A complete tour of Ålesund, one of the busiest fishing ports in Norway. We will discover the history and cultural traditions of this seaside town, not forgetting its nature with a stop at spectacular Mount Aksla.
What we will see
- Ålesund: Borgundfjord, modern districts and old commercial centre, Sunnmøre Museum with ancient houses and craft collections
- Mount Aksla
What we will do
- We depart with our guide and head for Ålesund, the most famous fishing port in Norway for deep-sea fishing and herring and cod processing.
- The city was founded in 1793 and extends from west to east over three small islands facing the Norwegian Sea. After a fire destroyed the old wooden houses and left over 10,000 people homeless, it was entirely rebuilt in 1904 in Art Nouveau style by Norwegian architects inspired by the European style.
- Following the itinerary along the Borgundfjord, we go past modern districts and the old commercial centre.
- Then we will really venture into the past with a visit to the Sunnmøre Museum, an open-air museum located in a fascinating setting, home to 30 original ancient houses from different parts of the country. The museum reproduces traditional local scenes, and houses a craft collection, allowing us to retrace the history, traditions and customs of this seafaring culture. For nautical enthusiasts, there is also a collection of around 40 ancient boats, including reconstructions of Viking ships and a merchant vessel dating back to approximately 1000 AD.
- On our return journey, we make a quick stop at Mount Aksla to take some photos of the views. Along with the Fjellstua and Kniven viewpoints, Mount Aksla is one of Ålesund's biggest attractions. It boasts incredible views of the town, the charming surrounding islands and the majestic Sunnmøre Alps.