Should You Visit Alesund?

Are you thinking about visiting Alesund, Norway? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.


Is Alesund worth visiting?

This city is a good place to visit for two to three days. Ålesund is the largest fishing port in Norway. It's located on the west coast and it's filled with nouveau architecture and several interesting museums. There are also many great viewpoints near town.

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Reasons to Visit Alesund

Food
As Norway's largest fishing port, you'll find plenty of seafood offerings around town. A favorite is bacalao de noruega (dried and salted clipfish), but also make sure you try the lobster soup.

Museums
Check out the Atlantic Sea-Park and the Sunnmøre Museum. Also visit the small but interesting Fisheries Museum & Ålesund Museum.

Nightlife
There are plenty of bars around town as well as nightclubs and live music venues.

Shopping
There are a number of shopping streets around town including the shopping areas in Aspøya, which are known for their homemade souvenirs.

Authenticity
Alesund has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.




Is Alesund worth visiting in the Summer?

The high season for travel in Alesund is the summer, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is somewhat touristy, so in the high season it's usually busier.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during summer with average temperatures around 12°C (54°F).

During this season it's fun to experience the famous sights and museums, the big city activities, and the nightlife scene.


Summer Weather in Alesund
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 12°C (54°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
August 13°C (55°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
September 11°C (52°F) 190 mm (7.5 in)

Is Alesund worth visiting in the Autumn?

The weather in Alesund can be quite cold during autumn, and averages around 9°C (48°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Alesund, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

This is a great time of year to admire the wonderful scenery, browse the museums, and enjoy the city's energy.


Autumn Weather in Alesund
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 9°C (48°F) 188 mm (7.4 in)
November 5°C (42°F) 187 mm (7.4 in)
December 4°C (38°F) 167 mm (6.6 in)

Is Alesund worth visiting in the Winter?

Winter is the low season for travel in Alesund. This destination is fairly touristy, but in the low season you can find fewer crowds and better deals.

The weather in Alesund can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 3°C (37°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

You'll find plenty to do during winter, as you'll be able to spend time at the museums, sample the delicious cuisine, and dance the night away. Also, you'll be able to discover the big city activities.


Winter Weather in Alesund
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 3°C (37°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
February 3°C (37°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
March 3°C (38°F) 108 mm (4.2 in)

Is Alesund worth visiting in the Spring?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Alesund. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

The weather in Alesund can be quite cold during spring, and averages around 5°C (40°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

During this season it's fun to experience shopping, the museums and landmarks, and the beautiful scenery. Also, you can experience the nightlife.


Spring Weather in Alesund
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 5°C (40°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
May 8°C (46°F) 57 mm (2.3 in)
June 11°C (51°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Alesund

Getting Around
The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Alesund might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Alesund here or see if Alesund is expensive here.

Related

What is Alesund most famous for?

Alesund is most famous for its nouveau architecture, beautiful views, and access to the fjords. The city is very popular for its food. It is also known for its great museums, nightlife, and shopping. It is often described as laid back, welcoming, friendly, and scenic.

What is the most famous sight in Alesund?

The most popular sight in Alesund is the Art Nouveau Center. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Alesund on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for the Art Nouveau Center and other attractions here.

How touristy is Alesund? Is it a popular city to visit?

Alesund is more popular with local tourists than with international visitors. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Ålesund Two Hour Walking City Tour: $42
  • E-bike And Hiking Tour In Ålesund: $142
  • 3 Hour Guided Food Walk Tour in Alesund, Norway: $112
  • Alesund Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Sightseeing Tour: $125
  • Fjord Paddle in Hellesylt - Half Day Kayaking Tour: $123
  • Fjordcruise Ålesund Geirangerfjord T/R: $165
  • Sightseeing Tour in Trollstigen - Land of Trolls: $141
  • Ålesund Round Trip – A Great Kayak Adventure: $189

How long should I spend in Alesund?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Alesund is two to three days. Since Alesund has activities such as dining, many visit for up to three days.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Alesund? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Alesund?.