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Molde

Country
Norway
State
Romsdal
City
Molde
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By air

At Molde Airport, Aro (5 km), there are several daily arrivals from the biggest cities in Norway. Both the north-going and south-going coastal express boats (Hurtigruten) call at Molde every day. There is a bus service from Åndalsnes (50 km), the end-station of the Raumabanen railway. Ferries and express boats cross the Romsdalsfjord from early morning to far into the night.

By water

North-going/south-going coastal express Hurtigruten

By bus

Trafikanten More og Romsdal
 

Key places to visit
The Romsdal Museum, The Fisheries Museum on Hjertoya, Molde Cathedral, The Royal Birch and the Peace Grove, Varden


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Places to Visit

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 Hjertoya

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 Hjertoya 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. In the summer the Hjertoy Boat has regular departures from the quay by the market square in Molde. Separate prices.

Molde Cathedral

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.

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 odegard, president of the Bjornson Festival in 1997. It symbolises the continuing struggle for freedom, peace and human dignity both today and in the future.

Varden

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 , where you can enjoy a good meal in a good atmosphere. There are marked trails which leads you into the Moldemarka countryside.

Right Time to Visit

May - October

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