Favorite thing: Norway is one of the largest petrol producing nations on earth, one would assume that petrol is relativley cheap. Think again - a litre of petrol set you back over US$ 3 or EUR 2.60 - take this in to consideration when planning a road trip, since fuel is almost double to other countries on earth!
What a strange town: I went there just because it was only 3 hours from Andalsnes, who looked like an urban wasteland and screamed to be left. The next bus was going to Alesund and i said to myself that anywhere would be better. Well, it was not only better, it was good, really good. The town was destroyed in 1904 by a great fire and when it was rebuilt everyone agreed to follow the same style: art nouveau, which means lots of amazing turrets and spires. To top it all, it's one of my favourite architectural styles: it truly felt I left hell and arrived in heaven.
Fondest memory: So many wonderful places to visit or simply stroll about: the Sunnmøre Museum, the Canals, the pedestrian streets Kongensgate, Apotekergate, Løvenvoldgate and Kirkegate.
Favorite thing: the most facinating traces of the jugend style are often on the top of the buildings. On top you can see special signs like lions and women faces, things that you'll probably miss if you just looked through the stores.
If you´re in the Ålesund area, you should try to reserve some time for the Trollstigen mountain road which was opened in 1936. This road does a total of 11 hairpin bends and it can be really 'exciting' to drive along, bc of the narrowness of this road.
Actually that's not really my type of thing, because of my fear of heights. At one or another point I had really some trouble ;-)
Favorite thing: Atlanterhavsparken , with the aquarium , is an adventure both for small and large . You will find a large collection of marine life there , and it is really worth a visit . From Ålesund center , follow signs to "Atlanterhavsparken".
Skiing near Høgsvora, Ørskog Mountains, about 30 minutes East of Ålesund. This area offers great backcountry skiing and touring. There's also a nice groomed track from the ski area that's free! A concept that's not yet caught on here in Colorado.
There's many other places short distance from Ålesund that offers great skiing. The daylight hours are short so plan accordingly.
Fondest memory: What I miss the most is the food (seafood) and the summer nights when the sun barely drops down under the horizon.
Le Geiranger fjord est un des plus merveilleux. Faites le voyage, vous n'aurez rien à regretter... Voyez le *link* que m'a donné mon ami Christer, ci-dessous.
Geiranger fjord is one of the most beautiful. If you are in the neighbourhood, you will never regret to make a detour and see by yourself... I have got this link below from my friend Christer.
De Geiranger fjord is echt een van de mooiste, en als U in de buurt bent, zult U nooit spijt krijgen als U zelf gaat kijken, 't omweg meer dan waard. Link heb ik gekregen Christer.
Webcamera on Ålesund & Geiranger:
Walk along the harbour and talk to the fishermen
Fondest memory: It was very lovely that morning because the sun decided to show its face after a long long period of reclusion. Everything was so full of colour and you could smell the scent of spring arising from the ground. You can see beautiful isles not far from the coast and it's amazing how a winter sky turns with only the slight touch of the sun's finger... the houses complete the scenario as if they were not houses, but trees or some chemical element that made part of the air so intensely you couldn't tell one from another.
Take some time to discover the Art Nouveau Town Ålesund. Originally most buildings were substantially made of wood. Bc of a fire on the 23rd of January 1904 big parts of the town were destroyed, but Ålesund was rebuilt. By the way, help therefore was given for instance by Germany's emperor William II.
Getting there: Ålesund lies at the end of the E136, about 120 km west of Åndalsnes.
Visit Fjellstua, at the top of the mountain...
Here's its view, through Sunnmorsposten's WebCam:
There is also a Fishery museum that you could visit, if you wanna get to know more about Ålesund's history of fish production and export.
Fishery Museum, Moloveien 10, N-6004 Ålesund
Favorite thing: Go to Åndalsnes , by the rivermouth of Rauma and administrationsenter in Rauma county . City status in 1996 . Fishingpossibilities , camping and hotels . Endstation of the railroad Raumabanen down Romsdal from Dombås.Near Trollveggen and Trollstigen.
Favorite thing: Kristiansund is another important town in the region Møre og Romsdal . 16928 inh. today . Once and still a important fisheryport , but today also supplybase for the oilplattforms on Haltenbanken.The town is situated on three island , connected together with bridges. Take the ferry to Averøy if you want to drive the Atlantic ocean road .
Buildings in Jugendstil line the waterfront on both sides of the sound. A couple of restaurants have tables next to the water. Or you can enjoy the view from this spot, Apotekertorget. The statue is of a fisherman, and is a monument to honour all those who have lost their lives at sea. This is, after all, the largest fishing community in Norway.
Fondest memory: Especially at sunset and at night, strolling along the sound is very romantic. But remember, if you're here at summer, dusk lasts from 11pm to 3am, and dawn lasts from 2am to 5pm. (Yes, I know those overlap. :^)
Visit the old harbour “Brosundet” and Skansegata, the museum area of Viking Age Borgundkaupangen, and the huge vaults of Skjonghelleren (cave) on the island of Valderby, which gave shelter to the Stone Age man.
Fondest memory: The Art Nouveau style, which gives the city and its buildings a distinctive character. The canals that zigzag through the city, and the colorful pedestrian streets, Kongensgate, Apotekergate, Kirkegate etc.