Introducing Ålesund

The coastal town of Ålesund is, for many, just as beautiful as Bergen, if on a much smaller scale, and it's certainly far less touristy. The home base for Norway's largest cod-fishing fleet, it sits on a narrow, fishhook-shaped sea-bound peninsula. So tightly packed is the town centre that expansion would be impossible; today most of the townspeople live scattered across nearby islands and peninsulas.

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