Ålesund is the largest city in the province of Møre og Romsdal and built on only islands!
A huge fire burned down the city center in 1904. It was the German emperor Wilhelm II who offered his help to rebuild the city by sending ships with canned food, clothing, construction materials etc. Out of gratitude towards the emperor, the inhabitants named one of the main streets in Ålesund after him, “Keiser Wilhelms Gate”.
The city is famous for its architecture, the Art Nouveau style. In the city center you can find over 400 buildings in this typical architecture. It also has the most important fishing harbour in Norway and the town’s fishing fleet is one of the most modern in Europe.
From Mount Aksla you can enjoy the spectacular view over the city and the surrounding islands, including the islands Giske and Godøy. Giske, known for the Duke of Normandy, Rollo and Godøy for its natural beauty and the lighthouse in Alnes. Most of the islands you will see from Mount Aksla can actually be reached by car without using a ferry.
Ålesund simply offers you everything: Architecture, history, nature, fjords and mountains and even a peek into the local history at the Sunnmøre Museum or Jugendstil Museum (the Art Nouveau Museum).