Åndalsnes

Vi hadde store forhåpninger til Åndalsnes, men etter å ha passert Tresfjord og Innfjord, – kunne noe være enda vakrere? Hadde norsk natur ennå noen overraskelser å by på?  Ja, faktisk!  Det er ikke uten grunn at Åndalsnes også kalles “Alpebyen ved fjorden”. Ut av tunnelen fra Innfjorden, over Setnes, bommet vi på hotellet og havnet på cruise-kaien ved jernbanestasjonen -Det ble på en måte en liten “sjokk-åpning” på vårt besøk i Åndalsnes. For hvor kan man ellers finne et slikt scenario? På Luganosjøen i Sveits?  Her ser vi innover Isfjorden, en liten arm av Romsdalsfjorden og deler av det fjellmassivet som ellers går under fellesnavnet “Romsdalsalpene”.
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We had rather big expectations for ‘Åndalsnes’, but after having passed through ‘Tresfjord’ and ‘Innfjord, would it be possible to find anything even more beatuiful? Did Norwegian nature still have something worth seeing? In fact: Yes! There is a reason why ‘Åndalsnes’ also goes by the name of the ‘Alp City’.  Coming out of the tunnel from ‘Innfjord’, we managed to miss our hotel and ended up on the wharf in the center of the city. A shock opening, you might say?  Where else might one find such a scenario? On Lake Lugano in Switzerland possibly? Here we are lookin in the ‘Isfjord’ (Icefjord) that wedges itself into a mountain massive called ‘Romsdals-alpene’ (The alps of Romsdal)

Picture 1453Da vi ankom havnen hadde et cruiseskip akkurat forlatt kaien og var i ferd med å manøvrere seg i posisjoin til å seile ut fjorden –

When we arrived at the docks, a cruiseliner had just left the pier and were maneuvering midfjord in order to leave ‘Åndalsnes’

Picture 1450Nede ved kaien fant vi en annen “dreamboat”,  som i sterk kontrast til cruiseskipet ute på fjorden, bragte tankene hen på andre og kanskje litt mer folkelige former for “cruise”?

Down by the wharf we stubled across another ‘dreamboat’ that, due to the strong contrast
to the cruiseship, led our thoughts into a direction of an all together different form of ‘cruise’-

Vi var sultne, og da det fantes et spisested på selve brygga,- et partytelt hvor en del yngre mennesker hadde startet brygge-restaurant, forsøkte vi det. Men,- kanskje bør man ta inn over seg at gjester ikke liker å spise sin mat med klumpete og til dels flekkete service i forskjellige farger. Sulten overvant våre betenkeligheter, og rett skal være rett, – vi ble ikke syke. Men hadde vi hatt et valg…

We were hungry, and since there were sort of a restaurant near by, – a party tent raised on the pier itself, we decided to try it out. But – perhaps someone ougth to realize that most guests dont fancy eating from dirty plates and with forks and knives that had obviously just been used. There was, however, no options and the food wasn’t all bad. And we didn’t get sick afterwards. But if there had been an alternative . . .
Picture 1444Nede ved cruise-kaia er fant vi også jernbanestasjonen som forøvrig også er ende holdeplass for den berømte Rauma-banen –
Raumabanen ble åpnet så tidlig som i 1924 og sies  med sine 114 km fra Dombås til Åndalsnes å være: Norges villeste og vakreste togreise. Hvor har jeg hørt disse ordene før? Jeg som nettopp har reist med Flåmsbanen?  Den var visst også “villest og vakrest” ? (men blås i det) Det som imidlertid bør være av interesse er at Raumabanen fra 2008 etter særlig avtale med NSB opererer etter helt egne sommerruter. med større kapasitet enn før, langsommere hastighet, store panoramaruter og flerspråklig guiding.
Såkalte opplevelsesturer!

Close by the pier, we also found the local railway station which also happens to be the end station on ‘Rauma-banen’ (The Rauma Railway). ‘Raumabanen’ was first time opened in 1924, and with its 87 miles of tracks  from ‘Dombås’ to ‘Åndalsnes’ said to be Norway’s wildest and most beautiful train ride!  Does it sound familiar? Wasn’t that actually
The Flåm Railway‘?
Well, never mind!  What’s probably of more interest to you is that ‘Raumabanen’ since 2008 has operated a special ‘tourist train between ‘Dombås’ and ‘Åndalsnes’ every summer.
It takes more people than before, it goes slower, it has large panorama windows and carry guides able to communicate with you in a number of languages. The train mkjigfht even be stopping completely allowing you to get the perfect picture!  ‘Adventure Tours’!
Picture 1446Raumabanen er forøvrig den eneste jernbanestrekning i Møre & Romsdal, men når jeg studerer disse plakatene litt nærmere, ser det ut til at jeg må besøke dette fylket flere ganger?

