This week post is about a young couple’s trip to the natural beauty of Norway. For four days Vanessa and Alex, went on a Easter break to discover Ålesund in Norway, place that both agreed as being the most beautiful they have ever seen. They have chosen Alesund, knowing that it is a quiet fishermen town, as they were hoping to see some northern lights (even though April is too late) and the Fjords!So here are their suggestions!
We did not work on a plan in advance, and were not aware that during Easter time everything is closed in Norway… So, we arrived on Friday afternoon and we were surprised that even the tourism office was closed (the whole weekend). This made the beginning of our journey a bit more difficult, as we did not have information about where to go and how to move around the area. We had to rely on the internet to plan our trip.
We checked at the hotel “Radisson Blue” and we were very happy with our choice. We had an amazing view from the window of our bedroom as you can see below.This was not very expensive and everything was nice and clean. Downstairs where the lounge was and the living space, everything was very charming and the big windows to the mountains and the sea view were stunning.
Our aim was to go on a boat in the middle of the famous Norwegian Fjords! Yet, this was not possible during this weekend. We quickly realise that we had no way to move around as the bus were not working or very few, boats very conditioned and not going to all the usual locations available. We found ourselves stuck in the bedroom without options! However, we managed to rent the last car from AVIS, 5 min before the store closes and that was our lucky!
We stayed there from 3rd of April and we left on the 6th of April, just a long weekend.
It is an amazing place if you want to be closer to nature, breath pure air and enjoy sceneries that you cannot see anywhere else.
The actual centre of the city is very beautiful and calm. When you walk close to the sea, you see the fisher’s man on their boats with all the catch of the day to sell. They are very friendly and approachable and talk about their lives a little bit.
- Checked in Radisson, sea view, really good location to walk in town centre;
- Go for a walk in the town, Alesund beautiful and quiet, surrounded by water and majestic mountains.
- Shop a little bit, but they do not have too many products… and it is expensive
- First restaurant, “Egon Alesund”, large choice, Menu/speak any languages, best value, large portion, very good typical fish soup, nice quiet and wood decoration: Our favourite!
- Amazing breakfast at the hotel! They had everything!! Every day we had available some of the best fresh fish in town. Special attention for the amazing smoked salmon!
- Quick walk through the town centre, Fishers’ boat arrival with fresh fish and sea food
- 1pm we picked the car and started the road trip.
- In the fjord area, the main transport is boat, so there are not too many bridges or tunnels. So when you are driving, you need to take Ferry boats to cross fjords. They are not too expensive and there is a lot to take during a day trip. This really adds something to the adventure! (Ferry boats operate from early in the morning until 11pm all year)
- With the car during a one long afternoon we managed to go down the south, drive along the fjords, going up and down mountains and valleys, sometimes full of snow which was amazing. Landscapes varied from very white, bright, ice to a mix between blue, white, green when the road opens on the fjords.
- Maybe the benefit of all tourist activities being close during Easter weekend is that we could enjoy any places alone, quiet. And be alone on the road.
- Our aim was to do a loop around the Geiranger Fjord and pass by the bottom of it.
- We drove on the tourist mountain road which was really challenging and once you passed the top of the mountain, the view opens on the end of Geiranger Fjord… Breathtaking….
- Here is the map for the itinerary!
- We finished our trip and were back at night in Alesund(around 10pm)
- Last restaurant serving food –» Egon !! Fish soup and chips!
- Going to the island that we can see from our hotel room, on the west of Alesund: Godoya.
- Driving through Hovland, Valderoya until the bottom of Godoya. Passing on long and amazingly designed bridges or under water tunnel, which makes the trip really amusing.
- Park the car and walk along the north coast of the island and until the top of the mountain Godoya to find snow and a lake!
- Then going down in direction to Alnes!
- Do not cross someone’s garden even though it looks all open and seems alright… Norwegian do not like at all (believe me, we have tried!)
- Be careful closing the gates behind you to make sur the sheep do not escape.
- Alnes is a really quiet and nice remote place, houses have different colours…
- Back to Alesund and expensive restaurant, Norwegian dish… Fish basically.
- The Hotel can book a shuttle for you to go to the airport (same price as the bus from town centre)
- The last morning, we decided to go to the top of Alesud to have an amazing panoramic view.
- We rushed it a little bit to make it to the top and be back on time at the hotel for the shuttle, but it was worth it! The hike was not too hard (Norwegians do it running…)
I hope you like it! J
Vanessa & Alex