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Useful information for shore excursions in Åndalsnes
Below you can find information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights and other useful information for shore excursions in Åndalsnes. Discover the magical Norwegian Åndalsnes on your own or in a guided tour easily and conveniently with My Cruise Excursion!
The most beautiful sights in Åndalsnes
The small town of Åndalsnes is located at Isfjord, an arm of the Romsdalsfjord. Since the 19th century, the city has been the starting point for excursions to Romsdalen and Romsdal Alps. Due to the heavy destruction in Åndalsnes during World War II, the small town offers rather few sights. Near the harbor, there is an eye-catching building, Norsk Tindesenter Visitor Center, which is all about mountain climbing
About 20 km (12 mi) south of Åndalsnes is one of Norway’s most popular attractions: the Trollstigen road with its eleven hairpin curves and 11% rise.
The overwhelming road is surrounded by high mountain peaks such as Kongen (the king), Dronninga (the queen) and Bispen (the bishop). At the summit there is the viewpoint “Utsikten”, which offers a breathtaking view over the entire course of the road as well as over the surrounding valleys and fjords.
South of Åndalsnes are the so-called Troll peaks, known for their extremely steep cliffs.
The Troll wall or Trollveggen is with 1000m (3,280 ft) height the highest vertical and partly overhanging mountain wall of Europe. For climbers, this wall is a particularly popular challenge. By now you can choose between ten different climbing routes, most of which are bigwall climbing.
The Raumabane is a single-track, non-electrified railway line, which is one of the most beautiful and romantic railways in Norway.
The emerald river Rauma flows along the route, which eventually gives it its name. This route starts in Dombås and ends after 114 km (70 mi) in Åndalsnes. During the excursion, you can see many sights when the train goes slowlier or even take some photos when it stops at a couple of well-known landmarks like e.g. the famous Kylling bridge or the Troll wall.
Map of cruise port in Åndalsnes
Most cruise ships dock directly at the harbor of Åndalsnes so you can easily explore the land on foot. If the ships are particularly large, they must anchor and you will be brought ashore by tender boats.
Things to know about excursions in Åndalsnes
Shipping companies and routes
Cruise lines that have Åndalsnes as a port of call during their program in Northern Europe are MSC, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Costa and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Immigration and visa
Norway is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Norway for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay.
UK citizen who holds either a full UK passport or a BOTC, BOC, BPP or BS passport can travel to Norway visa-free.
For more accurate and up-to-date information, please contact your cruise operator.
The official currency here is the Norwegian Krone (NOK), 1 dollar = 8.39 NOK; 1 pound = 10,70 NOK
Taxi and other public transports
You can find the train station near the port of Åndalsnes, from here you will have direct access to the Rauma Line. Taxis are very scarce and very expensive. That’s why it’s best to book a guided private or shared excursion.
Åndalsnes has a moderately warm climate. However, it can have rainfalls all year round. In July and August, temperatures rise to 14 °C / 57 °F, making them the warmest months. There is no specific travel time for Åndalsnes, as there is something special in every season. However, keep in mind that some shipping companies will only dock in the area between March and November at the latest.
Websites of the port and tourist organization
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