Molde Cruises, Norway
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The sleepy town of Molde finds a home in a blanket of snow-dusted peaks. White wooden houses spill down to a vast fjord, which is backed by velvety green hills. This tour starts off with a drive through the countryside. You’ll pass some of Norway’s most popular skiing spots, before arriving at the village of Eide. From here, you’ll follow the Kornstadfjord out to the spectacular Atlantic Ocean Road, which stretches across a clutch of bridge-linked islands. You’ll continue along Hustadvika, a part of the sea that’s dotted with islets, to a little fishing hamlet called Bud. Among the village’s signature red-painted houses is a site of fortifications from World War II. There’ll be time here to explore and take some photographs, before you snake along the shores of Frænfjord on your way back to Molde.
This tour whisks you off on ferry ride across the Romsdalsfjord, whose glass-like waters are surrounded by snowy peaks. Once you get to Vestnes it’s time to carry on by coach across the Orskog mountain plateau. From here, it’s down to the village of Sjoeholt and along the Storfjord, or Big Fjord as it’s also known. Along the way, you’ll pass by dinky villages like Stordal, known for its furniture industry. The Storfjord leads into the Norddalfjord, bringing you to the lush Valldal, famous for its strawberry production. This is where we’ll stop for a tasty lunch. Next up is Gudbrandsjuvet, a steep gorge with a raging river. Then it’s time to head for the mountain pass and the viewpoint at Trollstigen. There’s time to take a short stroll in the fresh air before heading down the famous hairpin bends of the Troll-path. Look to the left and you’ll see strangely-shaped peaks. On the right, meanwhile, you’ll find the Trolltindene range with the Isterdal Valley in between. As you make your way down to the valley, you’ll make a detour to the Troll Wall. At more than 3,000 feet high, it’s the highest vertical rock face in Europe. One thing’s for sure - there’s plenty to wow you on this tour.
The epic scenery’s in good supply on this tour. You’ll start off in Molde – a little city tucked between fjords. It’s known as the Town of Roses, which refers to the numerous, sweet-smelling rose gardens dotted about the place. But it’s also a launch point for trips down Norway’s Atlantic Ocean Road – Route 66, with dramatic sea views thrown into the mix. This stretch of road is like a natural rollercoaster, twisting and turning its way across the ocean. It connects a series of itsy-bitsy islands, via a total of eight bridges. And even though it’s small in size, it’s really big on dramatic landscapes. It was even voted the Norwegian Construction of the Century, back in 2005. There are well-placed areas to pull over along the way. And you’ll wrap things up with a ferry ride over to Haholmen for a coffee and cake stop.