Aure is a typical coastal municipality of the county of Møre og Romsdal in Norway, with many beautiful small islands. Most of the population of 3,600 live near the coast. Tustna merged with Aure in 2006.
Aure is about 150 km west of Trondheim along E-39, between Orkanger and Kristiansund. At the Hennset ferry dock, take the ferry to Arasvika and follow the signs towards Aure or Mjosundet - both ways will take you to Aure as the road circles the island of Ertvågøya.
There are frequent bus routes connecting Aure to Kristiansund and Trondheim, although your own car is the best way to get around and travel at your own speed. Local buses are scarce and there is normally only one or two buses daily. Hitchhiking is a cheap way to travel and the local people are normally friendly and helpful. Cycling is a nice way to move around the varied landscape, although steep hills can be challenging.
- Aure church. Dating from 1924. It is one of the largest wooden churches in Møre og Romsdal. The triptych is dated 1460. There has been a church here since 900 AD (Håkon the Good). A beautiful parsonage dating from 1826 beside the church.
- Dromnes. Rich finds from 10,000-year-old settlements (the Fosna culture). Toll road to Litlfonna and a path to Fonna. Viewpoint with views of six municipalities.
- The Foldfjordstraumen maelstrom. One of Northern Europe’s wildest saltwater maelstroms. When the effect of the high and low tides is at its greatest, the maelstrom is a fantastic sight. Good spots for fishing from the shore.
- Jutulholet. A large rock cave. There is a marked path from Finnset to the cave and to the remains of a German battery from World War II.
- Kjørsvikbugen. The coastal express boats between Trondheim and Kristiansund stops here. Important port for the shipping of timber exports to the Netherlands and Germany in the 17th century. A very beautiful viewpoint on the road that crosses the border between the counties of Sør-Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal. Views of the Årvågsfjord to the west and, on clear days, all the way to Kristiansund. Large picnic area.
- Kråksundet Fishing and maritime museum. Fine collections of fishing gear and objects highlighting the coastal culture and the Geitbåt (goat boat) – the easy-to-row utility boat and sailing boat that is the pride of the Nordmøre coast.
- Solskjel. A battle site where Harald Fairhair fought two battles before he managed to defeat the minor kings of Møre and succeeded in incorporating Møre og Romsdal into the kingdom which he united, and which was given the name Norway.
- Tjeldbergodden. One of the biggest industrial plants in Møre og Romsdal. Gas from the Norwegian Sea is processed to produce methanol, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and bioprotein products. There is a signposted road to a viewpoint near the plant.
Aure’s coastline is almost 300 kilometres long. Unique possibilities for angling from the shore and from the many bridges and sounds. Fishing from boats for herring, mackerel, saithe, cod and pollock. Great hunting for red deer in the large forest and mountain areas. Excellent fishing for freshwater trout and sea trout.
The scenery on Tustna is dominated by the coastal mountains. These over 900-metre-tall mountains, which rise straight up from the shore, form a chain in a north-south direction. Great walking, with several paths ascending to the summits, which offer fantastic views of the ocean and the fjords.
Many farms rent out rooms or flats. There are also various guesthouses.