Ålesund is Norway’s popular, art-nouveau epic of towers and turrets, ornaments and balconies, steeples and spires. The city’s delightful pedestrianised streets, offer a diverse mix of art galleries, shops and lively cafés, and lead to the 418 steps that climb Mount Aksla. The Fjellstua restaurant and café at the summit is the perfect place to sit and soak up panoramic views of this attractive city, the archipelago, and the Sunnmore Alps.
Virtually destroyed by fire in 1904, Ålesund was rebuilt within three years and is regarded widely as one of Europe’s true visual experiences.[ReadMoreMob] The port is home to the Jugendstilsenteret – The National Art Nouveau Centre –, which has a well-preserved art nouveau interior and regularly features exhibitions and displays.
Gateway to the fjords of Northern Norway
Ålesund is the gateway to the iconic northwestern fjords and this seaport is the home base for Norway's largest cod-fishing fleet, which, unsurprisingly, provides the city's visitors with some superb seafood to try.
Art Nouveau architecture
1904's catastrophically destructive fire came at a time of economic depression, drawing talent from miles around and resulting in the incredible concentration of Art Nouveau architecture in Ålesund.
Giske and Godøy
The island of Giske is the birth place of the Viking King Gangerolv, or Rollo, who conquered Normandy in 911 AD, and was home to some of the most important Viking families. The neighbouring island of Godøy is home to a renowned lighthouse, dating back to 1876 and situated in the pretty fishing village of Alnes.
Atlanterhavsparken is one of the largest saltwater aquariums in Northern Europe. Built into the coastal landscape, and facing the Atlantic Ocean, each tank is built to resemble the natural coastal environment of its inhabitants.
This mountain offers panoramic views over the archipelago, the town centre and the beautiful Sunnmøre Alps.
Cruises to Ålesund
Departs: Southampton • Fri 31 Jan 2020
14 nights • Black Watch • W2003
- Winter is one of the best times of the year to visit Norway and you’ll experience this breathtaking country in all its seasonal splendour, with chances to see dramatic landscapes at their frozen finest, explore enchanting destinations and go in search of spellbinding phenomena.
- Spending four days in Arctic Norway is sure to be a highlight – your extended call at Tromsø coincides with the city’s fantastic Sami National Day celebrations, while during an overnight stay in Alta you might be lucky enough to witness the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis.
- You can also visit Tromsø’s iconic Arctic Cathedral; embark on an exhilarating dog-sledding adventure from Alta; and discover the highlights of Ålesund, Trondheim and Kristiansund – gateway to the dramatic Atlantic Ocean Road.
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Departs: Dover • Fri 17 Apr 2020
9 nights • Boudicca • D2009
- Experience a full-flavoured taste of Norway’s magical fjordland, with visits to six captivating destinations complemented by scenic cruising of spectacular, unspoilt waterways.
- From on board Boudicca, marvel at the scenic splendour of the narrow, twisting Nærøyfjord, Nordfjord, Maurangerfjord and Hardangerfjord, the ‘Queen of the Fjords’.
- Ashore meanwhile, highlights include opportunities to ride the Mount Fløyen funicular and visit Edvard Grieg’s lakeside home in Bergen; experience a journey on the famous Flåmsbana Railway; and sample produce from Hardangerfjord – ‘the Orchard of Norway’ – on tours from Eidfjord.
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Departs: Southampton • Sun 14 Jun 2020
14 nights • Braemar • M2015
- Sailing an epic route from southern England to mainland Europe’s northernmost point and back aboard Braemar, you’re in for a cruise packed with incredible experiences.
- You’ll cross the Arctic Circle; revel in the sight of unique mountains and landscapes; see coastal bonfires marking the Summer Solstice; and even witness the magical midnight sun.
- Honningsvåg, gateway to the North Cape, awaits you at the ‘top of Europe’, while you’ll also visit Tromsø, the beautiful Lofoten Islands and experience scenic cruising of spellbinding Geirangerfjord.
