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Mere og Romsdal
Mere og Romsdal is the northernmost county in Fjord Norway. The landscape is
full of contrasts, with thousands of large and small islands and skerries, and
mountain peaks towering to altitudes of up to 2000 meters. The Geirangerfjord,
which was recently included on UNESCO’s
World Heritage List, is the most famous tourist attraction in the county. The
Trollstigen Road (near Andalsnes), the Eagle Road (0rnevegen) near Geiranger
and the Atlantic Road between Molde and Kristiansund are all exhilarating routes
offering unforgettable experiences. Other well- known attractions include the
bird island of Runde near Alesund, the Atlantic Sea Park in Alesund and the
salmon river Surna. There are also great opportunities
You can get a real bargain on one of the world’s best cruises by taking the
ferry from Geiranger to Hellesylt on the Geirangerfjord. UNESCO recently added
the Geirangerfjord to its World Heritage List. You can experience the fantastic
scenic drive Golden Route from Geiranger to Andalsnes, trunk road RV63, past
the jutting viewpoint rock of Dalsnibba, up to the Eagle's View (Ornesvingen),
over the mountain pass to Valldal, down the hairpin bends of Trollstigen, passing
the impressive mountain wall of Trollveggen. Take a train ride on one of Europe’s
most impressive train lines - the Raumabanen Railway - an adventure for hiking
in the Sunn more Alps. The three distinctive towns of Alesund, Molde and Kristiansund
are also well worth a visit: Thanks to its rebuilding after the town fire of
1904, the Art Nouveau town of Alesund is famous for its distinctive and harmonious
architecture. Molde, the city of roses, offers panoramic views of the fjords
and the mountains. The town really livens up during the international jazz festival
it hosts every July. Kristiansund is built on four islands right by the ocean.
Bridges and tunnels connect the town to the mainland.
Take a trip to the fishing villages of Bjarnsund and Grip, which are really
idyllic in summer, and to the lively fishing community of Ona with its 25 inhabitants
that starts at the head of the Romsdalsfjord. One of the most dramatic stretches
of road is the Atlantic Road between Molde and Kristiansund, the former town
known for its Molde Jazz Festival. On an 15 km west of Kristiansund, stands
Grip stave church. The county of More og Romsdal has more than its share of
fine museums and a fabulous aquarium called the Atlantic Park. Alesund is unique
not only for its harmonious Art Nouveau architecture, but for its beautiful
ocean-side setting. The bird rock of Runde is required for any self-respecting
bird lover or ornithologist.
Size: 15101 km2 Population: app 261 500
Towns: Alesund, population app 46 000 Molde, population app
26 000 Kristiansund, population app 24 000 Ulsteinvik, population app 6 00 Andalsnes,
population app 2 200 Fosnavig, population app 3450 Airports: Alesund, Molde,
Kristiansund, 0rsta/ Volda
- The Rauma Railway, Andalsnes - Domfc with connections to Oslo and Trondheim.
- Oslo - Oppdal, then by bus (the Nordrmre Express) to Kristiansund.
- Oslo - Trondheim, bus, express boat or Hurtigruten coastal express to Kristiansund,
Moli and Alesund.
Longest fjord: The Storfjord 110 km National Parks: Dovrefjell and
Sunndalsfjella, 1.693 km2, Reinheimen, 1.969 km2