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48 hours in Stavanger with kids

Planning to visit Stavanger with the family? There is an incredible amount of fun you can find in Stavanger. Here are suggestions for activities for a two-day adventure for the whole family in the city centre. Start your tour with a visit to the Museum of Archaeology. Find out how it was really to live during the Viking era. In the exhibition Viking Voyagers you get familiar with rebel fighters, but also the lives of six women from Rogaland: Gudrun, Svåva, Svankvit, Herborg, Sigerlin and Niamh. A housewife with psychic abilities, a well-dressed lady from a family with extrasensory contacts and a woman with a necklace that carries a brutal history. Nearly a stone's throw away is the Norwegian Children's Museum, which is a paradise for children (and adults!). It has a great collection of toys; cars and dolls from Laerdal, climbing and playing castle, tunnel and dress up room. In the same building is also Stavanger Museum, with its natural history department. The exhibit Disfigured animals and smiling skelletons will most certainly become popular with the kids. On the way from Stavanger museum to the centre of the city go through the city park with Breiavannet (lake). Make a stop to witness bird life. If you come here during summer (only July), there are several fun toys and activities for children in the city park next to the pavilion. Furthermore, exiting the city park follow Klubbgaten towards Jorenholmen, go left at the end of the road and continue on until you come to the Geopark. Geopark is an experimental and different urban park that tests new forms of reuse of both ideas, materials and items from the petroleum industry. Fun place to be active! Continue on to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum is a modern, interactive museum where you can learn how oil and gas formed millions of years ago. Try your luck as a North Sea diver, or watch how they live and work on a platform. Follow the Blue Promenade along the waterfront from the oil museum until arriving at the other side of the harbour, continue on to the Old Stavanger and the Norwegian Canning Museum. A museum unparalleled showing an important era in Norwegian and Stavanger's history. It is recommended with a guided tour to get the most out of your visit. You have a go at placing rubber sardines in a box. If you visit on a day they fire up the smoking ovens, you can taste freshly smoked sprat! Well worth a visit! It is recommended to do these suggested activities over a period of two days to get the maximum benefit of all experiences.

The Atlantic Road & Kristiansund (round trip)

Travel like the locals! Roundtrip by bus from Molde to the Atlantic Road and Kristiansund. Buy your tickets here. This trip goes from Molde via the Atlantic Road - often described as the world's most beautiful road – to Kristiansund and back to Molde! The Atlantic Road connects Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8274 meters. The road is a national tourist route. On some of the departures you have the opportunity to leave the bus at Atlanterhavsvegen and take a later bus onwards. Other departures is a direct connection to the bus for Kristiansund, and you enjoy the view from the bus window.  If you stop at the Atlantic Road, you will get off the bus at Eldhusøya. Here you can take a walk on the suspended walkway around the islet. The walkway consists of latticework ("grids") "floating" above the terrain, and is suitable for or anyone. The service building at Eldhusøya, with its distinct architecture that falls into the terrain, has a café and toilets. The area also offers a magnificent landscape, a rich bird life and great fishing opportunities. In Kristiansund you have some time to look around this charming little town right on the ocean's edge. Kristiansund known for the dried and salted cod – "klippfisk" (literally "cliff fish"). The city's speciality is the dish bacalao and dishes with "klippfisk" are served in all the restaurants and most of the cafés in town. You also find a snackbar that serves another one of Kristiansund's specialities - real fish and chips, locally called "fishan". The town has a rich cultural offering and a selection of shops and cafés. The trip back to Molde goes via Frei and Batnfjorden. Along the route you can enjoy the beautiful mountain and fjord landscape. Departure from: Molde bus terminal

Bus trip from Veiholmen (Smøla) to Kristiansund (one way)

Travel like the locals! Book your ticket here, and travel by bus from Veiholmen, Smøla to Kristiansund. When you have visited Veiholmen, this beautiful bus trip will take you back to Kristiansund. From the narrow streets and magnificent view of Veiholmen, you travel back to Edøy, where you take the express boat back to Kristiansund. Remember to enjoy the unique landscape of Smøla on your trip! If you have some time in Kristiansund, there is a lot to see in this charming town on the ocean's edge. Kristiansund is known for the dried and salted cod – "klippfisk" (literally "cliff fish"). The delicious bacalao is the town's speciality, and dishes with "klippfisk" are served in all the restaurants and most cafés. Explore cultural sights and attractions in town, as well as the many small and large shops. Departure from Veiholmen. About our trips This is a "Travel like the locals" tour. These tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you and the tours are organized with connecting buses, ferries and boats, so you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours, you must change between different buses/ferries/boats several times, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – you are truly travelling like a local! Due to deviations in the time tables, the tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas. The time table is valid for the bookable periods.

