Alesund, Norway

I want you to envision a small island with brightly colored buildings located along the waterfront. The buildings are constructed in the Art Nouveau style and are covered with intricate architectural details. The streets are impeccably clean and very narrow. Off in the distance you see other small mountainous islands as well as the entrance to one of the most famous fjords in the world. Welcome to Alesund, Norway.

Alesund, Norway Alesund, Norway

Located along the western coast of Norway, Alesund (Ole-sun) is a sea port comprised of seven outer islands. I can easily say that it was hands-down the most beautiful town that we visited during our trip. The area is a photographer’s dream.

After a day of cruising, the ocean gave way to shadowy mountains hidden within the mist of the morning. When I saw the mountains off in the distance it was surreal; it was hard to believe that I was actually watching the sun rise over the mountains in Norway. Needless to say, this moment was very emotional for me as I had waited so long to see Norway.

Alesund, Norway

Yes, more than a few tears were shed. And I’m sure the person taking pictures next to me thought I was crazy as the tears were streaming yet I was smiling from ear to ear.

Throughout our day, I kept thinking that this whole town was basically one beautiful postcard. Buildings constructed in the Art Nouveau style sat right along the waterfront creating a beautiful sight (and many beautiful photo ops).

Alesund, Norway

While in port, we decided to buy tickets for the Hop on Hop off bus tour. For about $40USD we had 24-hour access to the bus and the entire city. Was it a little expensive? Sure. But it was the best means of transportation since the bus ran all day and a two-hour narrated tour was included in the cost.

While on the tour we learned about the history of Alesund and how a majority of the city burned to the ground on a cold January night in 1904. Because most of the buildings were constructed of wood, the fire was devastating. Over the next three years the city was rebuilt in the popular Art Nouveau style that we see today.

The bus maneuvered through the tiny streets and hairpin bends up to the top of Mount Aksla in order to see the picture-esque town from above. The views from this overlook were million dollar views.

Alesund Lookout

Alesund Lookout

Bunkers at the top of Mount Aksla used during WWII.

Exploring the bunkers at the top of Mount Aksla. They were used during WWII. (Pretty sure I was stepping over some rocks in the photo above, which would explain my awkward stance). 😉

We were greeted with clear blue skies and warm weather during our day in Alesund. We had a late departure so we spent the afternoon exploring the town, mailing postcards, browsing the gift shops, and enjoying the magnificent architecture. I could have easily spent an entire weekend here…

Alesund, Norway

Alesund, Norway

Alesund

4 Comments

  1. July 20, 2014 / 8:38 PM

    Looks beautiful in Norway! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

  2. October 27, 2014 / 12:35 AM

    It looks like you had great weather there. My experience in Aalesund was also exciting, but I missed the bunkers on My Aksla. Where were they in relation to the lookout and the stairs down to the town? Great post, Amanda

    • October 27, 2014 / 10:31 AM

      Hi Amanda,
      The weather was amazing in Aalesund during our visit. I was worried about the rain, but luckily we had blue skies. 🙂 The bunkers were on the same hill as the lookout, if my memory serves me correctly I believe they were just northeast from the actual lookout. There was a trail around the top of the mountain and the bunkers were found along the path. We took the bus up to the top of the mountain so I’m not familiar with where the stairs are at. I’m sure we walked right by them though. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by!

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