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Alesund, Norway


An Art Nouveau treasure on Norway's west coast

Visit Alesund


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.


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Special offers in Alesund

Lofoten Islands, Hurtigruten Cruise

Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,895 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save up to £450 pp
Book by: 30 June 2024

This exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach northern Norway’s historic towns and fishing villages, and enjoy plenty of Arctic fun.

Top itineraries in Alesund

Hjørundfjord, Norway

Norway: Best of the West

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,860 pp incl. flights

Setting off from Art-Nouveau Ålesund's pretty peninsula setting, this road trip brings you deep in Norway's western fjords via a series of scenic drives, ferry rides and stays in boutique, waterside hotels.

Top places to stay in Alesund

Room, Storfjord Hotel, Skodje

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

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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