Molde

Molde is a town in Møre og Romsdal situated at the north shore of the Molde Fjord where it enjoys one of the best locations in Norway. It is one of the towns along the coastal road E39. The town is often referred to as the 'City of Roses.'

Understand

Section of the panorama with Hurtigruten and archipelago.

Molde was from the start a main cruise port in the western fjords of Norway, kaiser Wilhelm II visited Molde every year and the kaiser called the pleasant small town "Nice of the North". Today the town is most interesting because of its superb location on a south slope overlooking the great Moldefjord/Romsdalsfjord and the Romsdal alps around Åndalsnes. This view, the "Molde Panorama", includes as much as 222 alpine summits, many of these reach more than 1000 meters above sea level. The wide Moldefjord/Romsdalsfjord with its many islands and surrounded by alpine summits and little bays and smaller fjords is Norwegian landscape on a grand scale.

Molde is one of the tree main towns and the administrative centre of the county. It hosts one of the top football teams in the country, a fact that the local people are very proud of. The town also one of the major industry towns in the area. Traditionally this was due to timber and textile related industry, but now it is dominated by maritime and petroleum-based activity. Norway's hub within logistics education is also situated here.

Get in

By plane

Molde Airport, Årø (5 km east of the city centre), serves the town. There are several daily arrivals from the biggest cities in Norway. SAS, Norwegian and Krohn Air have flights to the airport.

Kristiansund airport is about 1 hour drive, while Ålesund airport is somewhat further (including ferry crossing)

By train

The closest railway station is situated in Åndalsnes (60 km south east of Molde) which is the end-station of the scenic Rauma railway. Åndalsnes can be reached by bus from Molde. The railway connects the area to Dombås and from there: Oslo and Trondheim.

Molde-Vestnes ferry crossing, Romsdal alps in the distance

By car

The main road E39 connects Molde with Trondheim in the north and Ålesund and Bergen in the south. Road 64 connects Molde to Åndalsnes where E136 connects to the inland and E6 from Oslo.

By bus

Nettbuss has direct bus services to Kristiansund, Ålesund and Trondheim from the bus terminal in the city centre.

By boat

Both the north-going and south-going coastal express boats (Hurtigruten) call at Molde every day.

A ferry operated by Fjord1, from Vestnes ferry dock, crosses the Romsdal Fjord from early morning to far into the night, usually every half hour. This ferry is part of road E39. The ferry docks in Molde city centre and is frequently used by passengers without car. The ferry is an excellent way to arrive in Molde as it runs slowly along the city centre to the dock giving a good view of the town.

Express boats (Hurtigbåten) from Vestnes also crosses the fjord and lands in the city centre.

Get around

Most of the attractions in the town centre are reachable by foot. There are also bicycles for rent, and a taxi central located centrally at the bus terminal. There are good bus connections to, from and around Molde.

For additional information regarding public transportation in the area, contact the public transport information Trafikanten Møre og Romsdal or on phone number +47 177.

See

From boat approaching Fishing Museum

Do

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 idyllic 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 approximately 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.

Activities and sports

Out of town

Atlantic road (Atlanterhavsvegen, route 64) a fine stretch of road engineering on the edge of the rough Atlantic


In town

Tusten Skiheiser is a 10 minute drive from Molde town centre. The alpine skiing centre is built around 3 lifts, and offers up to 20 km of prepared pistes, 3 km of which are floodlit. The 15 slopes have varying degrees of difficulty, ranging from beginners to very difficult. The centre also has a 3,5 km2 ungroomed mountain area for off-piste.

Festivals

Buy

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.

Eat

The centre of Molde has a variety of tempting indoor and outdoor restaurants, cafés and coffee bars. Here are some of them:

Drink

Sleep

In the area around Molde you will find a wide selection of accommodation possibilities, from luxurious hotels to rustic seaside cottages, and a variety of cabins, holiday houses, "rorbuer" and camping sites. All hotels offer weekend prices all year and a breakfast included. In addition to private accommodation, there are six hotels and one camping site in the centre of Molde:

Arrival by ferry. The new landmark Rica hotel.

Hotels

Camping site

Hostel

Connect

Wireless Internet is also available in several restaurants and cafés.

Cope

You can use the lockers inside the bus station (Trafikkterminalen) for kr 20.

Go next

Routes through Molde

END Trondheim  N  S  Ålesund Bergen


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