‘Raumabanen’, by the way, is the only railway operated within the county of
‘Møre & Romsdal’, but when I study these boards a bit closer, it seems that I’ll have to visit ‘Møre & Romsdal’ several times more –
Picture 1441På stasjonsområdet fant jeg et monument som minnet om rallarens innsats under bygging av banen, men her ble jeg en smule usikker: På steinen sto det: “Raumabanen 1924 – 1999″  men hvis banen ble åpner i 1924 og fortsatt opereres i 2008, hva var det som skjedde i 1999? (Noen gåter skal man jo ha! )

In the station area I found a monument reminding us about the efforts of the ‘rallars’ constructing this railway, but was taken by uncertainty. On the stone it said: ‘Raumabanen 1924 – 1999’.  But if the railway are still being operated in 2008, what happened in 1999?
(Some enigmas  makes life interesting :-)  )

Åndalsnes er et industri- og handelssenter samt administrasjonssenteret i Rauma kommune, en kommune bestående av ca 1500 kvadratkilometer og bebodd av 7300 mennesker hvorav ca 3000 bor i selve Åndalsnes m/omland. Ingen stor by, men du verden for en natur! Mellom byen og Veblungsnes renner Rauma ut i fjorden. Hørt om Rauma? Ja, en av Norges beste lakse-elver!

‘Åndalsnes’ is an  idustrial- and trading center. It’s also the administration center of the community of ‘Rauma’. The community of Rauma includes some 1500 square km inhabited by approximately 7300 people, of which about 3000 lives in ‘Åndalsnes’ and close areas.
Not a very large city, indeed, but with an impressive nature surrounding it.

Between ‘Veblungsnes’ and Åndalsnes, the river ‘Rauma’ ends up in the fjord. Some will have heard abot the ‘Rauma River’ before. Yes, it’s on of the best salomon rivers in the country!
Picture 1435Siden solen fortsatt skinte over fjelltoppene og siden vi ikke hadde noen garantier for morgendagen, bestemte vi oss for å spasere litt rundt i byen .

Since the sun was still shining from a rather cloudless sky, and with no guarantees for tomorrow, we decided to walk about the city streets for a while –
Picture 1436Vi valgte en vei som bragte oss litt opp fra havna og som ga oss utsyn over Isfjorden. Selve Isfjorden ligger innerst i fjorden. Og bak kneiser Romsdalsalpene.

We chose a road that would bring us a bit higher, opening up a view into the Isfjord (Icefjord). The settlement Isfjorden itself is located at the bottom of the fjord. In the backgrund we may see the ‘Romsdalen alps’.

Picture 1439Her et lite oversiktsbilde av den tidligere omtalte jernbanestasjonen i Åndalsnes og også herfra ser vi godt fjellene rundt byen.

Here is a panoramic view of the railway station. Also from her we get a good view of the mountains surrounding the city.
Picture 1454På torvet fant vi rådhuset i Rauma kommune, men vi fant fort ut at vi nok kanskje burde ta bildet i motsatt retning –

In the market place in the center of the city, we found the city hall overlooking the sea. We quickly concluded that a picture would best be taken in the opposite direction –

Picture 1458ASå etter å ha gjort dette kunne vi se på detaljer – som f.eks. blomster

So after having done this, we could consentrate on details – like for instance flowers

Picture 1455
Picture 1457Eller vi kunne dokumentere at Åndalsnes besøkes av landets mest poplære
danseband –

Or we could document that Åndalsnes are visited by the most popular bands in the country

Picture 1459Nær havna fant vi et stort rosehagtorntre i full blomst

Near the wharf we came across a rose hawthorne in full bloom
Picture 1460Og ute på Romsdalsfjorden var noen opptatt med å prøve fiskelykken . . .

And out there on the ‘Romsdals fjord’ somebody were trying their hand at fishing . . .
Picture 1462Så kom vi tilfeldigvis over denne litt spennende bygningen. Jeg skulle gi mye for å være ‘flue på veggen’ når arkitekten har sitt årlige møte med forsikrings-agenten?

