What to see in Mould, Norway’s “city of roses”?

Norway Driving Journey

There are many myths surrounding Norway. Most of them are true. Those who have heard about Norway, probably think that this is a cold country far north, where polar bears walk through the streets. In fact, despite the fact that Norway is in Northern Europe, summer temperatures often rise above 25 degrees. Although, strictly speaking, you can actually see polar bears wandering around Norway, but for that you would have to go to the island of Spitsbergen, which is much further north from the main country – closer to the North Pole.

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Day 13: Trondheim – Olesund (E39, RV70, RV64, E39, 300 km + toll road)

In the morning, an opportunity to visit the Cathedral of Nidarus www.nidarosdomen.no, where the relics of St. Ulaf are buried, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Transfer to Kristiansund, where you can climb the observation tower Varden and admire the surroundings. An unforgettable drive along the famous “Atlantic Road”. Stop in the city of roses – Moulde www.visitmolde.com. Arrival in Ålesund. Overnight at Volsdalen camping***.

GPS N 62*28.005′ E 06*11.948′

Kristiansund. A sheltered harbor, invariably full of ships, gave birth to the coastal village of Lille Fossen or Fosna. In 1742 it received city status and was renamed Kristiansund. In 1830-70 years the city actively developed, becoming a major exporter of dried and salted cod (klippfisk). In April 1940, the bombing completely destroyed Kristiansund. After the reconstruction the city has a completely different look: there are many modern buildings, the town hall and the church are the most obvious examples.

Ålesund. Despite its prosaic name, which means “Eel Strait”, the city has a rare beauty and location in a delightful place. On three islands located in the province of Møre og Romsdal stretches a striking city designed in “jugendstil”. Ålesund owes its precise architectural appearance to a fire in 1904 and timely aid from abroad. Today Ålesund is an important fishing port, but it did not become a city until 1848. Be sure to admire the famous panorama of the city (pictured) from the observation deck on Mount Aksla. You can climb it up the stairs from the city park, where there is a monument to the legendary Rollon (“Rolfe the Pedestrian”), the founder of the Duchy of Normandy. Visit Norway’s largest oceanarium, and most importantly, just stroll around this picturesque city.

Atlantic Road (Atlanterhavsvegen) – an 8-kilometer stretch of RV64 between Kristiansund and Molde in Møre og Romsdal. It was opened in 1989. It includes 12 bridges connecting numerous islands located in Lauvøyfjorden. You can have a particularly strong experience when traveling along the road during a storm.

Molde, called the “City of Roses” because of its rose gardens and lush vegetation, is an attractive place on the banks of the Rumsdalsfjorden. The local landscape is often called the “Moulde Panorama”: on a clear day you can see 87 snow-covered peaks. Molde – the capital of the province of Møre og Romsdal – was granted city rights in 1742. In the XVIII-XIX centuries. Moulde became the center of the textile and clothing industry. Nowadays the city hosts jazz festivals.

Day 14: Olesund – Nordfjordfjord (E136, RV63, RV60, 290 km)

In the morning it is possible to walk through the picturesque center of Olesund, built in the Art Nouveau style www.alesund.com. Transfer to the picturesque village of Ondalsnes www.visitandalsnes.com, along the shore of Rumdalsfjord. Then a thrilling journey along the “Troll Road”, which climbs the mountain slope with eleven serpentine loops (12 degrees gradient). Halfway up, you’ll pass a bridge over the Stigfossen waterfall (180 m). Transfer to Geiranger www.geiranger.no via the Eagle’s Way. Cruise along Geirangerfjord, Norway’s most majestic fjord, during which you will see the famous Seven Sisters waterfall. Drive to Nordfjord with a stop at Europe’s deepest lake Hornindalsvatn. Overnight at Nesjartun camping on the shore of Lake Hornindalsvatn. GPS N 61*54.529′ E 06*6.881′

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Rumdalsfjorden (Romsdalsfjorden) stretches from west to east in the province of Møre og Romsdal, in the northern fjord region. On its shores lies the provincial capital, the rose city of Molde, and the town of Åndalsnes, from which the journey along the famous “Trollstigveien” (Troll Road) begins.

“The Ørneveien has been connecting Geirangerfjorden with Norddalsfjorden since 1955. This mountain serpentine leads upwards, with 11 sharp turns, from Geirangerfjorden to the highest point, Kormur, at 620 meters above sea level.

Troll Road (Trollstigveien). Opened in 1936, the Trollstigveien connecting the villages of Åndalsnes on Romdalsfjorden and Valldal on Norddalsfjorden is one of Norway’s most visited and scenic routes. There are 11 dizzying tight turns. You’ll climb 858 meters above sea level and see the magnificent Stigfossen and Tverrdalsfossen waterfalls.

