Ålesund Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Sightseeing Tour

Shore Excursions in Norway

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Don´t miss out on this perfect opportunity to learn all about the beautiful city of Ålesund and her surroundings; a visit to the enchanting islands of Giske and Godøy, the Sunnmøre Museum and sightseeing. Climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse in Alnes on Godøy or go for a stroll on the beach. A visit to the picturesque open-air Sunnmøre Museum will teach you all about how life was in this part of the country a few centuries ago. Enter the boathouses for another fascinating exhibition. From the museum you will go to Mt. Aksla and enjoy the stunning view over the city, followed by a tour through the center of this spectacular art nouveau city.
From the meeting point the bus will take you through several underwater tunnels to reach the first destination, the Island of Giske. This island is relatively flat and very fertile. You will find many farms and grazing cows and sheep. Giske is known as the birthplace of the famous Viking Rollo, who was the first Duke of Normandy and an ancestor of the British Royal Family. A photo stop will be made at the marble church, built in the 12th century. The excursion continues to the beautiful island of Godøy and its typical fishing village Alnes. Here you can enjoy an amazing view over the Atlantic Ocean, visit the lighthouse or go for a stroll on the beach.After visiting the beautiful islands, you will be taken several centuries back in time to the years where most Norwegians lived a hard life, often were very poor and lived from agriculture and fishing. You will learn all about it at the Sunnmøre Museum. Our guide will lead you through the open air part of the museum where 55 old houses are located. Some are open, meaning you can take a peek inside. Several exhibitions can be visited inside the main building and in the boathouse you will learn even more about how life in this part of Norway changed over the centuries.The excursion continues to Mt. Aksla, from where you can enjoy the spectacular view over the city and its surrounding islands. After driving down the house-mountain, the bus will take you through the city center. The town has an unusually consistent architecture: art nouveau. Most of these colourful houses and buildings have been built between 1904 and 1907, after the fire which destroyed over 800 houses in the city center in January 1904.NB: National Authorities will be doing maintenance work in the Ålesund area in 2018. The visit to Giske will not be affected, however, the tunnel to Godøy will be mostly closed for construction work.Should we not be able to visit the lighthouse in Alnes, this visit will be replaced with a visit to another venue, which also focuses on Ålesund’s coastal / maritime history as Ålesund is often considered the “fishing capital” of Norway. This possible temporary change will not lessen the duration or the quality of the tour.Meeting point: Keiser Wilhelms Street 6, 6003 ÅlesundMeeting point is within walking distance from the port/pier and most of the hotelsBe at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled departure timeAttention points: Tour duration; 4½ hoursDifficulty; level 1, easy, suited for everybodyWe advise all our guests to wear appropriate shoes and clothingNB: In order for our excursions to be available for everyone, the time of departure/arrival of each excursion is set to match the itineraries of the cruise ships. In case a time of departure needs to be adjusted, you will be notified in time.

What’s included

  • All entrance fees included
  • Local guide
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Visit to the Sunnmøre Museum
  • Panoramic view from Mount Aksla
  • Visit to the Alnes Lighthouse
  • Photostop Giske church

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
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