Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise – Alesund and Molde Visits, Norway:
|DAY 2: Floro – Maloy – Torvik – Alesund – Molde – Kristiansund. Early arrival at Maloy at 06:45 The ship rounds the Cape of Stadt, Norway’s westernmost point. You will pass the bird rock of Runde where 32 species of birds are present during the nesting season before arriving into Alesund at 12.00 noon where the ship will dock for approximately three hours.
(B, L, D)
We arrive in Maloy at 06:45 and in the darkness of winter no one was energetic enough to get up to step on shore. By 07:30 we’ve set sail again for our first stretch of open sea, the Stadthavet.A two-hour crossing takes us to Torvik for another quick half hour stop. It’s pitch dark, so there’s nothing to see.
12:00 – We dock in the centre of Alesund, a town known for its beautiful and characteristic art nouveau architecture. See our post on Alesund.
Alesund is a three hour stop and there’s a city walk at 12:45. I stay with Barbara while Tony goes off to take shots of this beautiful town. Climbing to the top of Mount Aksla, you get fantastic views of the town. The climb up is 418 steps up, but the views make it really worthwhile.
Our Hurtigruten cruise leaves Alesund at 15:00 and it’s starting to get dark again.
17:40 – The Richard With docks in the centre of Molde, a town famous for its annual jazz festival and summer rose blooms. From the ship you can see the Thon Hotel and at the top end of the hotel is the main street of Molde. We have 45 minutes to explore this town so we walk along the main street to the town square and back. All the shop windows are beautifully decorated with Christmas lights, tinsels, candles and floral arrangements, making window-shopping a pleasure. We leave Molde at 18:30.
19:30 – On port side, we see the bright lights of the enormous ‘Ormen Lange’ gas installation. Ormen Lange is the second-largest gas discovery on the Norwegian shelf. From here we enter the open waters of Hustadvika, a crossing which takes about two hours.
22:00 – The Richard With calls into Kristiansund and stops here for an hour. You can walk along the pier to the left, but by this time most of us are ready to retire after a full day of cruising.