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The Town of Roses

Molde is located in between several impressive tourist attractions like Romsdalseggen, Trollstigen and the Atlantic Road. It is a lovely little fjord city with heaps of charm and atmosphere.

Situated by the Romsdalsfjord, Molde is renowned for its beautiful surroundings and wonderful views. The most famous viewpoint is Varden, where the Molde Panorama allows you to enjoy the extraordinary vista of 222 mountain peaks.

If you ask a Norwegian about Molde, they will probably tell you that it's called the Town of Roses. The nickname was in use as early as 1913 and refers to the many lush rose gardens around the city.

Photo: Einar Engdal
Photo: Einar Engdal
Photo: Einar Engdal
Photo: Einar Engdal
Restaurant Glass.
Photo: Einar Engdal
Hjertøya, Molde.
Photo: Einar Engdal
Photo: Fred Jonny Hammerø

Activities and attractions

There are four things that Molde immediately brings to mind: Roses, panoramic views, jazz and football.

Seek out the Varden viewpoint (407 meters above sea level) to experience the Molde Panorama, with its remarkable view of no less than 222 partially snow-clad peaks. Varden is a ten-minute ride by car from the city centre or an hour on foot. At the top, you can stop for refreshments at the Vardestua restaurant.

Molde hosts the oldest annual jazz festival in Europe. Every year, thousands of jazz enthusiasts turn every corner of the city into a week-long music celebration during the Molde International Jazz festival. And once you're here, you can't help but notice Aker Stadium. Drawn by local architect Kjell Kosberg, this grand building has a granite exterior made of stone and glass.

Take your pick

Go to a museum, visit a mansion from 1918, take the family to the water park or make a round trip by bus.

Accommodation in Molde

Make your holiday extra special by choosing the right accommodation for you. Many packages make sure that you don't miss out on the best views and get to experience local food and culture.

There are four hotels in the city centre, located within walking distance of all the main attractions. If you stay at one of these hotels, you can be sure to experience the panoramic views we talk so much about here in Molde.

Kviltorp Camping is a nice option for those who enjoy the freedom of camping. Located a short distance from the city, Kviltorp offers full camping facilities as well as a selection of cabins, apartments and boat houses. During the summer, you can also stay at the youth hostel HI Molde Vandrehjem.

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Getting here and around

  • By train to Åndalsnes

    By train to Åndalsnes

    Enjoy one of the most scenic train rides in Norway on the rail line Raumabanen to Åndalsnes. There are daily departures from Oslo (5.5 hours) and Trondheim (4-5 hours). Continue from Åndalsdnes to Molde by bus.

  • By boat

    By boat

    Hurtigruten stops at Molde daily on its southbound and northbound voyage.

  • By plane

    By plane

    Molde Airport Årø is located 10 minutes by car from the city centre.

    There are daily flights from Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.

  • By bus

    By bus

    There are daily express buses from Trondheim and Bergen.

    Local buses serve the main attractions in the area.

  • By car

    By car

    Drive to Molde on the E136 through Romsdalen and continue to Molde on Rv 64, or on the E39 if you drive from Bergen and Trondheim.

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