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Cruise destination Molde, known for its roses and International Jazz Festival, faces the fjord and is famous for its panoramic view of 222 mountain peaks. The famous Atlantic Road - labelled the world's best road trip and Norways best bike tour, is a short distance from Molde. Molde, the 'Town of Roses',  The symbol of the city is a fountain called "The Girl with Roses", which is located near the town hall.

Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships dock in the town centres, perfect for independent exploration..The ports of Molde and Andalsnes are situated by the beautiful Romsdalsfjord, and have been visited by cruise ships since 1882. Cruise ships dock in the town centres, perfect for a great variety of independent exploration. Cruise ships sometimes combine a call in Molde with one in the nearby town of Åndalsnes All excursions are possible from both ports. Molde Cruise Ship Harbour. Molde has long been a port of call for cruise ships, and the town was one of the main attractions when the first cruise ship with paying passengers visited Norway in 1882. Every summer, 40-50 cruise ships call at Molde Harbour.

Attraction

Varden Viewpoint Located just 10 minutes by car or an hour's walk along the nature trail from the centre of Molde:.Embark on a brisk hike to Varden Viewpoint, located 400 meters above Molde. Here, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the town, the fjord and the famous Molde panorama-a spectacular sight with more than 200 snow-clad peaks.
The Mardalsfossen Waterfall This 655-meter waterfall is a majestic sight to behold. It features the highest freefall in Northern Europe, cascading approximately 300 meters into a valley.
The Atlantic Road: Set forth on an enchanting road trip on the Atlantic Road, which connects Molde with surrounding islands. Completed in 1989, this winding road is a technological marvel that runs along the edge of the ocean. In 2005, the Atlantic Road was voted Norway's construction of the century.
 
Varden - the Molde panorama. From the Varden viewpoint (407 m.a.s.) there is a good view of the town of Molde, the fjord and islands and the famous Molde panorama with its 222 partially snow-clad peaks. On clear days you can see as far as the fishing village of Ona and the dreaded waters of the Hustadvika bay. 10 minutes by car or 1 hour’s walk along the nature trail from the centre of Molde. At the top you will find the Vardestua restaurant (May-October), where you can enjoy a good meal in a good atmosphere. There are marked trails which leads you into the Moldemarka countryside.

The Romsdal Museum: is centrally located in Molde. The museum consists of some 35 buildings, typical examples of houses built in the region in the 17th through the 20th century. Romsdal Museum features a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, including mountain pastures and a recreated city street that captures the essence of Molde prior to World War II.

The Romsdal Museum one of the largest and most comprehensive folk museums in Norway, established in 1912. More than 50 old buildings originating from all over the region have been moved here to form typical country courtyards of farm buildings, including open hearth houses, sheds, outhouses, smokehouses and a small chapel. The Town Street with Mali’s Café shows typical Molde town houses from the pre-war period. At Holmarka the museum has a stable which houses the museum’s horse, hens, sheep and rabbits. Folk dancing displays by the children’s folk dance group, Leikarringen, in connection with 40-50 cruise ship visits every summer. During the Molde International Jazz Festival, the Romsdal Museum is used as the open-air stage for the big outdoor concerts.

The Fisheries Museum on Hjertøya. The Fisheries Museum is in the form of a small fishing village with old houses, fishermen’s shacks, cod-liver oil factory, engineering workshop and schoolroom. It portrays local coastal culture, working life and living conditions from around 1850. Large collection of boats and maritime equipment. The Hjertøya island is a great recreational area where you can hire rowing boats, fish or swim in the sea. Free Schwitters exhibition in the barn. Café and kiosk in the weekends. Tel. (+47) 93 42 54 06. In the summer the Hjertøy Boat has regular departures from the quay by the market square in Molde. Separate prices.
 
Jazzgutten - The Jazz Boy. On the lower market place, with the fjord and the mountains as a backdrop, is the bronze statue “Jazzgutten”, a young jazz player with his saxophone. The sculpture by Nina Due, was a gift from the people to commemorate the town’s 250th anniversary in 1992.

The green corridor. The green corridor runs from the sea at Reknes to the Chateau (baroque villa), continuing through the Reknes Park up to the ”Pavillion” at the Rekneshaugen viewpoint. The nature trail then passes through the Romsdal Museum and proceeds to Varden (407 m.a.s.), from where you can enjoy a marvellous view of the town, the fjord and the Molde panorama.

