Boats leave on time
- and sometimes a bit early!
In summer northbound
ships now sail to Geiranger and back. This is a stunning trip
but takes a long time (chance to catch up on sleep!) and means
time in Ålesund is limited. Winter sailings give you a
chance to see this Art Nouveau town, rebuilt after a disastrous
fire in 1904. Consider walking through Kongensgate - the pedestrianised
shopping street - across the bridge into Apotekertorget for a
mooch round before returning to the ship via Skansegata along
Try to get to the top of
Aksla, the hill overlooking the town. Leading off Kongensgate
is Lihauggata which will take you to a flight of 418 steps signed
to Fjellstua. On a clear day the view really is worth it!
Going north you will
have just crossed Folda which can be lively. Rørvik has
an interesting folk museum which is worth a visit (guide meets
ship). You pass another ship here and can go on board.
The Aviation Museum is EXCELLENT if you have time
to get there - even Eleanor enjoyed it! The Nordland Museum is
also worth a visit.
A few minutes' walk
from the quay will bring you to some cottages overlooking the
harbour, houses may have fish hanging to dry.
Small, modern town.
Lofoten War Museum is interesting.
The Old Cathedral
near the Harbour is interesting. We heard the Polar Museum (don't
confuse with Polaria) is very good - walk round the harbour past
old warehouses to it - explore Skansen behind. You can also walk
over the bridge (god views of the harbour) to the new Arctic
Cathedral, but this is quite a trek.
If you want to buy a Norwegian
sweater consider waiting until Tromsø. Good ones are expensive
and even Sale (Salg, Tilbud) prices in Bergen frightened us!
The Tromsø Sweater Shop on Fr.Langesgate has top quality
sweaters and can have big reductions of up to 50% - we think
they are old designs. They may have a stall on the quay to meet
If you head for the
main street, turn left, fork right onto Nybakken then turn right
and you can walk up to (and round if you have time) Storvannet
a lake just under one mile from the quay. Alternatively you could
climb the steps behind the Town Hall Fountains to Salen, the
hill behind the town. We thought the Polar Bear Society was a
You have some time
here (during which the crew may practise safety drill). Turn
right off the ship and follow Havnegata right round the harbour
and you can get to the far breakwater which gives good views
across to the north coast of Europe. Honningsvåg Church,
one of the few buildings to survive WW2, and its graveyard are
interesting. Behind the church is a path signed into the hills
(blocked with snow after half a mile four times out of the five
we went) from where you can get a brief look at tundra conditions
and good views of the harbour.
Not enough time really
to get to the town. Interesting souvenir shop on quay selling
minerals. Don't miss the boat - it doesn't call here southbound!
town centre. Russian Memorial (liberated Kirkenes 1944) on Roald
Amundsensgate on way there is interesting. Museums always shut
when we've been! Good views from Storhaugen.
is extremely interesting (guide meets ship).
near the quay is interesting.
Pleasant main street.
Look for the monument to Pastor Peter Dass at the far end.
Head up to main street
and turn right. Very pleasant, affluent centre.