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Brosundet Quay,  Ålesund

Brosundet Quay, Ålesund

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Introduction

Ålesund occupies a splendid position on the Norwegian coast, being situated at the mouth of a fjord that, after a great distance on the water can take you to Geiranger. The coastal voyage gives most of a day to this, its only departure from the sea. However at the beginning of the 20th century there was a terrible fire and most of the older wooden buildings were destroyed. Among much international aid, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, who spend a considerable time on holiday in the area, gave a large amount. Rebuilding took place to the latest style. Hence now you'll find a largely art nouveau town on the Norwegian coast.

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Sights and Activities

This is a town just to wander and gaze.

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Getting There

By Train

Åndalsnes is the nearest station and there are then buses - the branch line to Åndalsnes is one of Norway's finest pieces of rail scenery. For timetables see Norway State Railways Website, entering Dombås and Ålesund.

By Bus

Click Norway.com for information on buses from most main cities.

By Boat

Hurtigruten stops here.

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Getting Around

One way or another, do get to Geiranger!

By Car

Apothecary's shop, Ålesund

Apothecary's shop, Ålesund

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By Public Transport

There are buses direct to Geiranger but it's worth going via Åndalsnes one way for the ride over the Trollstigen Pass.

By Boat

The car ferries from Geiranger to Hellesylt are comfortable with good cafes and with a commentary in English. There is no point in paying more for a tourist boat.

Art Nouveau, Ålesund

Art Nouveau, Ålesund

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Eat

Hummer og Kanari, Kongens gate 19 - bistro (cheapish) and restaurant.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Ålesund HostelParkgata Møre og romsdalHostel89

Mid-Range

Brosundet Hotel - highly recommended.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most Norwegian households are connected to the Internet in some way (often broadband), making cybercafés hard to find outside major cities, due to a relatively small market. Most public libraries have free public access to the internet, but a limited number of computers and limited opening hours.

However, if you bring a laptop with a wireless connection you will find wireless internet zones just about everywhere (gas stations, city centres, cafés, shopping centres, hotels etc.), sometimes free, but be prepared to pay for it though. It is not unusual for hotels to have a terminal for guest use. Well over half of the camp grounds have wifi internet, but if it's crucial for you, best to ask before paying for your camping space.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international calling code for Norway is 47. Emergency numbers include Police at 112, Fire at 110 and Emergency Medical Services at 113.
If you are unsure which number to call, 112 is the central for all rescue services and will put you in contact with the correct department. For non-emergencies, the police is to be called on 02800.

Cell phone Coverage generally is very good, except maybe some of the valleys, fjords and mountains. The company with the best coverage is Telenor. The other main operator is Netcom. These two deliver coverage to a multitude of other companies (Tele2 and Network Norway are two smaller companies that deliver coverage in the main cities, but utilize the othe two's net when outside).Prepaid sim card are available in all shops that sell phones and also petrol stations and kiosks. Prepaid has been in a slump in Norway after forced registration was effected, so prices are a bit higher for these than for subscriptions.

If you plan to do quite a bit of websurfing on the phone then Telenor's Prepaid (or "Kontant" in Norwegian) might be the ticket. You can surf as much as you wish, but the card doesn't get charges for more than 10 NOK per day (worth it if you use more than 2MB per day on the days you surf - though after 500MB the speed get's axed to 100kb/s).

Post

Red mailboxes are found easily and post offices are plentiful, with opening hours on most being 9:00am to 5:00pm, with usually shorter hours on Saturday. Stamps can usually only be found at post offices although some popular tourist venues might carry them. Norway's postal system, "Posten", has a good website with a lot of English information including up to date prices and also details about the opening hours of the nearest post office. The most commonly sent format for travellers are letters and cards up to 20 grams, check their website for current prices. If you want to send packages, you might also use international courier companies lik DHL, UPS or TNT.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 62.47094
  • Longitude: 6.1546356

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