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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 also be enjoyed as part of our Fjord Explorer multi-centre tour or in a combination with Loen on Nordfjord on our Glaciers & Coast 2-centre combination. 

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

Useful Information

Resort Code: NOAL

Languages spoken: Norwegian

Time difference: GMT+1

Currency: NOK

  • from£715pp
  • 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£855pp
  • 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.

Travel and Transportation

Transfer Approx. 20mins by coach from Ålesund airport.

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Excursions

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

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) 

 

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

 

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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