Andalsnes, More og Romsdal cruises

Introduction to Andalsnes, More og Romsdal

'The village between the fell and the fjords', and the terminus for the train from Oslo.

A tiny town with big appeal, Andalsnes has plenty to offer. Located between some of the most incredible mountains and fjords in Norway, Andalsnes has truly spectacular surroundings that have to be seen to be believed.

Andalsnes - with all its natural attractions – has become one of Norway’s most popular locations for sightseers and thrill seekers. During the summer, the vast mountains are a mecca for hikers and Trollveggen (The Troll Wall) – the tallest vertical rock face in Europe – is an appealing challenge to climbers. Those who wish to relax and enjoy the sights of Andalsnes often take a trip Rauma Railway to discover amazing views from various vantage points around the fjords.

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TOUR AW - RODVEN CHURCH & TROLLVEGGEN

  • Visit the 13th century Rødven stave church
  • Marvel at the majestic mountains surrounding Romsdalen Valley
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£50.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

This tour combines one of Norway’s oldest stave churches with Europe’s tallest vertical rock face – the Troll Wall.

Leaving the quayside, embark on a short scenic drive through Åndalsnes. The village is surrounded by mountains. English troops were set ashore here in April 1940, and 160 buildings were destroyed during bombing raids. Today, Åndalsnes is a modern and attractive village that is home to furniture and textile industries.

Your first stop will be at the Rødven Stave Church in the Rauma municipality. Originally built in the 13th century, it is believed to be one of the oldest in Norway. Parts of the church have been rebuilt – the original chancel and external galleries were demolished in the 17th century. A short stop here will give you the opportunity to admire the interior furnishings and decorations that date back to the 1600s, along with a crucifix from the 13th century.

Before returning to your ship, drive through the Romsdalen Valley. Marvel at the towering mountains that rise majestically above you – the wild peaks of Trolltindene reach heights of over 1,700 metres (5,570 feet) and have challenged climbers for decades, while Trollveggen (the Troll Wall) is Europe’s tallest vertical and overhanging rock face.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking, with a short walk of approximately 50 metres (165 feet) from the coach to the church. There is one step to negotiate to enter the church. All participants must be able to get on and off the tour transport unaided. Please note that flash photography is not permitted inside the church in order to preserve the decoration. For reference, this tour may operate in reverse order.


Rauma Railway, Molde, Norway

TOUR BW - RAUMA RAILWAY

  • Enjoy a ride on the Rauma Railway – voted Europe’s most scenic train journey by Lonely Planet
  • View the spectacular Verma waterfall
Train Tour
Price£75.00 - £85.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

If you love trains and spectacular scenery, this is the tour for you!

From Åndalsnes, board the train to Bjorli – a journey of approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) that will take you through the beautiful Romsdal Valley, surrounded by towering mountains and plummeting waterfalls.

At the top end of the valley, the train will cross a bridge built from hand-dressed stone. You will be 60 metres (200 feet) above the river, and the train will slow, affording you a wonderful view of the Verma waterfall tumbling 381 metres (1,250 feet) down the steep mountainside, before splitting into three channels and plunging into the Rauma River. The Vermafossen is used to power a hydroelectric plant, which means that the amount of water in the falls is sometimes restricted.

At Bjorli, it is time to disembark. This charming village is a popular winter resort and provides some of the best conditions in Norway for cross country and downhill skiing. Scenes from the film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince were shot here – the only scenes to be shot outside Great Britain.

Here, you will join your coach to return to Åndalsnes, back through the Romsdal Valley where you will experience the outstanding views from a different perspective. Ensure you have your camera to hand as you pass towering mountains that rise majestically above you – the wild peaks of Trolltindene reach heights of over 1,700 metres (5,570 feet) and have challenged climbers for decades, while Trollveggen (the Troll Wall) is Europe’s tallest vertical and overhanging rock face.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is a scenic tour by road and rail – however there will be some walking from the ship to the train station at Åndalsnes. Participants will need to embark and disembark the coach and train unaided – for reference there are approximately four steps to negotiate when boarding the train. The train journey will last approximately 45 minutes – the rest of the tour will be completed by coach. Please note that the tour may operate in reverse order. Guests are advised to wear suitable, non-slip shoes and warm clothing and be prepared for snowy and possibly icy conditions.


Atlantic Road, Molde, Norway

TOUR DW - ATLANTIC OCEAN ROAD

  • The Atlantic Ocean Road is considered to be one of the world’s most amazing road trips!
  • Take an exhilarating drive along this impressive road
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£130.00 - £140.00
DurationApproximately 7 ½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Norway is famous for its breathtaking scenery, and no visit here would be complete without journeying on the Atlantic Ocean Road – considered to be one of the most beautiful road trips in the world.

This eight kilometre (five mile) stretch of road was built in the 1980s, and has since become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway. The twisting, rising and falling road passes through beautiful rocky coastlines, and over the sea via a number of bridges.

