Molde Cruise Port
Port of Molde: An Overview
Known as the "capital of roses" because its mild climate allows pretty flowers to flourish, Molde (pronounced "Mol-da") is also known for its annual July jazz festival, which has attracted artists such as Branford Marsalis, Chick Corea and Joss Stone in the past.
With a population of roughly 26,000, Molde boasts a Gothic-style cathedral, a variety of shops and cafes and the Romsdal Museum, which showcases historical dwellings and gives visitors a taste of life in the Romsdal region of yesteryear. The open-air attraction, a 15-minute walk from the port, is considered one of Norway's better folklore museums and features buildings and interesting interiors as well as staff dressed in traditional costume.
Mount Varden: If you're in decent shape, hike an hour from the port to the top of Mount Varden, for panoramic vistas of the city, fjord and about 200 peaks, including some in the Romsdal Alps. Varden also can be reached by coach or taxi.
Bergtatt Marble Caves and Quarry: This popular cruise line excursion takes passengers deep into the family-owned Bergtatt marble caves and quarry, about a half-hour drive from the port. Visitors don hard hats and life vests to ride barges into the dimly lit caves while soft music plays in the background, reminiscent of a scene from "Phantom of the Opera." Once inside, passengers are given paper cups and get to sample the caves' pure -- but exceptionally cold -- clear water. Tip: Wear something warm as the temperature in the cave is cool, about 6C/ 42F. Visitors are also shown a film about mining techniques and the marble business. For internet addicts: The stone-walled auditorium offers free Wi-Fi.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
Norway's currency is the krone. Credit cards are widely accepted, and an ATM can be found at the Spare Bank, which is within a block of the port just past Egon Restaurant. For current currency conversion figures, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.
Norwegian is the official language, but English is widely spoken.
Molde: Viking Seapjpluta@aol.comIn Molde, we visited the Romsdal Open Air Museum and were treated to some local cultural entertainment featuring Norwegian children in traditional clothing, dancing and singing to obviously old tunes. They were wonderful! Afterwards, we were able ... Read more
Molde: Viking StarJimAboWent to historic village, a great group of kids danced for us and then amazing exhibits ... Read more
Molde: Viking SeadmaccDid included tour & museum & walked back to port (maybe 2 miles). Lots of mall shopping near port. ... Read more
Molde: Viking StarGold FinchWe were taken to the Romsdal Open Air Museum. Local children in traditional dress performed several dances which we all enjoyed. After that we were free to wander among old historic buildings. Some were open with locals in period clothing explaining ... Read more
Molde: Balmoral1253lovelaceOnly went ashore on the 'Introduction to Molde' shore excursion, which was interesting but could have done with another 15 - 30 minutes to take time for photographs etc. ... Read more
Molde: BalmoralDavid WheelerMolde is served by a variety of ferries, and it is fun to take them - even if when you arrive, there is little to do but to come back. The scenery alone makes it worthwhile. But if you have in mind a trip on the Rauma Railway, then take it, if you ... Read more
Molde: BalmoralMary and Alanreally enjoyed trip up the funicular and around the area.. we landed late so it was getting dark as we got there but the guide rearranged the trip well around the time...still very expensive trip ... Read more
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