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Norway's Alesund is a like collection of toytowns, spread over several islands. Rebuilt totally after a fire in 1904, the town is absolute Art Nouveau. If its modern, zigzagging, multicolored architecture isn’t enough, Alesund is framed by the snow topped Sunnmøre Alps, velvety fjords, and rustic fishing harbors, making for a getaway like no other. Allow the cool artic breeze to ignite your senses as you hike on the fjords or take a boat trip around the glittery, still waters to nearby shores and fishing villages.

Things to see

Alesund may be a gateway to some of the best natural scenery in the world, but that doesn’t stop it having an abundant music and arts scene for you to sample. The Color Line Stadion offers football matches weekly but also holds concerts, poetry readings, and theater shows. A photographer and painter’s paradise, the borough of Spjelkavik holds Alesund’s captivating church, its stained glass windows being a beauty-loving tourist’s favorite. On your way back to the city center, stop in at the Jugendstilsenteret, a museum dedicated to Art Nouveau. No visit to Alesund is complete without viewing the landscape close up and as the winters in Alesund are milder than others in Norway even a cold-weather hike is bearable. Walk the 418 steps of Aksla Hill and take in the unspoiled, lush green fjords, and snow-dusted mountains. If you have enough puff, go all the way to the peak of Sukkertoppen (The Sugar Top); on the way you’ll find pretty, cookie-cutter houses and breathtaking views over the harbor and surrounding islands. Go as the sun sets and see the fjords lit up in an amber glow, it doesn’t get really dark here so you can always find your way down.

Hotels in Alesund

The selection of hotels in Alesund is large and wide-ranging. The eclectic architecture has led to a focus on offering guests the chicest of stays in the town. Expect comfortable yet simple rooms with clean lines that are set off by the exquisite scenery. Most hotels are luxurious and family run, but there are also rustic cabins and ‘rourbuers’ (fishermen’s cottages) in addition if you want to feel closer to nature. Most waterfront hotels have free saunas within them and serve complimentary waffles throughout the day.

Where to stay

To maximize your stay in Alesund, a stay in the town’s central portion is essential. A hotel near Jugendstilsenteret is ideal, and will put you within walking distance of the best architectural streets and good shopping venues. The Color Line Stadion is on the west of Alesund, if you stay here you will be more remote but the location offers better access to the Alps and local parks. For water-side hotels, a stay just off the Fjordgate/Molovegen Road has a number of colorful, luxurious hotels that will give you panoramic views over the harbor and easy access to the multitude of boat trips available.

How to get to Alesund

The easiest way to get Alesund is by air. Alesund Airport is 20 minutes’ drive from the town center and flights from Oslo and other large European cities are daily. The most beautiful way to get to Alesund is via boat, The Hurtigruten (The Norwegian Coastal Express), stops daily at Alesund on both its north and southbound voyages and you can buy a full pass to tour all the villages on the Fjords. The nearest railway is Andalsnes, 74 miles from Alesund, with a bus connection several times a day.