Møre og Romsdal

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The Atlantic Road

One of Møre og Romsdal's most popular attraction is a 8 km long piece of road connecting Averøy to the mainland via a stretch of several islets connected by 8 bridges. The road was voted as construction of the century in 2005 and is one of Norway's top ten landscape based tourist attractions. It is easy to park your car in one of the many lay-bys and walk a few metres to the smooth coastal rocks and some excellent fishing spots. A stone’s throw or two to the west, the shipping lane crosses the notorious waters of the Hustadvika bay, concealing countless wrecks. For the most spectacular view you should visit on a sunny day in the spring or summer, or when there is a storm. ''Caution'': Do not underestimate the power of Atlantic waves. A small detour to the fisherman's village of can be included.

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Rose Church

The white old church in Stordal valley is a good example of the idiosyncratic wooden octagonal churches typical for the area (similar churches in Norddal, Tresfjord, Leikong, Geiranger, Ulsteinvik, Stranda, Innvik and Tresfjord). It is known as '''the Rose church''' because of the rose paintings covering its interior. Paintings are in a naïve but striking style. Some are merely decorative, others depict characters or events from the bible. It was built in 1789 in place of an ancient stave church at the site, materials were partly reused, so the oldest pieces may date back hundreds of years. A traditional residential house typical for the area is displayed next door. It is owned by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments.

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Romsdal valley

The impressive Romsdal valley is a 1500 meter deep canyon in the bedrock, stretching some 40 km from Bjorli to Åndalsnes. The wonderful Rauma river alternates between wild waterfalls and tranquil salmon pools. The entire Romsdalen valley stretching from Åndalsnes to Bjorli on Road E136. Waterfalls at Monge, Verma and Sletta. Mountains Trolltindane including '''Trollveggen''', Romsdalshorn, and Mongegjura. Trollveggen is a vertical rock face rising 1000 meters from the floor of the majestic Romsdal valley. Climbers' challenge and hotspot. Visible from main road E136 (parking) and railway.

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Dalsnibba and Geiranger road

'''Geiranger road''' with countless hair pin bends. Detour on tollroad to Dalsnibba summita 1500 m (4920 ft) mountain summit. Faboulus view over the fjord and the mountain behind. Detour from road 63 (Geiranger mountain pass) direction Skjåk and Stryn (summer only). The northern access to Geiranger village via the steep '''Eagle's road''' with several hair pin bends. Iconic panorama of Geirangefjord (all year). Both roads part of road 63 Åndalsnes-Valldal-Geiranger-Skjåk/Stryn.

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Trollstigen mountain pass

The Trollstigen, a mountain road climbing the pass between Isterdalen valley in the North and Valldal valley in the South. This road is the major attraction in this area and one of the most visited destinations in Norway. Can be visited separately or as part of Trollstigen-Geiranger national tourist route. Long taxi ride if no bus available. Parallel to the road there is an old footpath, it is well kept an a nice hike for the fit.


Åmotan gorge & waterfalls

Åmotan is the confluence of several rivers in a gorge on the border of Dovre-Sunndal national park. The spectacle can be seen by car near the main road (70) through Sunndal valley. Steep mountain cliff, moraines and terraces creates a fan-shaped river system where five rivers meet. Three rivers form magnificent waterfalls. The area is facilitated with well-marked trails and accompanying maps.

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Trekking and hiking

The area offers countless opportunities for summer hiking, from gentle valleys and islands to the most demanding rock-face climbing. Along fjords and island, short rewarding day hikes are possible. More inland (around Tafjord, Romsdal, Sunndal, Eikesdal) there are many trekking routes along marked trails. ''Caution'': Do not walk near or on glaciers without a guide and proper equipment.

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Skiing

There are several winter sports resorts in the area. Notably the snow rich Stranda skiing centre. The [http://www.strandafjellet.no/ Stranda gondola lift] also operates in summer, great panorama from summit. There are also many areas where off-pist skiing also is possible and very common - ''caution'': avalanches are common on steep, snow-rich off-piste slopes.

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Zacharias dam

The Zacahrias dam in Tafjord is a 95 meter high concrete dam in a narrow river gorge. The main reservoir for the Tafjord hydro power complex. Wild nature. In Tafjord village: Tafjord power plant, first power station built 1920s, now museum.

