Alesund, Norway cruise holidays
Everything about Ålesund is pretty. From its location at the entrance of Geirangerfjord to its unique architecture, it’s the kind of place that sticks with you long after you’ve left. 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, Ålesunds 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 Sunnmre while the Atlantic Sea-Park is also worth a visit as one of the largest aquariums in northern Europe.
Ålesund is also a lively fishing town and home to one of Norway’s most important traditional fishing harbours – in fact, more than two thirds of the world’s production of klipfish comes from here.
A visit to the Mount Aksla lookout offers panoramic views of the town, the surrounding archipelago and the fjords.