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Departs: Rosyth (Edinburgh) • Mon 22 Jun 2020
7 nights • Balmoral • L2013
- Experience the fjordland’s remarkable diversity and natural beauty to the full, as Balmoral shows you some of Norway’s most captivating destinations and waterways in just seven nights.
- Deep with Nordfjord and Sognefjord respectively, you’ll discover Olden – gateway to wonders such as the Briksdal Glacier – and Flåm, where a ride on the famous Flåmsbana Railway is highly recommended.
- Balmoral will also guide you into the narrow, twisting Nærøyfjord – out of reach to larger ships - and call at Ålesund, overlooked by Mount Aksla, and Stavanger, a former ‘European Capital of Culture’.
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Departs: Liverpool • Thu 25 Jun 2020
16 nights • Black Watch • W2018
- Take exploration to the next level with this enriching expedition and journey to Norway’s northernmost regions in search of unique landscapes and fascinating isolated settlements.
- Spend a week within the Arctic Circle, including two unforgettable days in Spitsbergen experiencing the stunning beauty, remarkable remoteness and fascinating history of Longyearbyen and Pyramiden.
- You’ll also visit Honningsvåg, gateway to the rugged North Cape; Tromsø, home to the iconic Arctic Cathedral and Mount Storsteinen; and even witness the mesmerising midnight sun.
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Departs: Liverpool • Sat 18 Jul 2020
9 nights • Black Watch • W2020
- A classic, nine-night Fred. Olsen fjordland adventure, this cruise takes in a collection of enchanting destinations and spellbinding waterways to bring you culture, history and natural beauty in style.
- Visits to Flåm, Ålesund, Olden and Bergen will provide plenty of highlights, including opportunities to ride the famous Flåmsbana Railway; capture views of Nordfjord from spectacular Loen Skylift; and more.
- Your journeys between each port will be simply unforgettable. You’ll divert into the narrow, size-restricted Nærøyfjord; sail deep into lush-green Nordfjord; and cruise by Hornelen, Europe’s highest sea cliff.
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Departs: Newcastle • Fri 24 Jul 2020
9 nights • Balmoral • L2018
- Encompassing a selection of Norway’s greatest fjords, as well as six diverse ports of call, this enticing exploration of Fred. Olsen’s spellbinding homeland packs-in plenty of scenic and cultural highlights.
- Savour local treats and spectacular scenery in Olden; ride the magical Flåmsbana Railway from Flåm; and seek-out natural wonders, such as the Briksdal Glacier and Lovatnet Lake, from charming Olden.
- You’ll also visit the historic, culture-rich ports of Kristiansund and Ålesund; and experience scenic cruising of spellbinding waterways including Nærøyfjord, Geirangerfjord and Nordfjord – all in just nine nights.
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Departs: Southampton • Wed 18 Nov 2020
13 nights • Balmoral • L2029
- Revel in the early winter wonders of Northern Norway – you can get closer to dramatic landscapes, experience exhilarating adventures and even go in search of the spellbinding Northern Lights.
- Visiting Narvik affords opportunities to embark on a thrilling husky-sled ride or see Arctic wildlife at the Polar Park, while Tromsø’s attractions include Mount Storsteinen and the Arctic Cathedral.
- Stopping overnight at Alta could be the highlight of your holiday as, with luck on your side, you may get to witness the colourful, awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis illuminating the clear night sky.
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Departs: Southampton • Tue 16 Feb 2021
13 nights • Balmoral • L2104
- Exploring Arctic Norway in the winter, you’ll revel in the jaw-dropping scenes and seasonal beauty of Europe’s northernmost region at the most magical time of the year to visit.
- You can enjoy an array of authentic wintertime experiences, including a husky-sled ride through sparking snow-covered landscapes and a chance to explore the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.
- The icing on the cake will be a chance to witness the astounding Northern Lights. Stopping overnight at Alta, you may – if you’re lucky – see Mother Nature’s awe-inspiring light show illuminate the night sky.
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