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.
You’ll get to spend half of today discovering Mount Stranda, a popular viewing point within easy reach of Alesund. You’ll get picked up and taken on a short city sightseeing tour, before making your way to the mountain. This bit of the journey takes you on a ferry across the fjord, so you’ll get to snap some great photos of the surrounding peaks from the water. On arrival at Mount Stranda, you’ll ride a cable car up to the top. During the summer, goats graze on the grass, while in winter, snow turns this peak into a winter wonderland. The views from up here are outstanding, and you can see for miles across the dramatic fjords. After some free time, you’ll head back down the mountain and take the bus back to the ship.