Molde - the city of jazz, roses and panorama
Molde is the administrative centre of the county of Møre og Romsdal, in addition to being an active educational, trading and touristic town. Every year 40-50 cruise ships call in Molde and the city is a popular tourist destination with attractions like the Trollstigen Mountain Road and the Atlantic Road nearby.
The area to the north of Molde, Moldemarka, has several marked hiking trails and skiing tracks, and is an important recreational area for both locals and tourists. Less than 10 minutes away by car from the town centre, you will find Tusten Alpine Centre and the nine-hole course of Molde Golf Club.
From the Varden View Point (407 metres above sea level) there is a good view of Molde, the fjord, islands and the famous Molde Panorama with its 222 partially snow-clad peaks.
Molde achieved official town status in 1742. During the 17th and 18th century, the city's main industries were boat building, factory-made clothing business, trade and tourism. The city fire in 1916 and extensive bombing during World War II caused the destruction of the old, idyllic wooden buildings. That explains the prevalence of simple, clean-cut and functional post-war architecture in some parts of the town. At the Romsdal Museum you can still feel the atmosphere with the small wooden houses and rose gardens in the so called "Bygata" - the city street.
The weather can change suddenly here. To be sure, bring clothes that fit both warm and cold days. The summer temperature varies between 50°F and 86°F. The winters are mild at the coast, but in the eastern part of the region it can be pretty cold with a lot of snow. Lesja/Bjorli is renowned for its long winters and snow.
Åndalsnes and Trollstigen – a wonderful mountain kingdom
In the 1860s the road down the Romsdalen Valley was completed as far as the farms Åndal and Nes, leading to the emergence of the new tourist destination of Åndalsnes and the birth of a new community. The tourist ships chose to call at Åndalsnes, and during the 1880s it emerged as the big tourist destination in Romsdal.
Today, Åndalsnes has achieved official town status, and as the end station of the Rauma Railway, which was opened in 1924, it is an important hub of communications. Unfortunately a lot of the original township was destroyed by extensive bombing during World War II. Åndalsnes now appears as a modern town between the beautiful Romsdal Alps. Åndalsnes is a popular destination for climbing, hiking and fjord fishing.