From high mountains and beautiful fjords to fresh sea air, fresh fish – and nice people. There are many reasons to travel to Ålesund, says Silje Viken Skarlund, hotel director at the newly renovated Thon Hotel Ålesund.
"I’ve lived here for almost 47 years, and will never move. Ålesund is the most beautiful city in the world!
Thon Hotels has two hotels in Ålesund: Thon Hotel Ålesund, located in the city centre and Thon Partner Hotel Baronen, located in Spjelkavika, outside Ålesund.
"Thon Partner Hotel Baronen is a great starting point for the family holiday. We have large family rooms and great extra beds, if needed. This summer, all children receive a welcome package! We also lend out games and books to the children," says Kari Janne Myklebust, hotel director.
Below you will find tips on what to experience in and around the Art Nouveau city:
After the town broke down in 1904, it was rebuilt in splendid Art Nouveau style, with pointed towers, spires and imaginative ornaments on the house facades. So no matter where you turn, you will see something beautiful in Ålesund, and just walking and looking around the city is a sight in itself.
At the Sunnmøre Museum, on the other hand, you can see how the town looked in earlier times. The museum is home to a large collection of houses and boats that tell of old building standards and way of life in Sunnmøre from the 16th century to the present day. Ålesund has also become a very good cultural town, including the annual Art Nouveau festival with plenty of concerts and Ålesund Live, which has a concert stage in the centre. Another thing that is great about Ålesund is that it is close to everything, and so easy to get around. No matter which way you are headed, it is a maximum of fifteen minutes' walk.
The top of Aksla
A trip to the top of Ålesund’s town mountains, Aksla and Fjellstua, is a must and perhaps the most important attraction in the town! Here you get a beautiful panoramic view of the town, archipelago and the Sunnmøre Alps. The tour starts in Byparken, a short walk from the hotel, and winds its way up the mountainside via 418 steps. On the way, stop at the viewpoint "Byrampen" and enjoy the view, take a picture or just take a breath on the ascent. The hike to the top takes about ten minutes for a fit person, but is suitable for everyone. The newly renovated stairs are easy to use and it is well organised with benches all the way up. You can also drive all the way up by car or ride on the Bytoget. From the top, there are also excellent hiking opportunities onwards into Akslafjellet.