Ålesund harbor with Mount Aksla in the background

What Ålesund is most famous for

Dramatic nature and a cityscape painted with fairytale-look-alike architecture, Ålesund looks like a colorful postcard. The little town on the west coast of Norway is surrounded by blue waters, imposing fjords and rugged mountains.

Discover some of the top things to do in Ålesund to make planning your stay here a walk in the park.

Art Nouveau architecture

The colorful art nouveau buildings of downtown are a staple of Ålesund. The city’s elegant architecture has gained Ålesund the reputation of being one of Norway’s most beautiful cities. And it’s not just a few buildings. 

Ålesund is all about Art Nouveau architecture. Stroll around the narrow streets and alleys, or admire the view from the waterside from a SUP board or a kayak along Brosundet canal.

Hotel Brosundet in Ålesund yellow and mint green Art Nouveau buildings

Landscape Views

Being close to the Sunnmøre Alps, the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and mountains dotted with lakes and rivers, Ålesund is surrounded by a diverse and magical landscape. 

One of the best places to see the surrounding nature without leaving Ålesund, is from the top of Mt Aksla. The hike up is quickly rewarded at the top. A little bit further from town is Mt Sukkertoppen a popular alternative.

Hiker on the summit of Sukkertoppen mountain in Ålesund

Active adventures

Ålesund’s landscape is ideal for outdoor activities of any type and of various difficulty levels. Go on an e-bike tour, try SUP boarding or kayaking in the city or hike one of the nearlying beautiful mountains. Ålesund is nothing short of adventures.

Skiers walking up a mountain to ski down again in Hjørundfjorden
Photo: Havard Myklebust | Fjord Norway

Splendid seafood

And when you have been busy exploring all day – the local cuisine is there to take care of you. Ålesund is famous for its fresh and delicious seafood. Cooked klipfish, dried salted cod and fried salmon are some of the local delicacies that dominate the local restaurant menus.

Bacalao fish meal served at Anno restaurant at Brosundet in Ålesund