Molde, mystic marble caves & the Atlantic road

Travel like the locals! Roundtrip by bus from Kristiansund to Molde, the Bergtatt marble caves and the Atlantic Road. Buy your tickets here. Kristiansund - Molde - Bergtatt - the Atlantic Road - Kristiansund This trip combines the experience of the beautiful Bergtatt marble caves and what is said to be the world's most beautiful road, the Atlantic Road. You also have some time in Molde. Molde is famous for its view towards the "Molde Panorama", the impressive row of mountains on the other side of the fjord. In the summer, the town lives up to its name "Town of roses", and in July the famous Molde International Jazz Festival takes place. The marble caves are part of Naas Kalksteinbrudd, a working marble mine beyond the usual. In some of the tunnels that are no longer being excavated, a visitor's center – Bergtatt (literally "taken (in) by the mountain) - has been opened. These caves function as a concert venue, as well as an attraction in itself. The visit includes a boat tour on the caves' crystal clear, captivatingly illuminated water. Well inside the mountain, you will be offered a drink of the pure mountain water directly from the mountain wall. After the boat tour you will visit the concert hall to see a video about the history of the mine and its current operation. You then go on the the Atlantic Road. With its location at the edge of the mighty ocean, the Atlantic Road is as beautiful in sunshine and calm weather as in full storm and rain. The Atlantic Road connects Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8274 meters. The road is a national tourist route. On this round trip, the bus stops at Eldhusøya, where there is a suspended walkway around the islet. The walkway consists of latticework ("grids") "floating" above the terrain, and is suitable for or anyone. The service building at Eldhusøya, with its distinct architecture that falls into the terrain, has a café and toilets. (Open Saturdays and Sundays in the spring and every day 1st June – 31st August.) The return to Kristiansund goes via Kårvåg. Departure from: Kristiansund bus terminal.

Mystic marble caves, the Atlantic road & Molde

Travel like the locals! Roundtrip by bus from Åndalsnes to Molde, the Bergtatt marble caves and the Atlantic Road. Buy your tickets here. Åndalsnes - Bergtatt – the Atlantic Road – Åndalsnes This trip combines the experience of the beautiful Bergtatt marble caves and what is said to be the world's most beautiful road, the Atlantic Road. You also have some time to look around Molde, the town between mountains and the fjord. The marble caves are part of Naas Kalksteinbrudd, a working marble mine beyond the usual. In some of the tunnels that are no longer being excavated, a visitor's center – Bergtatt (literally "taken (in) by the mountain) - has been opened. These caves function as a concert venue, as well as an attraction in itself. The visit includes a boat tour on the caves' crystal clear, captivatingly illuminated water. Well inside the mountain, you will be offered a drink of the pure mountain water directly from the mountain wall. After the boat tour you will visit the concert hall to see a video about the history of the mine and its current operation. You then go on the the Atlantic Road. With its location at the edge of the mighty ocean, the Atlantic Road is as beautiful in sunshine and calm weather as in full storm and rain. The Atlantic Road connects Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8274 meters. The road is a national tourist route. On this round trip, the bus stops at Eldhusøya, where there is a suspended walkway around the islet. The walkway consists of latticework ("grids") "floating" above the terrain, and is suitable for or anyone. The service building at Eldhusøya, with its distinct architecture that falls into the terrain, has a café and toilets. (Open Saturdays and Sundays in the spring and every day 1st June – 31st August.) There are two return options. The first option gives you a few minutes at Eldhusøya to take in the landscape before the return bus arrives and takes you back to Molde the same route as when you arrived. The later return gives you about an hour at the Atlantic Road, but involves a longer return trip along a different route, and involving several bus changes. The return time from Molde to Åndalsnes is the same for both options. Departure from: Åndalsnes railway/bus station

