Cruising the Todalsfjord – idyllic and secluded

Possible combination with your call at Kristiansund, Smøla or Hitra

Clean water and pure air, varied scenery, beautiful fjords, mighty waterfalls, unique botanical and historic surroundings. Todalen is a small village with around 350 inhabitants, situated about 120 km from Kristiansund. From the Todalsfjord, the valley rises towards Trollheimen and Kårvatn, where the road ends.

Options: 

1: FJORD CRUISE WITH TENDERING IN TODALEN

Arrival by cruise ship – northbound from Ålesund/Molde/Kristiansund or southbound from Trondheim/Hitra/Smøla – via Årsundfjorden, Halsafjorden, Stangvikfjorden into Todalsfjorden (about 2.5 hrs sailing time (38 nm) from Grip pilot station). Anchorage near Svinvik Arboretum, where floating docks will be arranged for tendering. Various excursions locally in Todalen.

No additional port fee will be required for anchoring in the Todalsfjord, if combined with a call to Kristiansund, Smøla or Hitra. 

2: FJORD CRUISE WITHOUT TENDERING

For cruise ships calling Kristiansund, Smøla or Hitra.

3: EXCURSION BY BUS FROM KRISTIANSUND

Cruise ship docking in Kristiansund. Day trip (6–8 hours) by bus to Todalen for various excursions
locally. No additional port fee will be required for anchoring in the Todalsfjord, if combined with a
call to Kristiansund, Smøla or Hitra.

TECHNICAL INFO

Fjord cruise with tendering
Max. ship length: 250 m
Max. ship draft: No limit
Max. air draft: 35 m 

Fjord cruise only
Max. ship length: 300 m
Max. ship draft: No limit
Max. air draft: 35 m

Local attractions and activities

Kårvatn with Nauståfossen waterfall

A mountain farm beautifully situated about a 20-min. drive from the tender pier to the top of Todalen valley. From here you can follow a hiking trail to the mighty Nauståfossen waterfall (about 1km/20 min. each way) with its two drops of 110 m.

Svinvik Arboretum – botanical garden

A unique botanical garden with 350 different types of rhododendron and 250 types of conifers planted on the mountain slopes down to the fjord. There are also many unusual and beautiful deciduous trees, shrubs and flower beds. Café with homemade specialties of own produce.

TIP! Best time to experience the beautiful flowering is usually in May/June, but this depends on the spring temperatures.

Todalshytta mountain lodge

A culture-historical treasure in beautiful surroundings, built by the English businessman Ethelbert Lort Phillips
in 1901, used as a location for salmon fishing by Englishmen. Possibilities for coffee/snack/lunch.

Svinvik hiking trail

This popular and easy round trip goes along the old main roads into Todalen and offers stunning views. The trip starts at the parking lot on the upper side of the road at Svinvik’s arboretum. The first part is uphill, then flat and downhill. The roundtrip is about 4.5 km/1 hour (not wheelchair accessible).

All photos by Steinar Melby