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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Alesund Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
While in port in Ålesund, see the entire Norwegian city all at once on this convenient hop-on hop-off tour. Visit the Sunnmøre Museum, the Art Nouveau Center, Ålesund Church and more while learning about the sights from the onboard commentary, available in multiple languages.