See the Atlantic Road & Kvernes Stave church

Travel like the locals! Roundtrip by bus from Kristiansund to the Atlantic Road and the Kvernes Stave church. Buy your tickets here. Kristiansund - the Atlantic Road - Kvernes stave church - Kristiansund This trip takes you from Kristiansund to what is often described as the world's most beautiful road! With its location at the edge of the mighty ocean, the Atlantic Road is as beautiful in sunshine and calm weather as in full storm and rain. The Atlantic Road connects Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8274 meters. The road is a national tourist route. By the Atlantic road, the bus stops at Eldhusøya, where you can take a walk on the suspended walkway around the islet. The walkway consists of latticework ("grids") "floating" above the terrain, and is suitable for or anyone. The service building at Eldhusøya, with its distinct architecture that falls into the terrain, has a café and toilets. (Open Saturdays and Sundays in the spring and every day 1st June – 31st August.) After the stop at the Atlantic Road you go back to Kårvåg and then on to Kvernes stave church. You have some time at Kårvåg before the bus to Kvernes departs, and we recommend that you visit Bjartmars Favorittkro for lunch. This is local restaurant situated just a few minutes walk from the bus stop (back along the road towards the Atlantic road). You have the possibility to buy a lunch coupon as an add-on to this trip. Kvernes stave church is a beautiful and special stave church. Dating from approx.1630.,the church is the youngest of the Norwegian stave churches. Inside the church you can see a choir screen with crucifix and royal monogram, a baroque pulpit, and painted acuantus decorations. The altarpiece is from 1475. Located with a magnificent view over the Kvernes fjord and the Frei fjord, the church bears witness of a strong ritual and religious of this place, also in pre-Christian times. Web: http://www.stavechurch.com/kvernes-stavkirke  (Norwegian only) Next to the church you also find Gamle Kvernes bygdemuseum, a museum with old buildings, an archealogical exhibition and various activities. Web: www.nordmore.museum.no/besøk-oss/averøy/eide/gamle-kvernes-bygdemuseum  (Norwegian only) Note! Tickets to the stave church and the museum are not included in this roundtrip. Departure from: Kristiansund bus terminal

See the mystic marble caves & the Atlantic road

Travel like the locals! Roundtrip by bus from Molde to the Bergtatt marble caves and the Atlantic Road. Buy your tickets here. Molde - Bergtatt - the Atlantic Road - Molde This trip combines the experience of the beautiful Bergtatt marble caves and what is said to be the world's most beautiful road, the Atlantic Road. The marble caves are part of Naas Kalksteinbrudd, a working marble mine beyond the usual. In some of the tunnels that are no longer being excavated, a visitor's center – Bergtatt (literally "taken (in) by the mountain) - has been opened. These caves function as a concert venue, as well as an attraction in itself. The visit includes a boat tour on the caves' crystal clear, captivatingly illuminated water. Well inside the mountain, you will be offered a drink of the pure mountain water directly from the mountain wall. After the boat tour you will visit the concert hall to see a video about the history of the mine and its current operation. You then go on the the Atlantic Road. With its location at the edge of the mighty ocean, the Atlantic Road is as beautiful in sunshine and calm weather as in full storm and rain. The Atlantic Road connects Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8274 meters. The road is a national tourist route. On this round trip, the bus stops at Eldhusøya, where there is a suspended walkway around the islet. The walkway consists of latticework ("grids") "floating" above the terrain, and is suitable for or anyone. The service building at Eldhusøya, with its distinct architecture that falls into the terrain, has a café and toilets. (Open Saturdays and Sundays in the spring and every day 1st June – 31st August.) There are two return options. The first option gives you a few minutes at Eldhusøya to take in the landscape before the return bus arrives and takes you back to Molde the same route as when you arrived. The later return gives you about an hour at the Atlantic Road, but involves a longer return trip along a different route, and involving several bus changes. Departure from: Molde bus terminal, track 7

