Experience

Ålesund

Ålesund

Ålesund is spectacularly located in the western fjord landscape and offers fjord and mountains in a natural beauty like no other.

The city is known for its architecture when the city was rebuilt after a fire in the early 20th century. 850 houses burned down and the town was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style, which has led to Ålesund being named one of Europe’s most beautiful harbor towns by National Geographic. You can get the whole story at Aalesunds Museum.

Ålesund is spectacularly located in the western fjord landscape and offers fjord and mountains in a natural beauty like no other.

The city is known for its architecture when the city was rebuilt after a fire in the early 20th century. 850 houses burned down and the town was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style, which has led to Ålesund being named one of Europe’s most beautiful harbor towns by National Geographic. You can get the whole story at Aalesunds Museum.

Ålesund

Ålesund is spectacularly located in the western fjord landscape and offers fjord and mountains in a natural beauty like no other.

The city is known for its architecture when the city was rebuilt after a fire in the early 20th century. 850 houses burned down and the town was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style, which has led to Ålesund being named one of Europe’s most beautiful harbor towns by National Geographic. You can get the whole story at Aalesunds Museum.

To do

Take the trip up to Aksla

The city’s best vantage point can be found from the town mountain Aksla. You can get here on foot from Byparken and up the 418 steps and are rewarded with an unforgettable panorama over the city centre, the archipelago and the Sunnmør Alps.

You can also drive up the road, take a bus or the city train. And for those who want an extra resilient trip up, Ålesund Via Ferrata offers climbing from Byparken and up the rock face to just below Fjellstua on Aksla. Here you can hire equipment and climb alone, or take part in a guided tour. This route is easy but offers a fantastic view of the city. The trip takes about 1 hour.

Atlanterhavsparken

Ålesund is home to one of Northern Europe’s largest and most unique aquariums; Atlantic Park. Here you can get up close to underwater life and can see crustaceans, fish, algae and coral in their true element.

In the main attraction, the Atlanterhavstanken, a saltwater tank measuring 36 x 17 metres, you can be impressed by and observe the large cold-water fish that live in the Atlantic Ocean. The tank is illuminated by daylight as it has no roof, and the water is pumped up unfiltered from Breisundet. The water therefore contains a lot of new life in the form of living organisms and supplies nourishment to all life in the Atlantic tank.

Atlanterhavsparken facilitates a lot of activity, both outside with the otters and penguins, and inside on the edge of the pier where life under the sea can be observed up close. Here you can fish for crabs, and you can try to keep sea urchins and starfish. In the park’s café, meals are served based on local produce, and here, of course, seafood is on the menu.

To eat

Ålesund's restaurants have something for every taste

A rich selection of culinary and cultural experiences await you in the charming city by the sea.

Mexican-inspired T2 serves delicious dishes with a taste of Mexico, has live entertainment and outdoor seating.

The Bro restaurant combines fresh produce from the Sunnmørs coast with local ingredients and serves local traditional dishes and innovative cooking.

Molo Brew offers freshly grilled burgers and home-brewed beer in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

Bryt offers the experience of Norwegian tapas prepared with a Spanish twist, with ingredients sourced from local fishermen, markets and farms. The tapas can be enjoyed with a drink from the wine selection or one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails.

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