Discover Nature's Version of Checkmate
This tiny town on the shores of Romsdalsfjord sits quietly amidst scenes of majestic natural beauty.
The long, narrow Romsdalen Valley is surrounded by a towering royal trio of mountains known as The King, Queen, and Bishop, evidently part of a perpetual chess match of mythic proportions.
Along the valley floor races a wild and foaming river that morphs into a waterfall plummeting down the rock face.
A road called Trollstigen (literally troll ladder, so beware), twists through 11 hairpin turns as it climbs, in some places cutting into the mountain, at others set atop stone walls.
With 11 sharp twists, turns and switchbacks, the Troll Road climbs nearly 3,000 feet up the side of the mountain. The view is as beautiful as the trolls are ugly.
It is nearly 6,000 feet from the valley floor to the summit of Troll Wall, making Trollveggen the highest vertical mountain face in all of Europe. The Brudgommen and Store Trolltind peaks share the spectacular site.
Ride the rails through the Norweigan countryside, crossing 32 bridges and journeying through six tunnels, enjoying magnificent views.
Andalsnes, Norway At a glance