Bus trip and hike at Trollstigen

Travel like the locals! Bus trip Åndalsnes – Trollstigen – Åndalsnes. Buy your tickets here. Trollstigen is famous for the road leading up to the Trollstigen plateau, curving up the mountain side with several hairpin bends. On the top, you can enjoy spectacular views from the various viewpoints. The Trollstigen plateau is also a great starting point for beautiful hikes. On this round trip, you will have enough time to enjoy the views from the Trollstigen plateau and go for a hike as well. We recommend either the Bispevatnet lake or Alnessteinen (the Alnes Rock) as the target for your hike. Note! The hikes are not guided. You must ensure to obtain enough information about the hike before starting and bring everything you need to secure a safe and nice hike. Suggested hike 1: Bispevatnet lake Difficulty: medium (suitable for anyone who is in good shape and used to follow a marked path) Duration: approx. 1 hour each way (a total of 2 hours active waking to go there and back) The hike starts at the bridge, just across from the Trollstigen plateau. Follow the road 30 m upwards, cross the road and start following the path marked with a red T. Walk up towards the ridge until the terrain flattens and you can see a little pond. Turn right around the protruding rock and continue upwards along a cairn marked route. After approx. 100 m, the path goes right crossing an area of bare rock, and then upwards through a scree slope. Keep right up another ridge, and then keep right at the next large scree slope. Then the path follows the ridge upwards, slightly turning right. When you reach the lake, you can continue upwards to a picnic area next to the big rocks. Suggested hike 2: Alnessteinen (the Alnes Rock) Difficulty: medium (suitable for anyone who is in good shape and used to follow a marked path) Duration: approx. 1 hour each way (a total of 2 hours active waking to go there and back) The hike starts approx. 10 minutes on foot from the Trollstigen plateau in the direction of Valldal. Follow the road towards Valldal until you see signs to Alnessteinen on the left side of the road. At the beginning, the path follows the river and then continues towards a lake. After approx. 300 meters, the path can be hard to spot, but it will become more visible as you walk on. Follow the path all the way to the Alnesvatnet lake. From the Alnesvatnet lake, you can follow the path along the left side of the Alnes valley. After a short slope upwards, you will see a large rock on the right side, which is a nice picnic spot. This is the Alnes Rock. Departure from Åndalsnes railway/bus station (and from Åndalsnes Hostel on the early departure). About our trips This is a "Travel like the locals" tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that buses, ferries and boats connect, and you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own – there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours, you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! Due to deviations in the timetables, tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour can be booked.

Round trip to the Alantic road & Molde

Travel like the locals! Roundtrip by bus from Molde to the Altantic Road and Kristiansund. Buy your tickets here. This trip goes from Molde via the Atlantic Road - often described as the world's most beautiful road – to Kristiansund and back to Molde! The Atlantic Road connects Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8274 meters. The road is a national tourist route. At the Atlantic Road, you will get off the bus at Eldhusøya. Here you can take a walk on the suspended walkway around the islet. The walkway consists of latticework ("grids") "floating" above the terrain, and is suitable for or anyone. The service building at Eldhusøya, with its distinct architecture that falls into the terrain, has a café and toilets. The area also offers a magnificent landscape, a rich bird life and great fishing opportunities. In Molde you have some time to look around this charming little town by the fjord. (You can choose a short stay or wait for the next bus departure and have a longer stay.  Molde is famous for its view towards the "Molde Panorama", the impressive row of mountains on the other side of the fjord. Located between sea and mountains and with a short distance from the one to the other, you can explore the fjord, the town center and the mountains behind the town in a short time. In the summer, the town lives up to its name "Town of roses", and in July the famous Molde International Jazz Festival takes place. The trip back to Kristiansund goes via Batnfjorden and Frei. Along the route you can enjoy the beautiful mountain and fjord landscape. Departure from: Kristiansund bus terminal

Adventures at Valsøya

Travel like the locals on a bus round trip Molde-Valsøya-Molde. Buy your tickets here! If you are in Molde, the many adventures at Valsøya are just a bus ride away. The bus trip from Molde passes the beautiful Fannefjord and the Fursetfjellet mountain pass to Batnfjorden, and continues to the magnificent Gjemnessund bridge. This suspension bridge was opened in 1992, as the longest suspension bridge in Norway at the time (today, the Hardanger bridge is the longest, while the Askøy bridge has the longest single suspension). A ferry ride from Kanestraum to Halsa is also included in the trip. On the ferry, you can stretch your legs and – if you are so inclined – buy the local delicacy "svele", a sort of pancake which is commonly bought when taking a ferry. When you go ashore on Valsøya, you can explore the world among the treetops at the Høyt & Lavt (High & Low) climbing park. If you want an activity closer to the ground, you can hike along the beautiful fjord, rent a kayak and paddle between small islets and rocks, swim at the tiny beach, enjoy delicious food at the Saltrøfjøset restaurant, or simply enjoy an ice cream and the atmosphere in the scenic environment. The restaurant is open daily at 13-19 o'clock (when this trip can be booked). During the school summer holiday, the climbing park is open daily and during the rest of the year on Saturdays and Sundays. See opening hours for the climbing park below. Note! Entrance to the climbing park or other activities are not included in the price for this trip. Opening hours 2020 Høyt & Lavt climbing park, Valsøya 04.04.-19.06.: Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM-3:30 PM 20.06-16.08.: Daily 11:00 AM-4:30 PM 17.08.–04.10.: Saturday and Sunday  11:00 AM-3:30 PM More information about Valsøya at https://www.valsoya.no/ About our trips This is a "Travel like the locals" tour. These tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you and the tours are organized with connecting buses, ferries and boats, so you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours, you must change between different buses/ferries/boats several times, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – you are truly travelling like a local! Due to deviations in the timetables, the tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas. The timetable is valid for the bookable periods.

