Alesund, NorwayLocation: Europe
Situated at the entrance of Geirangerfjord, Alesund is a picturesque seaport that's most notable for its Art Nouveau architecture and diverse landscape.
The town stretches across multiple islands, surrounded by majestic mountains and shimmering waterways. When the town was destroyed by fire in 1904, its buildings were rebuilt in Art Nouveau style—with dramatic towers, turrets and medieval ornaments.
Things to See and Do
Board the Town Train for guided round-trip tour of Central Alesund. It's an excellent way to view the town's beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. As you explore, be on the lookout for Yoogan Trolls—fabled creatures that decorate many buildings in Alesund.
Nature lovers will find plenty to do. Embark on a thrilling fishing trip. Sail along the coast and look for wildlife. Or, climb to the top of Mount Aksla, where you'll enjoy sweeping views of Alesund, the surrounding islands, the fjords and the Sunnmore Alps.
Local Culture and Flavor
Each year, the town hosts an array of lively festivals—from the Festival of New Norwegian Literature, Art and Music to the Alesund Boat Festival to the Norwegian Food Festival. If your timing is right, you may be able to join in on the festival fun.
When you're ready for refreshment, Alesund has much to offer. Delight in international options as well as Norwegian cuisine. Traditional foods in Norway are influenced by the geography of the region. Common staples at the dinner table include seafood, root vegetables, fruit, cured meats and wild game.
You'll find several souvenir shops conveniently located near the port, as well as a variety of shopping options in the downtown area. Popular souvenirs include knitted sweaters and jackets, glass, ceramics, jewelry and locally-produced crafts.
Past and Present
The history of Alesund can be traced back to the Viking period. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the town began to flourish with the growth of its fishing industry.
Although the town was partially destroyed by a fire in 1904, it was completely rebuilt—and continues to thrive today as a popular fishing center and tourist destination.
Fun Facts & Tips
Summertime in Alesund means very long days and short nights. In the month of June, the sun rises around 3:40 a.m. and sets around 11:20 p.m.