Undoubtedly, another hidden jam of Norway is Romsdalhornet and Litlefjellet in Møre og Romsdal. This post will shine some more light on these two peaks carefully secluded from the city life of Åndalsnes providing peace and quiet for hikers and photographers who indulge themselves in spending time in no people areas. During my stay in this location this summer, I stumbled upon just a few tents although much depends on the season of the year. With a little bit of luck, you will enjoy a prominent landscape, fast-flowing creeks, picturesque waterfalls and most importantly memorable peaks of Romsdalhornet and Litlefjellet. The area appears to be almost completely surrounded by mountain ridges causing zero light pollution at night giving you a 99% chance for milky way shots like anywhere else. The place offers up absolutely interesting light conditions due to the almost consistently occurring patches of thick fog in this location at times descending so low that I was not able to see the area around my tent.
How to get there? I started my journey in the city of Åndalsnes which is the best starting point as you can get familiar with recommendations of experienced hikers when having a chat in Åndalsnes tourist center ( to find more information on tourist information point click here https://www.facebook.com/visitandalsnes/) After leaving Aldoasnes l made my way to Isfjorden which is 16 km away from charmful valley of Vengedalen. Once you find yourself driving up to get Vengedalen please remember that on your way you will encounter a road bar with in-built cart payment option. You will get charged around 5 Euro for getting a pass. After a successful attempt of passing a bar, you and your car engine need to be prepared for a horrendous drive at full capacity through 10 km up. The inclination of the area is absolutely inconvenient for travelers using any forms of transport although in 2019 city road maintenance management made a decision on putting a new asphalt as it is not so unpleasant like in the previous years.
After getting Vengedalen parking lot I still had 10 km to do although I did not lose my patience. The rest of road is rather a falt, gravel with occasional potholes and pesky sheeps getting much interest in you. After reaching a destination Litlejellet Parking I put up a tent conveniently at the bottom of Lillejelet itself to navigate myself around at ease. If you are a landscape photographer like me with an apparent urge to sleep on the top, check the weather forecast www.yr.no for avoiding unexpected showers or heavy rain. The distance from the bottom of the mountain to the top is not so severe although you should embrace the fact that differences between sunrises and sunsets during summer solstice are so tiny that with a congenial weather condition you should cosider sleeping on the summit of Litlefejllet.
I do not regret camping on Lilefjellet in my sleeping bag conveniently placed on self-inflating mate and isolating foil. It was the best way to wake up without a rush. Honestly, when descending a mount I passed by a few landscape photographers walking in a hurry at 6:30 a.m. They apparently wanted to get the summit in a timely manner although come on…. 2 hours after the sunrise!? The first break of dawn appears at 3:45 in this season. My strong recommendation is to dedicate a bit of time during harsh afternoon sunlight to find a nice tent or camping location on the top overlooking Trollvenegn and green color Rauma river flowing into Åndalsnes fjord. As locals say the place can also put your life in hazard too if you do not use common sense:
Litlefjellet is cute mountain vistited by chldren too. The place overlooking the giants of the area but with a reckless approach you can lost your life at once falling down almost from the vertical wall.
As for compositions for landscape photography themselves, I strongly recommend getting a little mountain pond which offers incredible reflections of Romsdahornet. The lake can be easily overlooked due to its size bearing a resemblance to a rain puddle. My top tip is to wake up at the first crack of dawn not to miss out a real spectacle of light which makes Romsdalhornet and opposite Trollvegen ridge beautifully lit with a pink or even burning red and magenta colors. The sunrise is running away so fast so I really needed to seize the moment. To my mind, the place itself is absolutely kick-ass one in terms of landscape geography but patches of interesting clouds always add up to the world’s class character in the composition. The only thing is not to forget to switch on an alarm clock.