The alarming heights of the Trollstigen (Troll’s Ladder), a trans-mountain route between Valldal and Åndalsnes, are equally compelling in either direction. The road negotiates the mountains by means of eleven hairpins with a maximum gradient of 1:12, but it’s still a pretty straightforward drive until, that is, you meet a tour bus coming the other way – followed by a bit of nervous backing up and repositioning. Drivers (and cyclists) should also be particularly careful in wet weather.

From Valldal, the southern end of the Trollstigen starts gently enough with the road rambling up the Valldal valley. Thereafter, the road swings north, building up a head of steam as it bowls up the Meiadal valley bound for the barren mountains beyond. Now the road starts to climb in earnest, clambering up towards the bleak and icy plateau-pass, the Trollstigplatået, which marks its high point. Beyond the Trollstigplatået, the sheer audacity of the road becomes apparent, zigzagging across the face of the mountain and somehow managing to wriggle round the tumultuous, 180-metre Stigfossen falls. Beyond the hairpins, on the northern part of the Trollstigen, the road resumes its easy ramblings, scuttling along the Isterdal to meet the E136 just 5km short of Åndalsnes.

Travel offers; book through Rough Guides

Norway features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

13 ridiculously gorgeous pictures of Norway

13 ridiculously gorgeous pictures of Norway

From mountain landscapes to the midnight sun, photographer George Turner shares a selection of his best pictures of Norway. Norway, no matter the season, is …

06 Sep 2016 • George Turner insert_drive_file Article
Meet Norway's new ambassadors: 4 sheep named Erik, Frida, Lars and Kari

Meet Norway's new ambassadors: 4 sheep named Erik, Frida, Lars and Kari

This summer, the Norwegian tourist board have taken a new approach to sharing their country's magnificent landscapes. They've shunned slick ad campaigns in favo…

01 Aug 2016 • Eleanor Aldridge insert_drive_file Article
A first-timer’s guide to the Faroe Islands

A first-timer’s guide to the Faroe Islands

Way out in the cool North Atlantic Ocean, there’s a cluster of craggy islands inhabited primarily by sheep and puffins. The Faroe Islands are Scandinavia’s …

07 Jun 2016 • Ros Walford insert_drive_file Article
View more featureschevron_right

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month