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Ålesund

Atlantic coastal city where the fjords begin

Ålesund is a bustling port town facing the Atlantic Ocean at the entrance to the region of outstanding natural beauty and some of Norway’s most dramatic fjords. Due to its position, it enjoys more days of sunshine throughout the year than areas deeper into the fjords. It’s known for the art nouveau architectural style in which most of the town was rebuilt after a fire in 1904. In addition to the many museums, there is 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 (using non stop flights from Gatwick on Fridays and Mondays), Ålesund can be enjoyed as part of our Fjord Explorer tour or in combination with a stay in Loen on Nordfjord on our new 'Glaciers & Coast' 2-centre combination. 

City Breaks in Bergen, Ålesund or Stavanger

Bergen, Ålesund and Stavanger each offer a wealth of cultural attractions and sightseeing opportunities and can be booked as a 3, 4 or 7 night City Break on their own or as part of one of our multi-centre Fjord Tours.

Experience More

  • The Royal Fjord Route Hjørundfjord Cruise £99, half day, daily, mid June - mid August 
  • Runde island and bird watching round trip £49, daily
  • ‘The Atlantic Road’ round trip by public transport £67, daily, mid June - mid August 
  • Geirangerfjord Roundtrip £120, daily, mid Jun - mid Aug
  • Trolstigen National Tourist Route £99, Mon-Fri only, mid June - mid August 
  • Ålesund Guided City Walk £15, daily
  • North Islands Express Boat £35, daily
  • Atlantic Sea Park Aquarium £15, daily
  • Stranda cable-car round trip £39, daily (Gondola approx. £25, pay locally)
  • Local museums including the Art Nouveau Centre, Fishery Museum and Sunnmore Museum from £10 each, daily 

Useful Information

Resort Code: NOAL

Languages spoken: Norwegian

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: NOK

  • from£479pp
  • 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. Our prices are based on bed and breakfast only, but with a daily packed lunch included.

  • from£599pp
  • 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. 

  • 197 rooms
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The Scandic is an excellent base in this Atlantic city, a classic hotel located in the heart of Ålesund, just a few steps from the main street and 2 minutes' walk from the harbour. This hotel can be booked as part of our Highlights of the Fjords group escorted tour.

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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.

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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.

  • Maximum Group Size: 30
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Enjoy the best of the Norwegian fjord’s glorious and diverse scenery in this 4-centre group tour, escorted by an Inghams 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.

Travel and Transportation

Departure day To Depart from Supplement
Monday & Friday Ålesund Gatwick* Heathrow*
Manchester*
Nil
£29
£49

*via Oslo or Amsterdam

Transfer Approx. 20mins by coach.

Supplements: are based on 7 nights departures.

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: No

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  • Early Booking Offers at selected hotels 
  • Free daily packed lunches at selected hotels
  • 'Meet & Greet' service from a local tour guide, with a phone service and introduction to Ålesund

Prices include flights, transfers, the relevant nights' accommodation and meals as indicated. Prices shown online are after deducting any applicable Early Booking Offer and Inghams Saver Plus offer.

Special Offers

Excursions

Explore the local area independently, at your own pace, with these pre-bookable recommended day trips:

Ålesund has a wide variety of additional excursions and activities including deep-sea rafting, fishing trips, guided town sightseeing trips, interesting Art Nouveau, historical and fisheries museums.

The Royal Fjord Route Hjørundfjord Cruise incl. lunch £99, half day,  daily, mid Jun - mid Aug,

A wonderfully scenic cruise along the Hjørundfjord surrounded by the majestic Sunnmøre Alps as far as Øye where a 2-course lunch is included at the historic Union Hotel.

Runde island and bird watching round trip £49, daily 

By bus from Ålesund and then boat to the famous 'Bird Island'

‘The Atlantic Road’ round trip by public transport £67, daily, mid-June - mid-August. 

A round trip by bus to one of Norway's more spectacular roads and National Tourist Routes. Total trip approx. 10-11hrs. 

Geirangerfjord Roundtrip £120, daily, mid June - mid August 

Travel independently by public bus from Alesund 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 Alesund on the Eidsdal-Linge ferry.

Geiranger is also offered as an excursion from Loen

Trollstigen National Tourist Route, £99, Mon-Fri only, mid June - mid August 

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

Stranda gondola roundtrip by public transport, £39, full day, daily

By bus from Alesund 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.  Gondola ticket not included (approx. £25 per adult, pay locally)

Book locally

Guided City Walk of Ålesund, £15, daily (book locally)

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 (book locally)

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 (book locally)
Large oceanside aquarium showing life in the ocean and fjords, fish feeding show, fishing for crabs etc.

Local museums including the Art Nouveau Centre, Fishery Museum and Sunnmore Museum, from £10 each, daily (book locally)

Hop-on / Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus £22, daily,  10am-3pm (book locally)

Stops at main attractions including Fjellstua viewpoint and the aquarium. Runs hourly (every 2hrs if no cruise ships in port).

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Things To Do

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

In addition to its many museums and impressive ocean aquarium, holidays in Ålesund offer a variety of interesting day trips to the small islands and skerries of local fishing communities dating back to the Viking era, plus round trips to the famous Geirangerfjord and Sunnmøre Alps as well as making an excellent destination in its own right, for a week or long weekend.

Ålesund | Enjoy Ålesund as a single-centre or city break with holidays available from 3 nights to 14 nights (Monday and Friday departures). You can also combine Ålesund with Loen for a twin-centre holiday. 

Multi-centre Tours | Alesund can also be visited as part of the following tours:

  • Fjord Explorer | 14 nights (4 centres) | Ålesund - Loen - Balestrand - Bergen 
  • Highlights of the Fjords | 11 nights (4 centre escorted tour) |  Bergen - Balestrand - Loen - Alesund -  Flam railway excursion included

 

Good to know

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