Atlantic coastal city where the fjords begin

Ålesund is a bustling port and fascinating seaside town. It faces the Atlantic Ocean and is the entrance to some of Norway's most dramatic fjords and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Due to its position, it enjoys more days of sunshine throughout the year than areas deeper into the fjords. The town is built in an Art Nouveau style, with lots of towers, spires and medieval ornaments that are still there today. There are many many museums and a variety of interesting day trips to the surrounding islands and skerries of local fishing communities dating back to the Viking era. 

Making an excellent destination in its own right, it is great for a week or long weekend Ålesund can also be enjoyed as part of a multi-centre holiday. 

Fjord Explorer will travel from Bergen, through the fjord towns of Balestrand and Loen before the final destination of Ålesund.

Glaciers & Coast will split your holiday in two by combining Ålesund with Loen.

  • from£607pp
  • 73 rooms
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A smart recently-renovated hotel ideally located in the heart of Ålesund directly opposite the picturesque old fishing port and Brosundet canal. The harbour is only a short walk away, making the hotel a great base from which to explore the bustling port and Art Nouveau district of this seaside town.

  • from£647pp
  • 131 rooms
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One of Norway’s ‘Historic Hotels’, the Hotel Brosundet enjoys an excellent location right on the quayside on the Brosundet canal and overlooking the old fishing port. The attractively-furnished hotel is located inside an old warehouse still featuring exposed beams and the lobby area and restaurant have recently been renovated. 

Useful Information
Information about Alesund
Resort Code NOAL
Languages spoken Norwegian
Time difference GMT+1
Currency NOK
Latitude 62.47094
Longitude 6.154636
Meet Your Rep

'Meet & Greet' service from a local tour guide, with a 24/7 phone service and introduction to Ålesund.

Travel and Transportation

Transfer Approx. 20mins by coach from Ålesund airport.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No


Explore the local area independently, at your own pace, with these recommended day trips that can be booked at the local Tourist Office:

(All prices shown for guidance)

The Royal Fjord Route Hjørundfjord Cruise

£99 - daily

A wonderfully scenic cruise along the Hjørundfjord surrounded by the majestic Sunnmøre Alps as far as Øye.

Runde island and bird watching round trip

£49 - daily

This round trip starts from Ålesund and combines a boat cruise and bus trip via Hereid and Fosnavag to the scenic and small island of Runde, well known as a nesting place for over 80 species of bird. Join a guided boat trip around the island to see the birds up close or take one of the hiking paths before returning to Ålesund.

‘The Atlantic Road’ round trip by public transport 

£67 - daily - full day

A round trip by bus to one of Norway's more spectacular roads and National Tourist Routes.  

Geirangerfjord Round trip 

£120 - daily

Travel independently by public bus from Ålesund to Hellsylt to pick up the boat cruise along the Geirangerfjord and the famous 'Seven Sisters' waterfall. Arriving in Geiranger you will have time to visit the village centre, go shopping and visit the Norwegian Fjord Centre. On your way from Geiranger you will travel the Eagleroad, and get back to Ålesund on the Eidsdal-Linge ferry.

Geiranger is also offered as an excursion from Loen

Trollstigen National Tourist Route 

£99 - daily

Using the local bus network, starting from Ålesund, you'll head for Geiranger before continuing to Valldall, the Trollstigen and Andalsnes, before you return along the fjord to Ålesund.

Stranda gondola roundtrip by public transport

£25 - daily

By bus from Ålesund to Stranda for its gondola and viewpoint via Sykkylven. The trip continues by ferry crossing the Storfjord to Liabygda before heading back to Ålesund along the fjord.

Guided City Walk of Ålesund

£15 - daily

A fascinating guided tour of the city, detailing it's interesting history and the development of its Art Deco architecture.

'North Islands' Express Boat

£35 - daily

Round trip by express boat trip to the islands north of Ålesund - look out for some sea birds along the way.

Atlantic Sea Park Aquarium 

£15 - daily

A large ocean side aquarium showing life in the ocean and fjords, fish feeding shows and fishing for crabs, etc.

Local museums including the Art Nouveau Centre, Fishery Museum and Sunnmore Museum

From £10 per entry - daily

Resort Combination

Enjoy Ålesund as a single-centre or city break with holidays available from 3 nights to 14 nights (Monday and Friday departures). 


Things To Do
  • Art Nouveau centre museum 
  • Fishery museum 
  • Picturesque Alnes lighthouse (reached by public transport) 
  • Sunnmøre Museum detailing Viking history 
  • Boat day trips to nearby islands and skerries 
  • Mount Aksla viewpoint for stunning views over the city 
  • Award winning aquarium 
  • Kayaking and cycling 
  • Shopping 
  • Glass-blowing workshop 
  • Cinema
  • Bird-watching at nearby Runde island (Wildlife Sea Safari excursion) 


Experience More

'Meet & Greet' service from a local tour guide, with a 24/7 phone service and introduction to Ålesund.


Enjoy the best of the Norwegian fjord’s glorious and diverse scenery in this 4-centre group tour, escorted by a knowledgeable guide throughout. Designed as an excellent introduction to Norway for those wishing to see the spectacular fjords, mountains, glaciers and lakes in four contrasting destinations.

  • from£1797pp

A highly recommended combination encompassing the best scenery the Fjord Norway region has to offer – starting in the fjordside village of Balestrand on the mighty Sognefjord, you will have an opportunity to travel on the famous Flåm railway or visit Fjaerland with its Glacier Museum. From here, your included transfer will take you over the magical Gauler Mountains to Loen on the Nordfjord with its spectacular glacier and sparkling lakes.

  • from£1447pp
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Focusing in the northern Western fjords, this 7-night holiday combines a stay in the ‘glacier’ resort of Loen, home to some of the fjords most spectacular scenery, with the vibrant coastal city of Ålesund. It is a great option for those who wish to get up close to nature.

Good to know

  • Visit Runde Island
  • Art Nouveau style seaside town
  • Go to the Mount Aksla viewpoint for stunning views over the city
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