The majestic mountains of Trollheimen
Start your journey at Sunndalsøra. Follow fv. 70 towards Ålvundfjord. The first detour is to one of Norway's most beautiful mountain valleys, Innerdalen. A ferry takes you from Rykkjem across to Kvanne. Follow Fv. 670 with a detour to the Todalen Valley where you will find Svinvik's Arboretum and Kårvatn – one of Europe's cleanest and least polluted environments.
Continue along fv. 670 to Surnadal, a commercial and service centre where you can stay overnight if you wish. Drive along the famous Surna salmon river and make a detour up Folldalen to Gråsjøen, or drive up Vindøldalen; these are excellent starting points for the marked walking trails into the Trollheimen Mountains.
The fv. 670 continues on to Rindal, the gateway to Trollheimen and a beautiful mountain village with a museum, town center and places to stay.
Continue on fv. 670 through Romundstad and the delightful countryside to the mountain village of Vålåskaret and on to Å in Meldal. Then continue on fv. 700 through Rennebu to Berkåk.
Follow the E6 south to Oppdal, and fv. 70 down Gråura to Gjøra. Take a detour to Åmotan (the confluence of five waterfalls) and up to the KNT tourist lodge of Vangshaugen. Marked trails in to the Sunndal Mountains and Dovre. The fv. 70 continues down Sunndal to Sunndalsøra.
Distance: Approximately 200 kilometers
Bus schedules by Nettbuss.
From the Atlantic Ocean to the mountains
Drive trough the undersea tunnel from Kristiansund to Averøy. Make a quick stop at Kvernes Stave Church and the village museum.
Follow fv. 64, the spectacular Atlantic Road, to Kårvåg. The Atlantic Road zigzags over small islands, skerries and bridges. The preserved fishing village of Håholmen is worth a visit.
The rest of the journey to Bud continues close to the coast. The roads are good. Bud is a lively fishing community with a German coastal fort, places to stay and places to eat.
Continue to Elnesvågen (on fv. 664) and Molde (fv. 64). Drive north on the E39 to Hjelset, follow fv. 62 to Eidsvåg, and take a detour via fv. 665 to Angvik, an old trading station with a hotel, spa and museum.
From Eidsvåg take fv. 660 to Eresfjord. Then follow the county road through beautiful and romantic Eikesdal. Take a detour to Mardalsfossen – the highest waterfall in Northern Europe. Follow the road, Aursjøvegen, up Finnsetlia to Lake Aursjøen where you can have a meal and/or stay overnight.
Continue over vast mountain plateaus and down the Litjdalen Valley on a spectacular road with views of the wild mountains. The Aura Demonstration Power Plant at Litjdalen is worth a visit. There is a tourist information office in Sunndal. From Sunndal follow fv. 70 to Tingvoll where you will find a medieval church, a farm which produces cheese and a big museum. There are also rock paintings/rock art at Hindhammer. Continue on fv. 70 back to Kristiansund.
Distance: Approximately 325 kilometers
Bus schedules by Nettbuss.
Bicycle or car trip to the ocean's edge
Start your trip at the tourist information office in Kristiansund. Follow fv. 70 out of town to the junction where fv. 680 exits to Seivika – Tømmervåg, a ferry which connects Aure/Tustna to Kristiansund.
Continue to Sandvik and take the ferry to Edøy/Smøla. Edøy's medieval stone church is located near the ferry terminal. Follow fv. 669 over to Kuliøya (where there is a replica of Kulisteinen, a rune stone containing the first ever written mention of Norway) and cross several bridges to the main island of Smøla.
When you arrive on Smøla, turn right and continue along the eastern side of the island where you will discover small idyllic inlets and inhabited coves. Smøla is a flat island and despite it being one of the largest islands in Norway, it does not take long to get around. Amenities include a deep-sea fishing center, hotel, restaurants, recreation center with boat hire, a lighthouse you can visit, shops and the municipal administration.
From Smøla, follow fv. 669 out to Veiholmen, a small island surrounded by the ocean, which boasts many skerries, a sheltered harbour, fish-processing industry, accommodation in fishermen's cabins ("rorbuer"), marina and several restaurants.
The trip continues on fv. 669 to Dyrnesvågen past Smøla Wind Farm, Norway's largest wind farm. At Dyrnesvågen there is a golf course. Straumen Service Center has a tourist information office, shop, restaurant and accommodation. Continue on fv. 669 to Edøy. Here you catch a ferry over to Sandvik, and then continue back to Kristiansund.
Distance: Approximately 160 kilometers
Day trips from Kristiansund
Trondheim – the historical city
The express boat service Kystekspressen takes you comfortably between Kristiansund and Trondheim in three hours and 15 minutes. The journey brings you into close contact with beautiful coastal scenery, and offers exciting views. Year-round service, several daily departures. Discounts on return trips within one and two days.
The Atlantic Road by bus and Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Voyage)
The spectacular Atlantic Road is accessible all year by bus. Stop for 30 minutes or stay for several hours – the choice is yours. You can hire a bicycle, or, during the summer, visit Håholmen or go fishing. You can also combine the bus trip with a voyage with Hurtigruten: take the bus from Molde to Kristiansund, spend the day in Kristiansund, and travel by Hurtigruten back to Molde at 5 pm.