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    A Day Trip to Trollstigen

    by wise23girl Updated Aug 11, 2012

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    Our tour took us through spectacular scenery, past delightful fjords , waterfalls, magnificent snow clad mountains, and over Trollstigen with its narrow steep zig zag roads from Stigrora to Isterdalen. I am not sure where we started but it was downhill and we did not go back up!

    The three main peaks of Trollstigen are named The King, The Queen and The Bishop.

    You can see a troll likeness in one of the rock faces but I am not sure where that was.

    A nice feature was that there were no advertising billboards to detract from the sheer wonder of the place.

    We were told the Norwegians love to hike and that there are 21,000k of hiking trails in the region.

    There were many camper vans and people in private vehicles on the roads. Bit of a problem at times coming down Trollstigen.

    There are heaps of eating places, shops to buy that special something, and toilets.

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    Trip to Runde, the bird island

    by evaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On the way to Runde

    If you visit Alesund in early summer, you can take a round trip to the famous bird cliff on the island of Runde, where over 500 000 birds nest every year. More than 220 species have been observed here but the most famous of these are puffins. The birds can be watched from a boat going round the island or from marked paths across the cliffs.
    If you visit the island in your car and want to really enjoy the trip, without worrying about the ferry and boat timetables, allow two days for that. Look up my page on Runde for a suggestion of accommodation and some pictures of this fascinating island.

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    View from the lighthouse

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 15, 2008

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    The view from the lighthouse is spectacular since one can see right across the island of Giske as well as Vigra, which is where Ålesund's airport is located, Valderøy, where the municipal administration is located, and Godøy. Some 98 steps take one to the top on four flights of stairs!

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    Alnes Lighthouse

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 15, 2008

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    The lighthouse was established in 1852 to guide fishing boats safely to the harbour of the small fishing community of Alnes. The current lighthouse was built in 1876 and is still in operation with a few modifications.
    The lighthouse was automated in 1982 and is now owned by the municipality of Giske. The galley and the tower is open for tourists from May through October, and the old keeper's house has a café and an exhibition hall where artwork from local artists are displayed. There is also a small historical museum inside the lighthouse tower.

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    Giske Chapel Interior

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 14, 2008

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    The interior of the Giske Chapel is typical Lutheran, with few wall decorations that one commonly sees in Roman Catholic Churches. The interior of the church was restored in 1756 and the beautiful carved and painted alter piece and pulpit remains in it still today.

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    Giske Chapel

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 14, 2008

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    Giske Chapel is a Roman marble church dating from 1150. The church was built as a private church for the famous Viking Giske family. With the change of the Danish Royal family to the Lutheran church the church changed religion at the same time.

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    The Town Centre

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 14, 2008

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    Today, narrow streets are crammed with buildings topped with turrets, spires and gables that bear decorations of dragonheads and curlicues. As one of the few remaining Art Nouveau towns in the world, in 1998 Ålesund was awarded the coveted Houens National Memorial Prize for the preservation of its unique architecture. The town center is crowded onto a narrow fishhook-shaped peninsula. Without space to expand farther, most of the approximate 38,000 residents live scattered across surrounding islands and peninsulas.

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    The Art Nouveau Centre

    by evaanna Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    Another interesting museum in Aalesund is the Art Nouveau Centre situated on the Brosundet Canal in one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, the former Svaneapoteket pharmacy. The exhibition presents the history of the great fire and shows you some authentic Art Noveau interiors. The museum and exhibition centre was opened by HM Queen Sonja in 2003.

    Cafe and souvenir shop.
    Admission: Adults NOK 50, children NOK 25

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    The Brosundet canal

    by call_me_rhia Updated Sep 29, 2006

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    The Brosundet canal is one of the top sights in Alesund - and one of the things that makes this city very characteristics - aside from its architecture... One has the feeling of visiting a piece of land stolen from the water, like in Venice. Some of the houses along the canal are renovated fish warehouses.

    The best place to enjoy the canal, and the place where this picture was taken, is by standing in the middle of the Hellebroa Bridge.

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    The Art Nouveau Centre

    by call_me_rhia Written Sep 29, 2006

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    The Art Nouveau Centre is the place to learn all about the great fire and the reconstruction of the city in art nouveau style, as well as how the town would have looked before the fire. Don't miss the excellent multimedia show.

    Inside the centre there's also a cafe and a souvenir shop. it is open every day from 11 AM until 4 PM, except on Sundays when it opens an hour later, at noon. its building is one of the most charming in town, by the way.

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    Ålesund and Geiranger in one day from Oslo

    by Saagar Written Aug 14, 2006
    ��lesund-Geiranger in 1 day out of Oslo?

    Yes, it is possible for those on a whirlwind schedule to do both Ålesund and Geiranger fjord in one day out of Oslo. But it's madness, and well qualified for the "tourist trap" category...
    Here's what you do:
    Fly to Ålesund early morning, early anought o catch the northbound Coastal Express Liner's excursion into Geiranger. That cruise part lasts 7 1/2 hours and is well worth it. You can have a snack (need to pay, probably) o the plane. The flight from Oslo takes about 50 minutes and is a fantastic ride if the weather is good, providing excellent views of mountains and fjords.
    On board the Coastal Express Liner you can have another snack or go for the breakfast buffet, and later the a la carte or buffet lunch. Once back in Ålesund early evening, there is time for a stroll, a bit of shopping and maybe some sights and dinner in one of the actually good sea food restaurants here - or at the Aksla view point restaurant above the city centre. But then make sure you do not miss the last flight to Oslo out of Vigra airport of Ålesund. And check your blood pressure on arrival...
    You can do this as a package prepared by "Kystopplevelser", the extended booking company of the Coastal Express Liner. The package deal the summer season of 2006 is NOK 2190,-, but you can do this more cheaply by booking well ahead and secure dirt cheap air tickets. Take note that the Gerianger excursions are only taking place in the summer period until 15 September as a courtesy to tourists.
    A much better idea is to stay a few nights in the area.

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    Dollsteinhola Cave

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 20, 2006

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    Landscape at the entrance of the cave

    On the island of Sandsoy there is the Dollsteinhola Cave. You can reach it by the main road, but following a gravel road in the roundabout of the town. This cave is one of the biggest caves in Norway (180 metres long) and it has got 5 chambers. For more information about hte visit contact the Tourist Information in Alesund.

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    Wonderful beach

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 20, 2006

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    On the island of Giske and Vigra you can see some wonderful beaches made with white sand!!! It remember me the one I met in tropical sea, but here are just above the North Artic Circle (so the water is quite cold :))!!!! Fantastic places where to relax!!!!!

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    Alnes Lighthouse

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 20, 2006

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    The villagge of Alnes is very nice!! Here you can see some old wooden buildings in the wharf and the beautiful Alness Lighthouse.
    It was built in 1876 and today it is an historical exhibition centre. You can see a wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the coastal landscape from the top of the lighthouse.

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    Godoy Coastal Museum

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 20, 2006

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    Godoy Coastal Museum

    Very close to the Eilifroysa you can find the Godoy Coastal Museum. Inside it you can see some things came from the Viking Age and some objects found on the islands which come from the II War World, costal culture and much more.

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