Alesund, Norway


This powder-dusted view of Alesund from the top of Mount Aksla shows the sinuous streetscape and Venice-like intimacy with the Norwegian Sea that give the fishing port its charm. But the fame of this island municipality comes from a 1904 re-build that included floral-inspired motifs and curving lines—hard to see from this distance—which made it an Art Nouveau capital. Its boast-worthy backyard is yet another reason to visit; nearby trails crisscross the mile-high relief of the Sunnmore Alps and the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage fjord nearby, is a haven for kayakers.

Last modified: June 25, 2013

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