Then we came across this exiting building. I’d give money to be a ‘fly on the wall’ when the architect have his annual meeting with the insurance agent ?
Picture 1463Men selvsagt finnes det forretningsbygg med mer karakter –

But of course there are enterprises with more character
Picture 1466Og det finnes blomster, og enda flere blomster. Her en rhododenron –

And there’s flowers, and still more flowers – Here a rhododendron!
Picture 1467Det var ingen særlig trafikk i Åndalsnes, men det hadde naturlig nok noe med tidspunktet på kvelden å gjøre. For oss var det behagelig  –

There wasn’t much of a traffic i Åndalsnes, but of course, that would have somewthing to do with the time of day. To us it was rather pleasant –
Picture 1471Et par ‘skudd’ ut Romsdalsfjorden

A couple of shots out the ‘Romsdals fjord’
Picture 1472Og for å finne ut om man kan ta et bilde direkte inn i ‘soløyet’ med dagens digitale kameraer? (Og det kan man! )

And to find out whether it possible to take a picture directly into the sun with todays digital cameras?  (And that may be possible)
Picture 1474Her et av fjellmassivene som ruver over byen. De små ‘spirene’ man ser på toppen er faktisk en del av den berømte ‘Trollveggen‘ – Europas høyeste frie fall på 1800 meter

Here one of the mountain massives surrounding the city. Note the small ‘spires’ on the top. They are in fact part of the more renowned ‘Trollveggen‘ not far away. Europes highest ‘free fall’ with 6000 ft.
Picture 1478Den minste kirken i landet? Nei, det er ingen kirke. Derimot er det verktøybua til graveren!
Man skulle tro at en kirke med spir ville være lett å få øye på, men dessverre –

The smallest church in the country?  No, sorry, it’s no church. It’s the tool shed belonging to the maintenance crew on the graveyard.  One should think that a church would be easy to spot, but we didn’t find one in Åndalsnes!

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Her er et skudd mot Romsdalshorn (1550 moh) som vi kunne se fra vårt hotellrom.

Romsdalshorn, seen from our hotel room, rising 4650 ft in the air!

Picture 1482På hjemvei passerte vi et tre som er heller uvanlig på våre kanter. Litt undersøkelser avdekket at det i Norge bærer navnet ‘Apeskrekk’, men det faktum at vi fant det i Åndalsnes bærer bud om at dette er et område hvor planter og trær trives?

On our ‘home run’ we passed this weird looking tree. Not something  usually to be found in Norway. Some investigation revealed that the name (in Norway) should be ‘Apeskrekk’ which means ‘Moneky Fear’, but the fact that it’s found her indicates a particular rich soil throughout the area.

Picture 1484Her inngangspartiet til vårt hotell i Åndalsnes.

Here the entrance area to our hotel in Åndalsnes.
Picture 1498Og helt til slutt: Et siste bilde fra vårt hotellrom hvor Romsdalshorn farges rosa av kveldssolens siste stråler –

And at the long last:  The last rays from the evening sun colours the ‘Romsdalshorn’ a rosy red. What ever will the morning bring?
(Compliments of SRB )

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25 Responses to Åndalsnes

  1. e says:

    Excellent pics! As a half Viking, the rugged beauty haunts…

    e

    • Seenorway says:

      Thank you, Eric. Ther’ll be a lot more coming, but there’s still a lot you haven’t seen.
      Please check under ‘Geographic Zones’/Front Page
      Pennsylvania, is it? ‘Half Viking’ I had expected somewhere in the northwest?🙂

  2. restlessjo says:

    Such lovely surroundings on the fjord! I love the combination of sunshine and water. It looks quite idyllic. (though I’m sure the sun doesn’t always shine like that)

    • Seenorway says:

      I wish I could take the honours, but this is Norway. Perhaps I should only recommend that you keep tabs on what I publish here? ‘Cause it’s gonna be a lot more coming (hopefully something allready tomorrow)

  3. allesistgut says:

    Thanks again for the nice report and the beautiful photos of Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord. I love that region and spent some time at the camping site under the Trollveggen wall. It was very exciting because one morning there was a rock fall. It’s amazing to sleep in the small valley between Romsdalshorn and Trollveggen.
    But please could you tell me what you mean at your comment on my Island posting from today!

