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Møre & Romsdal

Møre & Romsdal

In the northern section of the western fjord region of Norway is the county of Møre and Romsdal. The three main cities here are Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansund, all by the sea. The most famous fjord in the county is Geirangerfjord, which is one of the best-known and most popular in Norway. There are over 6,000 islands along the coast but you don’t have to go far inland to find high mountains and some of the most impressive sights in Norway, many of which can be seen from the roads.

Ålesund

Ålesund is the biggest city in the county, with 35,000 inhabitants, and it has a unique setting on seven small islands. The best view of the city is found at the nearby mountain Aksla and anyone who visits the city should walk (or drive) up to see the city from above. The history of Ålesund can be divided into two parts, before and after the fire; most of the city burned to the ground in 1904 and had to be rebuilt. The architects who created the new city gave it a unique style which is, apart from its location on small islands, what makes it so special. Although tourism is big in Ålesund today, fishing remains a major part of the economy.

Molde

Molde is a bit farther up the coast from Ålesund and is the second-biggest city in Møre and Romsdal, with 24,000 inhabitants. There are good reasons to visit Molde as well, although it’s not quite as scenic as Ålesund. The city center is modern since many buildings were destroyed during the Second World War and had to be rebuilt. Molde is known as “the city of roses” and the roof of the city hall is covered with these flowers. The cathedral is also worth visiting in Molde but the one thing most people probably associate with the city more than anything is the Jazz Festival that takes place here every summer in August.

Last updated November 18, 2010
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