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How to Spend 1 Day in Alesund

How to Spend 1 Day in Alesund

The port town of Alesund may not be as well known as Oslo, Bergen, or Trondheim, but it’s a lively town in an attractive coastal setting and home to some of Norway’s finest examples of art nouveau architecture. With just one day in town, you’ll want to see as much as possible. Here’s how to do it.

Morning: Take in the City Sights

Begin your day by getting acquainted with Alesund’s most important sights—many of which are in the city center easy walking distance from one another. Private or group walking tours cover such attractions as the art nouveau town center, St. Olavs Plass, and Kongens gate. Hop-on-hop-off-bus tours include additional stops at far-flung attractions such as the Aksla Viewpoint and Norwegian Aquarium and have the added benefit of allowing you to set your own itinerary and pace. Some sightseeing bus tours also provide passengers with a discount booklet for local businesses.

Afternoon: Take to the Water

Get a different perspective on the city and admire the art nouveau architecture from the water on an afternoon architecture-themed kayaking trip. You’ll get a little exercise and enjoy the views as you learn more about the buildings and their history. An even more energetic alternative is to combine a kayaking excursion with a hiking trip. Tours typically include kayaking through Brosundet before crossing Aspevagen, south of the city toward the island of Hessa, where you begin your hike up Mount Sukkertoppen. From the top, enjoy views of the Atlantic, the Sunnmøre alps, and Alesund.

Night: Soak Up the Scene

By evening time, you’ll likely have worked up a good appetite. As Alesund is home base for Norway’s largest cod-fishing fleet, you won’t have trouble finding excellent seafood for dinner here. Most of Alesund’s best restaurants are clustered along the waterfront, so just wander the main streets and pick one that takes your fancy. If you want to continue your evening afterward, have a nightcap at one of the city’s watering holes, from chic wine bars to a lively Irish pub.

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Amazing city walk in Ålesund

Amazing city walk in Ålesund

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Appreciating Ålesund’s unique architecture and history can be tricky on a self-led excursion. Discover the city’s highlights on a walking tour, and tick off top attractions including the Art Nouveau town center, the Hellebroa bridge, and the scenic town park. Stroll the streets with a guide for intimate insight into the town’s ancient past and modern culture, and take advantage of flexible departure times to explore at a time that suits you.
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Alesund Private Excursion Viking`s islands

Alesund Private Excursion Viking`s islands

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Famed for its coastal beauty, Viking heritage, and scenic archipelago, Alesund is a gateway to Norway’s untamed beauty—and this half-day, private sightseeing excursion offers a stress-free way to see its highlights. Meet your guide in central Alesund at a time of your choosing, and set off. Visit historical highlights like the Giske Church, summit Mt. Aksla to take in panoramic views, explore several of Alesund’s neighboring islands, and learn all about its history.
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