Things to Do – Trollstigen Norway Viewpoint

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Trollstigen, known as the “Troll’s Ladder” or “Troll Path” is a legendary serpentine road in Norway with the most sensational views and a thrilling (or scary) driving experience. Many people think of Trollstigen because of the famous rust-red viewpoint that sits precipitously near the top, known in Norwegian as the Trosstigen Utsikpunkt.

This is a place you must visit if you’re in this part of Norway. It’s not a day trip from Oslo (6 hours drive) or Bergen (9 hours), but there’s a lot to keep you occupied on a trip to the stunning northwest of the country.

Trollstigen Viewpoint (Utsikpunkt)

Isterdalsvegen 1515, 6300 Åndalsnes, Norway

Coordinates: 62.453674, 7.664080

Friendly staff, innovative menu & comfort foods

Extremely busy in summer

Open late May to October (depends on snow)

Café open 1000-1900h during summer

Light-Medium Hikes
Amazing Viewpoints
Cafe & Centre
Toilets
Free

What is it?

The Trollstigen drive is part of the National Scenic Route from Geiranger – Trollstigen. The viewpoints incorporate platforms connected by a series of wooden walkways. These platforms offer panoramic views of Trollstigen, showcasing its hairpin bends and the majestic mountain peaks of Bispen, Kongen, Dronninga, Stigbottshornet, and Storgrovfjellet.

Tours that visit Trollstigen

The rest of this article describes how to visit Trollstigen Viewpoint on a self-organised trip, so read on below if that’s you! However, if you’d like to visit as part of an organised trip, the following are popular options:

From Ålesund – Full Day Tour including Trollstigen, Storfjord & Gudbrandsjuvet
(timed so cruise passengers can also take part)

From Ålesund – Full Day Tour including Trollstigen, Valldal, Stigfossen & Gudbrandsjuvet
(timed so cruise passengers can also take part)

From Åndalsnes – 3-hour Tour to Trollstigen including local guide

How to get to Trollstigen Viewpoint

To reach Trollstigen, you can drive along road 63 between Åndalsnes and Geiranger. The road climbs up to Stigrøra, reaching an elevation of 858 meters above sea level. Visitors can approach Trollstigen from Geiranger to drive down the hairpin bends towards Åndalsnes or start from Åndalsnes and drive up the mountain, enjoying the scenic route along the way. Access to the car park is at the Trollstigen Visitor Centre off Road 53.

Watch the Video

See everything that I witnessed on my last trip to Trollstigen on my YouTube video:

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Parking and Facilities

When you reach the top of Trollstigen, you’ll find a large car park in front of the visitor’s centre. There are some facilities including a cafe, gift shop, toilets and access via wooden walkway to the viewing platforms that will give you different perspectives of the road below and surrounding mountains. There is no fee to park at Trollstigen Viewpoint. However, keep some cash for a snack at the cafe or food stand.

Insider Tips

  • Take your time driving up (or down) the winding road and stop where safe to do so at the passing points to just enjoy the views.
  • There can be cloud and fog, but don’t give up straight away as the weather changes quickly in these mountains.
  • The most Instagrammable shots are from the viewing platforms, particularly the furthest one. These get crammed in the summer season, but be patient, you’ll get a turn.
  • Trollstigen is partially wheelchair accessible. The first platform and viewpoint is on a flat surface (see below). There is a wheelchair accessible toilet.

Where to Stay near Trollstigen

Conclusion

A trip to Trollstigen, with a stop at Trollstigen viewpoint, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime journeys that captures the essence of Norway in a single place: high mountains, soaring valleys full of lush greenery and sprays of mist coming from the tumbling waters. Take a good camera, stout walking shoes and a little patience if you’re going mid-Summer. The hot dogs at the food stand are delicious too!


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