Alesund is a a seaside city in Norway that offers countless nature hikes, fjords, and places to photograph. The city of Alesund is an easy day trip from Oslo, and the plane ride is worth a trip in itself as it offers a scenic view of the fjords. There city is easily manageable for a day trip, as the center of town is compact and quaint, filled with cobblestone streets and shops and nearby hikes. The city has a unique history as it experienced a devastating fire in 1904 and has since been rebuilt in Art Nouveau Architecture. View our gallery for the photography of Alesund.
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Here are the photo opportunities in Alesund:
1. Alesund Harbor:
The harbor of Alesund is fishing village filled with boats and lined with cobblestone streets, flowers, and quaint restaurants. Many of the shops are closed on Sundays, however many restaurants and museums were still open. We were even greeted with a street procession from one of the town churches.
Bring your hiking shoes to Alesund because the views from the tops of the peaks are stunning. TheFjellstua hike can be seen from the harbor with a series of switchback steps that lead to the top of the mountain. Although the steps look daunting from below, it takes only about a half hour to climb the 418 steps and the trail has plenty of vantage points to stop and take photos. The top is a rewarding 360 degree view of the city and fjords. There is also a restaurant where visitors can enjoy the view, as well as additional hiking trails.
The fjords of Alesund can be visited via car or ferry. Alesund is situated on two fjords: Hjørund and Geiranger fjords,
4. Jugendstilsenteret Museum
The city offers an excellent museum called Jugendstilsenteret, which provides the story behind the city of Alesund. Every fifteen minute is an interactive time travel presentation that provides an interesting context into the history of Alesund and its rebirth after the fires of 1904.
View the gallery of Alesund here.
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