Alesund a small fishing port situated between Trondheim and Bergen is as charming as they come. The town dates back to the days of the Vikings, but what stands out is the interesting Art Noveau style that the buildings display. A major fire destroyed the town in 1904, and it was rebuilt in the modern style. Alseund has a number of interesting museums and sights, not forgetting the fabulous fjords that Norway is famous for.
Trace the history of the region and people from the stone ages to the present at the Sunmore Museum that is a concentration of ten museums and show cases everything from old wooden houses to Viking ships! Geirangerfjord is just nine miles long and is the most photographed of all Norway's fjords because of its beautiful setting.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
- Pay a visit to the Borgund Church that is renowned for its beautiful wood carvings and panelled ceiling
- Deemed one of Norway's finest sounds, Hjorundfjord warrants a visit. Make the 22 mile trip to this fjord- you won't regret it!
- Only a few minutes from the centre of the town, the beautiful Atlanterhavsparken is one of the largest salt-water aquariums in Scandinavia
- Make the climb up to mount Aksla, where the Fjellstua affords some panoramic views of Alesund
It stands to reason that seafood is a specialty in this fishing town. So go ahead and dine at any of these two seafood restaurants the Sjobua or Maki - both are located in central Alesund. If an authentic home - made meal is more in keeping with your requirements then visit C&C Restaurant ithat is located Kirkegata 9, in a beautiful house in Art Nouveau style
Take home a piece of Alesund - browse in the small shops at Skansen and pick up a souvenir or two. For typical Norwegian design and handicraft, stop by at Husfliden and if big shopping centre is more you cup of tea, head 10 kms out to Moa where you can get lots of things under one roof.
Norway is way up north, so it's pretty cold all year round. May/June sees temps in35F/2C range and it could warm up to 41F/5C at the height of summer in July. So be sure to carry warm clothing and a windcheater too!
The Krone(NOK) is the local currency. Major credit cards are readily accepted most everywhere.