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24 Hours in Norway’s Ålesund

Perhaps Norway’s most beautiful city, Ålesund has a population of just over 40,000 and is known for its distinctive Art Nouveau architecture. It was rebuilt in that style, with lovely pastel structures, after being almost entirely destroyed by fire in 1904. A perfect base for exploring the fjords, the city also boasts local attractions worth touring for at least a day.

Read our full Norwegian Fjords report and contact Indagare for more travel tips for Norway’s Ålesund. Our specialists can plan a customized itinerary with great meals and activities.

Morning

Get a caffeine fix at Invit Espressobar before hiking the 418 steps to the top of Aksla Mountain, which offers beautiful panoramic views of Norway’s Ålesund. Then rent a kayak to tour the town by water and take in the scenic surrounding countryside.

Related: 6 Travel Tips for the Norwegian Fjords

Midday

Stop for lunch at Molo Brew, a hip microbrewery and restaurant that serves inventive burgers and has a lounge area with shuffleboard tables. Afterward, learn about Ålesund’s historic fire at the Art Nouveau Centre (don’t miss the noteworthy gift shop), and embark on a sea safari to see puffins, seals and eagles.

Related: How to Have a Luxury Vacation to Norway for Less

Evening

Dine at MAKI, known for its upscale fjord-to-table cuisine, including fish soup and crab cakes with foam dill mayonnaise. Those not tired out from a day of adventure should swing by the trendy MILK Bar & Lounge for a nightcap.

Read our full Norwegian Fjords report and contact Indagare for more travel tips for Norway’s Ålesund. Our specialists can plan a customized itinerary with great meals and activities.

– Emma Pierce on May 23, 2018

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