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The Trollstigen Route in Norway

Known for its 11 sharp hairpin bends and breathtaking views, the Trollstigen Route in Norway is one for your bucket list for European Road Trips. The route is not particularly long, but the Troll’s Route from Geiranger to the bottom of the Romsdal valley stretches out to around 100 KM and offers limitless photographic opportunities. On this route, even the most thrill-seeking travelers can feel the adrenaline running through their veins.

Route info

  • Route name: The Trollstigen Route in Norway
  • Length: around 100 KM
  • Suggested duration: 2-3 hours with stops for views
  • Best by: car or bike. Vehicles over 12.4m are banned on this route and watch out for oncoming cars in the tight bends.
  • Start and end point: from Geiranger to the bottom of the Romsdal valley
  • Best time to visit: summer or beginning of autumn. The route is closed from late autumn through winter.
  • Highlights: the absolute breathtaking views and 11 hairpin bends

The Trollstigen Route in Norway

With over 2000 cars passing in the summer season (one every 10 seconds) you are rarely alone on the Trollstigen Route. The road has a 10% incline and is perfect for those seeking a sportive challenge (by bike) or wish to see the views over the far stretches of the valleys and mighty nature. The stonewalls supporting these roads are carved inside the mountains.

The Trollstigen Route takes you through the dramatic nature of the Fjords, with its steep mountains and high waterfalls, where the mountains have names such as Kongen (“the King”), Dronningen (“The Queen”), Bispen (“the Bishop”), Trollveggen (“The Trolls Wall”). The steepest part of the road is at Ørnevegen (“The Eagle Road”), between Geiranger to Eidsdal, at a height of 620m climbing and bending up to 858m at Stigrøra.

The best awe-inspiring views are to be seen from the Trollstigen Center, where two viewpoints from a platform were build. In this part of the road, you'll grapple across the hairpin bends and the road takes a crazy spin with vertiginous steep inclines. Close to the platform, a stone bridge carries the road across the impressive Stigfossen waterfall.

Photo by: Visit Norway

Photo by: Jarle Wæhler / Statens Vegvesen

Photo by: Nasjonale Turistveger

Photo by: Jarle Wæhler / Statens Vegvesen

Photo by: Øyvind Heen