Categories: Destinations

Ålesund, Norway

Ålesund is the largest city in Møre og Romsdal, Western Norway. Ålesund is built on a row of islands extending towards the Atlantic. The compact old city centre is thus surrounded by water and Ålesund is a major fisheries harbor.

Much of the joy of seeing Ålesund is to be found in just strolling past the many art nouveau shops and other buildings. However, the most notable attractions are The Aalesunds Museum, The Atlantic Sea-Park and The Art Nouveau Center. Walk up the stairs to Fjellstua from the city park for a breathtaking view of local fjords and mountains. This can really not be underlined enough. Even if you are not up to climbing all 400 or so stairs, even half way up the view is stunning. Alternatively, you can get a taxi to drive you up there for the view from the top. This is a must-see. At the top of the mountain there are walkways that allow you to walk around in natural surroundings while enjoying the view of the islands and mountains around you. There is also a restaurant at Fjellstua serving basic dishes.

The Atlantic Sea Park at Tueneset is the biggest salt water aquarium in Northern Europe and is built into its stunning environment in the Tueneset conservation area. It offers a range of activities, including  diving. After visiting, you can enjoy Tueneset itself which is a nice green area with walkways and a fascinating seemingly endless view of the Atlantic ocean. Have a nice trip.