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Alesund – the Art Nouveau town

Art Nouveau architecture in Alesund. Photo by Marte Kopperud, Innovation Norway

Norway’s fishing capital

The picturesque coastal town of Alesund is beautifully located at the western coast of Norway, surrounded by stunning scenery. It is an ideal starting point for a fjord cruise on the Geirangerfjord. You can also visit the beautiful surrounding islands; the Runde bird island & the Alnes lighthouse.

Alesund Norway. Photo by Terje Borud, Innovation Norway

Winter in Alesund

Alesunds dramatic history:
The town is young at heart, but with an unusually dramatic story to tell. One stormy night a hundred years ago, the whole town centre burned to the ground. Only a few houses survived the devastation in 1904, and ten thousand people were made homeless.

A new town rose phoenix-like from the ashes – in the distinctive Art Nouveau style with myriad turrets, spires and beautiful ornamentation, like something from a fairytale. Today, the town is an attractive destination for visitors from Norway and abroad. Alesund is a modern, pulsating town with a varied cultural scene and exciting cafés and restaurants

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Fishing boat in Alesund. Photo by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

Fishing boat – typical sight

Alesund’s economy:
Alesund has one of the largest and most important fishing harbours in Norway. The town’s fishing fleet is one of the most modern in Europe. Alesund and surroundings also has a large furniture industry. Some well-known household items are manufactured here. In the 1950s and 1960s, Alesund was one of the chief stations of the herring fishery business.

View of Alesund. Photo by CH, Innovation Norway

View of Alesund

The Sunnmore coast – an extraordinary experience:
A string of picturesque small islands and fishing communities lie facing the Atlantic Ocean. The coastal districts have a long history of fishing and the many coastal museums have fascinating stories to tell

See the Sunnmore coast on a Hurtigruten Cruise

View from mount Aksla Alesund. Photo by Sverre Hjornevik, Fjord Norway

View from mount Aksla

Attractions in and around Alesund:
– The National Art Nouveau centre (Jugendstilsenteret)
– The Atlantic Sea Park Aquarium (Atlanterhavsparken)
– Mount Aksla – view of Alesund & surroundings
– Godoy island & Alnes lighthouse
– The Runde Bird island
– The Geirangerfjord

Visit Alesund in winter on an amazing Winter Cruise

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