City Story: Ålesund

Our next stop in Scandinavia was Ålesund, a town which we really thought had it all in terms of what Norway has to offer. Storybook city centre - check, scenery with endless natural beauty - check, fjords - check and shopping with a true Scandinavian feel - check!


Ålesund is a tiny fishing town set amongst the fjords. It was rebuilt in 1904 after a fire that destroyed most of the buildings.

A walk from the iconic red lighthouse (Molja) to the main shopping area (around Løvenvoldgata street) is perfect to admire this particularly lovely Art Nouveau architecture.

If you continue a little further you come to the start of the steep stairway that leads to the Fjellstua, an incredible lookout (Aksla).

If you are like most tourists to Europe and have started to have nightmares about steep stairs, although these are steep let me put your mind at ease, for you will be rewarded with one of the most incredible views and is definitely worth the 418 steps


Café Lyspunktet had a selection of delicious (and enormous) dishes made with local ingredients. J particularly enjoyed his burger and the coffee was worth the expensive Scandinavian prices (approx. 6AUD).

If you are in search of a tasty pizza or pasta with a view of the harbour, you can go no further than Anno.


Hotel Brosundet is an iconic, restored fishing warehouse right on the harbour and we found it perfect for our stay in Ålesund. A beautiful open fireplace welcomes cold travellers in after a day exploring and the view from all the rooms are exceptional.

Step Outside:

J and I decided to rent a car for the day and travel to the famed Geirangerfjord. We were there in February and the tours were not yet running, otherwise this would have been a great option too.

As the saying goes, ‘it’s not about the destination, but the journey’ and this was truly one of those days, but more about that in the next post so stay tuned...

Xxx The Strawberry Story