Umbrella overhead, today I toured misty Alesund, Norway.
Seabourn Sojourn docked within a stone's throw of the city center.
Norway's most beautiful city? A combination of fjords, mountains and a town center built in art nouveau-style are some of the factors that resulted in Ålesund pinching first place in a survey by the Norwegian daily newspaper Dagbladet. Larger cities like Bergen (second place) and Trondheim (fourth place) – perhaps more famous for their beauty – were not considered to be as scenic as Ålesund when the Norwegians themselves cast their votes. Situated at the westernmost point of mount Aksla, the Fjellstua offers a stunning view of Ålesund from 426 feet/130 meters above sea level.
Alesund's distinctive architecture. The wooden building that comprised the town were razed in 1904. During the next three years, Alesund was rebuilt in stone, brick and mortar in the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau style).
Stone Faced. Alesund's architecture pays tribute to Nordic mythology and other elements.
A canal runs through Alesund's city center, imbuing the city with the charm of cities such as Amsterdam.
The water in the canal and in the surrounding seas is crystal clear.
Alesund's Molja Lighthouse houses Room 47 for the small boutique Hotel Brosundet on the canal.