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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.

Aksla Ridge Hike

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

An energising and rewarding way to admire this beautiful region.

Join a guided hike to stretch your legs and ‘earn’ the spellbinding views across Ålesund and its surrounding area of incredible natural beauty.

Beginning on a gentle gravel path, you’ll walk up to the Aksla Ridge and soak up the vistas of the island-dotted fjords extending into the distant Atlantic Ocean to the north, and the Borgundfjord with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains to the southeast.

Breathe in the clean mountain air and the fragrance of the abundant pine trees as the path becomes a little more strenuous. Pass by the ‘dams’ where townsfolk used to source drinking water and from the Fjellstua viewpoint, marvel at the spectacular views of Ålesund and its stunning setting. Descend the 418 steps and take a close look at the unique Art Nouveau style in which the town was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1904.

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.

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. Guests choosing to visit Mount Aksla at the end of the tour are advised that this site carries an entrance fee (payable direct).

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 a drive around the lovely Art Nouveau town will introduce you to Ålesund’s highlights.

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.

Atlantic Sea Park On Your Own

Activity mediumShoppingFamily

Duration: 3½ hours

Get close to the region’s rich marine life at Atlantic Sea Park.

Find out what’s lurking in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean without getting wet!

Gain a fascinating insight into the underwater world at the Atlantic Sea Park – one of Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. At your own pace, explore the centre which is built into the coastline and offers scenic views across the ocean to the nearby islands.

Gaze into 11 large landscape aquariums with north Atlantic species of sea life from various ocean depths. Get hands-on at the open touch pools, watch the seals and penguins play and peer into the gargantuan tank that holds seven million pints of seawater.

Essential information

This tour is none-guided and is inclusive of transfers and entrance into Atlantic Sea Park.

Atlantic Sea Park On Your Own

Bird Watching by RIB

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

An opportunity to take part in a uniquely thrilling wildlife experience.

If you’re itching to go twitching and feel the need for speed, this special experience is the one for you.

Board your high-speed RIB and admire the stunning scenery as you’re whisked away from Ålesund’s picturesque harbour, through the serene fjord. Hold onto your hat as you enter the open Atlantic Ocean and jet across the surface of the water, heading to Runde Bird Rock.

From the unique vantage point of your boat, marvel at Rundebranden – the southernmost nesting cliff in Norway. Over half a million birds spend time here each year and your Captain will point out many of the 50 different species.

Sail around the island – home to just 200 people – and get close to the nesting birds without disturbing them, before the exhilarating journey back to Ålesund via the beautiful Vartdalsfjord.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by RIB. The sightseeing of wildlife is not guaranteed. All sightseeing is conducted from the RIB. This tour is not suitable for those with back or neck injuries or conditions which may be affected by the fast, bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under the age of 8 may not participate. The RIB ride lasts approximately 1½ hours. Survival suits are provided and must be worn. Guests should wear warm clothing and must be good swimmers. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn.

Bird Watching by RIB

A selection of cruises to Alesund

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