Norway's incredible natural beauty and geological formations are the focus of the full-day tour. Stopping at charming villages along the way, guests will see such sights as the deep Gudbrandsjuvet Gorge, needle-like mountain peaks, verdant valleys, stunning waterfalls, rushing rivers, and the 1,500 foot-high Troll Wall, whose vertical face was first scaled by climbers in 1965.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approx. 0.3 mile over asphalt surfaces with 2-3 steps to enter/exit the coach. This tour is not recommended for guests who have difficulties climbing and/or managing steps.
This tour will be operated in English only. The highlight of this tour is a scenic drive down the Trollstigen, or Path of the Trolls.
-Lunch: Delight in a Norwegian lunch at a local restaurant.
-Path of the Trolls: Wind down the path’s 11 giant hairpin bends and see the Stigfoss Waterfall, needle-sharp peaks, and the valley surrounded by captivating mountains.
This tour will be operated in English only.
You’ll join your coach at the pier in Alesund and drive through green scenery along Storfjorden. Your first stop will be at the medieval Stordal Church, known for its interior rose paintings and fresco decorations.
You’ll continue to Liabygd and arrive at the village of Valldal, known for its strawberry production. You’ll follow the valley towards Trollstigen (Path of the Trolls), passing the impressive Gudbrandsjuvet Gorge, measuring 16 feet wide and 80 feet deep with a foaming river at the bottom. At 2,500 feet above sea level, surrounded by dramatically shaped mountain peaks, you can enjoy the stunning views from the viewpoint.
You’ll travel down Trollstigen (Path of the Trolls) by bus and wind through its 11 giant hairpin bends blasted out of the mountainside to Isterdalen Valley. You will cross the Stigfoss Waterfall with a drop of 585 feet and you’ll see the needle-sharp peaks thrust their way 600 feet skywards.
You’ll reach the bottom of the valley that is surrounded by captivating mountains with majestic names, such as The King, The Queen and The Bishop. The drive then takes you through lush vegetation to Andalsnes, a charming village, and further along the Romsdalsfjord. You follow the river up the Romsdalen valley to see the highest vertical mountain wall in Europe, the Troll Wall, at 1,500 feet high. Before 1965, no one believed that it was possible for a human being to climb the vertical face of the Troll Wall. In 1965, a Norwegian and an English climbing team proved otherwise. It took them 14 days to reach the top, climbing different routes. Since then various routes have been climbed, the routes are often given names after the first ascendants. You’ll return to Alesund passing picturesque villages along the fjord.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-Camera and cash for shopping.
-Rain jacket or umbrella in the event of rain.
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-Based on the weather forecast, participants should take appropriate weather gear with them.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.3 mile over asphalt surfaces with 2-3 steps to enter/exit the coach.
-Tour order may vary, but all listed sights will be covered.
-This tour is not recommended for guests who have difficulties climbing and/or managing steps.