Molde Cathedral Gothic-style Molde Cathedral is a double-nave long church. The Cathedral, which can be found near a shopping square, is the most important architectural attraction of Molde. The height of the bell tower is 50 meters, so it is perfectly visible from all parts of the town.. The interior of the church contains some lovely stained glass, and is richly decorated with Christian symbols and signs. It is the third church to be built on the site. The first two burnt down, but an old wooden cross and Axel Ender's famous Easter Morningaltarpiece were rescued from the flames. The cathedral, which was consecrated in 1957, is a double-nave long church in the Gothic style. A 50 metre high freestanding bell tower culminates in a copper-clad pyramid. The interior of the church contains some lovely stained glass and is richly decorated with Christian symbols and signs. It is the third church to be built on the site. The two first ones burned down, but an old wooden cross and Axel Ender’s famous “Easter Morning” altarpiece were rescued from the flames.

Rosepiken - The Rose Maiden and the Town Hall. At the Town Hall Square in the “Town of Roses” stands the bronze statue “Rosepiken”, surrounded by a dancing fountain. The Rose Maiden is young and beautiful, and has her arms full of roses. The sculpture was a gift to Molde in 1971 from Gotlib Moe. It was sculpted by Ragnhild Butenschøn. Molde Town Hall was completed in 1966 and is the result of an architectural competition won by the architects Cappelen and Rodahl. The roof of the town hall boasts one of the town’s most beautiful rose gardens.

Aker Stadium. One of Norway’s most modern football stadiums, seating 11 200. The stadium is situated on the waterfront to the west of the town centre and is designed by the Molde architect Kjell Kosberg. It has a granite and glass frontage. The stadium was paid for by Kjell Inge Røkke and Bjørn Rune Gjelsten and cost 212 million Norwegian kroner in 1998.

The Royal Birch and the Peace Grove. The place where King Haakon and Crown Prince Olav sought shelter from German bombers in April 1940 when they were being hunted by the German occupying forces. The Peace Grove next to the Royal Birch was founded by Knut Ødegård, president of the Bjørnson Festival in 1997. It symbolises the continuing struggle for freedom, peace and human dignity both today and in the future.

Moldemarka hiking area. The area to the north of Molde, Moldemarka, is a great walking/skiing area all year round with its network of paths, walking trails and skiing tracks. Several of the forest roads take you into wilderness areas where there are information boards with maps at many of the starting points, as well as signposts along the trails. In winter there are approx. 10 km of prepared skiing tracks and a good 7 km of these are floodlit. Outside the skiing season, the “classic” walk is the Gamle Vardeveg road from the Romsdal Museum via the Storlihytta cabin to Varden (407 m.a.s.). It takes about one hour to reach the top, where in summer you can buy refreshments at the Vardestua restaurant. The eastern part of Moldemarka is easily accessible from the car park at Jensgurulia in Nordbyen. To the west, we recommend the Meekdalen valley and the Kringstadsetra summer pasture farm, while further inland you can walk up to Frænavarden (588 m.a.s.) and Valltua (586 m.a.s.). There are many breathtaking views. Walking maps for Molde and Fræna can be bought in bookshops and at the tourist office.
 
Excursions
The fairytale world of Skaret. Skaret is located only ten minutes by car from Molde on RV64. The area is an excellent starting point for those who want to experience nature, culture and handwork traditions. At Skaret you will find old buildings, Norwegian food traditions, handwork, candle factory and activities. In short, the whole place is an adventure. Here, everything is served, from simple home fare to local specialities and abounding feast tables in romantic, rustic surroundings. You will find authentic, handcrafted items including rose-painted artefacts, ceramics, woven articles, clothing, knitware, silverware and plenty of local farm food in the sales exhibits. Skaret also offers an incredible selection of decorative candles from Løiten Lys, the largest producer of handmade candles in Norway. The candlemaking workshop ranges over 3 floors and is one of the most unusual shops in the district. Here you can see how candles are made, tinted and creatively decorated. At Skaret you can visit horses, goats, wild sheep and rabbits throughout the summer. Pony-riding and horse-drawn carriage/sleigh ride can be booked all year. There is also a children’s playground, and an open-air pool which is open during the Norwegian school holiday. The area is an excellent starting point for experiencing the countryside, including nature trails, walking trails, running trails and many fishing lakes.

Bud and the Atlantic Road. Within an hours driving from Molde, you can visit the idylic fishing village of Bud and the famous Atlantic Road, voted the worlds nicest road by ”The Guardian”. The road zigzags across bridges and rock-fills from island to island right out at the ocean’s edge. It is easy to park your car in one of the many lay-bys and walk a few metres to the smooth coastal rocks and some excellent fishing spots. A stone’s throw or two to the west, the shipping lane crosses the notorious waters of the Hustadvika bay, concealing innumerable wrecks. Many people take a trip out here when the autumn storms start to rage. It is quite a sight when the big waves break beside (and sometimes across) the road! The road workers experienced 12 hurricanes during the construction of the Atlantic Road before it was opened in 1989. Around 1900 as many as 120 people lived on these windswept islands. In 2006 the Atlantic Road was voted Norwegian Structure of the Century.

