Ålesund is situated on the west coast of Norway and serves as the gateway to the northwestern alpine mountains and the iconic fjords that stand in their midst.
Following a fire that broke out in 1904 and destroyed the better part of the town, Ålesund underwent a city-wide reconstruction. What tourists get to see of its picturesque appearance today is mostly a consequence of this rebuild that was undertaken using bricks and stones in the dominant architectural style of that era.
This design can be seen to this day, a testimony to the Jugendstil design which is considered Northern Europe’s answer to Art Nouveau. More information on this style is available at the Jugendstilsenteret or the Art Nouveau Center.
Climbing 400 steps to reach the Fjellstua viewpoint is another worthwhile experience from where tourists can savor the majestic views of Ålesund along with its surrounding islands.
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Quick information and Ålesund travel tips
- Currency? Norwegian Krona
- Languages? Norwegian and English
- Where is this place? Located in Northern Europe
- What is Ålesund and Norway famous for? Skiing,Northern Lights,Fjords, Lakes, Salmon, and Oil.
- Best time to visit Ålesund and Norway? All year round. But if you’re not a fan of winter, come in summer, spring, or autumn. The weather won’t be extreme but mind that spring and autumn might be wet from the rain. Just make sure to bring a good winter jacket and travel shoes with you!
- How to get there? You can easily fly to Norway from different destinations around the world. You can also drive a car from Sweden and Finland to Norway or take a cruise from Denmark.
- Other famous places in Norway? Oslo,Tromsø, Trondheim, Svalbard, Stavanger, Lofoten Islands, Bergen, West Fjords, Bodø, Fredrikstad, Alta, Røros, Helgeland, and Jotunheimen National Park. You can check all the top places to visit in Norway, click this to read the post.
- Famous neighboring countries? Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland
Do you need a visa for Norway?
Norway is part of the Schengen area and citizens of EU group of countries can freely enter this Baltic state while citizens of USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia can enter the country just with their passports and stay for 90 days.
You can check our guide on how to get a Schengen visa and as well to see if you’re eligible to enter the country with just your passports or if you’ll need to apply for a visa prior entry – read it here.
Where to book your flights to Norway?
Check our handy-dandy guide on how to find the cheapest flights around the world – read it here.
Do you need insurance?
Remember this: anything can happen! Read our take on why you need travel insurance and how it can save you money when things go unplanned – read it here.