Known as the “town of roses” since 1913, Molde is an enchanting destination that would delight any traveler who enjoys panoramic landscapes and the charming atmosphere of a lake town. The town lies next to the Romsdalsfjord, making it an exceptional place to catch beautiful views of the water dancing beneath the horizon. There are many ways you can spend your next voyage to Molde - keep reading to find out the best things to do in Molde, Norway.
1. Marvel at the sight of 222 mountain peaks at Varden - the Molde Panorama
The most stunning landscape to witness in the entire town of Molde is the sight of 222 mountain peaks at the Molde Panorama. This is absolutely essential for any visitor to this curious lake town. Whether you are an experienced hiker or not, it is worth it to take a trek up the Varden trail - for those who want to enjoy the view without the tedious struggle of the hike, it is possible to drive a car up the mountain. However, hiking up the trail is much more satisfying as you will appreciate each glorious glance at the mountains during the trail.
Varden - the Molde Panorama
Address: Varden, Molde 6412, Norway
Website: Varden - the Molde Panorama
2. Discover the culture of Molde at the Romsdal Museum
If you want to experience the sensation of traveling back in time to a past version of Norway, visit the Romsdal Museum. Comprised of several different buildings that represent a different era in Norwegian history, you can learn about the culture of Molde as told by historical interpreters. The museum provides an authentic experience as you can watch a group of children perform traditional Norwegian dances to fiddle music. There are a variety of exhibits to browse through, as well as a bakery that sells delicious Norwegian pastries.
Address: Per Amdams veg 4, Molde 6413, Norway
Phone: +47 71202460
Website: Romsdal Museum (in Norwegian)
3. Visit the center of town at The Rose Maiden Molde Town Hall
In 1913, Molde was named the “town of roses” in honor of the vivid rose flowers planted around the city. At the Rose Maiden Molde Town Hall, you can witness firsthand the absolute beauty of the town, embellished with a thousand roses. The town hall is also decorated with a statue fountain situated in the center. This is an ideal place to unwind and enjoy an epic view of the fjord and sky scape.
The Rose Maiden Molde Town Hall
Address: Raadhusplassen 1, Molde 6413, Norway
4. Enjoy local football matches at the Aker Stadium
Whether you are a sports enthusiast or not, the Aker Stadium is a must-see in Molde. You can visit the stadium to enjoy football matches played by local teams, or enjoy food in the stadium’s cafeteria. If you don’t enjoy sports, you can stroll around the vast grounds and enjoy the panoramic views it offers of the waterfront.
Address: Julsundvegen 14, Molde 6412, Norway
Phone: +47 71202500
Website: Aker Stadium
5. Hike along the Hjertoya Island Nature Trail
To get to the island of Hjertoya, you need only take a boat ride that lasts approximately 5-10 minutes from Molde. The hiking trail on this island will gift you with incredibly picturesque views of the sea, sky, and trees. There is also a fish museum near the hiking trail where you can learn about Norway’s marine history.
Hjertoya Island Nature Trail
Address: Hjertoya, Molde 6413, Norway
Phone: +47 71202460
Website: Hjertoya Island Nature Trail
6. Visit the sculpture of the man playing music at the Jazzgutten
At the Jazzgutten, you can witness a renowned sculpture site at the fjord’s waterfront. The monumental sculpture features a man passionately playing the saxophone. During the summer, the city hosts a jazz festival near the statue where you can enjoy the wondrous sounds of live music.
Address: Torget 4, Molde 6413, Norway
7. Explore the rich history of Molde at the Veoya Island
Veoya Island is significant in Molde’s history as it used to be known as the most important trading post between Trondheim and Alesund. Now, it serves in conjunction with the Romsdal Museum as a beautiful place to learn more extensive feats about Molde’s history. You can take a brief boat ride to the island and enjoy a silent evening of relaxation on its blissful shores.
Address: Veoya, Molde 6401, Norway
Phone: +47 71202460
Website: Veoya Island
8. Drive along a scenic road in the Romsdal Mountains
Although a drive up this mountain trail is definitely for the more bold-hearted, it is an experience that will be worth the adrenaline rush. In both the summer and winter seasons, the Romsdal Mountains are absolutely breath-taking. There are a multitude of rivers, waterfalls, and fjords that you will witness along the way. If you don’t want to drive up the road, you can also walk the hike and enjoy the views firsthand.
Address: Torget 4, Molde 6413, Norway
9. Browse through gallery exhibits at the More & Romsdal Art Center
Established in 1978, the More & Romsdal Art Center hosts 13 separate exhibitions yearly and is an important part of Molde’s initiative to bring significance to modern and handcrafted artwork. The art center also has a store where you can purchase works of art from Norwegian artists of all regions. The center collaborates with the Jazz Festival in the summer to produce related exhibitions, so if you are in Molde during July, definitely try to visit the More & Romsdal Art Center!
More & Romsdal Art Center
Address: Goervellplassen 1, Molde 6413, Norway
Phone: +47 94166452
10. Revel in wondrous views of the town and fjord at The Green Corridor
If you haven’t had enough of Molde’s awe-inspiring assortment of panoramic views, then take a stroll down The Green Corridor. This trail begins at the seafront of Reknes and travels through the baroque Chateau villa, the Reknes park, the pavilion at the Rekneshaugen viewpoint, the Romsdal Museum, and finally, to the Varden viewpoint. Throughout these different checkpoints on the trail, you will certainly appreciate the wondrous views that each area offers.
The Green Corridor
Address: Torget 4, Molde, Norway
Phone: +47 70238800
Website: The Green Corridor
11. Fish on the Atlantic Road
Take a day and go fishing in one of the unique areas near Molde. In the Averoy Municipality of Romsdale, a beautiful road with eight bridges connects the islets. On the sea road, there are places to pull over and fish. Two bridges, in particular, are designed for those who enjoy fishing, but you can stop and fish off the other bridges too.
The best bridges though, cause no traffic conflict and offer benches. However, you need to take your own equipment as there are no rentals there. The trip is best done in spring or summer and the spectacular views bring a fantastic experience well-deserving of a camera. The Atlantic Road is located between the towns of Molde and Kristiansund along route 64.
12. Go skiing in winter at Tusten Skiheiser
Norway is beautiful in winter, so why not take along your equipment, or hire some, and hit the slopes near Molde. There are numerous skiing activities available during the main season that runs from December to April. Just ten minutes from Molde you will find the Alpine Skiing center of Tusten Skiheiser.
The variety of facilities include prepared pistes and you can attend a ski school. 3 km (1.8 miles) of the 20km (12 miles) slopes are floodlit. Experience the beauty of the magical winter and get the adrenalin rush all at once. The levels of difficulty are available for all levels of experience, from beginner to tough. Additional activities include a half pipe, a kids slide and cross country. A cafe brings warmth and hot chocolate after a day of fun.
Website: Tusten Skiheiser.
Molde will make your heart melt in one glance
The lovely town of Molde has a vast variety of options for those wishing to revel in its many spectacular views. Just with one simple glance, you will fall in love with its charm. It isn’t called the “town of roses” for no reason!
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