Known as the adventure capital of the Fjords, Ålesund is Norway’s magnificent gateway to stunning scenery and landscapes. Situated at the top of Norway’s Western Fjord country, Ålesund is a charming town surrounded by mountains. It serves as one of the main cruise ports of Norway and as the ideal cruise terminal to some of Norway’s most impressive sights and cities.
From the mountains above, visitors can truly discover the beauty of Ålesund with its fairytale spires and pointed turrets. The town’s history of shipping, sealing and fishing is illustrated in its extensive port and is documented in the town’s Aalesunds Museum. The town is truly unique to Scandinavia, and is as famous for its architecture as its unspoiled landscapes.
The Norwegian Fjord Gateway
From here you can explore the Geiranger, Norway’s second largest port and home to one of the best preserved UNESCO World Heritage sights. Cruisers can sail down meandering fjords and gaze at the jaw-dropping scenery of clear blue waters and steep mountains. Visitors to Trollstigen can marvel at the impressive scenery 200metres above ground on one of the largest viewing platforms on the Trollstigen road, a winding path that leads you straight up into the steep mountainside.
Ålesund is made up of several islands stretching out into the wild Atlantic with a landscape of mountainous backdrops and Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture. The town itself was rebuilt in the 20th century due to a fire which largely destroyed much of the town’s architecture, which you can learn more about in area’s wealth of museums. The town also prides itself on one of the world’s largest aquariums, the Atlanterhavsparken.