Ålesund is a bustling port and fascinating seaside 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. After a devastating fire in 1904, the town was totally rebuilt in Art Nouveau style, with a myriad of turrets, spires and medieval ornaments which are still present today. 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, Alesund 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
Ålesund | Enjoy Alesund 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:
Resort Code: NOAL
Languages spoken: Norwegian
Time difference: GMT+1
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. There is also a good selection of restaurants serving international cuisine nearby.
One of Norway’s ‘Historic Hotels’ and under new management, 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.
This hotel can be booked as part of our Highlights of the Fjords group escorted tour.
A classic city hotel located in the heart of Ålesund, just a few steps from the main street and 2 minutes' walk from the harbour. With a traditionally-decorated rooms, large public areas and light, pleasantly-decorated rooms, the Scandic is an excellent base in this Atlantic city.
|Departure day||To||Depart from||Supplement|
|Monday & Friday||Ålesund||Gatwick*/> Heathrow*
*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
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.
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 £65, 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 £89, 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. Geiranger is also offered as an excursion from Loen.
Trolstigen National Tourist Route, £75, 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)
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.
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.