Our offers for a shore excursions in and around Ålesund
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Useful information for shore excursions in Ålesund
Information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights as well as many useful information for shore excursions in and around Ålesund are listed below.
The most beautiful sights in Ålesund
Ålesund is known for its Art Nouveau style. The beautiful trademark of the city makes it a great destination and at the same time holds an exciting part of Norwegian history. In 1904, the city fire of Ålesund caused great damage, burning down almost the entire inner city. Around 850 houses were destroyed and 10,000 inhabitants were without a home.
The former wooden house were then rebuilt, thanks to the high level of unemployment in Norway – many architects and craftsmen flocked to the city hoping to find work. Within seven years almost exclusively stone houses in the incomparable Art Nouveau style emerged.
View points of the Akslas mountain
In the overwhelming fjord landscape of Norway lies the small town of Ålesund, nestled in the picturesque ensemble of mountains and water that meanders through the tiny islands. This natural spectacle invites you to observe from above.
If you want to enjoy a wonderful view of Ålesund’s archipelago with the Sunnmors Alps in the background, you should climb the Aksla mountain. Its 418 steps leads to the viewpoints Fjellstua and Kniven. These can also be reached by city train, bus or taxi.
Art Nouveau architecture
As if natural highlights are not beautiful enough, Ålesund also offers equally wonderful architecture. It is well-known for its beautiful turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau townscape, which you should definitely explore while strolling through the streets of Ålesund. Therefore, the Art Nouveau Center in the building of the former swan pharmacy is one of the most beautiful sights in the city. There are historical insights into the Art Nouveau and exciting history behind its creation in Ålesund.
Aquarium Atlantic Park
If you want to know more about life under water, you should visit the coveted Aquarium Atlantic Park (in Norwegian: Atlanterhavspaken). It is one of the largest aquariums in northern Europe and presents the marine fauna of Norway in large landscaped pools. Diving shows and crab fishing are among the diverse programs and inspire just like the penguin park of the outdoor area. This cruise excursion destination thrills the whole family, as it is also an exciting highlight for children.
Map of the cruise port in Ålesund
Before you reach Ålesund, you will be fascinated by the breathtaking journey through the famous Norwegian fjords. The cruise ship will then moor directly in the city center, at one of the two Piers Stornespiren or Prestebrygga.
Worth knowing about shore excursions in and around Ålesund
Shipping companies and routes
At national and international level, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line are tour operators that count Norway’s repertoire.
Immigration and visa
It is not necessary to apply for a visa when traveling to Norway. Canadian and US citizens do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area of countries in Europe for tourism or business stays under ninety days. Also UK citizens who hold either a full UK passport or a BOTC, BOC, BPP or BS passport can travel to Norway visa-free.
In Norway you pay with Norwegian Krone (NOK), which is divided into 100 Øre. 1 US-Dollar is about 8.15 NOK and 1 British pound equals approximately 10.70 NOK.
Taxi and public transport
In Ålesund there are frequent public buses, which are always recognizable by their blue color. There is a stop directly at the harbor. Tickets can be purchased from the driver. These are not cheap but fortunately the city can also be explored on foot. The city center and the famous Art Nouveau district are just 829 ft from the harbor. They can be easily reached during a shore excursion on your own. Only the aquarium Atlantic Park should be visited by bus. You can choose between two bus lines, either 614 or 618.
The coastal town of Ålesund has a temperate climate. The warmest months of the year are July and August, during which temperatures rise to about 10 °C, which is 50 °F. This makes it the most suitable travel time. From November to April, the cruise liners barely visit the fjords, as it is often around minus degrees during this time. Rainfall, however, can occur all year round.
Website Port Authority and Tourist organization
Video: Impressions of Ålesund
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