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About Alesund

Because it was completely rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1904, Alesund looks quite different to other Norwegian towns along the country's west coast now better known as simply 'Fjordland'.

Stretching across three islands at the mouth of the magnificent Geirangerfjord, Alesunds architecture is now an eclectic mixture of mock-Gothic and neo-classical with more than a dash of Art Nouveau.

Turrets and spires dot the skyline and you can trace the towns trend setting style development at the Art Nouveau Centre, one of several fascinating museums in the town.  The pick is the open-air Sunnmøre while the Atlantic Sea-Park is also worth a visit as one of the largest aquariums in northern Europe


Shore excursions in Alesund

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Ålesund Heritage Walk

Activity high

Duration: 2 hours

A walk through the heart of Ålesund reveals a charming and colourful town, renowned for its unique Art Nouveau style.

The colourful buildings, decorations and turrets of Ålesund, look as though they belong in a fairytale book. The town was entirely rebuilt in this Art Nouveau style, following a devastating fire in 1904. Its extravagantly decorated buildings have been sympathetically preserved to present a townscape like no other. Elaborate façades embellished with dragons, flowers and human forms are topped by a forest of spires and turrets, combining native Norwegian elements with continental Jugend-style.

As you stroll around this truly unique Norwegian town, your guide will provide an interesting commentary and explain the town’s strong maritime traditions. Arriving at the lovely harbour area of Brosundet, you will be able to see examples of the picturesque Jugend-style houses that have made Ålesund famous.

From the harbour, the walk continues uphill to the attractive little park at the foot of Mount Aksla, with its famous viewpoint. Here, exotic trees and plants thrive despite their northerly location. At the end of the tour you will have the option to walk up part of Mount Aksla and enjoy the spectacular views over Ålesund and the harbour, or return back to the ship accompanied by your guide.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking including some steep inclines. Comfortable enclosed walking shoes and a jacket are recommended. The optional walk up part of Mount Aksla involves 418 steps and is unaccompanied.

Ålesund Highlights

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3 hours

Experience the history and culture of Ålesund with a sightseeing drive and a visit to Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum.

Your drive will take you through the lovely ‘Art Nouveau’ style town centre of Ålesund, along the Borgundfjord, to the old trading centre of Borgund.

Borgund’s beautiful natural surroundings are the setting for Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum. The site has an outdoor display of 50 old and distinct houses. As you stroll between the picturesque houses you’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time, and on entering a few of the houses you’ll get a feel of how Norwegian people lived centuries ago. There is also a vast boat collection, including replicas of Viking ships, whilst the main building showcases an archaeology and culture exhibition. The museum provides a unique and fascinating insight into the life of the people who have inhabited this area for several thousand years.

On the return journey, enjoy a drive around the Ålesund’s highlights before heading up Mount Aksla for a stop to absorb the magnificent views over this lovely Art Nouveau town and its surrounding areas.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking at Sunnmøre over gravel and some uneven ground. Some of the houses have stairs and low doorways, therefore passengers should take extra care on entering. Please remember to carry local currency (Norwegian Kroner) if you wish to purchase refreshments or souvenirs. Comfortable walking shoes are advisable. This tour involves a drive through 1 long tunnel.

Hiking Sugarlump Mountain

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

Take a walk on the wilder side of Norway, and breathe in the sweet smells of Sugarlump Mountain on a hike through breath-taking scenery.

Get your hiking boots on and head for the hills! Your tour starts with a pretty drive through Ålesund to the foot of Sugarlump Mountain, which rises up to the sky on the island of Hessa.

Here, you’ll hit the hiking trail and continue on foot following a narrow nature trail. It’ll be well worth taking your camera along as the views are truly spectacular.

This is a tour that starts on a high and ends up even higher. The hike itself starts at 164 feet above sea level and continues to the summit at an elevation of 1,000 feet. From this point, you’ll be able to marvel at the stunning views over the city of Ålesund, on to Borgundfjord, and further inland to the picturesque Sunnm Mountains.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of extensive walking on this tour over uneven and steep terrain, which can be slippery when wet. Participants must be in good physical condition and suitable footwear should be worn. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate.

Kayak Adventure

Activity highFamily

Duration: 3 hours

What better way to explore this stunning region and its many islands than from the water by kayak. Get paddling!

After a short walk to the departure point and a safety briefing and instructions, it’s time to take to the waters of Alesund by kayak.

Follow the lead kayak as you paddle your way through the string of islands along this breathtaking fjordland.

The colourful Art Nouveau buildings make for an excellent photo opportunity, so make sure you have your camera with you. Further out, on to the fjord, you'll explore the breathtaking natural beauty of the Norwegian coastline. Hear the water lapping against your craft as you take it all in. It’s the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation as you enjoy the scenery and the fresh air. Along the fjord’s shoreline, you’ll see pretty little islands scattered haphazardly across the water.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by kayak and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of kayaking on this tour. Sea kayaks are stable and are sit-inside kayaks with 2 seats. Children under the age of 8 and pregnant women may not participate. Passengers should be in good physical condition, not suffer from any back problems or conditions affected by cold water, and must be capable swimmers – you should expect to get wet. Life vests are provided which must be worn.

Land of the Trolls

Activity lowMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Dramatic mountains, cascading waterfalls and picturesque fjords are some of the scenes you will see on this panoramic tour.

This area of wild mountains and peaceful nature will give you an understanding of how the myths about trolls originated!

Your scenic drive will take you along the picturesque Borgundfjord, passing little villages with charming houses and well-kept gardens, through the valley of Valldal and up to the picturesque Gudbrandsjuvet Gorge. Pause to admire this narrow, yet deep gorge with the foaming river below. Afterwards, re-board your coach and follow the valley towards the Trollstigen mountain road ‘Troll’s Path’. A photo stop will be made at the summit to capture the impressive scenery.

The descent will be along Troll’s Path with its 11 hairpin bends and surrounding mountain peaks, it is one of Norway’s most dramatic and scenic roads. In the valley, pause to admire the cascading waterfall of Stigrøra, before passing through Åndalsnes to the famous Troll Wall. A stop will be made at this famous vertical mountain face, the highest in Europe, at approximately 3,280 feet high. Your journey continues along the Romsdalsfjord and over the Ørskog mountain plateau; following the fjord once more back to Ålesund.

During the day a delicious Norwegian buffet style lunch will be served and afterwards there will be time to purchase some souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. Most of the sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of a coach, with regular stops to take photos. There is an optional walk of 138 steps to an additional viewpoint at Trollstigen, as well as an optional 150 metre walk at the Gudbrandsjuvet Gorge. This tour involves several tunnels. This tour also operates from Andalsnes.


A selection of cruises to Alesund

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