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Fishing at Hjertøya, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
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Fishing at Hjertøya, Norway Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway

What to do in Molde and Romsdal

Enjoy the great outdoors hiking, cycling or fishing. Explore local caves or dive in the Atlantic Ocean. All of this is possible in Molde and Romsdal.

The contrasts in scenery and landscape make Molde and Romsdal a region well suited for a number of outdoor pursuits. In the mountains, you can go walking along marked paths, and during the winter you can go skiing. Try a guided sightseeing trip, so you do not miss the highlights.

Fishing

Fishing trips on the Romsdalsfjord
Three fishing safaris depart daily at 7:30 am, 12 noon and 6 pm. Maximum six passengers. Sightseeing tours on request. Experienced fisherman/guide.

Fjord or deep-sea fishing, the Atlantic Road
Daily departure from Strømsholmen at 12 noon. Weather and wind conditions decide whether you go fjord or deep-sea fishing. 52-foot fishing smack or a 27-foot boat. The trip lasts for three or six hours. Rental/sale of fishing equipment. Book in advance. 

For more information about fishing trips, please contact Strømsholmen Sea Sport Centre and Rauma jakt- og fiskesafari.

Salmon fishing
The best salmon rivers are the Aura in the Eikesdalen Valley, Batnfjordselva in Batnfjord, the Eira in Eresfjorden, the Hustadelva at Hustad, the Malmeelva in Malmefjorden, the Moaelva in Sylteosen, the Oselva in Kleiveosen, the Rauma in Romsdalen, Tressa in Tresfjord and the Visa in Vistdalen. Sea trout migrate up the Oselva River. Freshwater trout can be fished in the Visa, Moaelva and Hustadelva rivers.

Hunting

Large parts of the region offer possibilities for hunting small game, roe deer, red deer, wild reindeer and moose in specific hunting seasons. Please note that a Norwegian hunting licence (for which you will need to pass a hunting test) is required for hunting in Norway. You also need to buy a hunting permit from the landowner association or local hunting and fishing clubs.
Organised hunting trips:
Contrast Adventure  
Eikesdal Wild Tours 

Diving

Hustadvika, with its multitude of wrecks and its rich animal and plant life, is a diver's paradise. Underwater visibility of 40 to 60 meters is not unusual in winter, and there is good visibility during the rest of the year too. Strømsholmen Sea Sport Centre is situated near the Atlantic Road and hires out diving equipment, organises guided boat trips and diving courses, and fills cylinders with air.

Island hopping on two wheels

Bring your bicycle or rent one on arrival, and explore the region from your bicycle seat. There are plenty of routes to choose from, for both short and long trips. Traffic is scarce on many of the stretches. Along the route there are also lots of lovely detours you can take if you want to see more of the area. The trips are not signposted for bicycling, so we recommend you check the route descriptions on the internet and in travel books.

Recommended trips: Island hopping with bicycle, Around Sekken, Eikesdal-Aursjøen-Sunndal and Åndalsnes-Trollstigen.

This Island hopping cycling tour starts in Molde and proceeds westwards to the island municipalities of Midsund, Sandøy and Aukra. Between the islands you can relax on ferries or express boats. The tour continues on the mainland to the fishing village of Bud, across small islands and skerries along the Atlantic Road and ends with the ferry trip from Averøy to Kristiansund. Take the Hurtigruten (the Norwegian Coastal Express) back to Molde or northwards to Trondheim.

The route, which totals 200 kilometers, is cycled in stages with overnight stops along the way. Ask for the Cycle Guide with detailed maps, tour descriptions and interesting detours at Destination Molde & Romsdal.

Organised bicycling trips:
Seilper
Contrast Adventure 

Golfing

Play golf in scenic surroundings. You will find nine-hole courses in both Molde and Åndalsnes. 

Eikrem:
Golf course with a panoramic view of the fjord and mountains situated at Henden Farm, five kilometers east of Molde centre. Full nine-hole course, par 72/5470 meters. Driving range, putting green, 3 par-three practice holes, PGA-pro, pro shop, club and buggy hire.

Åndalsnes: This hilly nine-hole course lies in beautiful surroundings at Setnesmoen near Åndalsnes. Not many are aware that this was where golf started in Norway. The English salmon lords held golf tournaments in Åndalsnes as early as 1905 - on the site of the current golf course.

Horse riding

Vestnes is one of the best places in Norway for Icelandic horses, and several local operators, among them Stall Kjersem and Stall Kjellbotn, offer riding trips lasting from one hour to several days.   

Sea rafting

Go sea rafting in a rubber boat, wearing a survival suit, among the innumerable small islands and skerries. High speed and thrills combined with an experience of coastal scenery at close quarters. The trip provides opportunities for forays ashore, barbecued sausages /toasted bread, swimming and seashore discovery expeditions.

Mountaineering, hiking and peak climbing

During the summer you can choose between climbing, abseiling and peak climbing. Romsdalshorn, Vengetind and Juratind are the most popular peaks for climbing. The ascent of the Litlefjellet Mountain, continuing up the north wall of Romsdalshorn is the most usual, with climbing the last 300 meters. There are countless opportunities for walking in Molde and Romsdal, both short walks suitable for families and more demanding summit hikes for more experienced walkers.

Caving

Several exciting caves in the region can be explored on your own or with a tour guide. We recommend the Troll Church and the Naas caves at Eide, Bjørneremshellerne and Franskhelleren in Midsund, and a number of caves in Åndalsnes. Operators that organise caving trips include Romsdal Aktiv , Bergtatt  and DidAdventure

  • The Troll Church by Eide, three exciting limestone caves with underground streams and waterfalls. The two lower caves have beautiful waterfalls that cascade 14 meters down into a white marble pool.
  • Franskhelleren at Dryna in Midsund. French POWs fleeing from the Germans lived here during the last six months of the war in 1944 - 45. Good view of the ocean and numerous skerries and islands.
  • Bjørneremshellerne, at Midøya. The first people to settle in Romsdal probably lived in these caves.

Round trips with bus and Hurtigruten

A number of splendid tours from Molde are offered during the summer season. Amongst others, you may join a guided bus via the Trollstigen Mountain Road, the strawberry village of Valldal and the Eagle Road to Geiranger. Or board the Hurtigruten and experience "The seven sisters" waterfalls and the Geirangerfjord, which is one of UNESCO's world heritage sites, followed by a short stay in the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund before arriving in the "Town of Roses", Molde.

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Last updated:  2013-08-05
Diving in Molde, Norway - Photo: Nils Aukan
Diving in Molde, Norway
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Fishing at Hjertøya, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway

What to do in Molde and Romsdal

Enjoy the great outdoors hiking, cycling or fishing. Explore local caves or dive in the Atlantic Ocean. All of this is possible in Molde and Romsdal.

What to do in Molde and Romsdal

Source: Visitnorway

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