Built between the Sunnmoere Alps and the Borgundfjord, Ålesund is a breathtaking fusion of natural splendor and rich history. Originating in the 9th century as a Viking base for French settlements, Ålesund has evolved into what many consider Norway's most beautiful city. A devastating fire in 1904 led to an extensive rebuilding project, gifting the city with remarkable examples of Jugendstil or Art Nouveau architecture. Today, its towers, turrets, and romantic facades stand testament to this design era, adorned with natural forms inspired by ancient or medieval patterns, animals, and folk art.
The panoramic view from atop Mount Aksla is unmissable. After ascending 418 steps, you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the stunning peninsula and the charming, toy-like town of Ålesund on a clear day.
INCLUDED SHORE EXCURSION ON EXPEDITION VOYAGES
Ålesund's Enchanting Islands of Giske & Godoy
Visit the community of Giske, present in Viking Sagas. The community consists of four islands, and you will visit the Giske church dating from 1150. The striking views of the coastline and the picturesque fishing village of Alnes with its 1852 lighthouse.
Art Nouveau Walking Tour
This walking tour offers an intimate exploration of Ålesund's architectural heritage. Traverse past beautifully adorned facades, including “The Swan Pharmacy", a delightful example of authentic décor.
*Experiences subject to change