Where mountains and fjords meet the ocean
You could go hiking or skiing, admire the city’s unique art nouveau architecture, explore the fjords – or just kick back and enjoy the view.
And it’s no coincidence that Ålesund and the surrounding areas are among the most visited sites for tourists in Norway. Many use The Art Nouveau town as a starting point to explore the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Geirangerfjord, the bird sanctuary island of Runde, or the spectacular snow-capped summits of the Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmørsalpene.
“Ålesund could be the backdrop for a Nordic fairytale – with a modern plot twist”, according to National Geographic.
The rugged mountains give you a perfect opportunity for an active holiday, as they rise nearly 2,000 metres right up from the sapphire blue fjords. From February to June these mountains are ideal for off-piste skiing and ski-touring. There are also gently sloping hills for alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. And the fjords, lakes and rivers are teeming with fish.
The Geirangerfjord is known as one of the jewels of the Norwegian fjords. With its characteristic S shape, high waterfalls and abandoned mountain farms, the fjord landscape is included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Here you find unspoilt and beautiful nature the whole year round.
The town of Ålesund has a beautiful setting across several islands stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean, and is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style, since it was rebuilt in 1904 after a devastating fire. Today the city is the cultural center of the region, and boasts several festivals – including the Ålesund Theatre Festival, the Festival of New Norwegian Literature, Norwegian Food Festival and art and music festivals such as Jugendfest and Trandal Country Festival. There are several ways to get to Ålesund and Sunnmøre from elsewhere in Norway.