Andalsnes Cruise Port

Port of Andalsnes: An Overview

Andalsnes: The picturesque town of approximately 2,000 inhabitants, on the shores of the Romsdal Fjord, north of Bergen, was once the destination of British lords keen on salmon fishing in the Rauma River. The salmon have been depleted over the years, however, in part due to disease.

These days you're more likely to see experienced rock climbers headed to and from the jagged, 3,281-foot "Troll Wall" in the Romsdalen Valley, or amateurs exploring the recently built Norwegian Mountaineering Centre, which boasts Norway's highest indoor climbing wall.

Andalsnes has a most unusual attraction that's easily missed: a chapel in an old red "Intercity Special" railway car parked by the train station. The only train chapel in Norway -- and perhaps the world -- it contains an altar made of railway ties backed by stained glass, bibles in various languages and votive candles to burn in honor of loved ones.

For those interested in Norwegian souvenirs, a variety of shops selling the omnipresent troll figures from Norse mythology, as well as more upscale knitwear and crystal, are located near the port.

Don't Miss

Norsk Tindesenter: Visit the architecturally stunning Norsk Tindesenter (Norwegian Mountaineering Centre) where experienced climbers can take on the highest climbing wall in Norway and beginners and kids can try the smaller Boulder Wall. Even if you're not a fan of climbing, it's worth a visit to admire the building, alone. There's also a 3D mountain adventure movie, exhibits of vintage and current climbing gear, a cafe and free Wi-Fi.

Rauma Railway: For something more sedate, ride the Rauma Railway past some of Norway's magnificent natural wonders. (Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May to September.)

Trollstigen: Most cruise lines offer an outing on the famed serpentine Trollstigen (Trolls Path) road. It twists around 11 hairpin turns to 2,814 feet above sea level. A stone bridge takes passengers across the Stigfossen waterfall.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Norway's currency is the krone. Credit cards are widely accepted and an ATM can be found just a few minutes' stroll from the pier, on Jernbanegata Street past the Mountaineering Centre. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com.

Language

Norwegian is the official language, but English is widely spoken.

  • Andalsnes: Azura
    jaypo63
    Nothing to do here at all,had a coffee in the museum style place but no shops of any interest,mostly clothes ... Read more
  • Andalsnes: Azura
    orient.fan
    First time here and a quiet little town with not much to do. However, plenty of walks to take and sunshine to enjoy. ... Read more
  • Andalsnes: Aurora
    Happychappy64
    Nice place. Here we did the Rauma rail journey. We did the first half by coach and the second half coming back by train. Both journeys stunning but the train journey edged it for scenery. Would recommend ... Read more
  • Andalsnes: Queen Elizabeth
    Coooomikay
    We were blessed with glorious weather on our day here. I would strongly recommend doing an excursion here because it is a very tiny town with very little to see otherwise. We did the Trollstigheimen Scenic Drive trip with Cunard. It wasn't cheap but ... Read more
  • Andalsnes: Azura
    dan19_82
    Again, a very small place. We wanted to the do train trip or at least a coach trip but they were all booked up. I would say book this one way way in advance and get your spot as there is little else to do. The cruise liner has not put enough effort ... Read more
  • Andalsnes: Azura
    Teasy
    Did not meet expectations but some lovely scenery,awful coach driver and average tour guide. ... Read more
  • Andalsnes: Oriana
    neighbours 9/ll
    Ship docks near shops and trains so easy to explore on your own. The excursion on the train was excellent with beautiful scenery and an enjoyable bus journey back. ... Read more