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Ålesund: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

1. Ålesund: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Discover the marvelous city of Ålesund with the Hop-on Hop-off double-decker buses at your own pace. Hop on, sit back and enjoy as you pass through fascinating landscapes, architectural and historical sites. Learn about the exciting history of the city with our entertaining audio guide available in 7 different languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Norwegian). Get to know about the devastating fire of 1904 that destroyed the wooden buildings, and about the reconstruction under the initiative of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany. Sharpen your knowledge of Art Nouveau — Jugendstyle architecture. Delight your eyes going to the Fjellstua viewpoint and see panoramic views of the city. Explore the Ålesund Aquarium, one of the largest saltwater aquariums in Scandinavia. An easy and enjoyable way to explore the most interesting attractions. You can hop on and off as many times as you want with your 1 day ticket Welcome on board and have fun!

From Ålesund: Trollstigen Sightseeing Village & Fjord Tour

2. From Ålesund: Trollstigen Sightseeing Village & Fjord Tour

Admire the awe-inspiring views of this natural fantasyland. Join your guide on this insightful day tour that will show you the most stunning mountain views, unique fiords, and gorgeous rock formations. Pass by some quaint traditional villages along the way to discover the local culture. The bus will take you from Ålesund, through small Norwegian towns, and, finally, to the Land of Trolls. The first stop will be Kokarsteinen, a great photo spot just above the fiord. Pass by Sjoholt, a village known for its furniture and wood industry, and Valldal, famous for its tasty strawberries. Next, move on to Gubrandsjuvet, a 5-meter wide and 20-meter high ravine where you can walk across a scenic bridge. After that, the bus will drive you to Trollstigen so you can enjoy the majestic view of the natural landscape and fantastic mountain road with eleven hairpin turns.  While driving down the road, enjoy an extra photo stop at Stigefossen, a powerful waterfall with a total height of 240 meters. The last stop will be at Trollvegen, which is Europe’s tallest vertical rock face. Before your adventure comes to an end, enjoy a lovely drive through Åndalsnes.

Alesund: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Alesund: City Sightseeing 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 1-day 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

Ålesund: Ålesund and Surrounding Islands Audio Guide Tour

4. 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.

From Ålesund: Winter Fjord Cruise to Geirangerfjord

5. From Ålesund: Winter Fjord Cruise to Geirangerfjord

Join us on an unforgettable journey through the beautiful, wild and raw landscape of the fjords. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to experience a popular World Heritage site without the huge crowds. Enjoy a powerful and peaceful close contact with raw and rugged nature, whether you're here when the landscape glows with autumn colors, when it's covered in snow and ice, or when it bursts with spring. Experience the unique calm that hangs over the landscape in autumn, winter and spring: the air is crisper, the light clearer and the shadows deeper. Your trip travels with our modern fjord boat from the narrow strait in the seaside town of Ålesund and up the fjord towards the heart of the UNESCO area ─ Geiranger. Sit comfortably on the fjord boat, and feel how the mood changes as the landscape changes: from the open horizons of the coast to the most dramatic and mysterious fjords inland. The last half hour of the journey passes through the vast Geirangerfjord, past abandoned fjord farms, high mountains and powerful waterfalls. Perhaps head up on deck for a light, refreshing shower of mountain water on your face? Included in the trip is the Fjord Ranger from the World Heritage Center Norwegian Fjord Center. Hear all about how glaciers, rivers and other forces have shaped the landscape, about the great diversity of plants and animals that live here, and about the people who found themselves in completely incredible places. You can ask the Fjord Ranger about everything between heaven and earth (or between mountains and fjords). In Geiranger, be driven by bus to the spectacular Flydalsjuvet viewpoint, where you will have the opportunity to take iconic pictures of the fjord and Geiranger. Visit the Norwegian Fjord Centre, which is an interesting information and visitor center on the landscape of the West Norwegian fjords and the Geirangerfjord heritage area. In addition to a large interactive exhibition, there is also a cafeteria and a sale of local artisan products. Anyone who wants to can walk the 'Waterfall Walk' (327 steps) down the magnificent river in Norsk Fjordsenter and back to the ship.

Ålesund: Round Trip Boat to Geirangerfjord with Audioguide

6. Ålesund: Round Trip Boat to Geirangerfjord with Audioguide

Take an afternoon cruise from the downtown harbor of Ålesund to Geiranger and enjoy the magnificent landscape that slides slowly past you. From the bus station, you’ll find the docks, where you can board the catamaran. Once on board, grab a snack from the kiosk, and get ready for the sights. Put in your earphones, and turn on the audio guide to your language. Watch the waterfalls pass you by as you glide to Geiranger. Cruise through the 16 km-long UNESCO site at Geirangerfjord, and listen to the stories about the people who made there living along the Fjords. Once you arrive in Geiranger, explore the village, the waterfall walk, or lunch at one of the restaurants. Board to head back to Ålesund when it suits you.