Adventures at Valsøya

Travel like the locals on a bus round trip Kristiansund-Valsøya-Kristiansund. Buy your tickets here! If you are in Molde, the many adventures at Valsøya are just a bus ride away. The bus trip from Kristiansund passes Frei and Bergsøya. On the trip, you will see the magnificent Gjemnessund bridge. This suspension bridge was opened in 1992, as the longest suspension bridge in Norway at the time (today, the Hardanger bridge is the longest, while the Askøy bridge has the longest single suspension). A ferry ride from Kanestraum to Halsa is also included in the trip. On the ferry, you can stretch your legs and – if you are so inclined – buy the local delicacy "svele", a sort of pancake which is commonly bought when taking a ferry. When you go ashore on Valsøya, you can explore the world among the tree tops at the Høyt & Lavt (High & Low) climbing park. If you want an activity closer to the ground, you can hike along the beautiful fjord, rent a kayak and paddle between small islets and rocks, swim at the tiny beach, enjoy delicious food at the Saltrøfjøset restaurant, or simply enjoy an ice cream and the atmosphere in the scenic environment. The restaurant is open daily at 13-19 o'clock (when this trip can be booked). During the school summer holiday, the climbing park is open daily and during the rest of the year on Saturdays and Sundays. See opening hours for the climbing park below. Note! Entrance to the climbing park or other acitivites is not included in the price for this trip. Opening hours 2020 Høyt & Lavt climbing park, Valsøya 04.04.-19.06.: Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM-3:30 PM 20.06-16.08.: Daily 11:00 AM-4:30 PM 17.08.–04.10.: Saturday and Sunday  11:00 AM-3:30 PM More information about Valsøya at https://www.valsoya.no/ About our trips This is a "Travel like the locals" tour. These tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you and the tours are organized with connecting buses, ferries and boats, so you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours, you must change between different buses/ferries/boats several times, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – you are truly travelling like a local! Due to deviations in the time tables, the tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas. The time table is valid for the bookable periods.

Tour suggestion by car from Molde: Mardalsfossen waterfall and Aursjøveien Road

MOLDE-EIKESDAL-AURSJØEN-SUNNDAL - hear the roar of the waterfall and breath in the pure mountain air Length: 255 km Duration: 4 hours 30 min 2 toll roads Molde-Eikesdal, 96 km, 1 hour 30 min, 1 toll road Travel from Molde via RV64 to Sølsnes, drive further to Horsgård and Ranvik to Eidsvåg. This is where Nesset Vicarage is located, the childhood home of the Norwegian writer Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. Follow RV660 towards Eresfjord. Down by the fjord at Bogge you can see 6000 years old petroglyphs. A stop in Eresfjord will give you the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts, follow the salmon in the river via a monitor and see an exhibition regarding Dovrefjell National Park. The road continues along lake Eikesdalsvatnet, through the largest hazel forest in the country. Eikesdalsvatnet is located just 26 meters above sea level, while the surrounding mountains tower 1800 meters straight up from the lake. Toll road to the Mardalen valley, where you can walk up to the Mardalsfossen waterfall (45 min). The waterfall cascades 297 meters down and is the world's 4th highest waterfall to drop unbroken (water is released by the hydroelectricity company 20.6-20.8). Eikesdal-Aursjøen-Sunndal, 70 km, 1 hour 40 min, 1 toll road The Aursjøveien Road goes up the Finnsetlia hillside, featuring several 180 degree hairpin bends, through dramatic nature that might take your breath away. 50 meters from the road midway up Finnsetlia, you will find remarkable potholes with possibilities for a refreshing bath. At the top of the hillside you can walk out to the cliff viewpoint Aurstupet. The road takes you towards the dam at lake Aursjøen (862 m.a.s.) and down through the Torbudalen and Litldalen valleys to Sunndalsøra. This is a trip full of contrasts, from lush Eikesdalen valley with steep mountains on each side, to highlands of open and magnificent mountain scenery. The road is a toll road which opens 1 June and stays open until the beginning of October. Particularly well suited for motorcycles, normal cars and SU Vs (not caravans). Sunndal-Molde, 90 km, 1 hour 20 min From Sunndalsøra you follow RV62 via Eidsvåg back to Molde. Estimated time on the trip is driving time only. Make time, experience more!