Åndalsnes, a young city situated on the shores of the Romsdalsfjord close to where the Isfjord begins and where the Rauma river, famous for its salmon, ends. The mountains with peaks (a.o. The King, The Queen and the Bishop) up to 1800 meters above sea level that surround this city are among the largest and most impressive in Norway. Åndalsnes is therefore also known as “the natural gateway to the Romsdal Alps”, the Alps which house Trollveggen (the Troll Wall), Europe’s tallest vertical rock face, and Trollstigen (the Troll Road) with its eleven hairpin bends and beautiful waterfall Stigfossen.
It is in this city where one can join the fascinating and Europe’s most scenic railway Raumabanen, the railway connection between Åndalsnes and Dombås. The train takes you through the valley while passing by Trollveggen and the Kyllingbru (literally translated: Chicken bridge). During World War 2 the city of Åndalsnes was almost entirely destroyed because of the many battles and bombings. Everything needed to be rebuilt, including the railway.
Nowadays Åndalsnes is a beloved destination of not only many Norwegians, but also tourists from all over the world due to the amazing scenery, the fishing possibilities and the incredible mountains.