Geirangerfjorden. The inner part of Storfjorden is divided into several fjords: Norddalsfjorden and Tafjorden in the north and Sunnylvsfjorden and Geirangerfjorden in the south.

The 16-kilometer Geirangerfjorden embodies the very essence of the fjord. The dazzling emerald water winds its way to the village of Geiranger, overhung by formidable mountains with farms and cascading waterfalls (Seven Sisters, Bridegroom, Veil of the Bride, etc.).

The RV63 (Grotley-Geiranger-Ondalsnes) is called the “Golden Road”. Head south from Geiranger and you’ll pass Flydalsjuvet, a rock overhanging the road, where you can see the whole fjord and surrounding mountains like a postcard. The road then leads to the Djupvasshytta refuge, where you can climb to the top of Dalsnibba (1,476m).

To the north of Geiranger, a magnificent section of the Golden Road follows to Norddalsfjorden. This part of the route is called the Ørneveien (Eagle’s Way) and offers panoramic views. Take the ferry to Valldal, where the Trollstigveien, with its dizzying narrow twists and spectacular views, takes you to Åndalsnes on the banks of Rumsdalsfjorden.

Seven Sisters waterfall (Syv Søstre). In an ancient Scandinavian legend there is a story of seven beautiful sisters who were asked by a strong and brave Viking warrior to marry them. The sisters offered him to choose any of them and come the next day with a veil for his bride. The young warrior bought the veil and was on his way to fetch a bride, but at the last minute he stopped, uncertain which of the seven beauties he should choose. He did not budge, his beautiful sisters did not wait for him, and his brand new wedding veil was left hanging on a rock. And forever they all froze at the shore of the fjord in the form of three beautiful waterfalls. To this day, seven gentle streams pour from the high cliff into the sea – the Seven Sisters waterfall (Syv Søstre). Opposite, on the other side of Geirangerfjorden, is the mighty Friaren waterfall and not far from it is the Brudesløret waterfall, a light lace waterfall.

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Nordfjorden is one of Norway’s longest fjords. Its outer part runs directly from the west to the village of Innvik. Inside, the fjord is divided into four branches: Eidsfjorden, Hyefjorden, Gloppefjorden and Faleidfjorden. Nordfjorden offers many opportunities for mountain climbing, glacier hiking, skiing and fishing.

On the island of Selje, west of Nordfjord, are the ruins of a monastery built by Benedictine monks in the 12th century. The monastery is dedicated to Saint Sunniva, the daughter of an Irish king who fled east to escape her betrothal to a pagan leader. She came ashore at Selje and is said to be buried in the monastery.

To the east, the tongues of the giant Jøstedalsbreen glacier, Briksdalsbreen and Kjenndalsbreen, descend toward Nordfjord.

Day 15: Nordfjord – Sognefjord (RV60, E39, RV5, 170 km) www.nordfjord.no

In the morning drive to the largest glacier in Europe – Yustedalsbreen (485 sq km) www.jostedal.com. Transfer to the Laerdal area to Sognefjord www.sognefjorden.no along the Votedal valley framed by mountains. A visit to Fjarland. Overnight in Laerdal ferie park camping **** on the shore of Sognefjord. GPS N 61*6.027′ E 07*28.372′

The Jostedalsbreen glacier is the largest glacier in continental Europe. Its area is 486 sq km. Its highest point is Mount Lodalskåpa (Lodalskåpa; 2083 m). Numerous glacier tongues descend into the mountain valleys. The most popular tongues tours start from Jostedal (Nigardsbreen), Loen (Kjenndalsbreen), Olden (Briksdalsbreen) and Fjærland (Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen).

Lærdal. In the small center of Lærdalsøyri you can see wonderful wooden buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries. On the banks of the Lærdalselva you will find the Norwegian Wild Salmon Center (Norsk Villakssenter), where you can watch salmon. Previously, the only way to get from Laerdal to Flom was to take a long detour by ferry or on the so-called Snøveien (Snow Road), through the mountains. It is open to travel only in the summer. However, in November 2000, a 24.5-kilometer tunnel was dug under the mountain, connecting the E16 highway near Laerdal with Aurland and Flom.

Sognefjorden, the longest of Norway’s fjords, stretches 206 km from the archipelago in the west to Sjölden at the foot of Jotunheimen in the east. Although the outer part of the fjord generally runs directly from the west to the town of Balestrand, inside it is divided into arms running in all directions. The five large arms, in turn, are divided into long tributaries of the fjord, and it is in these, the inner parts, where the most interesting attractions await the tourist. Each of the tributaries is famous for its beauty: Fjærlandsfjorden, Sogndalsfjorden and Lustrafjorden in the north, Årdalsfjorden in the east and Lærdalsfjorden, Aurlandsfjorden and Nærøyfjorden in the south. They boast some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Våtedalen Valley (Våtedalen). Våtedalen is a pretty valley just south of Nordfjorden on the way to Sognefjorden. To the east, the valley is bounded by the Engenibba Plateau, which rises to 1,587 meters.