    • Seenorway says:

      I may, of course, have misunderstood the situation, but it seems you have gotten so many exitings shots and from so many different places in Iceland, I have a feeling you must have stayed there for a really long time? So I suspected mthat you were in fact staying there for a month or so . . . ?
      It’s a wonderful country to photograph! (I fully agree)

      • allesistgut says:

        Thanks for your explanation. Now I understand you. Yep, every blog post describes one day of our journey. So there are a few more to come. And I can already tell you we didn’t stay a month or longer there. But while our journey through Iceland it felt like we were there since several months.😉

        • Seenorway says:

          I was there only once, and it’s quite a few years back (1962 I believe) but the nature is still there😀
          One of the things I still remember is rowing a canoe on the lake just outside of Thingvellir where we nearly didn’t find our way back to the hotel. And our hotel room which was something like 3×5 yards (just like a prison cell), but what will one not endure to get a look at Iceland🙂

          • allesistgut says:

            Thanks for sharing your story. Very interesting and a nice idea to paddle on the Lake at Thingvellir. You’re right. Also a small room is enough, main thing is that you are in Iceland.😉

  4. Pit says:

    Hi there,
    wonderful pictures from a gorgeous country. Really enticing to visit Norway one day, as I had already decided, btw, when I saw pictures on http://toffeefee.wordpress.com/.
    best regards from southern Texas,
    Pit

    • Seenorway says:

      You’re welcome to visit, Pit. Best time will probably be from May 15th to mid-August, but it all depends on what you are looking for?
      On my blog I’ll take you to ever new places every week. Perhaps you’ll find it helpful in your decision where to go?

      • Pit says:

        It might b a long time yet before my wife and I will be able to visit Norway. What we’d really love to do would be travelling with the Hurtig Line. That’s something we’re definitely looking into.
        Take care, and a merry Christmas and ahappy new year to you,
        Pit

        • Seenorway says:

          You mean ‘ Hurtigruten’ – our main highway (no 1) going from Bergen to Kirkenes and back?
          Yes, it’s a treat. Especially if you have the best of weather! And the sun will always be shining upon you – day as night! But you may save time though. For instance you could follow the ship to Tromsø, then grab a plane and fly down to Oslo where you take the train back to Bergen. Enroute you might leave the train at Myrdal station and proceed by the Flåm Railway (Se one of my other reports) down into the Sognefjord area and take a boat back to Bergen. You’ll definitely remember Norway another 10 years😀

        • Pit says:

          Yes, it’s Hurtigrouten I was thinking of. Sorry I didn’t look up the correct name. Thanks for the advice for a combined ship/train/plane trip. I appreciate that. Btw, friends of mine are just now on a trip with Hurtigrouten to tghe North Cape, on their smallest ship. They’ve done the same last Christmas and enjoyed it so much that they wanted to experience that wonderful journey again this year. If I decide to do it, I might have a competent tour guide in Dina of the The-World-Accoring-to-Dina blog.
          Have a great time, and my best wishes for the new year 2013,
          Pit

  5. Mjollnir says:

    Fantastiske bilder. Jeg har mye mer av Norge å se!

    • Seenorway says:

      Tja, det beror jo på hvor mye du har sett fra før ?😀 Men høyst sannsynlig vil 95% av oss ha mye usett og mye å glede seg til ja.
      Og jeg har en del bilder . . . Problemet er jo bare at jo lengre man holder på i dette gamet, jo mer kritisk blir man – også til egne bilder og ferdigheter, og det som ukritisk ville blitt publisert ifjor, havner nesten i søppelbøtta i år😀 Men jeg har planer om å fotografere mer . . .

  6. vestlending says:

    Jammen ett flott land vi har! er det ikke enkelte steder du har lyst å besøke på ny?

    • Seenorway says:

      Joda, men det er ellers et kostnadsspørsmål! Leste nylig at moderne biler kunne få kjemperegninger etter 100 000 km og at timeprisen på verksteder i Oslo nå lå på 1950 kroner.
      (Blodsugere!) Så da blir det til at jeg bruker mine kilometere med omhu. I øyeblikket ligger jeg på 104 000, men jeg håper jo å kunne ha en viss nytte av bilen min i hvertfall til 150 000 (det skulle bli ca 3 – 4 år til) Og da håper jeg dette har begynt å bli en smule inntektsbringende . . .

  7. WM says:

    A very fine report: interesting, colorful, humorous. I like a rosy red photo very much. Such a beautiful country!

    • Seenorway says:

      Yes, ‘light’ is an important element in photography, but this particular ‘rosa’is often more in precense early in the mornings.
      Late evenings are mostly more yellowish . . . (But I got a nice shot)

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