Molde, the 'Town of Roses', is a city and municipality in Romsdal in Møre og Romsdal County, Norway. The municipality is located on the Romsdal Peninsula, surrounding the Fannefjord and Moldefjord. The city is located on the northern shore of the Romsdalsfjord. The city of Molde is the administrative centre of Møre og Romsdal County, administrative center of the municipality of Molde, commercial hub of the Romsdal region and seat of the Diocese of Møre. Molde proper consists of a 6.2-mile (10-kilometre) long and 0.62-1. View more
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Explore the Viking history of Norway by land and sea during this panoramic, half-day excursion to the islands of Geitøya and Håholmen.
Molde and Geitøya Island
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 60-minute drive to the island of Geitøya. En route, take an orientation drive through the city of Molde, then stop for photos as you continue along the impressive Atlantic Ocean Road, which is built across a series of bridges linking numerous islands and skerries. Upon reaching the island of Geitøya, also known as 'Goat's Island', embark a boat for a brief transfer to Håholmen Island. Weather permitting, you can sail in a genuine replica of an 11th-century Viking ship, the Saga Siglar.
Håholmen Island and Viking Film and Ships
Discover the enchanting fishing village of Håholmen. It consists of 20 small islands, and has been the meeting place, home and working site for fishermen, seamen and traders for centuries. During your visit, view a film and presentation covering Ragnar Thorseth's voyages with three Viking ships, which he built himself. See one of the ships that was wrecked during a storm in the Mediterranean.
Next, proceed to a rustic, cosy restaurant for refreshments. Afterward, ample free time is made available to explore this picturesque island at your leisure. Following your visit, embark your boat for the ride back to Geitøya Island, then re-board your coach for the approximately 90-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 164 yards (150 metres), at times over slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. Walking on Håholmen Island is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Depending upon sea conditions, a contemporary boat may be used to sail between Geitøya and Håholmen. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Explore Mount Tatt in a unique new way during this unforgettable excursion inside the Bergtatt Caves.
Molde, Eide, Mount Tatt, Bergtatt Caves, Movie Presentation
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive towards Eide, and a visit to the marble caves of Mount Tatt. Upon arrival at the marble caves of Bergtatt, meet your guides and receive your safety instructions. Next, don your helmet and inflatable vest, and begin your guided cave exploration. Depending on how many guests join the tour, one group explores the cave first, whilst the other group enjoys a movie presentation. Inside the caves, the temperature is always 42.8 degrees Fahrenheit (about six degrees Celsius), regardless of the outside temperature.
Cave Walk and Rafting, Water Tasting, Arkadene, Colourful Lighted Tunnels
During your guided walking tour, learn about the quarry drift past-and-present. Afterward, embark wooden rafts for a ride on 50-million litres of crystal-clear water beneath you, and proceed further into the mountain through scenically lighted tunnels. As you journey into the 'trolls' world', take an opportunity to taste the water. Further inside, a visit is made to 'Arkadene', a series of caves illuminated in different colours and a joy to behold amidst this unique, silent atmosphere. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 547 yards (about 900 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the rafts, and inside the caves. This tour is not suitable for guests suffering from claustrophobia, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The tour sequence may vary.
Discover the splendid beauty of the 'City of Roses' during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion to Molde and its surrounds.
Molde and Romsdal Open-Air Museum
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute sightseeing drive through the charming downtown area of Molde en route to the Romsdal Open-Air Museum. Established in 1912, it is one of the largest and most comprehensive folk museums in Norway. More than 50 old buildings originating from all over the region have been moved here to form typical country courtyards of farm buildings, including open-hearth houses, sheds, outhouses, smokehouses, and a small chapel.
Norwegian Folk Dancing and Mount Varden
Upon arrival, take in a live performance of Norwegian folk dancing performed by local children in national costumes. Afterward, re-board your coach and continue up to Mount Varden. A photo stop is made at the Varden Viewpoint to observe a dazzling panorama of the 222 white peaks of the Romsdal Alps, the tranquil fjord and its islands. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 547 yards (500 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Many of the old buildings at the Romsdal Open Air Museum have high thresholds. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.
Embrace the scenic splendour of the Norwegian coast during this half-day excursion along the renowned Atlantic Ocean Road.
Depart the pier for the short drive up to Mount Varden, an excellent viewpoint overlooking the charming town of Molde. Upon arrival at the Varden Viewpoint, take in spectacular panoramic vistas of the 222 white peaks of the Romsdal Alps, the tranquil fjord and its islands.
Atlantic Ocean Road and Hustadvika Sea
Next, re-board your coach and traverse the hills, then continue along the Atlantic Ocean Road, one of the world's most amazing coastal drives. It opened in 1989, and was voted the 'Norwegian Structure of the Century'. Continue along the route, passing an array of beautiful scenery alongside Hustadvika, a stretch of sea dotted with skerries and islets.
Bud, Elnesvågen Village and Frænafjord
A stop is made at a restaurant in the charming oceanfront fishing village of Bud for coffee or tea served with 'svele', a traditional Norwegian pancake. Afterward, re-board your coach for the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier. En route, pass the village of Elnesvågen and admire the picturesque Frænafjord.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 525 yards (480 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.