Visit some of Norway’s most dramatic film locales

Mission possible

geiranger

Photo: Paul Edmundson / Fjord Norge
Norway is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in the world—making for dramatic film settings.

Tove Andersson
Oslo

“Jet setting” is a new term that is about visiting places for filming, and Møre og Romsdal comes out on top. Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning is playing in theaters these days. Tom Cruise pulls off one of the greatest stunts in movie history—in Norway.

In a press release, Fjord Tours says that they want to create trips where people can experience activities in the film scenes.

Riding a motorcycle, Tom Cruise emerges from the mountain Helsetkopen in Sunnmøre. He jumps straight out from a ramp built on top of the precipitous mountainside. The motorcycle tumbles straight down, but the action hero plunges out from the mountaintop.

“Major productions such as James Bond, Black Widow and Succession also contributed to increased interest in our region,” says Tom Anker Skrede, tourism manager for Destination Ålesund & Sunnmøre.

With Fjord Tours’ new tour, it is now possible to experience one of the most Instagram-friendly landscapes in Norway in one day.

“The fact that the fjords are used as a backdrop says how spectacular this natural landscape is, otherwise it would have not been picked out for productions like this. And we find that many people get their eyes up for Fjord Norway because of films like Mission Impossible,” says Anne van Oorschot, owner of Norway Adventures.

Walking in the footsteps of Cruise and other great actors while getting the stories from the set sounds intriguing.

Eco-friendly tours

With public transport by electric buses, a journey in one of Norway’s most beautiful fjord landscapes becomes more accessible and environmentally friendly. On the trip “UNESCO Geirangerfjorden in a nutshell,” a roundtrip might be done in one day.

The “UNESCO Geirangerfjord in a nutshell” tour started this summer, and it uses public transport to transport guests between Ålesund, Geiranger, Åndalsnes, and back to Ålesund, but you can also get a tailor-made holiday with overnight stays and activities.

The bus goes between Geiranger and Åndalsnes, where one gets to experience both the Ørnevegen (Eagle Road), Valldal and Gudbrandsjuvet, as well as Trollstigen.

In Åndalsnes, you can take the Romsdal gondola and enjoy both the panoramic view and a good meal before heading back to Ålesund.

The boat trip goes between Ålesund and Geiranger and there one gets to experience the spectacular UNESCO fjord and the spectacular waterfalls De sju søstre (the Seven Sisters) and Brudesløret (Bridal Veil).

“We have gathered some of the best Norway have to offer in one trip,” says Kristian Jørgensen, CEO of Fjord Tours.

The bus trip can be combined with the Rauma Railway and trains from Oslo or Trondheim.

“We are pleased that Fjord Tours makes it easier to experience Møre og Romsdal as a destination. Good and green transport solutions are crucial for tourists to come to beautiful Romsdal,” says Yvonne Wold, mayor of Rauma.

This article originally appeared in the August 2023 issue of The Norwegian American.

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Tove Andersson

Tove Andersson is a freelance journalist who writes about travel and culture. She conducts interviews for the street magazine Oslo while writing poetry and fiction. Jeg heter Navnløs (My name is nameless) was published in 2020. Her website is www.frilanskatalogen.no/frilanstove, and she can be reached at tove.andersson@skrift.no.