When my friend Nina invited me to visit her in her city Ålesund, it didn’t take long before I was on my way. I have only visited this magical place one time before, and this was my first time visiting off-season (cheers to fewer tourists and crowds!).
I hopped on the train to Åndalsnes to catch the bus to the city center of Ålesund. The season went from autumn to winter and back to autumn again. Even though I am Norwegian myself I am always shocked and amazed by the beauty of my country.
Nina picked me up at the station and surprised me with crémant and skillpaddekake (turtle cake) which has become a popular cake tradition in Ålesund. These ones were decorated with a Halloween-theme.
Our first goal for the weekend was to climb Fjellstua (Aksla) mountain to get to the best viewing spot of the city.
Of course, we had to do an obligatory photoshoot
Onto our next plan for the day. KHÅK (Art center in Ålesund) hosted a beautiful art opening for the works of Ellen Grieg and Marit Geraldine Bostad. You can see more from the exhibition on my newly established account here.
We continued our day with a stroll through the city to catch the beautiful Jugend-architecture of Ålesund. Here outside Hotel Brosundet.
For my departure, I booked a plane ticket from Ålesund to Oslo to catch this beautiful sunset over the mountains. Are you looking to visit Ålesund? Below you will find some of my favorite spots!
Restaurant and bar which focuses on New Nordic coastal gastronomy.
Stylish newly refurbished hotel with an equally fresh restaurant. Scandinavia’s coziest reception area.
Yet another modern hotel with a beautiful lunch lounge called Green Garden.
Brewery pub next to the water at Stornespiren. Exciting beer selection and laid back atmosphere.
Keiser Wilhelms gate 2B
Ålesund’s city stage. Here you will find new concerts, events, and DJ-concepts every week.
Keiser Wilhelms gate 6
The art union of Ålesund (presented in the blog post). New exhibitions several times a year. Free entrance.
Keiser Wilhelms gate 36
by Christian Kraugerud Søberg