Named after the narrow, eel-shaped strait curling its way through the town, Ålesund is composed of a group of small islands on the Atlantic coast. The famous Aksla mountain towers above the city center, and you can climb its 418 stone steps for a magnificent view of the town and the Atlantic ocean.

A great fire in 1904, spurred by strong gale winds, destroyed most of the town, where the houses had been mainly built of wood. As a result of heroic efforts by thirty Norwegian architects and twenty master builders, the town was rebuilt in stone in the beautiful Art Noveau (Jugend) architecture popular at the time.

As a result, a visit to Ålesund is like stepping back in time to the early 1900s, as most of the town’s buildings date from between 1904 and 1907, giving the town a special harmony and beauty. We recommend the guided “fire” tour which takes you through the events of that terrible winter night and the beautiful architecture arising from the subsequent reconstruction.


The Atlantic Park

The Atlantic Park is the largest aquarium in Norway, featuring a diverse and exciting display of life in the North Atlantic sea and elsewhere. It even has an outdoor penguin park and a giant octopus sculpture for children to climb on.

Sunnmöre Museum

An open-air, living history museum where you can stroll in and out of old traditional houses and explore exhibitions on the Sunnmore area’s history, architecture and culture.

Experience the open Atlantic and Islands by boat

If weather conditions are good, there are exciting boat tours on the open sea. See the settlements, lighthouses and the rocky coastline from a breathtaking RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) or a more quiet leisure or fishing boat.