Alesund, Norway: More than Just a Pretty View

Alesund, Norway

Alesund, Norway by Commart/Flickr

I eagerly followed along Nancy D. Brown‘s travels through Norway this summer on her blog, What a Trip. I’ve never been to Scandinavia, so I really enjoyed reading about her experiences in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.

But it somewhere that I had never even heard of – Alesund, a small city on Norway’s western coast – that truly captured my imagination. Not only does Alesund boast stunning natural beauty thanks to the majestic fjords and little islands near the shore, but it’s full  lovely of Art Nouveau architecture. That’s because this top cod-producing town burned to the ground on January 24, 1904, and had to be entirely rebuilt.

Nancy’s video of Alesund brings this intriguing destination to life, as she talks to locals, visits a historic- lighthouse-turned-boutique-hotel and a shop that sells Norway’s colorful national costume.

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4 Responses to Alesund, Norway: More than Just a Pretty View

  1. globester December 13, 2010 at 4:13 am #


    very nice this site with unique content and video also…


  2. Jason
    Twitter: alpaca_suitcase
    January 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    What a beautiful place! Nancy’s video really shows it off. I like the roofing material on the lighthouse-turned-gift shop…looks like sod.

  3. Nancy D. Brown June 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Your post just re-surfaced on Lonely Planet’s Blog Sherpa program. It was fun to re-visit Alesund, Norway. What a Trip!

  4. Escape Hunter January 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    The iconic view of Alesund. Beautiful!
    There must have been piercing cold winds up there! And I guess it gets dark early…

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