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Skodje bridges

These elegant bridges are the longest masonry arch bridges constructed in Norway. Notably longer than Kylling bridge on Rauma railway. Protected as cultural heritage. Now open only to pedestrians, new bridge for cars built parallel.

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The Rauma Railroad

Romsdal railway from Dombås to Åndalsnes - one of Norway's most scenic stretches of rail. The railway line itself is an engineering accomplishment. It includes two hairpin bends, one inside a tunnel and one crossing the river.

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Fishing

In addition to a lot of possibilities for ocean fishing, both Rauma and Surna are excellent rivers for fishing. ''Note'': Rivers are private and permission must be purchased.

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Geirangerfjord

The steep-sided fjord with its waterfalls, including the Bridal Veil and the Suitor. Geiranger-Hellesylt ferry, Hurtigruten (summer) and cruise ships travel the fjord.

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Ålesund

Downtown Ålesund with its art nouveau (Jugendstil) buildings after the devastating 1904 fire. Ålesund is also the regional centre with shopping malls and airport.

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The Mardal Waterfall

Waterfall at a total height of 705 metres containing two drops where the longest, with its almost 300 metres of free fall, is the 4th tallest in the world.

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Trollkyrkja

Three limestone/marble caves with underground rivers and waterfalls. 400 meter elevation gain to entrance. The area is rich in marble and limestone.

SEE   —  Fræna near Molde

Whale safariing

It's possible to do killer whale safaris in the coastal regions some parts of the winter. ''Caution'': Do not go out in a small boat on your own.

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Hjørundfjord

Less well-known nextdoor Geirangerfjord, but equally impressive with its towering, snow-clad alpine summits rising directly from deep fjord.

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Ålesund Airport, Vigra

Located on Vigra island, connected to Ålesund by underwater tunnels.

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Raumarock

Popular Rock Festival held in Åndalsnes in August every year.

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Nordic Light International Festival of Photography

Photography festival held April/May annually in Kristiansund.

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Grip

Former fishing community outside Kristiansund.

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Molde Airport

Located few kilometer just east of the centre.

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Molde International Jazz Festival

Norways largest jazz festival

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Ona Lighthouse

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Ørsta/Volda Airport

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Kristiansund Airport

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About Møre og Romsdal

Møre og Romsdal county includes deep fjords, alpine mountains, gentle valleys, countless green islands, wide forests, the wild Atlantic coast, impressive mountain roads, numerous lakes, barren mountain plateaus, charming mountain farms, and the highest waterfalls in Norway. This region is rich in natural resources such as fisheries, natural gas and hydro electric power. While the area is famous for its iconic fjords and tall waterfalls in the interior, the county is in fact largely facing the ocean. Two of three main towns, Kristiansund and Ålesund, both sits on islands. Only recently Kristiansund was connected to the main land by complex tunnel and bridge systems. Important industry as well as two of four airports are on islands. The interior is relatively scarcely populated, while the most population is concentrated on islands and outer areas.

The highest mountains and waterfalls are in the district around Hjørundfjord, Geiranger, Valldal, Tafjord, Åndalsnes, Eikesdalen valley and Sunndal valley. Around Hjørundfjord and Åndalsnes are the some the most alpine areas in Norway, known as Sunnmøre alps and Romsdal alps respectively. The rivers of Sunndal, Geiranger and Romsdal flow west/northwest from the watershed. In Geiranger the river flows few kilometers to the fjord while the corresponding rivers in East Norway flow gently 600 km to the Oslo fjord. This means that western rivers are much more powerful and has for thousands of years dug deep into the bedrock creating gorges and waterfalls, this process has also shifted the watershed east/south such that what was once tributaries to the eastern rivers became tributaries to western rivers. While the water in these tributaries end up in a western fjord, their valley still point south/east, this phenomenon is known as "reverse" or "barb valley". Such barb valleys can be seen in the upper parts of Romsdalen and Sunndal valleys.

Along the coast and to the North (in the Nordmøre area closer to Trondheim), the mountains are lower, less steep and the forests wide and deep. Due to the deep fjords and numerous islands all parts of this region has easy access to the Atlantic and transport depends on ferries. While Geiranger has for 100 years been a popular destination, there is a number of great fjords in all parts of the county.

This area, partly together with Nordfjord, is often referred to as the "northwest" - that is the northern part of Western Norway (Stavanger and surrounding region in contrast is informally called the southwest).