as a tourist in ålesund you'll probably need to find the tourist information. But the tourist organization is a different place, where they mainly work with different hikings trips and they don't know what's happening in Ålesund, but they do know a lot about other places sorrounding the place.
So make sure that you'll get the right tourist office (in Skateflykaia)
In front of the old pharmacy, now turned into the main office of the Jugendstil-centre, and placed directly on the sound, is this nice little area to relax and tempt you to take pictures. The main attraction at this spot is a statue of a fisherman, in memory of all the fishermen who have lost their lives at sea.
Aksla rises up from the park in the middle of downtown. While it is possible to take a taxi to the top, you can also take the stairs. It's only 425 steps, and the view feels so much more rewarding if you walk, than if you take a cab. And it feels so much better to say 'I climbed Aksla' than 'I took a cab'. Put that on your T-shirt.