Ålesund is a charming, quiet town made up of several islands linked by bridges and tunnels. The main downtown is small and walkable. A day or two to relax after the trip can be well-spent soaking up the culture of this typical coastal town. It is best to check with your hotel concierge for the best way to reach any particular destination.
No, the name is not a typo! This offers a good introduction to the town’s history including the great fire of 1904 and the German occupation during World War II.
Rent a kayak and explore the city from its waterways or go on a 2.5-hour easy, guided tour with the company Uteguiden (uteguiden.com).
Housed in a former bank building, exhibitions
feature regional artists. Next door, Jugenstilsenteret is dedicated to the Art Nouveau style of architecture and design. Private guided tours are available.
To really delve into a part of Norway’s coastal culture, you must learn a bit about the fishing industry, associated trades such as barrel-making, and the first enclosed lifeboat to cross the North Atlantic.
Take a ferry or a bus through the undersea tunnels to this historic lighthouse on an outlying island. Climb the steps for a striking view of the coastline.
For hotel recommendations, please see the Pre- & Post-Tour section of your Trip Planner.
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