Nestled between Romsdal Mountains and southern Norway's dramatic stretch of western coastline, the city of Molde is famous as the "Town of Roses" with its splendid gardens and white painted woofen houses. Don't hesitate to discover the market place with its stunning city hall and visit Molde Church, situated high above the city and richly decorated by some of the leading artists in Norway. From nearby Varden Viewpoint travelers can enjoy a breathtaking view over Molde itself, the snowcapped mountain peaks and the small isle of the Romsdalfjord.
The town was founded during the 15th century. In 1742 it was granted municipal charter and mostly destroyed during World War 2. Much of what tourists see today are modern structures, although some old wooden Romsdal houses were preserved and are currently on display at city's open-air museum.
In 2018, the cruise port handled 54 ship calls (23% increase over 2017).
Molde cruise terminal
Port Molde has 2 cruise ship quays plus various anchorage points. Berths are booked on first-come / first-serve basis. Molde is one of the ferry ports along the "Express Route" - Norway's Government subsidized "Norwegian Coastal Express". This is a regularly scheduled passenger and cargo shipping service in Norway. The "ferry and cruise" itinerary is between two turnaround ports - Bergen (southmost) and Kirkenes (northmost). It connects a total of 34 ports, which are Norwegian communities without any road or air access.
Since January 2021, Norway's coastal ferry service is operated by two companies - Hurtigruten (7 ships) and Havila Shipping (4 ships)..Norwegian Government's annual subsidy for the ferry service is around USD 100 million.
The list of all ports along the northboaund "Norwegian Coastal Express" itinerary includes Bergen (turnaround port), Alesund, Floro, Geiranger (Stranda), Maloy (Vagsoy), Molde, Torvik (Heroy, Leinoya Island), Kristiansund, Rorvik (Vikna), Trondheim, Bodo, Bronnoysund (Bronnoy), Nesna, Ornes (Meloy), Sandnessjoen (Alstahaug), Stamsund (Vestvagoy Island), Svolvaer (Vagan, Austvagoya Island), Trollfjorden (Hadsel), Finnsnes (Lenvik), Harstad (Hinnoya Island), Risoyhamn (Andoy Island), Skjervoy, Sortland (Langoya Island), Stokmarknes (Hadseloya Island), Tromso, Berlevag, Hammerfest, Honningsvag (Mageroya Island, Nordkapp / North Cape), Kjollefjord (Lebesby), Mehamn (Gamvik), Oksfjord (Loppa), Batsfjord, Vardo (Vardoya Island), Kirkenes (turnaround port).
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