Alesund Cruises, Norway
- Have a look around the Art Nouveau Centre, a gorgeous period building whose displays piece together Alesund’s architectural history.
- A trip to the top of Mount Aksla offers up unbeatable views of the town, the fjords and the surrounding islands. You can climb the 418 steps, starting from the town park, catch the sightseeing train or go by road.
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This is an island tour with a twist. You’ll get to explore the islands of Giske and Godoy via a network of bridges and undersea tunnels. Known as the 'Saga Island', Giske is famous as being the birthplace of the Viking Chieftain Rollo. One of the got-to-see-it sights here is the Giske Church, which dates back to 1150. After a look around, head to Godoy and the small fishing village of Alnes. Check out the famous lighthouse and if you’re feeling energetic, climb the stairs to the top. It’s quite a way but the prize is worth it – besides the views, you’ll be rewarded with tea, coffee and some traditional home-made pancakes at the small café.
Get to know the gorgeous town of Alesund whose island-setting is something of a heart-stealer. The largest town on the Northwest coast, it’s spread across several islands with the spectacular Sunnmore Alps as the backdrop and is packed with Art Nouveau-style houses. Visit the Sunnmore Open-Air Museum, which finds a home in the old trading centre of Borgund. It’s the ideal place to learn about local shipbuilding traditions. Afterwards, drive to Mount Aksla to feast your eyes on stellar views over the town and its surroundings. Then it’s time to make your way through the centre of town as you return to your ship.
Get ready to fall head over heels for Alesund on this Kodak-worthy walking tour. The largest town on the Northwest coast, it stretches across three islands with an impressive mountain backdrop. Your guide will walk through the centre with you, telling you why the town’s famous for its fish-export industry as well as its 'Jugend-style'. Alesund’s got some really eye-catching architecture worth capturing on your camera. It’s known as one of the last three Art Nouveau cities in Europe and you’ll see loads of great examples of the style as you wander round. But save some room on your camera for the last leg of the tour. You’ll carry on uphill to a lovely little park tucked at the foot of Mount Aksla. If you’re feeling fit, you can leave the guide at this point and climb the steps – the views at the top are pretty special, you can easily find your way back to the ship from this point.