The Trollstigen Road. Trollstigen, “The Troll Ladder”, is the most visited tourist road in Norway, and is located approx. 65 km outside of Molde. The road twists through 11 hairpin bends as it climbs the steep mountain sides up to Stigrøra (858 m.a.s.). In some places it is cut into the mountain, in others it is built on top of stone walls. An impressive bridge in natural stone carries it across the Stigfossen waterfall. There are several ways to experience this splendour on foot. Try the old Kløvstien path over Trollstigen, which has existed for several hundred years, or the route from Trollstigen over to the Trolltindene peaks. The road is closed during winter and is usually opened at the end of May.

Island hopping on two wheels. This cycling tour starts in Molde and proceeds westwards to the island municipalities of Midsund, Sandøy and Aukra. Between the many islands you can relax on ferries or express boats. The tour continues on the mainland to the fishing village of Bud, across small islands and skerries along the Atlantic Road, and ends with the ferry trip from Averøy to Kristiansund. Take the “Hurtigruten” (express coastal service) back to Molde or northwards to Trondheim. Some parts of the cycling tour take you across flat islands right at the ocean’s edge, with views of the high mountains on the mainland. There is very little traffic on many stretches, but a complete range of services. En route there are also lots of lovely detours you can take if you want to see more of the area. The route, which totals 200 km, is cycled in stages with overnight stops along the way. Along the route you will pass a multitude of campsites, cabins, seahouses and attractive places to eat. Cycle guide with detailed maps, tour descriptions and interesting detours is available at the tourist office in Molde.

Guided tours
Guided mountain trips. Trollstigen and Trollveggen are attractions most people want to visit. Sign up for a guided mountain trip and experience both at the same time! Guided half day- and day trips are arranged in Åndalsnes on scheduled days during the summer season. All of these trips offer you great nature experiences and fantastic viewpoints. The guide speaks Norwegian, English and German, and is a local who knows the area well. His knowledge of different fields ensures a safe day filled with experiences in the Romsdal mountains. For information, contact Åndalsnes Tourist Office.
Roundtrips with Hurtigruten. Daily trips from Molde at 08.00 with bus via Trollstigen, the strawberry village Valldal and the Eagle Road to Geiranger. Enter Hurtigruten and experience the waterfalls ”The seven sisters” and the Geirangerfjord which is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. A short stay in the Art Nouveau town Ålesund before arrival in the “Town of Roses”, Molde, at 21.30. Many other great daytrips are also offered in the period June - September.
Fjord Magic. Experience the best of Norway in one day - fjords, waterfalls and mountains: Molde-Åndalsnes-Geiranger-Hellesylt-Norangsdalen-Hjørundfjorden-Ålesund-Molde. Daily trips in the summer season. An experience-rich trip by catamaran, bus and ferry.
 
Eating Outside
Molde's cold, clean coastal waters and fertile land offer a wealth of sumptuous dining selections. Among the many local favourites are moose, reindeer, hare, fowl, salmon, cod, and shellfish, along with wild berries and Norwegian dishes. Popular restaurants in-and-around Molde include Molde Fjordstuer, Rød, Café MoldeTorget, China House, Hos Gyda,Egon, Fole Godt, Gimle, Kneipen, Milano, Molde Fjordstuer, Opus, Outzen,Peppes Pizza, Petrines Pizza, Rød, Vardestua, Vertshuset, and Syd.

Shopping
Storgata is Molde’s shopping street with shops and services of all kinds. Here you can find MoldeTorget, a shopping centre with 42 shops. From the centre it is just a short stroll to the town’s biggest shopping centre, Amfi Roseby, with 50 shops. There are souvenirs to be bought in some of the shops along the Storgata street, and local handcrafted items can be found in speciality shops. If you are looking for something special, farm food products of various kinds can be purchased at selected distributors and on market days in the centre. Several shops and art galleries in Molde's town centre sell knitted goods, jewellery, pewter, silverware, porcelain, art, goat and reindeer skins, furs, handicrafts, glass, crystal, pottery, postcards, souvenirs, and more. shops are located on Storgata Street. Here, you can find MoldeTorget, a shopping centre with 42 shops, and local handcrafted items in speciality shops. A short stroll from the town centre brings you to the town's biggest shopping centre, Amfi Roseby, with 50 shops. Shops are generally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Malls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.




 
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