After we had made the trip to the panoramic road Trollstigen in Andalsnes this morning and learned about the many trolls in Norway, our trip with AIDAsol continued at 1.30 pm to Molde, the next stop of our cruise, just 1.5 hours away.
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The drive through the Moldefjord to Molde
Molde is a town with about 26,000 inhabitants and is located on the north shore of the Moldefjord. Molde is known for its annual jazz music festival and its magnificent location on the fjord and the Sunnmére Alps, which form the Molde panorama. The nickname of the city is “the city of roses” – because of the mild climate still roses grow here, which actually have their growth slacks further south. The rose girl in the town square, a bronze sculpture surrounded by a fountain, is also reminiscent of this nickname in the city.
The AIDA Port Info of Molde
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Bedtime: 3.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All on board: 7.30pm
Panoramic trip to the Atlantic coastal road
Molde welcomed us with a lot of rain 🙁 Immediately after AIDAsol had moored at the port, we met in front of the ship for our excursion. For Molde we have chosen the 3.5-hour AIDA excursion “MOL03: Panoramic trip to the Atlantic-Coast Road”. With our coach we drove along the fjord for about an hour. Unfortunately it rained so much in between that we couldn’t even look outside from the bus, because the rain just ran down the windows.
After a short time we went to the Atlantic Coastal Road, which is an 8,274 meter long road section and lies between Bud in the west and Kristiansund in the east. The Atlantic Road consists of eight bridges built over several small islands. The road is a major tourist attraction in the area and is part of the Norwegian Landscape Routes.
In the past, the road has often been voted the most beautiful car and bicycle route in the world. This is certainly a matter of taste 😉
Unfortunately, today was completely rainy, so that we only walked from a parking lot for a short time a small circular path around the island of Lyngholmen to take a closer look at the Storseisund bridge. Opened in 1988, the bridge, with a length of 260 metres and a height of 23 metres, is the largest of the eight bridges on the Atlantic Road and is also considered to be its landmark.
Here we found a very nice map of the Atlantic Coastal Road: Map of the Atlantic Coastal Road
The Bud Museum (Army Coast Battery)
After the trip on the Atlantic road we made a stop in the small fishing village of Bud. Here we went to the Bud Museum, also known as the “Heeres-Küsten-Batterie 17./976 Bud” and is located elevated on a hill in the northern part of the village. During World War II, large parts of Norway were occupied and Bud was one of the places occupied by German troops from 1940 to 1945. The German coastal wall, which was built at that time, was later restored and now serves as a war memorial.
The museum itself had already closed around this time, but on the outside surface you could still see a few things (e.g. guns, headlights, bunkers).
From the observation deck you also have a beautiful view of the fishing village of Bud with its typical Norwegian wooden houses and the coast of the European North Sea.
Just in time at 7.30 p.m. we arrived again by bus at the port. We say goodbye to Molde and are looking forward to our next stop: Trondheim 🙂
All travelogues from our Norwegian CruiseDie Route Norwegens Fjorde 1 führt uns die Elbe stromabwärts vorbei an den Nordfriesischen Inseln in Richtung Norwegen. Der erste Hafen ist die malerische Stadt Bergen. Die Reise führt uns weiter durch zahlreiche schmale Fjorde mit rauschenden Wasserfällen, wie z.B. der Geirangerfjord mit seinen steilen Felswänden. Der nördlichste Hafen der Reise ist Trondheim, die drittgrößte Stadt Norwegens. Danach geht es wieder gen Süden, nach Ålesund und Eidfjord, bis wir den letzten Hafen der Reise erreichen: Stavanger.
Day 01 Hamburg - 10 days cruise with AIDAsol through Norway’s fjords
Day 02 At Sea
Day 03 Bergen - Tourist Attractions, Things to do & Photo spots (Norway)
Day 04 Hellesylt, Geirangerfjord & Geiranger - Our private tour in Geiranger
Day 05 Åndalsnes - Trolls & the panoramic road Trollstigen
Day 05 Molde - Panoramic Cruise to the Atlantic Coastal Road
Day 06 Trondheim - Tourist Attractions, Things to do & our Kayak Tour
Day 07 Alesund - Aksla Viewpoint & the Strandafjellet Cable Car
Day 08 Eidfjord - Flamsbahn, Bergen Railway & Waterfalls
Day 09 Stavanger - Our hike to the spectacular Preikestolen
Day 10 At Sea
Day 11 Hamburg - Sightseeing