Ålesund Travel Guide

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Ålesund Highlights

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     Picturesque city; Friendly local; High-quality seafood. 

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    Kiwigirlie says…

     Rains alot here! 

  • In a nutshell
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    evaanna says…

     Not to be missed if you can afford it 

Ålesund Things to Do

  • A Day Trip to Trollstigen

    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...

  • Trip to Runde, the bird island

    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...

  • View from the lighthouse

    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!

  • Alnes Lighthouse

    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...

  • Giske Chapel Interior

    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.

  • Giske Chapel

    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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Ålesund Restaurants

  • Great value food

    May not be as famous as sjoebua or some others in the centre of town, and the name's bit strange. But this is a little gem hidden away in kirkegata. Atmosphere is relaxed (only one waitress), and the food is well-executed. Only Kr255 for three course meal, this place can't be beaten for value! Locally sourced fish -very good indeed.

  • fish and shellfish

    Sjøbua Fiskerestaurant is first of all scenic... with a view on the Brosundet canal. it's architecturally interesting, too - being located in a renovated warehouse used for fish processing - complete with tools from the past on display... and lastly... delicious. The freshest fish you can think of... so fresh that at times you may choose it from...

  • A good cafe in the heart of the town

    The Brosundet Cafe' is situated inside First Hotel Atlantica. Here you can relax and study the lovely view of the Brosundet sound while enjoying tasty lunches, dinners and delicious cakes.


Ålesund Nightlife

  • The sexiest nightlife tip ever!!!

    Since I am a teetotaler, non-smoker, living-below-my-means practitioner, and Warren Buffet wannabe who invests diligently and smartly, I see the banality of draining money to buy alcoholic drinks and cigarettes--worst if you even finance this habit with your credit card debts!I strongly believe that we should let our money work for us, not working...

  • Toldboden

    You'll find everything except a proper place to dance (to pop and disco) in here. Excellent/exclusive Cognacs and cigars! New since March 15th is TouchDown... The entertainment bar in one section of Toldboden Restauranthus. Lots of big screens and wide screens that show anything from music videos to sports events from all Europe and USA... Wear...

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Ålesund Transportation

  • Scheduled flights to Copenhagen

    SAS is opening direct flights to/from Copenhagen-Ålesund. That's something I would have spent my Eurobonus /Star Alliance points on if I were living in either of those two cities. Ålesund is a good weekend city.

  • Bus to and from Oslo

    Norway Bussekspress operates a bus connection that departs at 10 AM(day bus) and 10 PM(overnight bus) from Oslo to Molde.http://www.dagognattekspressen.no/Link to english version in the top left corner of the page.

  • To Ålesund by train and bus

    from Ålesund i went home by bus and train. The bus goes from Ålesund to Åndalsnes (around 100-150 NK) , 2 hours.From Åndalsnes : train to Oslo via dombås. (around 500-700 NK)it's a beautiful train trip, sorrunded by mountains.


Ålesund Shopping

  • The great shopping mall

    This is one of Norway's largest shopping malls with its 110 shops, and is naturally enough a place where people meet.

  • Shop for local suvenirs

    Here you'll find handmade souvenirs from Ålesund combined with a hobby shop. You'll also find some paintings made from some of ålesunds artists

  • Sweaters

    Devold is an oldtimer in the business of sweater and woollens making in Norway. Their factory is some ways of of town, but they do organise visits through the tourist office, and they have an outlet store as well as a factory museum on the spot. During summer they have an outlet store right on the canal downtown as well.The production is in Norway,...


Ålesund Local Customs

  • Art nouveau/jugenstil

    The night of January 23rd 1904 was the night of the big fire... which in 16 hours burned down 850 houses and left 10.000 people homeless. In the centre there were only 230 homes left. The whole town needed to be rebuilt and by 1907 this deed was accomplished - in Art Nouveau style.Art Nouveau, generally speaking, means that the new homes were...

  • Citizen's band

    I was walking in the city centre when I heard some music and I found the citizen's band of Alesund to play around the town. Nice music and nice event!!!

  • The Sauna

    Having only ever used a sauna once for about two minutes I was determined to experience it properly in Norway! And the camp ground at Alesund was perfect. Alot of camp grounds in Norway have saunas and sometimes they are free.The sauna I used was only about £1 so it didn't really matter to me. And the best thing was that I had it to myself both...


Ålesund Tourist Traps

  • get the right tourist office

    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...

  • Apotekertorget

    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...

    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.


Ålesund What to Pack

  • Electricity

    For 'grounded' plugs, the "Schuko" plug and receptacle with side grounding contacts is used (see picture)The receptacle will also accept the not-grounded plug shown in the previous tip.

  • Electricity

    In case you want to bring any electrical appliances with you, here is the system Norway uses: 220 volts and 50 Hz. It is a round pin attachment plug (see picture)An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use, a...

  • Packing List

    Be prepared for rain, rain, and more rain. Bring raingear, umbrella, and warm clothes even during the summer. Solid waterproof boots for hiking in the backcountry. The terrain can often be wet.


Ålesund Off The Beaten Path

  • Gudbrandsgjuvet (trollstigen)

    Gudbrandsjuvet, situated between Trollstigen and the center of Valldal, is an imposing system of potholes, which makes a gorge that is 5 meters broad and 20 meters deep.this story about Gudbrandsjuvet has been told from the 1500 century. Gudbrand ran over this canyon with his accompany. Today Gudbrandsjuvet is one of the most visited tourist...

  • visit Trollveggen (The troll's wall)

    around 3 hours from å:lesund lies Trollveggen(the wall of the trolls"The Troll Wall (Norwegian: Trollveggen) is part of the mountain massif Trolltindene in the Romsdal valley on the Norwegian west coast. The Troll Wall has been a prestigious goal for climbers and BASE jumpers alike, and it’s now prohibited.

  • Treasure hunt in the Dollstein Cave

    On the island of Sandsoy not far from Runde you can visit the mysterious Dollsteinhola, where King Arthur (yes, the one you have heard so much about) is said to have hidden his treasures, including the most famous of them, the Holy Grail. No one has proved that yet but you can take your chance. What you will need are appropriate clothing and...


Ålesund Sports & Outdoors

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    by Mandy23 Written Feb 2, 2003

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    Ever tried indoor climbing? I didn't yet, but we saw the hall and so I thought I'd give you the info here ;)

    The wall in the Sunnmørshallen is over 20 meters high, has an overhang and different routes of variable grades of difficulty.

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Ålesund Favorites

  • Petrol in Norway!

    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!

  • alesund

    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...

  • Kongens gate 12

    Stopping a moment to watch the beautiful exterior details. Architect for this building - the Kongens gate 12 - was Jens Z. M. Kielland


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