perfect example of this. But short distances up mountains usually mean it’ll be steep and the one hour hike will take some effort, but wow is it worth it to see one of the most beautiful views Norway has to offer! Starting in the centre of the small town Åndalsnes, the track will get your heart pumping from the beginning. The path is well marked all the way to the top with a taste of the incredible landscape after only 15 minutes walking.

Path is marked with signs and red painted trees.

The path is marked with signs and red painted trees. Areas that are particular steep or narrow have been installed with handrails for your security and help.

Rampestreken lies 580 meters above sea level and has breathtaking views of Romsdalen, Isfjorden and Isterdalen which is where the famous road Trollstigen lies.

Rampestreken lies 537 meters above sea level and has breathtaking views of Romsdalen, Isfjorden and Isterdalen which is where the famous road Trollstigen lies.

The trail is popular for locals and tourists alike so I decided to climb it early morning so I could enjoy the views and the peace of nature all by myself. I thought, ‘what the heck, let’s throw in the sunrise while I’m at it’. Be aware though, that the sun rises on the other side of the mountain and you won’t actually see it come up. However, if you want to see the sunset you can do the hike in the afternoon, depending on the time of the year.

At 05.45 a.m one morning in September I started the hike up. Most of the path goes through the forest consisting of woodland-tracks and stairs that’s been build to make it easier to climb the steeper parts to the top. Every hundred meters (more or less) you’ll pass signs that indicates the altitude you’re at and how far’s left until you reach the platform.

Stairs are part of the path to the top.

Stairs are part of the path to the top.

Rampestrken viewing platform.

Rampestreken viewing platform.

Like with any hike it is important to bring enough water, however you’ll have the opportunity to refill at the top where drinking water comes out from a small pipe in the mountain. Rampestreken is a part of ‘Romsdalseggen’ a longer hike over the mountains that’ll take somewhere between 8-10 hours. See a video from this crazy beautiful hike here. If you have the time, this will be one unforgettable day and on your way down to Åndalsnes you will make your final stop here at Rampestreken where I’m sure the views will leave you as speechless as it did me.

The price at the top.

The price at the top.

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Åndalsnes lies where the Rauma river meets Isfjorden.

Stunning views from Rampestreken.

Stunning views from Rampestreken.