Andalsnes is a town in More og Romsdal County, in the Rauma Municipality of Norway. Andalsnes is the administrative hub of the municipality of Rauma. It is a town comprised of 670 acres, and it has a population that is a little over 2,200. It has a population density of roughly 900 inhabitants per square mile. The town of Isfjorden is about 4 miles to the east, Veblungsnes is west across the Rauma River, and Innfjorden is about 6 miles to the southwest on the European Route E136 highway.
There is an association football club called Andalsnes IF. There is a local church called Grytten Church, but it is situated across the river in Veblungsnes. The town has a newspaper called Andalsnes Avid, and it has a circulation of roughly 4,000. The harbor is referred to as NATO harbor, and cruise ships visit the area each year.
Andalsnes is situated on the shores of the Romsdalsfjorden close to where the Isfjorden starts. It is also located where the Rauma River begins, which is one of the first Norwegian rivers to have English fly fishermen visit it in the 1800s. The river has a healthy population now, but it underwent some declines in the 1980s because of a parasite that affected the salmon Like many other infested rivers, the Rauma River is undergoing an increase in the sea trout population.
The river goes through the valley of Romsdalen, which has some of the best scenery in the whole country. Trollveggen (translated as the Troll Wall) is one of the major cliff formations in Norway. It has a vertical drop of nearly 3,000 feet.
The European route E136 highway passes through Andalsnes. Norwegian County Road 64 passes through Andalsnes as well. County Road 64 goes to the towns of Kristiansund and Molde to the north and E136 highway goes to the town of Dombas to the southeast and Alesund to the west.
The Raumabanen railway line ends at the port of Andalsnes, and there are bus connections to the close by towns of Alesund and Molde.
After the Nazis invaded Norway in World War II in 1940, British troops landed in this town as a part of a pincer strategy to take back the mid-Norwegian city of Trondheim. Namsos is where the northern arm of the attack was based. The British troops retreated a month after landing. Andalsnes was also the site of the Andalsnes landings.
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