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The Sunnmøre Alps are most famous for their mighty summits with dizzying views of the fjords, however the easier coastal hikes are also worth a visit.
Long summer days, bracing autumn storms, crisp winters and magical spring seasons – Ålesund and Sunnmøre offer fjord, mountain and coastal walks for every season and hiking ability.
“You will never see another such view”, said the British mountaineer William Slingsby about the vistas at mount Slogen. The panoramic views of the Sunnmøre Alps have captured the imagination of hikers for hundreds of years. A growing number of people are now also discovering the pleasant walks in the coastal mountains. Characterised by huge expanses of sea and sky, heathland and seabirds, the coastal paths are decidedly more family-friendly than the high peaks and crags of the Sunnmøre Alps.
By the coast, the mountains are lower and smoother, and the long pebble and sandy beaches allow you to get close to the sea and explore the animal life by the shore. Taste the salty air and hear the song of the ocean!
A great way to learn more about the local nature and culture is to join a guided walk. This is also the best option if you are tempted to venture out in more demanding terrain.
Make sure you know where you're going – the map below will help you.
Ålesund has its own airport with frequent domestic connections to Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim, among others. There are also international connections to Ålesund from Amsterdam, London, Alicante, Copenhagen, Gdansk, Vilnius and Riga.
Ålesund Airport is only around 20 minutes by car from the centre of Ålesund.
It is around 520 kilometres from Oslo to Ålesund, and the drive takes around 8 hours. The bus serving this route takes around 11 hours.
Ålesund is 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.
Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Coastal Voyage, calls daily at Ålesund and Torvik both northbound and southbound.
Express boats and ferries connect the coast with passengers and goods for the local communities in the region. Note that queues are common in the summer, so it may pay off to plan ahead and show up early.
Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.
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