Molde

The city and port of Molde in the region of Romsdal, Norway, has long been a popular holiday destination for tourists.

A fascinating port nestled between the Romsdal Mountains and southern Norway’s coastline

The city and port of Molde in the region of Romsdal, Norway, has long been a popular holiday destination for tourists.

Nestled between the Romsdal Mountains and southern Norway’s coastline, Molde is known as the ‘Town of Roses’ due to the number of large gardens and flowers that adorn the city’s predominantly wooden architecture.

Every July, Molde plays host to the oldest international jazz festival in Europe, which has welcomed such music legends such as Miles Davis, BB King and Ray Charles. This cultural hub is also home to Norway’s oldest literary festival, created by the poet Knut Ødegård. Many of the country’s great writers spent time in Molde, including Henrik Ibsen, and culture-buffs will be tempted off the ship to experience Molde’s cultural heritage for themselves.

But we have plenty of other reasons for you to leave your luxury MSC cruise ship. Choose from our selection of day trip packages, which offer another chance to visit the nearby UNESCO world heritage site of Geirangerfjord and take in the ‘Art Nouveau’ city of Ålesund, all with the best deals on local attractions.

Not far from Molde is the Løvikremma Coastal Farm, ideal for families with young children, who will love the goats, horses, sheep, hens and other farm animals, whilst adults can sample local refreshments. Another great day out is in the Romsdal Museum, Norway’s largest folk museum with 50 traditional buildings and streets in a reconstruction of life in times gone by.

Molde is one of Norway’s gems and a must-see destination during your Northern European cruise vacation.

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The port is within walking distance of town.

Port average temperature

Molde has a maritime, temperate climate, with cool-to-warm summers, and relatively mild winters. The annual precipitation is relatively high, with an average of 1640 mm per year. The warmest season is late summer. Molde holds the national high for the month of October, with 25.6 °C (on 11 October 2005). The driest season is May-June. Due to its geographic location, Molde experiences frequent in winter, but this snow is usually wet as the winters are usually mild.

A natural phenomenon occurring in Molde and the adjacent district, are frequent winter days with temperatures above 10 °C, sometimes even above 15 °C. This is due to foehn wind from south and south-east. Combined with a steady influx of warm, moist south-westerly winds from the Atlantic Ocean, warmed by the Gulf Stream; it gives Molde a climate much warmer than its latitude would indicate. The sheltered location of the city, facing south with hills to the north, mountains to the east and mountainous islands to the west, contributes to Molde's climate and unusually rich plant life, especially among species naturally growing on far lower latitudes, like maple, chestnut, oak, tilia , beech, yew, and others.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general

MOLDEMonths
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Average high °C12571316171712952
Average low °C-2-2---17101211751-1
 MLD01 - CITY TOUR (approx. 2 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Despite its northern location, the sea port of Molde enjoys a comparatively mild climate due to the warm Atlantic gulf stream and the town's sheltered mountain location. Molde has been rebuilt twice, first after a fire in 1916 and again after heavy bombing during World War II. Your enjoyable sightseeing tour of this lovely city includes a visit to the open-air folk museum. You will also pass by the city hall, which is renowned for its beautiful rose garden. You will also be able to enjoy lovely views over the city from the Varden vantage point. Be sure to take your camera and seize the opportunity to capture the splendour of the scenery on film for posterity – and your family album. The tour concludes with your return journey back to the port and your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour can be combined to one of the half day tours foreseen during the afternoon call at Andalsnes. This excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 MLD04 - FROM MOLDE TO ANDALSNES (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  The Norwegian city of Molde is situated on the banks of Romsdalsfjord at the foot of the hilly Moldemarka region. Blessed with an unusually mild climate, Molde boasts numerous plants that are more commonly found in much warmer regions, such as roses. After a short sightseeing tour of the city, you will board a ferry to cross the majestic Romsdalsfjord and admire its southern panorama, the Romsdal Alps. Continuing on from Vestnes by coach, the tour will take you across the Oerskog mountain plateau, a favourite local skiing area. The route will also take you along the shores of Storfjord (The Big Fjord) and villages like Sjoeholt, where a stop will be made, and Stordal, world-famous for its furniture-making industry. As Storfjord leads into Norddal Fjord, the lush and fertile Valldal valley, known for its strawberry production, comes into view. Turning inland, the tour then stops briefly at Gudbrandsjuvet, a steep gorge at the bottom of which is a foaming river, before ascending the Trollstigen mountain plateau where there is time for a stroll to the nearby viewpoint. The tour slowly continues down the hairpin bends of the so-called Troll’s Ladder – Trollstigen – to Åndalsnes via Troll Wall vantage point, the highest sheer rock face in Europe reaching a height of more than 1,000 metres. The town of Åndalsnes, the terminus of the Rauma railway, links this part of the country with eastern Norway and Oslo. Located on the shores of the fjord, the town centre is fairly modern due to damage sustained during WWII. Lunch will be served enroute. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $177.00 Adults $124.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.