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Where magnificent architecture meets the fjord landscape – Ålesund has wild Viking ancestry, an abundance of succulent seafood and jaw-dropping vistas.

Text: Olav Brekke Mathisen

Ålesund – the city that rose from the ashes

Surrounded by turquoise fjords, the city of Ålesund sits atop a series of small islands, with a scenic view of the archipelago and the Atlantic beyond.

Behind it towers steep mountainsides, highlighting the snowcapped summits of the Sunnmøre Alps.

According to National Geographic, “Ålesund could be the backdrop for a Nordic fairytale – with a modern plot twist”.

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