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Molde, Norway

Molde, Norway

At the end of the 19th century, Molde was among the leading fjord destinations in the country, and the town was one of the main attractions when the first cruise ship with paying passengers visited Norway in 1882. Often referred to as the 'Town of Roses', Molde is the administrative centre of the county of Møre og Romsdal, as well as being an active educational, trading and touristic town. Every year 40 to 50 cruise ships visit Molde, delivering many visitors to see attractions such as the Trollstigen Mountain Road and the Atlantic Road nearby.

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Molde, Norway

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One Thing Not To Miss

The Trollstigen Mountain Road is one of Norway's most dramatic and most visited attractions. Located approximately 15 kilometres south of Åndalsnes, Trollstigen is the ultimate spot for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy hiking, biking and skiing. The six-kilometre long Trollstigen Mountain Road consists of 11 hairpin bends along the mountain and the beautiful Stigfossen Waterfall.

Sporting Adventures

Molde is an outdoor adventurist's paradise. Go high and join a scenic guided mountain trip in the Romsdal Mountains, Trollstigen and Trollveggen or dive deep on a diving excursion in the Hustadvika Bay, filled with underwater wrecks and a rich cross section of animal and plant life. For those who like to remain at sea level, catch the waves while surfing or sea rafting, and reel in the big one while fishing. On land, enjoy a laid back round of golf at the Åndalsnes Golf Course, the place where golf started in Norway or add a little more excitement with your choice of extreme sports.

Other Fun Things To Do

  • The Rose Maiden and the Town Hall - One quick look at The Rose Maiden, a bronze statue surrounded by a dancing fountain, and you'll realise why Molde is called the 'Town of Roses'.
  • The Romsdal Museum - One of Norway's largest folk museums was established in 1912. The museum is home to typical country courtyards, town houses from the pre-war period and is the site of the popular Molde International Jazz Festival.
  • The Fisheries Museum on Hjertøya - If you're looking to go deep into the fish culture of Norway, the Fisheries Museum portrays local coastal culture, working life and living conditions from around the 1850s.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

For an authentic Norwegian culinary experience, visit a restaurant that bears the Norwegian Foodprints. This mark of quality ensures that your meal is prepared with local ingredients and that the food is made from scratch. You'll be quick to notice a menu populated with meals centred on lamb, salmon and fresh fruits. Norwegian lamb is among the best in the world, the area's cold water delivers salmon fish with a distinct and delicate flavour and strawberries have much more taste in Norway than in most other countries. A few meal suggestions include the Brunost for breakfast, a sweet brown cheese with a sharp flavour with notes of caramel and Fenalår, a cured and seasoned leg of lamb for dinner. Be sure to try Aquavit, Norway's national drink, a potato-based spirit flavoured with herbs such as caraway seeds, anise, dill, fennel and coriander.

Local Currency

The Norwegian Krone (NOK) is the official currency of Norway. Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.

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