- Hiking / Trekking
- Art & Culture
Ålesund is a town in the "Art Nouveau" style that's built on five main islands, which sometimes makes you wonder just where you are. It is said that Ålesund has the most bars, cafés and restaurants per inhabitant and the streets are full of the small shops and galleries of local artisans.
On our first day there, we climbed the 418 steps which lead to a view across the town from Fjellstua. It's definitely a good idea to take packed lunches because the restaurants there are very expensive. However, the view is worth the effort. Later, we drove via the tunnel that links the island of Godøy, where I recommend that you spend a bit of time visiting the Alnes Fyr lighthouse with its crashing waves. There were even some courageous surfers braving the waves in the icy sea!
We had dinner in an Anno restaurant, located on the strait which crosses the town and we were rather surprised when the place was then transformed into a very lively bar for the night. When it comes to the time of year, I would recommend the end of August, so you can enjoy the annual food festival that takes place in the town. I think the best combination you can get is good food and fine weather for a stay in Norway!