The Romsdalsfjord
Trollstigen, the “trolls’ staircase” 
The Rauma Railway

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Discovering the fjords

A stop in Andalsnes during your MSC cruise of Northern Europe will give you the opportunity to admire the nature of the Norwegian fjords in all their splendour.
Andalsnes, together with Molde, the main town in the region, is located in the Romsdalsfjord, one of the fjords protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site. It is already exciting to enter a fjord on board a cruise ship but here you can also tackle the most incredible treks like the Trollstigen, the trolls’ staircase, that looks like it’s painted on the imposing mountains.

As you will discover during the MSC excursion, you climb all the way up to Stigrøra (858 metri a.s.l.) along 11 u-bends, in some parts cutting right into the mountain rock. Finally, a massive stone bridge will take you across the awesome Stigfossen Falls. But reference to trolls doesn’t end here: Trollveggen is one of the most famous mountain faces amongst rock-climbers around the world, as also the Romsdalshorn cloimb.

You can explore the Eikesdalen valley and the Mardalsfossen falls, that plunge vertically down almost 300 metres into the valley. A vacation in Norway allows you to travel along some of the most extreme routes in the world like the Atlantic Road that connects the fishing villages of Ona, Bjørnsund, Bud and Håholmen. Or the Aursjøvegen road that goes from the Eikesdalen valley across the Sunndaløra valley.
You then reach Varden, 400 metres above Molde, to enjoy the spectacular view: the entire Romsdalsfjord in front of your eyes and behind you as many as 222 peaks covered in snow almost all year round.

In Andalsnes you should not miss an excursion by train: the Rauma Railway trains travel slowly, occasionally stopping so you can admire unique spots such as the imposing Trollveggen, the ancient stone bridge in Kylling, as well as the falls and the Stavem tunnel where the train makes a 180° turn inside the mountain.

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    ノルウェーで過ごす夢のような休暇。 ノルウェーを象徴する大自然の造形美、フィヨルドを巡る夢の旅へ。


    MSCクルーズの北欧クルーズでは、また、オーロラが織りなす感動的な自然美を鑑賞。夏季には、北極圏ならではの神秘的な白夜を体験します。 ノルウェーでは、2つの古代文明、ヴァイキングサーミの足跡をたどるのも、旅の醍醐味のひとつ。ヴァイキングは単なる海賊や戦い好きの部族ではありませんでした。彼らは商人、探検家かつ植民地開拓者であり、11世紀まで300年以上にわたりスカンジナビア半島と北大西洋地域を統治していました。一方、サーミの人々はこの地方の先住民族で、カラフルな民族衣装(コルト)を身にまとい、大規模なトナカイの遊牧を行いながら、1万年以上にわたり北欧の奥地で生活を営んできました。

    旅の間は、トロル(トロール)にご注意! 北欧クルーズでは、このノルウェーの伝承に登場する妖精にちなんで名付けられた場所をいくつも訪問します: トロルヘイム(トロルの家)山地、トロルスティーゲン(「トロルのはしご」という意味の美しい山岳道路)、トロルヘッタン(トロルのボンネット)、トロールヴェゲン(トロルの壁)など。