Ålesund lies beautifully at the heart of the spectacular Geirangerfjord and is renowned for its stunning scenic cruising. A port of call on many cruises to the Norwegian Fjords, many will notice that Ålesund differs in sight to other Norwegian towns. After a devastating fire that destroyed the tow in 1904, Ålesund was rebuilt and later became known for its Art Nouveau style. Though the town’s structural design may differ to other nearby ports of call; the delightful backdrop remains the same, with exquisite scenery and a truly magnificent opportunity to enjoy the peak of the Norwegian Fjords sightseeing locations.
Whether you decide to go hiking, admire the city’s beauty, explore the fjords or head enjoy a hot drink on the towns seafront, all we ask is that you soak up the beauty this port of call has to offer.
Ålesund prides itself on its fascinating array of museums, with the open-air Sunnmøre being one of the town’s most popular. With the museums vast collection of old houses, visitors here can stroll between the picturesque houses and the indoor exhibitions, for a closer insight into the cultural and architectural history of
Walk the 418 steps up from the Town Park or take the City Train up to Fjellstua and visit the Town Mountain and viewpoint of Aksla. From here, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the town with views across to the Sunnmøre Alps. If heights are not your thing, keep your feet firmly on lower ground and stroll through the inner sights of the town marvelling at its Art Nouveau style that could be the backdrop for a Nordic fairytale, grab the chance to see Viking ship replicas or a cultural exhibition in the town that is now for its cultural centre.
Away from the architectural beauty of the town, Ålesund is also a great port of call to discover a varied range of incredible wildlife. Ålesund is the fisheries’ capital, so why not head for the Atlantic Sea Park. Renowned for being one of Northern Europe’s largest aquariums with a colourful and exciting range of fish and fauna this Norwegian aquarium is perfect for all ages. The largest aquarium tank is 36 metres long and 17 metres wide, containing 4 millions of litres of unfiltered sea water!
Stretching across three islands at the mouth of the magnificent Geirangerfjord, it’s difficult to imagine a location more beautiful than Ålesund and why this port of call so popular on a Norwegian cruise. The buildings dazzle with turrets and ornate carvings of dragons and mythical figures and nature plays its part too. However, you decide to do with your time in Ålesund, you’re sure to want to come back for more.