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MOLDE

Jazzy vibes and wonderful views

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Hjertøya in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal
Hjertøya in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal

The fjord city of Molde clings to the shoreline at the wide mouth of the Romsdalsfjord in the northern corner of Fjord Norway.

Hjertøya in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal
Hjertøya in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal

Located between some of Norway’s most impressive tourist attractions, like the Scenic Route Geiranger-Trollstigen, the Romsdalseggen ridge and The Atlantic Road, Molde is an ideal base for a Fjord Norway adventure.

The Atlantic Road in Northwest .
Photo: Jacek Rózycki
The Atlantic Road in Northwest .
Photo: Jacek Rózycki

Each July, around 60,000 people from near and far travel to Molde to enjoy more than 100 concerts during the town’s world-famous jazz festival.

Founded in 1961, the Molde International Jazz Festival – "Moldejazz" in Norwegian – is the world's oldest jazz festival (in continuous operation, from 2020) as well as the most important one in Norway.

Moldejazz .
Photo: Press Image / Linn Inger Angell
Moldejazz .
Photo: Press Image / Linn Inger Angell

Inhale the crisp, salty sea air at the harbour, try some of the freshly caught seafood at one of the restaurants, and add some perspective to your holiday by visiting Møre and Romsdal art center.

The Glass restaurant in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal
The Glass restaurant in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal

If you are looking for nice views, The Pavilion at Rekneshaugen, along the hiking trail The Green Corridor, is just a short walk from the city center.

This is also located right next to...

The Pavilion at Rekneshaugen in Molde .
Photo: Tonje Sæthre
The Pavilion at Rekneshaugen in Molde .
Photo: Tonje Sæthre

...The Romsdal museum – one of the largest and most comprehensive folk museums in Norway.

The main building is Krona, situated in the heart of Molde. The building opened in 2016 and is an impressive piece of architecture.

The Romsdal museum, in Molde .
Photo: Johnny Bratseth
The Romsdal Museum .
Photo: Johnny Bratseth

Enjoy exhibitions about Norwegian culture, visit the local history library, and see how the local bunad (national costume) is made. 

During summer, the museum comes "alive" with living people as extras in the exhibitions. From June to August, you can also join a historic medieval trip to the Veøya Island.

The Romsdal Museum in summer .
Photo: Johnny Bratseth
The Romsdal Museum in summer .
Photo: Johnny Bratseth

You can’t help but notice the Molde Cathedral. Completed in 1957, the cathedral and the 50-metre-high freestanding bell tower stands tall in the city centre.

Another must-see, whether you are a football fan or not, is the Aker stadium. Drawn by local architect Kjell Kosberg, the grand building has a granite exterior made of stone and glass.

Molde Cathedral .
Photo: Einar Engdal
Molde Cathedral .
Photo: mariusz.ks / Shutterstock

Nature lovers will find it easy to entertain themselves.

With a network of paths, trails, and information boards with maps, Moldemarka is a natural playground for hikers and cyclists... 

Cycling in Moldemarka .
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson
Cycling in Moldemarka .
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

...and those who love snow and winter.

Here, you will find miles of groomed trails for cross-country...

Moldemarka in wintertime .
Photo: Haakon Lundkvist
Moldemarka in wintertime .
Photo: Haakon Lundkvist

...and big jumps, ready to give you airy glides in the alpine slopes.

Tusten Skiheiser, Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal
Tusten Skiheiser, Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal

Lots of air is also guaranteed if you climb the number one viewpoint in Moldemarka, Varden, 407 metres above sea level. Here, the Molde panorama allows you to enjoy the extraordinary vista of 222 partially snow-clad mountain peaks.

At the top, you can buy refreshments at the restaurant Vardestua.

Panorama view of Molde .
Photo: Fred Johnny Hammerø
Views of Molde .
Photo: Fred Johnny Hammerø

Maybe you would love a refreshing bath in the mountains during your hike? Jump in, but be prepared – the temperature is most likely for real vikings!

Pothole in Finnsetlia, Aursjøvegen .
Photo: Eline Karlsdatter Fladseth
Pothole in Finnsetlia, Aursjøvegen .
Photo: Eline Karlsdatter Fladseth

Longing for a little more tropical bathing conditions? Jump in the swimming pools in Moldebadet.

Or bring the whole family to a fun hangout between the treetops at the climbing parkHøyt og Lavt Molde

The Høyt og Lavt Molde climbing park .
Photo: Stian Drogseth
The Høyt og Lavt Molde climbing park .
Photo: Stian Drogseth

For a real challenge, climb the 2,200 steps of Midsundtrappene, one of Norway’s longest stone staircases. Situated on Otrøya island just outside of Molde, the stairs will take you to the top of Rørsethornet (659 m.a.s.l.).

The view at the top is definitely worth the struggle.

Midsundtrappene in Molde .
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson
Midsundtrappene in Molde .
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

While some like to feel the pulse increase, others prefer the opposite while on holiday. Molde, and its surrounding areas, offer plenty of opportunities to take it down a notch.

The idyllic island of Hjertøya, a ten-minute boat ride from Molde, is one of those places where you can literally hear your own heartbeat.

Hjertøya in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal
Hjertøya in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal

Hire a kayak, go on a picnic, or walk along the nature trail.

At the Fisheries museum, you can learn about the local coastal culture.

Kayaking in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal
Kayaking in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal

Despite its modest size, you will be surprised by Molde’s many sides.

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Kayaking in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal
Kayaking in Molde .
Photo: Einar Engdal

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