The town of Ålesund

 

Perched at the top of Norway’s Western Fjord country, picture-perfect Alesund is spread over several islands stretching into the Atlantic, with the spectacular Sunnmøre Mountains as a backdrop. If its natural beauty doesn’t grab you, its architecture surely will: After an early 20th-century fire destroyed much of the town, Alesund was rebuilt and given a distinct Art Nouveau architectural style with numerous turrets, spires and ornaments. Ålesund is the centre of one of the most innovative and dynamic regions in Norway, with a long history of groundbreaking innovation, especially within the maritime sector.

A walk through the town is a colourful and charming experience. Majestic mountains constitute an impressive frame around the town and create a beautiful contrast to the Atlantic Ocean with all its fjords cutting into the coastline. It creates the most spectacular settings for a truly unique event.