Andalsnes cruises

Near this idyllic town, gaze up at the ‘Troll Wall’, whose immense grassy cliffs form the highest vertical mountain face in Europe. Or make an ascent of the ‘Troll Ladder’, a road whose hairpin bends zig-zag up a steep mountainside and reveal spectacular valley views close to the thundering Stigfossen Waterfall.

Excursions

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.

  • Scenic Rauma Railway

    Enjoy a scenic journey through a landscape of lush valleys, jagged mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls and flowing rivers.

    Scenic Rauma Railway

    Embark on a panoramic train journey full of sights and dramatic scenery. The railway follows the Rauma River, where you can enjoy views of Mount Romsdalshorn, the Trolltindane and the ‘Troll Wall’. The Rauma River descends from the Lesjaskog Lake and forms many attractive waterfalls along the way. Crossing over the Kylling Bridge there is a dramatic view of the foaming river down in the canyon. This bridge is an impressive work of engineering, only natural stone is used, with each piece fitting together perfectly.

    At Bjorli Station your mode of transport changes. A coach drive will take you through what is considered to be one of Norway’s most beautiful valleys, with impressive peaks rising straight up from the valley floor. A photograph stop is made at the Slettafossen Waterfall viewpoint and the ‘Troll Wall’, the highest vertical and overhanging wall in Europe.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are three steep steps to embark the train. Foldable wheelchairs can be stored on board. Depending on the train schedule it is possible that there could be a wait of up to 45 minutes at Bjorli Station before boarding your transport. The train journey is a scheduled service on a one-track railway line, delays may occur if the train has to wait for an on-coming train to pass. There are basic toilet facilities on the train and on the platform. The journey involves several tunnels.

    Tour code

    AND_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • The Atlantic Ocean Road

    Travel along the Atlantic Ocean Road, hailed as one of the most scenic drives in the world.

    The Atlantic Ocean Road

    Opened in the 1980s, the Atlantic Ocean Road stretches for eight kilometres and offers a unique journey, close to the powerful Atlantic Ocean. Often referred to as ‘The Road in the Ocean’, this twisting road rises and falls from islet to islet across the boundless sea.

    Your tour begins with a scenic drive along Isfjorden to Åfarnes, from where you will take a short ferry ride to Sølsnes.

    Upon arrival in Sølsnes, journey by coach for around 1½ hours, passing over pretty bridges and through an underwater tunnel, before reaching the highlight of your tour the Atlantic Ocean Road. As you embark on your journey along the Atlantic Ocean Road, ensure to have your camera ready to capture photographs of the wonderful surrounding scenery. A stop will be made along the way at a viewpoint, offering stunning views.

    Afterwards, reboard your coach and head back to Sølsnes, via the charming fishing villages of Bud and Elnesvagen. Take the ferry back to Åfarnes, before continuing by coach back to Åndalsnes.

    During your tour a delicious lunch of fish soup and steamed salmon, will be served at a local restaurant.


    This excursion will operate by by coach, ferry and on foot. This tour is conducted mainly by coach; however some walking is required to reach the viewpoint at the Atlantic Ocean Road, and the luncheon venue. The walkway at the Atlantic Ocean Road viewpoint may be slippery when wet. There are a few steps to negotiate to reach the luncheon venue. The Atlantic Ocean Road is narrow with a number of curves, therefore this tour is not suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness.

    Tour code

    AND_023

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Rødven Stave Church & the Troll Wall

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

    Rødven Stave Church & the 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.


    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.

    Tour code

    AND_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2¾ hours

  • Trollstigheimen Scenic Drive

    Enjoy a leisurely scenic drive through lush valleys and dramatic mountains, past rivers and waterfalls to Trollstigheimen.

    Trollstigheimen Scenic Drive

    Setting off from the beautifully situated village of Åndalsnes, you’ll head along the Rauma River as mountains rise up dramatically on both sides. Mount Romsdalshorn, at 5,000 feet is on one side, with Trolltindane opposite at 5,100 feet on the other. You’ll drive close to the famous ‘Troll Wall’ with its vertical, overhanging wall.

    Crossing the Sogge Bridge, you’ll approach the Isterdal Valley, surrounded by impressive mountains with majestic names, such as The King, The Queen and The Bishop. Further up the valley, reach the Trollstigen Road (Path of the Trolls), which winds and climbs in a series of 11 hairpin bends to reach the top of the Trollstigen Road.

    A photograph stop will be made in the valley to admire the lovely, cascading 590 foot Stigfoss Waterfall, before heading up the pass to Trollstigheimen. From here you’ll be able to enjoy magnificent views over the wild, unspoilt mountains and the Isterdal Valley.

    Refreshments of coffee, tea and cakes will be served during the journey.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The sights and scenery are seen from the comfort of your coach. There is an optional walk of 138 steps to an additional viewpoint located by the Trollstigheimen Mountain Lodge.

    Tour code

    AND_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Land of the Trolls

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

    Land of the Trolls

    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 photograph 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 photograph 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 luncheon, featuring both hot and cold dishes and including a choice of a low-alcohol beer or soft drink.



    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.

    Tour code

    AND_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Norwegian Farm Visit

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

    Norwegian Farm Visit

    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.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately ten minutes of walking required on this tour, over uneven ground. Guests 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.

    Tour code

    AND_025

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2½ hours