Alesund: Norway’s Wonderland
Explore Alesund and the Sunnmore Alps, kayak in breathtaking fjords and bike in mysterious dales… you will soon find the true meaning of friluftsliv!
"Andrea did a wonderful job designing an itinerary to suit three generations of diverse interests, and was flexible and responsive to last minute changes and requests. He showed us many hidden treasures of this beautiful region that would have missed we're it not for him."
- Heather on her journey in Italy
A possible, beautiful itinerary for you
Arrival in Alesund
Upon arrival, you will head to the Storfjord Hotel, where you will enjoy breathtaking views of the Sunnmore Alps. The day is at your leisure and a perfect opportunity to discover friluftsliv. Just step out the door, and you’ll find yourself in some of the best trekking trails in the world.
Farm & Forest
In the morning, travel to a local farm where you will learn of the traditional way of life in the fjords. Because of their isolation, locals developed a keen sense of self-reliance. Their gastronomy, for example, depends greatly on preservation techniques. After lunch, head to the trails in the forest around Storfjord. Read more
Paddling in Heaven
Take to the water and kayak in the pristine waters of the Geirangerfjord. Towering cliffs in every directión, and the freedom to go where you please. When you reach the shore, light a fire by the water and enjoy what is a true Norwegian institution: camping.
From the campsite, head to the Norangsdalen, one of Norway’s most charming and picturesque landscapes. Bike along delightful roads and discover the scenery that inspired Ibsen and Grieg, two of the country’s most prestigious artists. Tonight, you will stay at Hotel Union Oye, opened in 1891, and remained pretty much the same since then. It’s been a secret hideout for royals and artists.
Easing Back into the City
Devoldfabrikken, an old factory, is now an assortment of Scandinavian outlet stores. You should treat yourself to a short spell of shopping, perhaps buy a waterproof outfit! Next hop on a rib-boat and discover the wildlife that lives around Alesund’s craggy shore. The sail to Skotholden, only reachable by sea, and where your lunch awaits: with the best view of the ocean as an aperitif. Back at Alesund, discover the curious Art Nouveau architecture that found its expression in these distant Norwegian fjords.
After some leisure time to explore the city, your driver will take you to the airport.