Featuring some unbelievable architecture and mind-blowing bridges, a drive along this amazing stretch of tarmac was once called the world’s best road trip by The Guardian.

We start the tour with a coach ride to Åfarnes where a short ferry will take us closer to Molde and our highlight. After approximately one hour of driving from Solsnes, we reach the imposing Atlantic Ocean Road.

Today many people take a trip out here when storms start to rage – it is truly quite a sight when the big waves break beside and sometimes across the road. Enjoy a photo stop along the route.

On your way back, you pass a national conservation area, home to numerous species of birds, including the whooper swan. Proceed through the village of Eide, and continue back to the urban area.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant before taking a ferry to Solsnes and travelling back to your ship in Åndalsnes.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is a scenic coach journey and involves only optional walking at the photo stop along the Atlantic Ocean Road. Therefore it is suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users – all participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided. Please note that places of interest may be visited in a different order to that described.


TOUR EW - AFTERNOON TEA AT WOLDSTAD FARM

  • Visit a local farm and learn about the family’s history in the area
  • Savour a selection of local homemade delicacies
  • Learn how to make svele – traditional Norwegian waffles
Price£105.00 - £115.00
DurationApproximately 2 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Gain an insight into traditional Norwegian farm life with a visit to Woldstad Farm

Woldstad Farm dates back to 1654, and the Woldstad family have owned and run the farm since. The farm now consists of 12 buildings, ranging from a boat house to the summer barn, high in the mountains. Some of the existing buildings date back to the 1500s.

You will be welcomed to the farm by ‘Indy’ the farm dog, and your host. After a brief tour of the yard and its various buildings, you will go to the ‘barn’ – now a charming restaurant – where you will be told of the farm’s history.

A selection of the farm’s homemade food specialities, along with carefully selected local produce will be served. The tasting is likely to include ‘svele’ (waffles) with homemade jams and marmalades, local cheeses, apple pies and blueberry pies. After a little instruction, you will also have the opportunity to try baking your own waffles.

Before leaving the farm, you will have a little time at leisure to visit the farm shop and local art gallery.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Walking shoes and warm clothes are recommended. Walking at the farm will be over uneven, slightly hilly ground, and there is one step to negotiate to enter both the barn and the restaurant area. The taster menu will vary, depending on the availability through the season. For reference, there will be no guide on this tour – your host will join you for your transfer from the pier.


TOUR FW - THE NORTHERNMOST WINEMAKER

  • Gain an insight into the art of winemaking
  • Taste a range of wines created from locally sourced ingredients
Wine Tour
Price£100.00 - £110.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Visit Vingården Tuen – believed to be Norway’s Northernmost winemaker – to view the winemaking process and, of course, sample the product.

Departing the pier, a short drive will bring you to Vingården Tuen – a small farm producing wine from a range of fruit and berries. The entire production process is ecological, using only ingredients sourced from the local area.

The three buildings that make up the farm are ideal for the production and storage of wine because the thick walls of the cellars maintain the perfect level of humidity, along with a stable temperature throughout the year. During your tour, visit the 15 different cellars where you will have the process explained to you, from the sourcing of the ingredients through to the finished product – ending with a tasting session affording you the chance to sample up to ten different wines.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over varying terrain; please bear in mind that the ground may be covered in snow or ice. It is not considered suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia, those with limited mobility or wheelchair users due to the cellar visits. Participants are advised to dress warmly – layers are best. Sturdy winter shoes or boots are essential, as this tour has both indoor and outdoor elements. For reference, the transfer to and from Vingården Tuen will be unguided.


TOUR HW - AIRBOARD FUN

  • Admire beautiful alpine views 
  • Enjoy an exhilarating ride on an inflatable sledge!
Activity Tour
Price£135.00 - £155.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Experience a modern take on a traditional winter activity!

Departing the ship, embark on an approximate 30 minute bus ride up to the mountains. Surrounded by beautiful alpine peaks, we’re sure you’ll agree that the view is staggering!

Following a short introduction, you will be provided with safety helmets and your airboard -  an inflatable sledge that you ride whilst lying on your stomach. An approximate 10 minute walk uphill will take you to the start of your adventure. You will reach speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour (approximately 50 miles per hour), and will be fully controllable simply by shifting your body weight.

You may complete the run as many times as you wish, before relaxing with a warm drink. With fun-filled memories, but perhaps a little exhausted, you will return by coach to your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISE

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Before booking this tour, please ensure that your travel insurance will cover you for taking part in this activity. Participants are required to sign a waiver form prior to arrival. Safety helmets will be provided and are compulsory. For reference, walking will be over uneven and snowy ground, with some steep inclines. All guests participating in this tour will need to be in good physical condition, and have good functionality in both arms and legs to be able to steer the board and brake with your legs. You will be in control of your own airboard on the downhill descent. Waterproof jacket and trousers, sturdy winter boots, warm underclothes, ski gloves and a warm hat are essential. You will spend approximately 90 minutes airboarding.


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