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Ålesund oozes character with its Art Nouveau architecture and traditional waterfront. Together with its fantastic coastal location, at the edge of the ocean, surrounded by breathtaking fjords, countless islands and towering mountains, it is a stunning setting. Its wealth of attractions, arts, entertainment, shopping, restaurants and nightlife creates an almost unbeatable combination of culture and nature – a wonderful short break destination in a mesmerising town.

It’s easy to see why people become fascinated with Ålesund. A beguiling ferry and fishing port, its streets are flanked by handsome buildings, whose pastel-painted facades are lavishly decorated with turrets, towers, floral patterns, dragons, faces and even the odd Pharaoh! After being destroyed by fire in 1904, the town was rebuilt in the style of the time, resulting in a concentration of Art Nouveau buildings quite unique in Norway.

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From the park, climb the 418 steps up Aksla Mountain for a fabulous view along the coast and its islands. From this location there is a panoramic view of the archipelago, the beautiful town centre, and the amazing Sunnmøre Alps. The Fjellstua Viewpoint is also accessible by car or by taking the city train up to Fjellstua.

Visit Jugendstilsenteret, which was opened by HM Queen Sonja of Norway on 6 June 2003, and is a national centre for Art Nouveau/ Jugendstil. The museum occupies the listed

Svaneapoteket pharmacy building, right in the heart of Ålesund. Much of the original interior of the building has been preserved and restored. The museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions spread over three floors. Exhibits include a broad selection of Norwegian Art Nouveau objects, from advertising to jewellery, in addition to several multi-media shows.

Sunmøre Museum is a folk museum with historical exhibits and an extensive collection of over 50 old houses and 40 boats. Enjoy a walk among the distinctive houses and get a glimpse of Sunnmøre cultural history and old architecture styles. The museum exhibits document and disseminate Sunnmøre’s cultural history from the Stone Age up to modern times. There is a Medieval Museum which was built over the remains from Borgundkaupangen. Kaupstaden Borgundfjord is a partially excavated trade centre from the Middle Ages with archaeological finds and excavations on display.

Only a few minutes by car from the centre of Ålesund, where Breisundet meets the Atlantic Ocean, you can find Atlanterhavsparken, one of the largest saltwater-aquariums in northern Europe. Here at Tueneset you will find an architectural gem, integrated into the coastal nature between ocean and land, officially opened by the Norwegian King and Queen in 1998. Atlanterhavsparken is situated in the midst of a scenic area with hiking paths, monuments, fishing grounds, and a beach where you can go swimming or scuba diving. The area also has a wonderful view of the surrounding islands and vast ocean!

Admire the picturesque Alnes Lighthouse situated in the fishing community Alnes on the island Godøy. The lighthouse from 1876 is protected, and a relic of Norwegian coastal culture. Take the steep steps up to the top of the lighthouse, and be dazzled by the striking view of the ocean and coastline. End your stay with a visit in the original main building, where you can savour one of the famous traditional cakes the lighthouses own housemother makes!

Take a scenic drive to Geirangerfjord, (a UNESCO protected world heritage site in the west of Norway), offering glistening blue waters and fairytale mountains that ensure you won’t get bored. A truly beautiful fjord, one of the region’s smallest, Geirangerfjord is one of the most stunning. It offers breathtaking views with impressive waterfalls. A popular and celebrated trip is the car ferry between the two villages at each end of the fjord, Hellesylt and Geiranger. Make sure you look out for the seven sisters and the bridal veil waterfalls.

Experience the magic of Norangsdalen Valley also known as the “hidden valley” and the “wildest valley in Norway”. Take a ride on the road cutting through the narrow gorge measuring only 200 metres across. Stop by the lake in its midst for a view of the underwater ruins and road. The lake was formed in 1908 when a huge landslide dammed the Norang River, flooding the original settlement. You can still see the foundations of the one-time farmhouses beneath the surface of the lake.

Take a boat trip to the steep and craggy cliffs on the pocket-sized island of Runde, some 70km west along the coast by road and ferry from Ålesund. This island is the summer haunt of several hundred thousand sea birds including gannet, kittiwake, fulmar, razorbill and guillemot, but the most numerous of all is the puffin, whose breeding holes honeycomb the island’s higher ground. Most species, including the puffin, congregate here between mid-April and July, though some – like the grey heron and the velvet scoter – are residents all year.

Go skiing in the winter or hiking and walking in the summer and enjoy the natural beauty of this area, with the unique combination of fjord and mountain. This is the home of the Alpepass, a joint lift pass for eight different ski resorts in the northernmost part of Fjord Norway. This gives access to twenty nine ski lifts and sixty four slopes.

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