Molde was one of tourists' leading fjord destinations in Norway in the late 19th and early 20th century. The first cruise ship visited in 1882, and German emperor Wilhelm II visited annually during his entire reign up until World War I.
It's not surprising that people love Molde, which is called the "Town of Roses". It has clean, charming streets, a fascinating outdoor folk museum, and offers a spectacular panoramic view of the fjord and the 222 surrounding mountains, which can best be seen from the Varden viewpoint overlooking the town.
My friend Claire and I spent a day in Molde on a memorable transatlantic cruise, "Voyage of the Vikings" on the Maasdam of Holland America Line. We spent the day wandering the town and hiking up the mountain to Varden, which is 407 meters above sea level (1,335 feet).
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