Ålesund

After we had finished our visit to Loen, we got back in the car to drive to a town called Ålesund. Where we spent the night at a nice hotel, that gave us a large room.

We wandered around town and had some really good fish and chips and stopped by an irish pub for some Magners and Guinness, before calling it a night a little early.

Legend has it that Gangerolf (outside of Norway better known as Rollo), the 10th-century founder of the dynasty of the dukes of Normandy, hailed from the community of Giske, north-west of Ålesund.

At least three statues of Rolle exist: in the town park in Ålesund, in the city of Rouen in Franse, and in Fargo, USA.

In the night of 23 January 1904, the town was the scene of the Ålesund fire. Only one person died in the fire, but more than 10,000 people were left without shelter.

Kaiser Willhelm was monumental in helping build the town back up. And there are several statues of him in Ålesund.

The town has an unusually consistent architecture, most of the buildings having been built between 1904 and 1907. Jugendstilsenteret is a national interpretation centre, visitors can learn more about the town fire, the rebuilding of the town and the Art Nouveau style.

The next day, after breakfast I did a little shopping before we went for a hike up the 418 steps up to the little mountain Aksla, that provided us with a lovely view of the town. And a nice coffee with our view.

After walking back down, we treated ourselves to a wonderful spagettieis, before getting back in the car to drive to or next destination.

What did you get up to this summer?

15 thoughts on “Ålesund

  1. I love the views and architecture! How sad that the town burnt down. Wonderful how it came back to life! I love these photos on your journey! ❤️🇳🇴

  2. Ålesund

    On Saturday, September 11, 2021, The thoughts and life of me wrote:

    > masgautsen posted: ” After we had finished our visit to Loen, we got back > in the car to drive to a town called Ålesund. Where we spent the night at a > nice hotel, that gave us a large room. We wandered around town and had some > really good fish and chips and stopped” >

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