Add dates

Things to do in Ålesund

Our most recommended things to do in Ålesund

Ålesund: Ålesund and Surrounding Islands Audio Guide Tour

1. Ålesund: Ålesund and Surrounding Islands Audio Guide Tour

Explore Ålesund and its surroundings with a guide and learn about the history and culture of the region. Visit landmarks including a 12th-century church, a local lighthouse, and a lookout point all on one tour. Meet your driver and head to the island of Giske. Visit the Giske Church, a 12th-century church built from white marble, located approximately 10km from the Ålesund city center. Head across the water to the island of Alnes. See views of the Atlantic ocean as you explore the fishing island. Stop at Alnes Fyr, a local lighthouse with a cafe. Spend some time in Alnes Fyr Cafe, where you can purchase coffee and snacks. The last stop is the Aksla viewpoint. Here you can take in panoramic views of the city and archipelago. You can stop here to have a coffee or something to eat at Fjellstua restaurant. If you wish to go to the city center, you can end the tour at the viewpoint. Otherwise, you will be taken back to the tour starting point.

Alesund: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Alesund: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Alesund is a picturesque town in Norway and is well-known for suffering from a large fire back in 1904. As a result, most of the city was rebuilt and today represents a beautiful, colorful and historic city. Hop-on at the first stop, the Cruise Terminal, for the full tour experience, or if you'd prefer, you can hop-on at any of the 8 stops along the route. The tour bus will take you on an incredible journey through Alesund, showing you the most fabulous sights such as the popular open-air museum and the Fjellstua viewpoint. This is a great place to hop-off and enjoy unforgettable views of Alesund's fjords and mountains. You can also hop-off at other fantastic locations such as the Parken Kulturhus where you'll find many souvenir shops and the Alesund Aquarium where you can enjoy a fun-filled day out. When you're on-board, you will enjoy a fun and interesting audio commentary that is accessible in 8 different languages. With the 24-hour hop-on hop-off ticket, you will also enjoy offers and discounts at a selection of shops and eateries in the city, including a 10% discount at Fjordbuda Souvenirs Gift Shop.  Please find below the bus stops along the sightseeing route:  • Cruise Terminal • Sunnmøre Museum • Aksla View Point / Fjellstua • Parken Kulturhus (Shopping District) • Tourist information • The Art Nouveau Centre / City Center • Ålesund Church • Ålesund Aquarium / Atlanterhavsparken

Alesund: Private Tour to the Viking Islands

3. Alesund: Private Tour to the Viking Islands

After meeting with your guide, you will be delivered to the summit of Aksla Mountain. There you can enjoy the fantastic view of gorgeous Alesund with its unusual architectural style, as you listen to your clever guide and learn some fascinating stories about your next destination. Next, you will follow the numerous sub-sea tunnels to your next destination, the Viking island of Giske. This is the birthplace of the famous Viking Rollon, who was the ancestor of the British Royal Family. You will then visit the Viking's island of Godoy and the old fishing village of Alnes (which has the legendary lighthouse from the Viking's epoch). Next, proceed to the Viking's island of Vigra, where you will learn about great Viking's heritage and explore the outermost island in the archipelago of Viking's clan Giske. Following your tour, you will be delivered to your tour meeting point in Alesund, or any other place within the Old City.

From Ålesund: Private Day Trip to Geirangerfjord

4. From Ålesund: Private Day Trip to Geirangerfjord

Immerse yourself in Norway's dramatic natural landscapes on this day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Ålesund, begin the journey to Hellesylt, passing through the industrial town of Stranda and the Sykkylven mountain region along the way. In Hellesylt, take a ferry to Geiranger. Lunch and snacks are available to purchase onboard. Learn all about Geirangerfjord from the onboard audio guide and get the opportunity to see the famous waterfalls. After disembarking from the ferry, stop in the village of Geiranger. Later, travel along the "Eagle Road" to Eidsdal. Hop on another ferry and travel to Linge, enjoying more panoramic views along the way. On the way back to Ålesund, witness the most breathtaking places on the fjord, including snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls, and lush, green vegetation.

Alesund: City Highlights Private Tour

5. Alesund: City Highlights Private Tour

Let your expert guide pick you up from your hotel. Start your tour with spectacular views of the city and its surrounding islands from the mountain Aksla. Listen to amazing historical facts about one of the Viking Kingdoms in this area. Go to the island Giske, the birthplace of the famous Viking Rollon, an ancestor of British Royal Family. Stop for photos at the 12th century Marble Church. Head to the island Godoy to visit the old fisher village Alnes with a legendary Lighthouse. Learn about the past at the Medieval village Sunnmore. Marvel at one of the largest seawater tanks in Europe at the Aquarium. Have fun with playing fish and be amazed by Sealbay. Finish with a walk on the pedestrian street Kongengsgata.

Alesund: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

6. Alesund: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Create your dream tour of Alesund which you can customize according to your wants and needs. Discover the city's famous Art Nouveau architecture, surrounded by mountains, picturesque mountains, and fjords. Explore the city at your own pace and pick and choose which sights interest you most. You could choose to go for a stroll around "Little Venice" and learn about the poverty which previously besieged the city and how it has transformed itself into a prosperous and modern city. Next, head to the summit of the Aksla mountain to admire panoramic views of Alesund and its surroundings. Marvel at the colorful houses, Sunnmore Mountain Range and the myriad of picturesque islands. Finally, visit a house that survived a fire that engulfed the city in flames and learn how this wooden house managed to survive.

Other Sightseeing Options in Ålesund

Want to discover all there is to do in Ålesund? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Ålesund

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 138 reviews

Very successful excursion into the hinterland with many great impressions (Trollstigen is definitely worth it!) and everything as described on the website. Small group, 10 people in a small, comfortable bus, was very pleasant, especially in Corona times (!). Absolute top guide (Nacho) and top bus driver (unfortunately forgot your name, Romanian?), both very personable. We got a lot of interesting information about the country and people from Nacho in perfect English, and the bus driver even made an extra swerve up the mountain when asked, because the time was right - that was great, so we quickly had the perfect view on Alesund, thank you very much! Excursion is highly recommended, rather book through GYG instead of through the shipping company, which only transport large masses!!

Small grouip with only four total travelers. Christian was a great tour guide and stopped at a number of scenic locations and explained a number of things. He brought sandwiches, drinks and cookies for us to have a picnic lunch. When we were walking on the tundra, he pointed out wild blueberries that he picked and gave them to us to eat.

The trip was really great and was completed within time. The time permitted for each location was alright, I somehow felt that the duration of Alnes should be a bit more as 30 mins seemed less and the place and the surrounding was beautiful. Otherwise rest all was great including the tour guide.

Very nice trip every stop was an event. Our tour guide just great. Learned a lot about the city of Alesund and the surrounding area. We also had great weather for this time of year, which made everything even nicer. Would recommend this trip and do it again myself.

Excursion very well organized, stopping in different strategic places to be able to contemplate the impressive landscape.