Alesund

A town with a fairytale atmosphere
Mount Aksla’s scenic view
The island of Godøy and the village of Alnes

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Alesund

Immersed in Art Noveau

Visiting Ålesund on an MSC cruise of Northern Europe means plunging into a fairytale atmosphere. After a devastating fire, the town was rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century in art Amazing venue on the sea nouveau style.
The streets of Ålesund are filled with turrets, spires and splendid decorations that make it truly unique; if you enjoy this style, you should visit the Jugendstilsenteret, the National Art Nouveau Centre. You can admire the centre of Ålesund from above by climbimg up the 418 steps that lead you to the panoramic heights of Mount Aksla with a view of the islands that surround the town and of the Sunnmøre Alps.

In alternative you can reach the Sukkertoppen, the “sugar peak”, by taking a walk that starts from Hessa, just above the port where your MSC cruise ship is anchored. To get a closer look at the traditional architecture you should instead go the island of Godøy, where you can visit Alnes, a picturesque fisherman’s village built very close to the beach where you find local crafts and food sold in the courtyards.

Book an excursion to the characteristic lighthouse from where you have a wonderful view of the ocean. You cannot claim to have visited Norway on an MSC cruise if you haven’t visited a fjord, so don’t miss an excursion to Geirangerfjord. Dropping from the tall mountains that surround it are wonderful waterfalls like the Brudesløret (the Bride’s Veil) and the De syv søstrene (Seven Sisters) or the Storseterfossen, behind which you can take a walk.

And if you like more challenging paths you could climb up the Ørnevegen (the Eagle’s Path), twisting up from sea level to 620 metres above in just 11 hairpin bends!

Must see places in Alesund

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  • HIKING TO SUGARTOP MOUNTAIN

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    ASD05

    A short, 4-km coach drive through the beautiful Art Nouveau city of Ålesund will see you reach the island of Heissa, from where you will begin your 1-hour hike along a narrow nature trail up Mount Sukkertoppen – or Sugartop Mountain. While your hike will begin at a mere 50 metres above sea level, you will then climb 250 metres up to 304 metres for splendid views of the city, the Borgund Fjord and, further inland, the Sunnmore Alps. Prepare to enjoy breathtaking landscape and spectacular views during your nature ramble. Please note: the number of guides in languages other than English is limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Participants must be physically fit as the tour involves hiking uphill on uneven ground. Comfortable hiking shoes and light clothing recommended. This tour will operate in all weather conditions so participants should take appropriate rainwear, a backpack and bottled water.
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3 h

    • AdultsR1209Price per person

    • ChildrenR859Price per person

  • ALESUND ON FOOT

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    ASD03

    Alesund is one of the few art nouveau towns left in the world that has succeeded in retaining its architectural integrity. Your guide will escort you on a two-hour walking tour through the winding streets of this beautifully preserved town. You can look forward to finding out about the town’s history, hearing about the devastating fire of 1904 and admiring the intricate architectural details of these heritage buildings. It is well worth taking your camera, as there will be no shortage of suitable views to take snapshots of for your family album. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. This tour involves long walking on paved, cobblestone surfaces with inclines and sometimes fairly steep uphill terrain. Comfortable shoes recommended; this tour will operate in all weather conditions so participants should take appropriate rainwear.
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      2 h

    • AdultsR789Price per person

    • ChildrenR562Price per person

  • INTRODUCTION TO ALESUND

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    ASD01

    This tour will take you to see Alesund, a town founded in 1793 and now one of the most important seaports in Norway. A fire devastated the town in 1904 that destroyed the city centre. However, the town literally rose up like a Phoenix from the ashes and was beautifully rebuilt in art nouveau style. Today, Alesund is one of the world’s few art nouveau towns that have succeeded in retaining their architectural integrity. Your guide will take you on an enjoyable sightseeing tour of the city, visiting an open-air museum and a unique local boat collection. You will stop at the Aksla vantage point before your return to port and your ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3 h

      • AdultsR1139Price per person

      • ChildrenR859Price per person

    • AKSLA VIEWPOINT & ATLANTIC OCEAN PARK

      FAMILY FUN

      ASD04

      A short coach transfer will first take you to the oceanfront Atlantic Ocean Park. Actually built out into the coastal waters and situated just 3 km west of the city, the Atlantic Ocean Park counts as one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Do not miss your chance to get up close and personal with the wealth of North Atlantic marine life found in the aquariums and get a unique look into the depths of Stor Fjord, the ferry quay and the ocean with its many islets and skerries. Look forward to watching divers feeding fish by hand and to exploring the “snails, seashells and weird marine animals” section, a particular favourite among children. Your visit to the park will be followed by a relaxing sightseeing tour around Ålesund, one of the world’s few Art Nouveau towns that has retained its architectural integrity. Before heading back to the port and your ship, you will also reach Mount Aksla, where splendid views of the town and the islands await you. Please note: the number of guides in languages other than English is limited. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3 h

      • AdultsR1139Price per person

      • ChildrenR859Price per person

    • THE ISLANDS OF GISKE AND GODØY

      SCENIC ROUTE

      ASD02

      The tour begins with a short sightseeing tour of Alesund, a town that is famed for its beautiful art nouveau buildings. The excursion then continues by taking you through an underwater tunnel to reach Giske Island, a place of importance during the Viking era. The whole island covers an area of just 2.67 square kilometres and was populated by no more than 717 residents in 2010. You will visit Giske Church, a 12th-century Roman marble church on the southern side of the island. Continue on to the island of Godøy and the charming fishing village of Alnes, whose pretty lighthouse safely guides sailors into its Atlantic shores. Your tour concludes with your return to the ship. Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Only cameras without a flash allowed inside Giske Church. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3 h

      • AdultsR1139Price per person

      • ChildrenR859Price per person

    The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
    Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
     
    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Norway

    The magic of the northern lights
    The magic of the northern lights

    A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

    The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

    But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

    Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.