Best of Ålesund

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Ålesund
Ålesund, also known as the “fairytale city,” may be Norway’s prettiest city. The seafront views and Art Nouveau architecture make it an enchanting base from which to explore Sunnmøre's countless fjords, fishing villages, island gems, and mountains. Do so aboard a fjord cruise to Geirangerfjord or Hjørundfjord or a walk up the 418 steps to the Aksla Viewpoint looking out over the city.

Follow the footsteps of previous kimkim travelers out to the island of Runde, where there are about 150 human permanent inhabitants but more than 500,000 sea birds during the February through August nesting season, including about 100,000 pairs of puffins alongside great skuas, gannets, and shags. If you’re interested in a less feathery tale, learn about Ålesund’s history on a “from ashes to Art Nouveau” tour that explores the 1904 fire that burned down 850 houses and the creation of the city as it exists today.
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Ålesund on the west coast is a gateway to many fjords
Discover Norway's Cities & Fjords - 9 Days

This summer itinerary encompasses a mix of fun travel modes for the ultimate Nordic adventure. It begins in Oslo, where you'll explore the fastest-growing capital in Europe on your own and with a local guide. Then take a scenic train west to hike with views of the Aurlandsfjord—a spectacular branch of the Sognefjord. From here, cruise to Bergen and Ålesund where you'll have quality time in each city—and surrounding fjords—before looping back to Oslo for one more night on the town.

The UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord where you'll spend three nights
Map of Summer Road Trip: Mountains & Fjords - 14 Days
Summer Road Trip: Mountains & Fjords - 14 Days

Steer a relaxing two-week course through Norway's spectacular landscapes from Jotunheimen National Park to the depths of Sognefjord, the country's deepest fjord. You'll enjoy the freedom of setting your own pace when visiting museums and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, not to mention plenty of opportunities to get out in nature and explore.

The UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord where you'll spend three nights
Map of Summer Road Trip: Mountains & Fjords - 12 Days
Summer Road Trip: Mountains & Fjords - 12 Days

Steer a relaxing 12-day course through the highs and lows of Norway's spectacular landscapes from Jotunheimen National Park to the depths of Sognefjord, the country's deepest fjord. You'll enjoy the freedom of setting your own pace when visiting museums and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, not to mention plenty of opportunities to get out in nature and explore the wonders around you. Buckle up and pack your camera—this is going to be one gorgeous drive!

Dramatic hairpin turns on the Trollstigen Road.
Map of Norway Scenic Road Trip - 14 Days
Norway Scenic Road Trip - 14 Days

Starting and ending in Oslo, this wide loop covers a staggering variety of landscapes where'll you drive through three of Norway's official scenic routes. First, make your way to a former Olympic village and two national parks loaded with wildlife, then head west for hiking and boating in the fjords. Stay two nights in the art nouveau city of Ålesund before you swing back around towards Jotunheimen National Park. Finish in the alpine village of Lom with one of the best restaurants and bakeries in Norway.

The pretty port city of Ålesund shines at dusk.
Map of Western Norway Fjord Road Trip - 8 Days
Western Norway Fjord Road Trip - 8 Days

Get ready to hit the open road on this self-drive adventure down Norway's stunning west coast. Starting in Bergen, you'll hike, bike, and take one of the world's steepest train rides through the country's villages, mountains, and fjords. Top off your well-rounded trip in charming Ålesund, a fairytale city renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture.

Boathouses in a fjord near Ålesund
Western Norway's Islands & Fjords - 9 Days

This 9-day adventure starts from Oslo where you'll catch a scenic train to get to Norway's western fjords. From here, spend a day exploring art nouveau architecture in Ålesund and then take an overnight cruise to Florø—your jumping-off point for fishing islands, outdoor activities, and Viking culture. Finish with two nights in UNESCO-listed Bergen, loaded with culture and restaurants.

Ålesund is considered Norway's prettiest city, and rightfully so.
Map of Discover Norway by Train and Boat - 10 Days
Discover Norway by Train and Boat - 10 Days

This relaxing summer itinerary checks off Norway's three biggest cities, traveling by train, ferry, and fjord cruise for a true Scandinavian adventure. Spend a night in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund, explore cultural sites and cool neighborhoods with a guide, and take advantage of great hiking, biking, and stand-up paddleboarding along the way.

A train ride along Norway's peaceful River Rauma.
Map of Western Norway's Rivers, Islands & Fjords - 10 Days
Western Norway's Rivers, Islands & Fjords - 10 Days

Discover magnificent areas of Western Norway in an exciting 10-day summertime itinerary. Your adventure starts in the capital city of Oslo, followed by a train ride along the emerald-green River Rauma, to the breathtaking city of Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture. Continue the journey to coastal islands and narrow fjords towards Bergen, before ending your trip back in Oslo for one last night of Scandinavian fun.

