Åndalsnes  is a town in Rauma Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. Åndalsnes is in the administrative center of Rauma Municipality. It is located along the Isfjorden, at the mouth of the river Rauma, at the north end of the Romsdalen valley. The village of Isfjorden lies about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) to the east, Veblungsnes lies just to the west across the Rauma, and Innfjorden lies about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the southwest via the European Route E136 highway.

Historic: Aandalsnes
View of Åndalsnes from the mountain Nebba
View of Åndalsnes from the mountain Nebba
Åndalsnes is located in Møre og Romsdal
Location of the town
Åndalsnes is located in Norway
Åndalsnes (Norway)
Coordinates: 62°34′03″N 7°41′14″E / 62.5675°N 7.6871°E / 62.5675; 7.6871Coordinates: 62°34′03″N 7°41′14″E / 62.5675°N 7.6871°E / 62.5675; 7.6871
RegionWestern Norway
CountyMøre og Romsdal
MunicipalityRauma Municipality
Established as 
Town (By)1996
 • Total2.23 km2 (0.86 sq mi)
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
 • Total2,403
 • Density1,078/km2 (2,790/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
6300 Åndalsnes

In 2017 the 2.23-square-kilometre (550-acre) town had a population of 2,403 and a population density of 1,078 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,790/sq mi).[1]

Åndalsnes has an association football club, Åndalsnes IF. The local church is Grytten Church, but its actually located across the river in Veblungsnes. The harbour is called "Tindekaia", and is visited every year by many cruise ships.[3]


Åndalsnes is located at the mouth of the river Rauma, at the shores of the Romsdalsfjord, one of the first Norwegian rivers to host English fly fishermen in the nineteenth century. The river's salmon population is currently undergoing restoration after seeing strong declines in the 1980s following an infestation of Gyrodactylus salaris, a freshwater fish parasite that mainly affects salmon. As with many other infested rivers, the Rauma is experiencing an increase in the population of sea trout.

The river flows through the Romsdalen valley, which features some of the most spectacular scenery in the entire country. Trollveggen (the Troll Wall) one of the cliff formations in the valley, has a vertical drop of more than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). It was an early launch site for European BASE jumpers.


The European route E136 highway and Norwegian County Road 64 pass through Åndalsnes. County Road 64 heads to the towns of Molde and Kristiansund to the north and the E136 highway heads to the town of Ålesund to the west and to Dombås to the southeast.

Trains on the Rauma Line terminate at the port of Åndalsnes, with bus connections to the nearby towns of Molde and Ålesund.


The village of Åndalsnes was the administrative centre of the old municipality of Grytten from 1838 until 1964, when Grytten was merged with several other municipalities to form the new Rauma Municipality. Åndalsnes then became the administrative centre of the new municipality of Rauma.

During World War II, after the German invasion of Norway in April 1940, British troops landed in Åndalsnes as a part of a pincer movement to take the mid-Norwegian city of Trondheim. The northern arm of the attack was based in Namsos. Lacking control of the air, the forces at Åndalsnes were withdrawn in early May 1940.[4]

At the waterfront here, rigs were built to develop off-shore oil and gas wells in the North Sea, with the railroad bringing steel, etc.to the water's edge, and the rigs taken out to sea, past Ålesund, through the fiord waters.

In 1996, the municipal council of Rauma Municipality declared Åndalsnes a town (Norwegian: By).[4]


The newspaper Romsdalsbladet was published in Åndalsnes from 1947 to 1948.[5]

The town's newspaper, Åndalsnes Avis, had a circulation of 4,125 in 2007.[6]

Notable peopleEdit

Notable people that were born or lived in Åndalsnes include:


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2018). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Åndalsnes, Rauma (Møre og Romsdal)". yr.no. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  3. ^ "Offisiell åpning av kai på Åndalsnes 24. mai - Nyheter fra havna - Molde og Romsdal Havn IKS". Molde og Romsdal Havn IKS (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  4. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Åndalsnes" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-05-31.
  5. ^ Moen, Eirik (1988). "Romsdalsbladet og Romsdals reising". Romsdal Sogelag Årsskrift 1988. Molde: Romsdal Sogelag: 48–53.
  6. ^ "MBL Aviskatalogen - Velg utgave - Velg fylke" (in Norwegian). Aviskatalogen. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-01-13. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
  7. ^ "Kitty Lossius". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2021.