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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

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.

London To Copenhagen on Silver Spirit

16-day cruise from £6,570 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive Special Offer Fares
Book by: 28 February 2019

Experience Viking culture and Scandinavian style on this 15-day voyage. Embrace the exquisite natural beauty that is Flåm from a unique perspective during a panoramic ride aboard the Flåm Railway.

Top itineraries in Alesund

Hurtigruten: Classic Voyage North

7-day tailor-made cruise from £745 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.

Norway: Best of the West

6-day tailor-made self-drive

From Art-Nouveau Ålesund's pretty peninsula setting, this road trip brings you deep in Norway's western fjords via the vertigo-inducing switchbacks of the Eagle Road.

London To Copenhagen on Silver Spirit

16-day cruise from £6,570 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive Special Offer Fares
Book by: 28 February 2019

Experience Viking culture and Scandinavian style on this 15-day voyage. Embrace the exquisite natural beauty that is Flåm from a unique perspective during a panoramic ride aboard the Flåm Railway.

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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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