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Top Choice Mountain Road in Åndalsnes

Trollstigen

This twisting, sky-topping corkscrew of a road is the most famous stretch of tarmac in Norway. Completed in 1936 after eight years of labour, the Troll's Ladder is a stunning feat of road building, spiralling up the…
Top Choice Scenic Road in Kristiansund

Atlanterhavsveien

The eight storm-lashed bridges of the Atlantic Ocean Road buck and twist like sea serpents, connecting 17 islets between Vevang and the island of Averøya. The UK's Guardian newspaper once crowned it the world's best…
Top Choice Museum in Ålesund

Jugendstil Senteret

The city's unique architectural heritage is documented in a former pharmacy, the first listed Jugendstil monument in Ålesund. Apart from the building's own exquisite and almost entirely original interior, including …
Top Choice Scenic Railway in Åndalsnes

Rauma Railway

A classic Norwegian train ride that railway buffs definitely won't want to miss, the 114km-long Rauma Railway clatters from Åndalsnes and Dombås, high in the mountains of central Norway. It's a super trip, taking in…
Top Choice Cafe in Åndalsnes

Sødahl-Huset

This place is the model of what every small-town cafe should be like. Mix-and-match furniture, regular beer tastings and gigs, and a blackboard menu chock-a-block with delicious, homemade, local-produce food, from s…
Top Choice Antiques in Ålesund

Trankokeriet Antikk

A delver's dream, this place: a chaotic antiques shop stacked floor to ceiling with curiosities and collectibles, from nautical pieces such as old diver's helmets and barometers to traditional Norwegian craft pieces…
Top Choice Coffee in Ålesund

Jacu Coffee Roastery

The west coast's most highly respected coffee roastery is headquartered in this sensitively remodelled industrial space. Drop in for an espresso or a made-to-order filter, breakfast pastries and lunch sandwiches. If…
Top Choice Seafood in Ålesund

Maki

In a nautical cellar space of the hip Hotel Brosundet, this first-rate seafooderie is Ålesund's most creative and interesting place for a fine-dining dinner. Fish, crustaceans and seafood from along the Sunnmore and…
Top Choice Restaurant in Kristiansund

Bryggekanten

This waterside brasserie is just the ticket for brunch, lunch or dinner, with a great terrace wrapped in glass and a good varied lunch menu of pasta dishes, burgers, salads, mussels and bruschetta. Things turn a bit…
Top Choice Chocolate in Geirangerfjord

Geiranger Sjokolade

Bengt Dahlberg's scented trail can reach as far as the dock as he handcrafts his wares in the basement of an old boathouse. Follow your nose and pick up a selection of his inspired work, including truffles flavoured…