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.