The Nordfjord is located between Ålesund and Bergen
Map of Islands & Fjords in Western Norway - 13 Days
Islands & Fjords in Western Norway - 13 Days

This scenic loop through Western Norway uses a variety of fun travel modes that beckon you to sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Starting in Oslo, you'll ride a train along an emerald river to get to Ålesund. Spend a night in this art nouveau city before taking a Hurtigruten cruise through stunning fjords to get to Florø—your jumping-off point for fishing islands, outdoor activities, and Viking culture. Finish the adventure in UNESCO-listed Bergen before circling back to Oslo on the Flåm Railway.

The Nordfjord between Ålesund and Bergen
Map of Western Norway's Rivers, Islands & Fjords - 11 Days
Western Norway's Rivers, Islands & Fjords - 11 Days

Traveling by train, boat, and coastal steamer, this summertime tour covers areas of Western Norway that are often overlooked by tourists. Start with a local tour of Oslo before boating along the River Rauma to Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture. From there, bike and hike on coastal islands, explore bustling Bergen, and ferry through both the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord.

Sail through the Geirangerfjord and get up close to waterfalls
Map of Best of Western Norway - 11 Days
Best of Western Norway - 11 Days

This family-friendly road trip covers a mix of popular and lesser-known destinations on Norway's stunning west coast. Start with a few days in Bergen to explore numerous cultural opportunities and easy hiking trails. Then, pick up your rental car and head north through distinct fishing communities to get to Ålesund. From here, choose your own activities as you slowly make your way to Solvorn where you'll stay at the oldest family-run hotel in the country before looping back to Bergen.

Stay a night along the Geirangerfjord between Bergen and Trondheim
Map of Summer Road Trip: Oslo, Bergen & Trondheim - 12 Days
Summer Road Trip: Oslo, Bergen & Trondheim - 12 Days

This journey highlights Norway's three biggest cities with scenic detours along the way. Start off in sophisticated Oslo before traveling by train and ferry to UNESCO-listed Bergen. From here, drive through fjord-side villages to Ålesund, known for its art nouveau architecture, and Kristiansund. Finish off in Trondheim with colorful wooden homes, café culture, and tree-lined streets for cycling.

Åndalsnes is your jumping off point for the region
Map of Best of Northwest Norway - 13 Days
Best of Northwest Norway - 13 Days

This stunning adventure travels to the heart of the Sunnmøre region in northwestern Norway. Start in up-and-coming Oslo and check out this exciting capital before boarding a train that runs along the emerald-green Rauma River. From Åndalsnes, begin the ultimate road trip through mountains, fishing villages, cities, and dramatic fjords with a slew of outdoor activities and national scenic routes, not to mention 11 hairpin turns on the 'Troll's Ladder'.

Frogner Park in Oslo, Norway
Map of Discover Norway by Train and Boat: Oslo, Bergen, Aurland, and Trondheim - 12 Days
Discover Norway by Train and Boat: Oslo, Bergen, Aurland, and Trondheim - 12 Days

Check off Norway's three biggest cities while traveling by train, ferry, and fjordcruise on this 12-day adventure. Start off in the country's buzzing capital followed by several days in Bergen on the west coast, surrounded by seven mountains. From here, board the Hurtigruten—a mighty coastal steamer—stopping in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund before sailing to Trondheim by way of the Geirangerfjord. Circle back to Oslo by train for one more night on the town.

Sail through the Geirangerfjord on the Hurtigruten
Map of Discover Norway's Cities and Fjords - 14 Days
Discover Norway's Cities and Fjords - 14 Days

This zealous (yet relaxing) and unbelievably scenic 14-day itinerary checks off Norway's three biggest cities traveling by train, ferry, and fjord cruise for a true Scandinavian adventure. Start off in Norway's buzzing capital with its new waterfront promenade before you take one of the steepest trains in the world to the village of Flåm. You'll ferry through the longest fjord in Norway and explore Bergen on your own and with a local guide. From here, board the Hurtigruten—a mighty coastal steamer—stopping in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund for a night. Back on the Hurtigruten, you'll sail to Trondheim by way of the Geirangerfjord and then return to Oslo by train for one last night on the town.

Look for waterfalls as you sail through the Geirangerfjord on the Hurtigruten.
Map of Norway Fjords Summer Tour - 14 Days
Norway Fjords Summer Tour - 14 Days

There are nearly 1,200 fjords along Norway's western coast and this trip covers the cream of the crop — Lysefjord, Sognefjord, and Geirangerfjord — using a mix of fun travel modes to amp up the adventure factor. These majestic gems provide the setting for activities like hiking, biking, and sea kayaking. You'll explore everything from tiny fjord-side villages to diverse cities like Oslo, Bergen, Ålesund, and Trondheim.

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