Welcome to the Molde cruise port guide. Molde is a small town of 26.000 in Norway. It is beautifully located in the Romsdalfjord. It is one of the oldest ports in Norway because of its dramatic scenery. Cruise ships have been coming here since 1882. The town of Molde has a nickname: the town of roses. It is quite a modern city. Mode was bombed during WWII and has rebuild its town mainly in contemporary and Art Nouveau style. There is part of the old town that remains however. Therefore walking through Molde is like walking through the centuries while enjoying the beautiful display of roses. Although today the editors of cruisecrocodile.com wouldn’t consider it to be the best port of Norway it is nice to have on the itinerary. People often choose to stay in town and visit the open air museum and the church or if you would favour some more dramatic scenery this would be the port to go and visit the famous Atlantic Ocean Road.
Travel Information the Netherlands
Official currency – Euro
Accepts US dollars – no
Creditcards – are widely accepted
Drives on the – right
Timezone – UTC +1
About the Netherlands
Inhabitants – Almost 17 million
Official language – Dutch
Capital city – Amsterdam
Sovereign state – Kingdom of the Netherlands
Good day – Goedendag
How are you? – Hoe gaat het?
Thank you – Dankjewel
Cruise ship – Cruiseschip
Port – Haven
Cruise port guide Molde – Norway: docked
The Molde cruise dock is called Storkaia. It is located right in town. When your ship is docked make sure to have a peak on the outside deck. You’ll see the clock tower of Molde within 300 meters of the ships. The city center is located around it. It is about 300 meter walk to the city center of Molde. At the dock you can often ask for a map at the port security. When you exit the pier simply take a right to walk to the city center. At the main square (see location in map above) you will find the tourist information center. Walk in for any information about hikes, buses or other details. Bicycle rental Bicycles are for rent through the tourist information in town. There is only a limited amount available. Pre-arrange them through the website of the tourist information above. Car rental You can only find car rental offices at the airport. If you are looking in hiring a car we strongly recommend you to arrange this ahead of time through the websites or Avis or Hertz. Taxi There are taxis available at the port exit. Keep in mind they are limited and very expensive. Usual cost for an hour is about 100 USD, negotiate before you step in. Public transport There is public transportation available in Molde and this is actually a great low-cost way to get to the Atlantic road independently. Eide Auto AS is the regional bus company where you can buy a one-day return ticket on the bus. Adults pay 150 NOK, Retiree (67 years) and children pay 100 NOK. The buses leave from the bus terminal in Molde at slot 7. On weekdays they have 6 departures and in the weekend 1 or 2 a day. See map above for the location of the bus station. You cannot make reservation and keep in mind that some days might be busy. Find more information on: http://www.eideauto.no/ Hikes When you dock you will notice that Molde is at the foot of a hill. On this hill there are lots of hiking paths that all connect to one another. Simply walk by the tourist information on the main square for some information and be on your way. The most popular spot for people to hike to is the Varden Viewpoint where, on a clear day, you can see 200 white mountain tops. On all the hikings paths you will find information signs along the way. Destination and distance from port Molde main square (Torget) = 300 meter north east Molde cathedral = 500 meter north east Romsdal Open-Air Museum = 900 meter north (slightly uphill) Varden viewpoint = 6 km north uphill Atlantic ocean road = 52 km north
Half way on the Atlantic Ocean Road it is possible to take a boat to Haholmen island. This is the perfect serene spot to enjoy some coffee, norwegian waffles and a good set of knowlegde about the unique viking ships. The exhibition is stunning and so are the islands. If you are planning to go to the Atlantic Ocean Road, you might want to make this an additional stop.
At about 52 km from port is where you will find the Atlantic Ocean Road. This road is labeled as one of the world’s best road trip. It is a 8,3 km road over a string of islands that is connected by 7 low bridges. Get here by taxi, excursion or public bus. Visit the visitors centre, stretch your legs at one of the viewpoints or simply drive over the road. Whatever you do, whatever the weather, it will be spectacular.
Molde has a dock available where cruise ships can dock. The dock is close to the city center of Molde. Read all about what to see and do in and around port in the full Molde cruise port guide.
To reach Molde your ship will need to sail into the Romsdalsfjord. This sail in is absolutely gorgeous. Cruise Crocodile will soon publish a scenic cruising guide for you take with you on board.
There are many hikes in the area that are all connected to each other. Bring the map that is provided in the port for some suggestions, visit the tourist information in town or simply find one of the many hiking information signs in Molde. A hike of 6 km uphill will bring you to the Varden viewpoint where you can overlook the 3 fjords and mountain tops. This is the most popular hike in the area.
Molde is not only known for its roses in town, but also for the wonderful statues you find all over town. This one is the Jazz boy that stands at the main square.
From the ship you can already spot this beautiful church. This is the 3rd church to be located at this port. It is a church designed by Finn Bryn. It was completed in 1957. Build for a the cost of 3 million NOK. Note the beautiful free standing bell tower and keep an eye out for the beautiful roses around the cathedral.