Day 16: Sognefjord to Bergen (E16, 205 km)

After breakfast, drive to Flom www.alr.no through the longest tunnel in the world (24.5 km). An alternative is to take the Snow Road, which offers a mesmerizing view of Aurlandfjord. You can buy a package (train-ship-bus) and take a round trip: Flom-Gudvangen (Aurlandfjord cruise) – Gudvangen – Stolheim – Voss (bus) – Myrdal – Flom (train). In the afternoon transfer to Bergen, the capital of the fjords. Overnight in Bergen camping park.

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GPS N 60*29.117′ E 5*22.833′

Flåm is a tourist village on the south shore of Aurlandsfjorden, one of the branches of Sognefjorden. The Flomsbahn mountain railroad (several trips a day, year-round), which connects Sognefjorden with the Oslo-Bergen railroad, starts from Flom. A ferry service links Flom with Gudvangen (year-round) and Bergen (May to September). In the center of Flom there is a magnificent hotel Fretheim.

Lærdal tunnelen (Lærdalstunnelen). In November 2000, a 24.5 kilometer tunnel was dug under the mountain to connect the E16 highway near Lærdal with Aurland and Flåm. The longest vehicular tunnel in the world.

Snøveien (Snow Road), also called Aurlandsvegen, connects through the mountains of Lærdal to Aurland. The length is 48 km. The maximum altitude is 1306 meters. Usually open to the public from June 1 to October 15. Travelers on the Snow Road can admire the view of Aurlandsfjorden from the new observation deck.

Aurlandsfjorden is one of the branches of Sognefjorden, 29 km long. Very scenic and attractive to tourists. In the south of Aurlandsfjord there is a tourist village Flåm, from which ferries go to Gudvangen (year-round) and Bergen (May to September). You can get a great view of Aurlandsfjord from the observation deck on the Snøveien, which connects Lærdal with Aurland and Flåm.

Voss. Located east of Bergen, Voss is the center of Vossestrand. It’s not far to Sognefjorden, Hardangerfjorden and Tvindefossen Falls. In winter you can go skiing on the surrounding mountains, and in summer you can go rafting on the mountain river.

Folkemuseum Voss is dedicated to historically interesting objects found in the “Finnish barn” (Fiinesloftet). This building dates back to 1250. The museum also includes the Mølstertunet farm with 16 well-preserved buildings from 400 years ago. Very interesting is the church of Vossa, built in 1270 in the Gothic style.

Day 17: Bergen-Stavanger (E39, 10 km). After breakfast – sightseeing of Bergen

www.visitbergen.com, an opportunity to visit the Grieg Museum, climb the funicular railway to the Floehen Mountain, where you can enjoy the famous panorama of the city. A visit to the Viking ship. In the afternoon transfer to Stavanger www.regionstavanger.com Crossing islands, straits and fjord mouths, the “Atlantic Road” leads to the oil capital of Norway. Overnight at Stavanger camping. GPS N 58*56.945′ E5 *42.694′

Bergen, given city status by King Olaf Küre in 1070, was at one time the largest settlement in the country and the capital of Norgesveldet, the region that included Iceland, Greenland and part of Scotland. Even after Oslo became the capital of Norway in 1299, Bergen continued to grow as a trading city, especially through the export of dried fish during the Hanseatic League era. After a period of decline in the 15th century, prosperity awaited it again as Bergen became a seafaring center. Along the promenade of Vågen harbor, you’ll find the soul of the city and its historical roots: the distinctive facades of the Bryggen buildings – the profile of Bergen and its “trademark”. These old merchant’s courts were once the center of the Hanseatic trade in Norway and are listed as one of the most important cultural monuments of UNESCO. The charming white streets of the old wooden city, the powerful bastions of the Citadel, the medieval buildings of Håkonshallen and the Rosenkratz Tower – witnesses of the former might of the city, the estate of E. Grieg (Troldhaugen), the Aquarium, the famous funicular Fløybanen, which takes you to one of the seven hills surrounding the city, offering an unforgettable view of the city – this is not a complete list of attractions of Bergen.

