Ålesund offers the adventurous visitor the best of Norway's incredible fjord landscape as soon as they set foot off the plane. Cheap flights to Ålesund land in the centre of a network of fjords and islands that extend up the entire west coast of Norway. This is a remarkably unspoiled area known the world over for a unique natural beauty that quite simply takes the breath away. The proximity of the Sunnmøre Alps means winter sports are a stone's throw away and food lovers can find out why Ålesund hosts the annual Norwegian Food Festival.
What to do
Ålesund is a paradise for lovers of nature and outdoor pursuits. The Sunnmøre Alps offer unusual and blissfully uncrowded skiing opportunities for downhill and cross country enthusiasts. Take the opportunity to ski from mountain peak to sea or enjoy miles of cross country trails suitable for all levels and ages. Many trails are now floodlit for the ultimate magical wilderness experience under the stars. Fjellseter has a skiing centre where all members of the family can learn the ropes before heading off to try their hand at alpine skiing, telemark and even paragliding. At the Stordal Alpine Centre, intrepid snow enthusiasts can take their pick from ice hiking, climbing or fishing.
In the summer, the Alps and fjords offer countless opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. Water activities are available at many locations in the area, including sea kayaking, sailing and canoeing, along with excellent opportunities for the keen or novice fisherman. The Geirangerfjord and Hjørundfjord are home to a wealth of coastal wildlife. Runde bird island is definitely worth a visit, along with the beautiful Alnes lighthouse, both easily accessible from a base in Ålesund.
What to eat
Ålesund offers a wide range of food from around the world, but for the purest experience, head down to the quayside. You can buy fresh prawns direct from the fisherman and enjoy them at your own leisure on clifftops and beaches. The local rural towns of Ulsteinvik and Volda hide some wonderful family run establishments offering local cuisine. There are some real gems to be found at the roadside too, so don't hesitate to explore. As is often true in Ålesund, the more adventurous you are, the more rewards you will reap.