THE ATLANTIC ROAD, FROM MOLDE TO BUD
Sightseen, Designed for families, Passepartour, Less than 1 hour walking, Family friendly
In a nutshell
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A wonderful way to discover Molde, with its beautiful roses.
- Varden viewpoint
- Bjørnsund Islands
- Our excursion takes us to Molde, administrative centre of the county of Romsdal. The city is located on the shores of the Romsdal fjord, surrounded by hills that provide a backdrop of 222 peaks that are covered in snow almost all the year round. Molde is also known as the City of Roses, thanks to the fragrant rose nurseries that benefit from the mild climate and fertile soil of the sun-drenched slopes surrounding the city. The city still has the same air of calm and tranquillity that convinced Ibsen to make it his home.
- We climb to 400 m above sea level to the Varden viewpoint, where the belvedere offers wonderful views over the Romsdalsfjord, the myriad of little islands that lie scattered in front of the city and the mountains on the other side of the fjord.
- Our coach then takes us through some of the area's best ski resorts, before descending to the village of Eide, overlooking the Kornstadfjord.
- From here we take the spectacular Atlantic Road, an engineering marvel that links islands and reefs via a series of bridges. In 2005, it was declared the Norwegian Construction of the Century, while the stunning stretch of coast it covers has earned it the status of National Tourist Route.
- We head towards Hustadvika, a stretch of water that can be spectacular to look at when rough, but which is not much loved by sailors. It is full of underwater reefs and little islands and, when the weather is fine, it is not uncommon to spot seals and whales swimming there.
- A little further along, we have a photo stop in the delightful fishing village of Bud, overlooking the ocean with views of the Bjørnsund islands, a group of islands that were once home to a vibrant, flourishing fishing community, but which are now only a summer vacation retreat.
- We head back to Molde, travelling up and down beautiful hillsides around another delightful natural inlet, the Frænfjord.
Good to know
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.