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Stavanger, the oil capital of Norway, has existed since the Middle Ages. Although Stavanger only received city status in 1125 when construction of the cathedral began, the area was already inhabited 10,000 years ago. The city combines the new and the old in an amazing way. Narrow alleys and white wooden houses in the traditional style sit side by side with modern stores, cafes and restaurants. Everything here is full of contrasts – the city itself, the people, the landscape and even the weather. All this makes Stavanger a truly charming city. Stavanger is the center of higher education in Rogaland. It is home to a number of cultural institutions, including international, British and French educational institutions. This is due to the large number of foreigners related to the oil industry and the Emigration Center for genealogical research and connections between Norway and North America. The canning museum is the only one of its kind; it is a testament to the important role canning once played in Stavanger. It is also home to the theater and the Kulturhuset Conservatory Hall, where the symphony orchestra plays. You can take a boat to the charming island of Kvitsøy, where the fjord connects to the open sea. Utstein Monastery, near Stavanger, has survived to this day in excellent condition. The monastery was built by King Magnus – the Reformer of the Laws in 1200. At first it was a royal residence, later – the Danish estate. Nowadays, concerts are held in the chapel, in the summer, well-known musicians perform here.

What to see in Mould, Norway’s “city of roses”?

Discover the breathtaking views and major attractions that Molde, the “City of Roses,” hides along Norway’s western fjords.

Molde is one of the cities in Norway with the most attractions to offer its visitors: it is the county capital of Møre og Romsdal, located in the middle of the Norwegian Sea coast, between Trondheim and Bergen . It is known as the City of Roses, all because of the variety of rose gardens it possesses. It is also a city full of nature and beauty and well worth a visit. One of its symbols is Romsdalsfjorden, an evocative fjord, but there are plenty of surprises here too.



Molde was originally the name of a farm near a natural harbor, which became a trading timber port in the late 16th century and became a municipality on January 1, 1838. The town continued to grow, becoming a center for the textile industry as well as the administrative center of the region and a major tourist destination. After World War II, Molde continued its expansion, becoming a landmark not only for administrative and government services, but also for academic resources and industrial production.

Romsdals Museum

Romsdals Museum

This museum was founded by Peter Tonder Solemdal in 1912 and is one of the largest and most extensive folklore spaces in Norway. It also has a library and several archives of prints, texts and photographs. In addition to the art collection, there is a permanent exhibition about the conditions of life in the region in different eras. The tour also includes a visit to several houses built in the past. This open-air museum combines 50 buildings between warehouses, granaries and farms. The area is also home to a very impressive pond and the site of the famous Mold International Jazz Festival.

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Fishermen’s Museum

Fishing Museum

This museum, located in an old warehouse , aims to illustrate the culture of fishing, which has always been of great importance in the area. The various stages of cod processing are also explained. In addition to the information panels there is no shortage of films : the exhibition partly continues in the open air. To get to the museum, you have to take a short ferry ride that leaves from Torget wharf.

Ona Island

The Island of Ona

Welcome to one of Norway’s most charming islands . You’ll be enchanted by its rocky scenery and picturesque lighthouse, which is still home to a community of deep-sea fishermen. It is a favorite place for a day trip from Molde. Its history is tied to a natural disaster that occurred in 1670, when a giant wave completely swept it in.

Gossen Kriegsminnesamling

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It is a World War II airstrip built by Russian prisoners of war during the Nazi occupation of Gossen Island. At the southern end of the island stands the monument “Rokta” by Nikolaus Wiederberg. This stone sculpture is a monument to the merchant ship Rokta, which was wrecked in April 1938.

Gossen Island

Gossen Island

This is another island worth visiting because of its variety of landscapes, which range from forests, hills, farmland to marshlands. The highest point of the island, which stretches for 46 square kilometers, reaches 100 meters. The largest settlements on the island are the villages of Aukrasanden and Warhaugvika on the southeast side and the village of Rössøyvogen on the west side. During your visit, you will feel that you have traveled through time: the rhythms are very slow and nature appears in all its charm.

Bjornsund village

Bjornsund Village

This is a charming village in a group of islands that are inhabited only in summer. It is a secluded place, perfect for relaxing and communing with nature at a slow pace. Since 1971, there have been no permanent residents on the islands, and they are now used only as summer homes. In 1968, the city council ambiguously decided that the islands should be left and not changed infrastructure.

What to see in Norway

Discover exciting Norway. Prepare to encounter mesmerizing glaciers that give you breathtaking views, or roads winding through valleys and waterfalls. A few examples? Definitely Road Geiranger (troll road). Your route will also include charming fishing villages, villages with wooden houses overlooking narrow streets, open-air museums and endless corners.

What to see in Norway

Stavanger will be a real surprise, as will Haugesund, a very lively city from a cultural perspective. Another stop should be the capital city of Oslo, the “city of the Vikings.” You will experience a lively place rich in nature and protected areas.

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