Norway/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

7. Norway/Europe: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Norway hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Norway and another 43 European regions (full list below). Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Network coverage: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Vatican City. Carriers to use in Norway: Telenor & Telia

Ålesund: Via Ferrata tour

8. Ålesund: Via Ferrata tour

Our guests will meet the guide at the start of the via ferrata. We have all the equipment waiting for you. You will need to sign a short waiver before we hand out the equipment. Our guides will provide a safety brief and explain how the equipment work. Depending on the size of the group, one or two guides will assist. When all guests are geard up and ready to climb, the guide will start the tour. The whole route is build on solid rock. The wall is facing south with a view to the alps of Sunnmøre, the ocean, islands and the city. First half is the steepest, but it never gets vertical. We have placed foot steps and hand holds where you need this. You will never get stuck, although you should not participate if you are scared of hights. The view get really spectacular once you are half way in the wall. We have build a large bench so that all guests can take a break and enjoy the view. The second half of the via ferrata is less steep, but still with a great view to the city, ocean and mountains. It traverse to the right and up to the famous viewpoint resteurant Fjellstua. Once you arrive at the top the guide will take all the equipment. You are now free to visit the restaurant or simply enjoy the stairscase which take you back down to the park.

Ålesund: Norwegian Coastal Cities Smartphone Audio Guide App

9. Ålesund: Norwegian Coastal Cities Smartphone Audio Guide App

Available in English and German language. Explore the cities along the Norwegian coast individually and in your own pace, while still getting the information of an experienced tour guide on your smartphone. The Hurtigruten and Havila Kystruten mailboats call at 34 ports along the Norwegian coast. There is plenty of time for a walking tour in the larger towns. Explore the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, the old Norwegian capital Trondheim, Bodø, the Arctic capital Tromsø, Kirkenes, Hammerfest and Svolvær on the Lofoten Islands on extended city tours and shorter walks. In Alesund you will learn interesting facts about the great city fire and the reconstruction in Art Nouveau style. Nidaros Cathedral is certainly the highlight of the tour of Trondheim. But the historic workers' quarter Bakklandet and the former harbour area Nedre Elvehavn are also worth seeing. Somewhat bizarre is the world's only bicycle lift. Tromsoe was the starting point of Arctic expeditions for a long time. Today, the Polar Museum takes visitors back to the time of the Norwegian polar explorers Amundsen and Nansen. The famous Mack Oil Halls entice visitors to sample beer in what was once the world's northernmost brewery.

Ålesund - Sightseeing and Viking Saga Islands

10. Ålesund - Sightseeing and Viking Saga Islands

Discover the scenery and history of the ‘Viking saga islands’ of Giske and Godøy. The municipality of Giske consists of 4 islands: Giske, Godøy, Vigra and Valderøy, which were the center of power during the Viking Age and the Middle Ages and also the seat of earls, local kings and Viking chieftains. Our journey will take you through a series of tunnels and bridges to the two main islands of Giske and Godøy. From Ålesund, we’ll travel across the Giske bridge to the saga island of Giske, the birthplace of the Viking chieftain, Rollo. The municipality was named after this small island because of its historical importance. Giske is fairly flat and fertile with some settlements dating back to the early Bronze Age. A stop will be made to photograph the exterior of the quaint 12th century white marble Giske Church, which was originally the private chapel of a local influential family. Travelling through a tunnel will bring us to the island of Godøy and the picturesque fishing village of Alnes. There will be a stop at Alnes Lighthouse for a visit where, on a clear day, there is a lovely view of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding islands. After returning to Ålesund, a stop will be made at the viewpoint on Mount Aksla* to enjoy the breathtaking view. *Please note: Admission to the Aksla platform is not included.

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4.1 / 5

based on 138 reviews

This is a fantastic day. As we were here in winter this was a winter tour… and all the better for it. To see Norway in winter is just incredible. To see the fjords in winter is just mind blowing, The ranger guides, the ships crew, the food, the drinks, all excellent. The Rangers were so friendly and welcoming. Just excellent

Radmyla is an amazing guide! She is interesting, kind very knowledgeable. Her tour is unique and she is very passionate about what she does. We all loved the tour and would highly recommend. She even bought us treats to eat and drink!

We loved the boot trip so much. Stunning views. The walk next to the frezen watervallen was not hard. But beautifull

Well organized trip. An all-round successful day. Competent rangers.

A wonderful trip, very well organized and informative.