Orange sun set in the ocean outside Ålesund.
Molja fyrlykt Ålesund

One stormy winter night in 1904, a fire raged through Ålesund. By morning, 850 houses were in ruins and more than 10,000 people were homeless. But the city was rebuilt within three years. This is how Ålesund became an art nouveau city with a rare architectural expression. No other city in Norway has so many art nouveau houses next to one another. There are towers and spires and flowering vines that twist along the buildings’ colourful facades wherever you turn.

When you have finished admiring the beautiful art nouveau details, it's time for the great view. Preferably by walking up the 418 steps to the city mountains. Panoramic views of the Sunnmøre Alps, fjords, islands and ocean await. 

With such a location, it is no wonder that Ålesund is the fishing capital. Visitors see it and taste it. Fishing boats are moored in the centre, you can feed fish in Atlanterhavsparken (the aquarium) and you can enjoy countless varieties of klipfish at one of the city's many restaurants.

Aalesund Brosundet

Our voyages to Ålesund

North- and southboundRound Voyage

Bergen → Kirkenes → Bergen

Havila castor seen from Skageflå in the Geirangerfjord. Photo: Oclin
The classic

NorthboundVoyage North

Bergen → Kirkenes

North cape
7 days

SouthboundVoyage South

Kirkenes → Bergen

Reine in Lofoten. Photo credit: Marius Beck Dahle/Havila Kystruten
6 days

NorthboundThe Magical Fjords of Norway

Bergen → Trondheim

magiske fjord-norge
3 days

SouthboundSea, Fjords and the Mountains

Trondheim → Bergen

2 days

Top 3 things to see in Ålesund

Young seal approaching photographer diving outside Ålesund. Photo by Lill Haugen

Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium

Stand face to face with seals in Atlanterhavsparken, one of Northern Europe's largest saltwater aquariums.
Art nouveau centre in Ålesund.

Jugendstilsenteret (The Art Nouveau Centre)

Travel in a time machine to a city fire and rebuild the city at Jugendstilsenteret.
Surfers apporaching the big waves at Sandvika in Alnes outside Alesund

Visit Alnes

Surfing in the Atlantic Ocean's big waves near the Alnes Lighthouse with its 22 metre-tall art gallery.

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