Thanks to Glenda Harker on our Britannia Chat group and others who have posted pictures of Alesund we have decided to cover it for those who have never been there. Obviously the Britannia has and it looks pretty good berthed there. There are many other pictures and blogs on the Britannia chat. Ålesund is named Norway’s most beautiful town. Here we have a film of before and after the fire.
The comedians love to joke ‘oh, another wooden hut!’ as you travel round the Fjords, but that is not true of this very pretty fishing village at the mouth of Stor Fjord. It is actually two, maybe three islands joined to the mainland by bridges and the reason the houses are stone is due to a fire destroying the town in 1904.
Your ship will dock near the centre of the city, so like many Norwegian stops you can stroll into town, or up the 400 steps up Mount Aksla for some fantastic views. Things to see include the local Museum which has a model of a 10th century village, there are beaches and you can swim, plus there is the marine park, Atlanterhavsparken. It is one of Europe’s top Aquariums, built into the coastal landscape at Tueneset, on the west coastline of Ålesund. There are shows and activities during the day so check the programme to focus your visit there. Divers hand feed fish every day at 1300Hrs in June, July and August, and you can try picking up a Starfish or crabs. The local tourist information has a great web site here
Your tours on offer will include organised hikes, a boat tour of the Fjord, a sightseeing drive and a visit to Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum, and Kayaking. See P&O Cruises to Alesund and their tours here.
This is a great film with pictures of before and after the fire.