Is this the cutest town in Norway!? A Guide to Ålesund, Norway

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We arrived in the early hours of an Autumn morning to the gorgeous waterfront town of Ålesund, Norway. Immediately my eyes lit up like a child on Christmas morning, as I examined the Art Nouveau architecture from afar and began mentally planning the order of business for the day. With exceptional city views, a gorgeous harbour atmosphere and endless charm, here is why Ålesund has got to be the prettiest town in Norway.

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Introducing Ålesund, Norway!

Ålesund (pronounced au – le – sund) is surrounded by water, which unsurprisingly results in the town being a major fishing harbour. The city centre has a very unique Art Nouveau style, following a fire that passed through in the first years of the 20th century and resulted in the entire town being rebuilt to the then current architectural style. This unique mix of intriguing architecture and the dramatic landscape surrounded by water, this town has quickly become a traveller’s favourite for those visiting and touring Norway.

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Things to Do in Ålesund

Although a small-ish sized town, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy for a full day exploring Ålesund. Begin with the incredible city views at first light or the end of the day for colourful skies, followed by street meandering, trinket shopping and should you have more time – a day excursion nearby.

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Climb the 418 Steps to Fjellstua Viewpoint

If a picture tells a thousand words… then I’m sure you’re already convinced this is one of the best city views you could ever encounter! For sure my favourite part of visiting this town was to take a walk up the 418 steps that lead to Fjellstua viewing platform. The walk is entirely free and begins in the city centre itself, accessible from the town park (Byparken).

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Visit the Art Nouveau Centre

As the 1904 fire destroyed nearly the entire city centre, Ålesund as we know it today is a modern architectural dream: full of Art Nouveau at every turn. The centre of town displays many beautiful colourful buildings in this architectural style and is well worth a visit for walking and admiring alone. There are daily walking tours for those looking to learn a little more about the city centre, the fire and the subsequent Art Nouveau re-birth of the city.

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Walk Around the Harbour

As the town is fairly compact, it won’t be too long before you stumble upon the gorgeous harbour of Ålesund. Here you can walk around the water’s edge and admire the seaside culture and, if you’re lucky, lap up the summer sunshine! Nearby to this area you will also find may shops selling trinkets, souvenirs and mainstream shops are all within arm’s reach.

Aalesunds Museums is a great choice to escape the bad weather if you don’t happen to arrive in the city on an often rare day of sunshine!

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Day Trips from Ålesund

Alnes Lighthouse – picturesque lighthouse a short drive away.

Sukkertoppen – “sugar top” hike.

Runde – bird island.

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    September 28, 2016 at 5:48 pm

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    September 23, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Beautiful town,,,,stunning art deco architecture

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    September 23, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Really great article, Glad to read the article. It is very informative for us. Thanks for posting.

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    September 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    This city looks really cute – and the view is breathtaking! It sure is a long way up, but it is always worth the hike, isn’t it?! I remember my hike up the Chureito Pagode in Japan with a total of 420 steps and gosh..this was exhausting 😀 but oh so worth it!! The best views are always the ones that are difficult to reach 😉
    xx Anna & Vanessa

    September 22, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Your photos are so fantastic and you’re so right, that is the cutest town! I’ve never been to Norway but I’d love to go! I really want to check this town out though when I get to visit!

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    September 22, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Absolutely beautiful town! It’s definitely my next destination to visit.

    September 21, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Oh wow, Norway looks so beautiful and cute! Can’t wait to go to Alesund for myself 🙂

    September 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I can’t wait to explore this magical country.

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    September 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm

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    September 21, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    SO FREAKING CUTE. Can’t wait to visit Norway!

    Jennifer Howze
    September 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Soooo adorable. Love these pictures.

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    September 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Norway is amazing! …These pictures are beautiful! .You have explained very nicely with the help of pictures. Thanks for the post.

    September 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I have great memories about visting this city. Not only northern architecture and nature is incredible. People, who live here is so welcome and kind! Actually I had a business trip here, but every day I had an invitation to visit somebody’s home for dinner. And what kind of dinner!

    Paul and Carole
    September 21, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    We have visited Alesund twice now on our cruises to Norway and have really enjoyed our time here. We also found a hotel cafe where the coffee was under 20 Krone with free wifi, which we had not seen in Norway! Norway is an amazing country and I am sure we will return.