Welcome to The Northern Fjords


The main draw here is undoubtedly the epic Geirangerfjord, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and near the top of most visitors' must-see lists. There's no doubt that it's a glorious sight, but its charm is sadly marred by the sheer number of people who want to see it – there's a seemingly never-ending stream of sightseeing boats and cruise ships chugging up and down the channel.

Away from this fjord, however, you'll soon find yourself well off the beaten track with the scenery to yourself. Further north, the elegant towns of Ålesund and Kristiansund are well worth a visit, while two epic roads – the Trollstigen and the Atlantiksvegen – are the stuff of driving dreams.


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$131.41 Shore Excursions

Alesund Shore Excursion: From Fjords to Trolls

From the meeting point the bus will take you through the beautiful area outside Ålesund, to the land of the trolls. Throughout this excursion our guide will share many interesting facts and fascinating stories with you. On the road to Sjøholt, you will pass the house of Ivar Åsen, founder of the Nynorsk language, the second language in Norway. This part of Møre og Romsdal is especially known for the furniture industry. From Sjøholt, the road along the Storfjord will lead you via Stordal and its Rose Church (built in 1789) to Valldal, famous for its delicious strawberries. The next stop will be at the breathtakingly beautiful Gudbrandsjuvet, a 5 m narrow and 20-25 m deep ravine. You can walk over a bridge from one side of the ravine to the other. From here the bus will drive through the National ParkReinheimen, to the Trollstigen plateau. Enjoy the amazing view over the Troll Road (Trollstigen), the mountains the King, Queen and Bishop, as well as the waterfall Stigfossen. When driving down the Troll Road, the driver will safely drive the bus through 11 hairpin bends. At the bottom of the Troll Road, there will be an extra photo stop from where you will be able to take the best pictures of the Stigfossen. Next up is a visit to the Troll Wall / Trollveggen, Europe's tallest vertical rock face, and the impressive Romsdalshorn. After this stop, it is time to head back to Ålesund. Meeting point:Keiser Wilhelms Street 6, 6003 ÅlesundBe at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled departure timeAttention points:Difficulty; level 1, easy, suited for everybodyWe advise all our guests to wear appropriate shoes and clothingPlease Note: 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. All meeting points are within walking distance from the port/pier and most of the hotels.

$86.69 Shore Excursions

Ålesund Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Sightseeing Tour

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.

$46.04 Shore Excursions

Alesund Shore Excursion: City walk

Our guide will take you on an interesting walk through the streets of the city center and lead you to the most fascinating Art Nouveau buildings. During this excursion, you will also visit the Jugendstil Senter (Art Nouveau Museum), located in the old Swan Pharmacy where a time capsule takes you back in time. You can learn more about the town fire, the rebuilding of the town and the Art Nouveau style. There are in addition several exhibitions which can be visited. Ålesund is built on multiple islands, the heart of Ålesund is stretched over two of these islands; Nørvøy and Aspøy. As the fishing industry is still the main industry in this region of Norway, all sorts of fishing boats can be spotted in the waters that surround the city. The town has an unusually consistent architecture; Art Nouveau. Most of the buildings have been built between 1904 and 1907, after the fire which destroyed over 800 houses in the city center in January 1904. Meeting point: Keiser Wilhelms Street 6, 6003 ÅlesundBe at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled departure timeAttention Points: Difficulty; level 2, moderate, suited for physically fit guestsMinimum age; 6 yearsWe advise all our guests to wear appropriate shoes and clothing

$149.94 Outdoor Activities

Seakayak and Hike - Ålesund

We meet up at our activity centre on Brunholmen in Ålesund city were we have a perfect starting point for kayak trips. Here you will get kitted out with all the mandatory equipment and get a safety breefing before we leave. WHY GO ON SEAKAYAK AND HIKE WITH US IN ÅLESUND? All our guides are certified kayak guides and have a great local knowledge – something that will assure you a great day out on the water. We are the areas biggest activity provider providing clients from all over the world with unique and memorable experiences. We have both single and double kayaks that will make it a great experience for both families, unexperienced and the more skilled kayakers. The seakayak and hike trip has 2 daily departures during the whole summer. 

$119.70 Outdoor Activities

Hiking to Mount Saksa from Urke

We start our day in the small village Urke in the shoreline of Norangsfjorden, from where we are able to work our way up to the summit and get better, and better views during the day. The last part up to the top used to be a bit sketchy with a lot of loose rocks, but last year a couple of sherpas from Nepal built a nice stairway with the existing rocks. This is one of our favorite hikes in the region and the hike that gives you the most spectacular fjord view in the region.

$107.10 Outdoor Activities

Night Ski Touring with Headlamps in the Sunnmøre Alps

These trips starts at our office in Stranda at 18.00 where you get equipped with the headlamps and a short introduction to our trip. You´re also able to rent ski touring equipment at our office if you don´t have your own. We take a short drive up to where we start on snow and make our way up towards the summit of the night in the light from our headlamps. With the right conditions there´s good chances for northern lights on this tour, and there´s nothing that beats that – ski touring with northern lights. Some people think it´s hard to ski when it´s dark – think again! With our strong headlamps with several 1000 lumens it´s going to be bright as day!

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