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About Andalsnes

People have been cruising to Andalsnes for more than 120 years because of its stunning location. For, an Alpine town as well as a cruise port, Andalsnes nestles where the towering Romsdal Alps meet the northern end of the sparkling Romsdalfjord.

A small, friendly town with shops and markets, Andalsnes is also close to the famous Trollstigen road. This leads through pretty villages, past scenic fjords and majestic mountain peaks and across the stone bridge over the cascading Stigfossen waterfall to the Trollvegen (Troll Wall) which - at nearly 6,000 feet - is the highest vertical drop in northern Europe.

Another way to see the Troll Wall and even more dramatic Alpine scenery besides is to take the Rauma Railway steam train which leaves from a station right by the cruise port.

 

Please note snow based shore excursions are not available on autumn cruises. 

 

Shore excursions in Andalsnes

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Extreme Norway and Waffles

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Get to know Norway’s adventurous side and enjoy a delicious waffle at the popular Bjorli Ski Resort.

Your tour begins with a visit to the Norwegian Mountaineering Centre, a living activity centre opened in 2016. Once a pursuit of the wealthy elite, climbing is now a popular activity for a broad spectrum of Norwegians – and the diverse installations chart the sport’s development. Your time at the centre will include a 15 minute movie experience showcasing extreme outdoor activities in the spectacular Romsdal mountains.

Continue to the famous Troll Wall for a spectacular photo stop. The highest perpendicular rock face in Europe at nearly 3,300 feet, it incorporates Europe’s longest climbing route, where adventurous climbers spend the night in the mountain wall.

At Bjorli Ski Resort refreshments of tea, coffee and waffle will be served in their authentic barn. As important to the Norwegians as croissants are to the French, waffles are the epitome of Nordic hospitality – take a moment to enjoy your surroundings and reflect on your taste of Norwegian adventure. Enjoy some free time to stroll around or browse the shop’s excellent selection of crafts, clothes and local delicacies, before returning to Andalsnes.

Essential information

This excursion will operate There is approximately 45 minutes of walking on this tour, as well as around 50 steps to negotiate. The Norwegian Mountaineering Centre is located a short distance from the pier.

Land of the Trolls

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

The only way to enjoy the real beauty of the Norwegian scenery is to sit back, relax and ‘watch the world go by’.

This spectacular scenic drive takes you along the Romsdalsfjord, turning into the Innfjord. The road follows the shoreline through several villages to Tresfjord, where there’ll be a photo stop before leaving the fjord and continuing up the Skorge Valley to Ørskogfjellet mountain plateau. Descend to the Storfjord and across a mountain pass to the Norddalsfjord and the village of Valldal. There will be a photo stop at the magnificent Gudbrand Gorge, with its foaming waterfall deep below.

Enter the mountain world as you arrive at Trollstigheimen. Soon after, descend the famous Trollstig Road via a series of 11 hairpin bends to the valley below. From here, you’ll arrive in the small fertile agricultural plain around Åndalsnes. On your return drive, a short detour is made up to the ‘Troll Wall’ the highest perpendicular mountain wall in Europe.

During the tour enjoy a Norwegian buffet lunch, featuring both hot and cold dishes and including a choice of a low-alcohol beer or soft drink.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There is an optional walk to the viewpoint at Trollstigheimen, which includes approximately 138 steps. Please remember to carry local currency (Norwegian Kroner) for any additional purchases. This tour involves several tunnels. This tour also operates from the port of Alesund.

Norwegian Farm Visit

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

Visit a traditional farm and sample delicious local delicacies, and experience a true slice of authentic Norwegian life.

Woldstad Farm is beautifully situated in Isfjorded and has been owned and run by the Woldstad family since 1654. The farm now consists of 12 buildings, ranging from a boat house to the summer barn, high in the mountains. Some of the buildings date back to the 1500s.

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your friendly host who will provide you with an insight into life on the farm. During your visit you’ll get to experience Norwegian culture up close with tales of the farm’s history, taste home-made specialities, and sample a selection of local produce. At the ‘barn’, which has lovingly been converted into a charming restaurant, you’ll be treated to tastings which is likely to include svele (thick pancake) with homemade jams, local cheese, and apple and blueberry pie.

After a little instruction, you will also have the opportunity to try baking your own svele! Questions are encouraged as you get to see how life has changed in this often challenging, yet beautiful environment.

Before leaving the farm, you will have a little time at leisure to visit the farm shop and local art gallery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 10 minutes of walking required on this tour, over uneven ground. Passengers are required to negotiate some steps during the tour. The transfer to the farm is unguided. The refreshments will vary, depending on availability during the season.

Rødven Stave Church and the Troll Wall

Activity low

Duration: 2¾ hours

Visit the ancient Rødven Stave Church, one of the few remaining stave churches in Norway, before viewing the famous ‘Troll Wall’.

As you travel out of Åndalsnes you’ll pass the villages of Isfjorden, known for its many small clothing and woodworking factories, Torvikeidet and Leirheim before reaching the ancient, medieval stave church of Rødven.

The Rødven Stave Church, now the property of the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments, dates back to 1300 and is still located on its original site. The wooden stave churches of Norway are the most famous and characteristic achievements of medieval Norwegian architecture. The distinguishing feature of their construction is the inner and outer frame of wooden columns or ‘staves’ supporting the weight of the many steep roofs one above the other. In the 14th century, it is believed that there were more than 1,000 stave churches in Norway. When the country was depopulated by plague most of them fell into decay and later were demolished because they were too small for growing congregations. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the unique architecture and atmosphere of this pretty church, which is one of only 30 surviving stave churches in Norway.

Before heading back to the port, you’ll drive up close to Trollveggen (Troll Wall), with its 3,300 foot vertical and overhanging wall it is Europe's highest perpendicular rock face.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There is a walk of 50 yards from the car park to the church. Flash photography is not permitted inside the church.

Rødven Stave Church and the Troll Wall

Activity low

Duration: 2¾ hours

Visit the ancient Rødven Stave Church, one of the few remaining stave churches in Norway, before viewing the famous ‘Troll Wall’.

As you travel out of Åndalsnes you’ll pass the villages of Isfjorden, known for its many small clothing and woodworking factories, Torvikeidet and Eidsbygda before reaching the ancient, medieval stave church of Rødven.

The Rødven Stave Church, now the property of the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments, dates back to 1300 and is still located on its original site. The wooden stave churches of Norway are the most famous and characteristic achievements of medieval Norwegian architecture. The distinguishing feature of their construction is the inner and outer frame of wooden columns or ‘staves’ supporting the weight of the many steep roofs one above the other. In the 14th century, it is believed that there were more than 1,000 stave churches in Norway. When the country was depopulated by plague most of them fell into decay and later were demolished because they were too small for growing congregations. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the unique architecture and atmosphere of this pretty church, which is one of only 30 surviving stave churches in Norway.

Before heading back to the port, you’ll drive up close to Trollveggen (Troll Wall), with its 3,300 foot vertical and overhanging wall it is Europe's highest perpendicular rock face.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There is a walk of 50 yards from the car park to the church. Flash photography is not permitted inside the church.

 

A selection of cruises to Andalsnes

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