Situated right at the entrance to the World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord and built on a row of islands along Norway’s stunning coastline, Alesund is a gorgeous seaside town built entirely in the Art Nouveau architectural style.
The countless dining options, attractions and activities found just within the city centre – not to mention its vibrant culture that oozes through its many side streets and lanes – make Alesund an excellent setting off point from which to discover other amazing parts of the country, including Trollstigen, Hjørundfjord and the Runde Bird Sanctuary.
But, before leaving, make sure you spend enough time walking around this picturesque settlement and marvelling at the natural and man-made beauty Alesund is famous for. Hours spent visiting Alesund promise to be some of the most memorable of your time as a tourist in Norway.
Cruise ships dock in the very centre of town at the cruise ship terminal, which is adjacent to the downtown area on the south end of the city.
The cruise ship terminal at Alesund Port is used to handling large amounts of passengers. It is equipped with a range of facilities to make your arrival as easy and convenient as possible.
- Public toilets
- Internet access
- Public telephones
- Shopping options
- Restaurants and cafés.
The Alesund cruise ship terminal is within walking distance of the city centre. However, there are also numerous taxis, car rental offices and buses located just outside the terminal.
How to Get Around
The city centre is easily reached by foot from the cruise terminal. There are also alternative modes of transport (taxis, buses and rental cars) that can be used to venture to other parts of the city.
Travel times from the cruise ship terminal:
- It is a 10 minute journey to City Park. From there, it is a 20 minute trek up steep steps to the Aksla Viewpoint.
- It is a 30 minute journey to the Sunnmøre Museum.
- It is a 10 minute journey to the Atlanterhavsparken (Atlantic Sea-Park).
- Currency - The local currency in Alesund is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Coins come in 50 øre (1/2 krone), 1, 5, 10 and 20 kroner denominations. Notes come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kroner denominations.
- Time Zone - Alesund is on Central European Time (CET). It is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Alesund switches over to daylight savings time towards the end of March; the region remains 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time until late October, when it switches back to regular time.
- Weather - Alesund enjoys a maritime climate with mild and windy winters and cool summers. The coldest time to visit the city is during January, when temperatures average just over 1 degree Celsius. Visit Alesund during July or August to be rewarded with average temperatures around 15 degrees.
- Geirangerfjord day cruise - Spend a couple of hours cruising through the calm waters of Geirangerfjord and discover this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site for yourself. Marvel at its stunning beauty while learning all about its history. Then, get up close and personal to the famous Seven Sisters waterfalls, the tallest of which stands majestic over the fjord, gushing water out from 250 metres above.
- Atlanterhavsparken - Home to a gigantic 4-million-litre aquarium and spread out over some of the most gorgeous coastal scenery along the North Atlantic Sea, the Atlanterhavsparken (or Atlantic Sea-Park) is only 3 kilometres west of the city centre and makes for an educational day trip. Learn all about the rich marine life that dwell throughout this part of the world, take a dive or two in the surrounding water, and then spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful grounds. The aquarium is open every day of the week.
- Aksla Viewpoint - Walk up the 418 steps from the Alesund City Park and be rewarded with breathtaking views over the local fjords, islands and mountains at the Aksla Viewpoint. There’s also a restaurant at the top of the lookout if hunger strikes. The Fjellstua Café is open all year round, with extended opening hours from mid-May to late August.
- Sunnmøre Museum - Get a dose of Northern European and Viking history at the Sunnmøre Museum. An open-air museum built over the old Borgundkaupangen trading centre site, the grounds are home to over 50 traditional buildings and Viking-era ships, as well as numerous indoor exhibitions that focus on the region’s rich cultural and archeological history.