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Churches in Nordmøre

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You can follow Norway's church history for over 1000 years as you travel around Nordmøre. On the coast on Smøla, we find Edøy Church, a beautiful stone church from about 1190; on the neighbouring island of Kuli, there is the Kuli Stone, raised just a few years after the arrival of Christianity in Norway. One of the other beautiful medieval churches is the stone church at Tingvoll dating back to the 13th century. This is a fortified church with passages between the walls and arrow loops in the walls.

But of the old churches, it is perhaps the stave churches in Nordmøre that interest most people. One of these is located at Kvernes in the municipality of Averøy. Dating is difficult but the closest we come is the 13th or 14th century. This is an original stave church, though not as ornately decorated as some of the better-known churches. Right out to sea, the small island of Grip lies 14 km off Kristiansund. On the highest point on the island, we find Norway's smallest stave church that has withstood storms and hurricanes for about 700 or 800 years.

Mo Church in Surnadal from 1728 is a so-called Y-church, one of only five of this kind in Norway. Another unusual church is that of Ålvundeid in the municipality of Sunndal, an octagonal building from 1848, only 20 years older than its twin at Romlo, also in Sunndal.

Møre og Romsdal's largest timber church is Aure Church from 1924, an impressive representative of the many timber churches in Nordmøre.

There are two churches in Kristiansund, Nordlandet Church from 1914, an art nouveau building in natural stone, which together with Kirkelandet Church from 1964, a modern and exciting building, shows the buildings styles of the reconstructed town of Kristiansund before and after World War II.

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Churches in Nordmøre

Churches in Nordmøre

You can follow Norway's church history for over 1000 years as you travel around Nordmøre. On the coast on Smøla, we find Edøy Church, a beautiful...

Churches in Nordmøre

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Winter activities in Kristiansund and Nordmøre

Wintertime in Kristiansund and Nordmøre normally offers loads of snow and great skiing. You can also join a killer whale safari.

Fishing in Kristiansund and Nordmøre

Go deep sea fishing for cod or halibut, catch wild salmon in a local lake or try fly-fishing for pollock. The options are many in this part of Norway.

Tour suggestions in Kristiansund and Nordmøre

Follow the coast driving or cycling along the beautiful Atlantic Road, or head inland and discover the majestic mountains of Trollheimen.

Key facts about Kristiansund and Nordmøre

The region of Nordmøre, located in the northwestern corner of Fjord Norway, is full of contrasts. Charming Kristiansund is the main town in the area.

Where to stay in Kristiansund and Nordmøre

Fishermen's cabins, traditional farms and hotels - the region offers a selection of accommodation. Why not spend the night at Haugjegla Lighthouse?

Getting to Kristiansund and Nordmøre and around

The major transportation hub for the region is Kristiansund, which is easily accessible by car, plane and boat.
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