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58,8 km2

Aukra Local Directory

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Aukra municipality has approximately 3.180 inhabitants and covers a area of 58,8 km2 and lies in Møre & Romsdal. The German Airfield was built during WW Il, in preparation for an allied counterinvasion. They solved the problem of marshland by removing the bog with high pressure jets. Parachute enthusiasts gamer here every Sunday.

Ormen Lange is the largest natural gas field in development on the Norwegian continental shelf. The field is situated 120 km northwest of Kristiansund, where seabed depths vary between 800 and 1,100 metre. The reservoir is approximately 40 km long and 8 km wide, and lies about 3,000 metres below sea level. The gas will be transported to an onshore facility at Nyhamna in Aukra.


The Ormen Lange field is situtated in the Norwegian Sea, 100 kilometres north west of the Møre coast. The gas will be transported to an onshore facility at Nyhamna in Aukra, just west of Molde. The gas will be processed here before export to Easington, south east of Leeds in England.

Today, the development of the gigantic gas field Ormen Lange is practically finished, the wells are open — and this amazing development will soon join the ranks of successful projects delivered by StatoilHydro. But 10 years ago, it was a different story. 120 km off the Norwegian coast a drilling rig was rolling in the sea.


An old herring bay where people in older times catched herring by casting a net right outside the shoreline. Here you will find a row of four old boathouses and an old boathouse for storing herring nets which were built in 1806.


A small fishing village with buildings from the golden days of fishing, including boathouses, wharfside shed, lodgings, boatyard and engineering workshop.


On Rindarøya, the northermost point of Aukra, gives a magnificent view of the islands towards the Atlantic. A breakwater connecting the island and Gossen was built in 1961. Rindarøya was first inhabited around 1860 by people from Bjørnsund, and a fishing business was started on the island in 1863. From here one can see the Gallerskjærene skerries where the freighter "Rokta" was wrecked in a hurricane in 1938. The monument (1991) which is in memory of the rescue operation, is by Nicolaus Widerberg. The rescue operation was broadcasted on radio. Picnic area and a wonderful ocean view.


A branch of the Romsdal Museum, is a working farm located on the island of Gossen, 16 km west of Molde. The farmhouse is from 1861, and the storage house is probably a bit older. By the sea, to the east, is Skipshaugen which has its name from 1747 when a Dutch vessel shipwrecked at Purkneset in Løvika. The crew and the ship was rescued. The ship was pulled up on land here and repaired, while the crew was given accommodation in Løvika. Here one can relive traditional Romsdal coastal agriculture with a range of animals including sheep, goats, hens, horses, cows and pigs. Each summer different activities are organised reviving old-time farming. Traditional Norwegian food is served.


In the Cultural Heritage Year 1997 the people of Aukra chose the Horrem Mill to be the municipality’s cultural monument. The mill is restored by the Romsdal Museum and can be used to grind different types of grain. More information is found at the notice board outside the mill.


A uniqe collection of objects, photograps and other documentation from WW II at Gossen. Models of the airport give a good picture of me situation during the war. On the Iocation you find walhingpaths taking you to the many remnants from the war.AUKRA CHURCH

Aukra Church was built in 1835. Every spring there are several thousand daffodils in bloom on a field close to the church. The priest Alexander Borch who lived here in the early 1700's, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. On his way home through Europe, he took daffodil bulbs with him and planted them in his garden. Since that time they have spread over a large area.


The highest point on the island is Jærmannburet (99 metres above sea level). On the top there is an old stone monument. The view covers the whole municipality and the surrounding islands. There is a shelter in connection with the elevated reservoir. The path is adapted for the disabled.

Ørnhaugen (51 metres above sea level). From here there is a good view both towards the quay structures at Nyhamna, the rest of the land facility and across the fjord towards Bud and the ocean outside. Ørnhaugen is 1,5 km from Eikrem and can be reached by farm road and path.

Skarhaugen (45 metres above sea level). A viewpoint where one can see all of the facility at Nyhamna. There are two nice paths that take you to the top, one from the road Nylandsvegen and one from the administration building at Eikrem. Car park.

Småge a viewpoint and picnic area overlooking Lake Smågesjøen towards Julsundet and Otrøya.


Lake Smågevatnet natural reserve boasts a rich bird and wildlife. There is a nice path along the lake.


The island Gossen is ideal for biking and especially for families with children. The terrain is undulating and the island has an extensive road network, mostly covered by tarmac. The roads along the sea provide the most beautiful nature experiences. If you travel by ferry from Hollingen it is possible to continue with the ferry from Småge to the islands of Orten, Sandøya, Ona or Finnøya. The shortest distance to Småge is via Falkhytten, but the most beautiful road passes through Tangen, Hjertvika and Horrem.


The hunting season starts in the middle of August. It is possible to lease hunting rights on roe deer, wild goose and duck. Please contact the municipality for more information.


The many paths on Gossen are criss-crossing the island through different terrain and are all easy to walk. One of the best experiences is often a walk along one of the many beaches. The forest area Aukraskogen has nice paths and forest roads through woods of larch, pine and beech. The paths in Julsundet are easily accessible from the main road and are connected up in the mountains. Some of the paths are very steep, but take you to viewpoints with an excellent view over the ocean. The cliff Ramfloget in Julsundet is a popular place for mountain climbing all summer long.

Path leading up to two stone monuments from the Viking age. Svartnakken (255 metres above sea level). Here you can fully enjoy the evening sun, a marvellous view overlooking the municipality and the ocean. Storklauva (320 metres above sea level). Extend the trip from Svartnakken and take the path down to Fangholsetra. Julaksla (550 metres above sea level). The highest point in Julsundet, with a great view over the entire sea area in the region. The mountain is located in the municipality of Molde, and is much used as a target for mountain hikes.


Both Julsundet and Gossen have beautiful beaches. The most popular ones are Eidskrem, Hjertvika, Horrem, Rød and Eikrem. Many of the beaches slope very gradually and are ideal for children. Roads lead down to the beaches.


Both in Julsundet and all around Gossen there are nice slopes of naked rock and beaches for rod fishing. If you come by boat there are thousands of good fishing spots to choose between. In Julsundet, at depths down to 100-150 metres, you will most likely catch large coalfish, cod, ling and halibut. From the middle of July the fjords are filled with shoals of mackerel and herring. The municipality can boast of eight harbours for pleasure yachts for those who are travelling by boat. The harbours at Nautneset and Småge are excellent starting points for those who want to explore the beautiful skerries.