View of Åndalsnes from the mountain Nebba
Location of the town
|Coordinates: 62.5675°N 7.6871°E|
|County||Møre og Romsdal|
|• Total||2.23 km2 (0.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2 m (7 ft)|
|• Density||1,078/km2 (2,790/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
The 2.23-square-kilometre (550-acre) town has a population (2018) of 2,403 and a population density of 1,078 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,790/sq mi).
Åndalsnes has an association football club, Åndalsnes IF. The local church is Grytten Church, but its actually located across the river in Veblungsnes. The town's newspaper, Åndalsnes Avis, had a circulation of 4,125 in 2007. The harbour is called "Tindekaia", and is visited every year by many cruise ships, including Costa Marina, MS Thomson Celebration, Costa Victoria, and Costa Atlantica (the largest ship that currently comes to Åndalsnes).
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 with the salmon parasite Gyrodactylus salaris. As many other infested rivers, the river 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 over 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 both 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.
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.
After the German World War II 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 Lacking control of the air, the forces at Åndalsnes were withdrawn in early May 1940.
The newspaper Romsdalsbladet was published in Åndalsnes from 1947 to 1948.
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