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View of Ålesund from Aksla
View of Ålesund from Aksla
Ålesund city.
Photo: Berge / Knoff / Natural Light / Visitnorway.com
Ålesund city.
Photo: Berge / Knoff / Natural Light / Visitnorway.com

Plan your trip to Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Admire the city’s unique Art Nouveau architecture, go hiking or skiing, explore the fjords
– or just kick back and enjoy the view.

It’s no coincidence that Ålesund and Sunnmøre are among the most visited tourist sites in Norway. Ålesund is beautifully situated on several islands stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean. Many use this Art Nouveau city as a starting point to explore the renowned Geirangerfjord UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can experience stunning nature all year round.

If you like the outdoors, visit the bird sanctuary island Runde, or the spectacular snow-capped summits of the Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmørsalpene mountain range.

The rugged mountains are the perfect destination for an active holiday. Few places in the world have the same combination of fjords and mountains as Fjord Norway. From February to June, Sunnmøre is ideal for off-piste skiing and ski-touring. Not to mention that the area's fjords, lakes, and rivers are teeming with fish.

Find more inspiration on Ålesund's official website.

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From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home in Ålesund.

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Top things to do in Ålesund and Sunnmøre
The Atlanterhavsparken is one of the most particular Aquariums in Europe. The Aquarium is built into the coastal landscape at Tueneset, the coastline… Read more
Atlanterhavsparken Ålesund - The Norwegian Aquarium
Jugendstilsenteret is located in the old Swan Pharmacy from 1907 and is both a museum and a national centre of Art Nouveau. Read more
The Art Nouveau Centre & the Art Museum KUBE
Classic way to experience the Geirangerfjord UNESCO World Heritage site from our sightseeing boat cruise. Read more
Epic Fjordsightseeing Geiranger by boat
Discover the majestic Sunnmøre Alps from the magnificent and 35 km long Hjørundfjord in Møre og Romsdal between Ålesund and Øye. Here you travel… Read more
Fjord Cruise Hjørundfjord
This round trip takes you to Ona – a tiny island community out in the ocean. Read more
Round trip to Finnøy & Ona Lighthouse
Open visitor farm and unique alpaca farm, with café serving homemade food and an art gallery in a converted barn. Farm shop sells garments made… Read more
Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable ride with our gondola that takes you 1042 meters above sea level. Up here you can enjoy a beautiful 360 degree view… Read more
Take the gondola at Stranda
The Norwegian Fjord Centre is a thriving visitor and education hub for the West Norwegian Fjords – the only area in Norway inscribed on UNESCO's… Read more
World Heritage Geiranger Visitor Centre / Norwegian Fjord Centre
Welcome to one of Norway's most exciting rappels, an activity that provides both great nature experiences and mastery! You have now the opportunity to… Read more
Rappelling at the Zakarias Dam - Ville Krefter
Slogen is arguably the finest summit in the Sunnmøre Alps and the view is impressive! From the fjord a triangular pyramid-like feature rises straight… Read more
Hiking trip to Slogen (1564 m.a.s.l.)
Join Fjord Nature on a spectacular hike to Urkeegga and enjoy the view in a hammock! At the top of Urkeegga there is a gapahuk with hooks for your… Read more
Guided tour to Urkeegga in Hjørundfjord
Combine a sightseeing trip on the water with a hike to Skageflå, the best-known of the fjord farms along the Geirangerfjord. Read more
Hiking Tour Fjord Farm Skageflå
Discover some of our hidden gems in the Sunnmøre alps during four days of skitouring. Combination of mountain hut and hotel accommodation. Read more
Fjord Skiing at Sunnmøre
Hotel Brosundet is the perfect startingpoint to explore the fjords and Sunnmøre Alps. Read more
Ski & the City
Guide and outdoor adventure company located in the start of Geirangerfjord, 1,5-hour drive from Ålesund. By using local guides, we make good… Read more
Fjord kayak Øye
Experience Norddalsfjord and the hidden UNESCO fjord Tafjord at a guided kayak tour. Read more
Fjord kayaking in Valldal - The Adventure Valley
Enjoy an exciting Wildlife Sea Safari with 62ºNORD! Experience two hours filled with action and breathtaking nature. The safari goes along the… Read more
Wildlife Sea Safari
Guide and outdoor adventure company located in the start of Geirangerfjord, 1,5-hour drive from Ålesund. Read more
Guided whitewater kayaking
Stranda Ski Resort is located east in the magnificent Alps of Sunnmøre, in the western part of Norway and provides a wide range of skiing… Read more
Stranda Ski resort
Alnes Lighthouse lies in the fishing community Alnes at the island Godøy. The lighthouse from 1876 is protected, and a relic of Norwegian coastal… Read more
Alnes Lighthouse and visitor centre
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    • Ålesund road

      By road

      Oslo to Ålesund is around 520 kilometres, and takes around 8 hours. The bus serving this route takes around 11 hours.

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      Ålesund lies 285 kilometres from Trondheim, which will take you around 5 hours by car, or a little over 7 hours by bus.

      From Bergen the distance to Ålesund is 370 kilometres, which will take you around 6 hours to drive, or 9-10 hours by bus.

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    • Ålesund boat

      By boat

      Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Express, calls daily at Ålesund and Torvik both northbound and southbound.

      Havila Kystruten also offers cruises and port-to-port tickets. Havila has departures twice a week and some of the most environmental-friendly ships in the world.

      Express boats and ferries provide a link for local communities in the region. Note that queues are common in the summer, so it may be wise to plan ahead and arrive early.

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    • Ålesund plane

      By plane

      Ålesund Airport has frequent connections to Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim, among others.

      There are also international connections to Ålesund from Amsterdam, London, Alicante, Copenhagen, Gdansk, Vilnius, and Riga.

      The airport is only around 20 minutes by car from the centre of Ålesund.

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