Ålesund and the sea aquarium

Ålesund is surrounded by the sea, mountains and many islets. A lively city with impressive architecture and views, it is built on a row of islands that stretch further and further into the ocean. From the viewpoint in the hills above the city, it is reminiscent of the Venice of Norway. It is considered 1 of Norway's most beautiful cities, the Times even called it the most beautiful city in 2009. After the city was razed to the ground by a fire in 1904, it was rebuilt in Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) style. It is not a few buildings built in this style, but a large part of the city.

  • Explore the charming, historic states of Ålesund and enjoy a delicious seafood meal. Ålesund is Norway's fish capital and offers delicious fish dishes and soups. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Aksla fjellstue: in the hills above the city, you can hike and enjoy beautiful views of the city, the surrounding mountains, the islands and the sea. You can also drive by car to the viewpoint. There is a restaurant here where you can enjoy the scenery with a bite to eat and a drink.
  • The Sea Aquarium is Ålesund is Northern Europe's largest and most unique saltwater aquarium. You will find many marine animals and fish, such as penguins and otters, an activity aquarium for children, an exhibition dedicated to animals from the islands and rock pools and an exhibition dedicated to animals from the deep fjords. There is also a science centre and explanations on salmon farming.
  • At Ålesund's museum, you will find information about the town's culture and history.
  • Ålesund's church is located in the centre on the islet of Aspøya. It was built in 1909, after the earlier church was destroyed in the Great Fire.
  • You can also see the city by canoe! Rent a canoe and do the Ålesunds architecture-themed kayak tour of about 2.5 hours or do an Ålesunds round trip of about 6 hours. Book via viator.com .
  • If you like music, Ålesund has several record shops such as Jukebox and Serie Antikvaratet.
  • The Alnes lighthouse is located on the island of Godøy, near Ålesund. Built in 1876, the lighthouse is part of Norway's religious and coastal heritage.