Go to content Go to navigation
Map
Ålesund

Ålesund municipality

Ålesund municipality Photo: Alfred Lüpke Ålesund municipality Photo: Jugendstilsenteret Ålesund municipality Photo: Alfred Lüpke Ålesund municipality Photo: Oddbjørn Monsen
Ålesund municipality Photo: Alfred Lüpke
Ålesund municipality Photo: Jugendstilsenteret
Ålesund municipality Photo: Alfred Lüpke
Ålesund municipality Photo: Oddbjørn Monsen
Ålesund is a bustling town, that is situated between mountians and ocean. The town is Norway's fisheries capital, and one of the world's largest export harbours for dried cod. Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau buildings.

Contact information

Description

Ålesund is beautifully situated on several islands on the coast of Sunnmøre, and is the gateway to some of the world's most famous fjords and natural attractions. The town has a strong and vibrant history, dating back to the Viking era, even though it wasn't granted municipal status until 1848.

The town was devastated in an enormous fire on January 23rd 1904, and as 850 houses burnt down, more than 10.000 people were left homeless.

In the years to follow, Ålesund was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style that characterizes the town today with its many turrets, ornaments and colourful facades. A museum celebrating this architectural style saw the light of day the summer of 2003, when The Art Nouveau Centre (Jugendstilsenteret) opened its doors in the listed building The Swan Pharmacy.

The town mountain Aksla has got a spectacular panoramic view of the Sunnmøre Alps, the town centre, the ocean and the islands in the archipelago, so a walk up the mountain's 418 steps is worth the effort!

Today Ålesund is a modern and rapidly growing town, and with its 43.000 inhabitants it is the natural commercial and industrial capital of the Sunnmøre region. In Ålesund you can find a variety of exciting attractions, restaurants, shops and activities to dive into.

The town has got a strong tradition in the maritime industry, and is considered the fisheries capital of Norway. Ålesund is also one of the world's largest export harbours when it comes to "klippfisk", i.e dried and salted codfish. Enjoy a savoury meal made from this delicacy in one of Ålesund's many fine restaurants; it is a meal to remember!

Categories

  • Buildings & Monuments Buildings & Monuments
Close
Embed this article

Copy and paste this code into your blog/website

Preview

Ålesund municipality - Photo: Alfred Lüpke

Ålesund municipality

Ålesund is beautifully situated on several islands on the coast of Sunnmøre, and is the gateway to some of the world's most famous fjords and natural...

Ålesund municipality

Source: Visitnorway

Disclaimer

This site includes information about products and services provided by third parties. Whilst Innovation Norway endeavours to ensure that all information on the site is accurate, we cannot be held responsible or liable for any claims caused by information supplied on this website. Prices and availability are subject to change without notice. You should always check the accuracy of the information provided with the relevant supplier. Innovation Norway is under no circumstances responsible for the contents of external web pages linking to its website. Legal disclaimer.

Ad
Ad

More about this area

Go on a cruise with Hurtigruten

Witness stunning scenery with Hurtigruten along the Norwegian coast. Travel the entire voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes, or hop on and off as you wish.

Winter in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Skiing with a fjord view. Sunnmøre's fjords and mountains are a perfect backdrop to unique and family-friendly winter adventures.

Tourist information in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

The Tourist Information Office in Ålesund is situated at Skateflukaia in the city centre. Other offices are located in key areas throughout Sunnmøre.

Ålesund and Sunnmøre

The city of Ålesund is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style, its surrounding fjords and the high peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps.

Key facts about the area of the Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen

The area's unique natural surroundings were created during the last ice age, when glaciers carved out deep fjords and shaped the high mountains.

Tourist information in the areas of the Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen

Visit one of the tourist information offices for updated information on accommodation, public transport, hiking and activities.
TEXT ADS
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
Ad
Ad

Subscribe to newsletter