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Alesund, Norway

Alesund

An Art Nouveau treasure on Norway's west coast

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Introduction

The port city of Alesund, home to Norway's largest cod-fishing fleet, is noted for its concentration of Art Nouveau buildings and proximity to the rugged, beautiful western fjords. 

Following a catastrophic fire in the early 1900s, which destroyed much of the city, Alesund was rebuilt in the distinctive style of the German Jugendstil movement. Indeed, the city's centre, Jugendstilsenteret, features turrets and towers, mock Gothic and pastel-painted facades and other folksy flourishes. As a result, Alesund retains an altogether different feel from any other Norwegian town and this makes it a fascinating place to spend a few days.

 Just a short hop from the city, the island of Runde – home to just 150 hardy locals – is popular for day trips. It's especially well known among birders, who come to watch thousands-strong flocks of gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots and puffins settle on and soar over its jutting crags. Alesund is also the gateway to some of Norway's most spectacular fjords, including Storfjorden and its stunning southern offshoot – Geirangerfjord.

Special offers in Alesund

Norway: Best of the West

6-day tailor-made self-drive from £840 pp incl. flights

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offer

Free car hire

– Save up to £220 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

The architecturally impressive coastal town of Alesund and the equally striking Hotel Union in Geirangerfjord provide perfect bases from which to explore the stunning surroundings of glittering lakes, towering peaks and deep forests.

Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,190 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Special fly-cruise fares

This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.

Top itineraries in Alesund

Norway: Best of the West

6-day tailor-made self-drive from £840 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free car hire

– Save up to £220 pp
Book by: 30 September 2018

The architecturally impressive coastal town of Alesund and the equally striking Hotel Union in Geirangerfjord provide perfect bases from which to explore the stunning surroundings of glittering lakes, towering peaks and deep forests.

Hurtigruten: Classic Voyage North

7-day tailor-made cruise from £650 pp

There are a staggering 34 ports of call on this seven-day Hurtigruten cruise, travelling north up Norway's west coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, some of which are rarely visited by other cruise ships.

Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,190 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special fly-cruise fares

This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.

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Top places to stay in Alesund

Storfjord Hotel, Skodje

Traditional lodge

A classic Scandinavian-style log cabin, the Storfjord Hotel is just 30 minutes from Alesund by car, and has stunning views across the fjord and surrounding forest.

Hotel Brosundet, Alesund

Historic hotel

A delightful hotel housed in a listed old wharf building on Brosundet canal, the main artery of Ålesund, offering seclusion and the perfect getaway.

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