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Ålesund Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Sightseeing Tour

From $83.61
  • 4.5-hour shore excursion in Ålesund
  • Discover Norway’s fascinating history and heritage at the Sunnmore open-air museum
  • Visit the enchanting island of Giske
Ålesund Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Sightseeing Tour
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Standard 9:30amMost Popular
4.5-hr. Excursion by coach. Departure from meeting point at 9:30am and ETA. is approx. 14:00pm. This departure time is based on the schedules of the cruise ships.
Standard 10:30am
4.5-hr. Excursion by coach. Departure from meeting point at 10:30am and ETA. is approx. 3:00pm. This departure time is based on the schedules of the cruise ships.
Standard 11:30am
Only 10. June! 4.5-hr. Excursion by coach. Departure from meeting point at 11:30am and ETA. is approx. 4:00pm. This departure time is based on the schedules of the cruise ships.
Get to know Ålesund's cultural and natural highlights on this 4.5-hour shore excursion. Visit the enchanting island of Giske, climb to the top of Alnes Lighthouse on the island of Godøy, and visit the open-air Sunnmøre Museum, where you'll learn about life in Norway over the centuries and see a collection of many different boats. Then, take in panoramic views from the top of Mt. Aksla before heading back into Ålesund's city center to admire the art nouveau architecture.
What to Expect

From the meeting point the bus will take you through several underwater tunnels to reach the first destination, the Island of Giske. This island is relatively flat and very fertile. You will find many farms and grazing cows and sheep. Giske is known as the birthplace of the famous Viking Rollo, who was the first Duke of Normandy and an ancestor of the British Royal Family. A photo stop will be made at the marble church, built in the 12th century. The excursion continues to the beautiful island of Godøy and its typical fishing village Alnes. Here you can enjoy an amazing view over the Atlantic Ocean, visit the lighthouse or go for a stroll on the beach.

After visiting the beautiful islands, you will be taken several centuries back in time to the years where most Norwegians lived a hard life, often were very poor and lived from agriculture and fishing. You will learn all about it at the Sunnmøre Museum. Our guide will lead you through the open air part of the museum where 55 old houses are located. Some are open, meaning you can take a peek inside. Several exhibitions can be visited inside the main building and in the boathouse you will learn even more about how life in this part of Norway changed over the centuries.

The excursion continues to Mt. Aksla, from where you can enjoy the spectacular view over the city and its surrounding islands. After driving down the house-mountain, the bus will take you through the city center. The town has an unusually consistent architecture: art nouveau. Most of these colourful houses and buildings have been built between 1904 and 1907, after the fire which destroyed over 800 houses in the city center in January 1904.

NB: National Authorities will be doing maintenance work in the Ålesund area in 2018. The visit to Giske will not be affected, however, the tunnel to Godøy will be mostly closed for construction work.
Should we not be able to visit the lighthouse in Alnes, this visit will be replaced with a visit to another venue, which also focuses on Ålesund’s coastal / maritime history as Ålesund is often considered the “fishing capital” of Norway. This possible temporary change will not lessen the duration or the quality of the tour.

Meeting point:
  • Keiser Wilhelms Street 6, 6003 Ålesund
  • Meeting point is within walking distance from the port/pier and most of the hotels
  • Be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time
Attention points:
  • Tour duration; 4½ hours
  • Difficulty; level 1, easy, suited for everybody
  • We advise all our guests to wear appropriate shoes and clothing

NB: In order for our excursions to be available for everyone, the time of departure/arrival of each excursion is set to match the itineraries of the cruise ships. In case a time of departure needs to be adjusted, you will be notified in time.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Enthusiastic guide

We had a small intimate group and we enjoyed the friendly knowledgeable guide Simon and also the manager. We spent time at the Aksla Mountain with views, the open-air museum, the fish museum, plus Aalesund town. The tour was very good value for money. Simon...More

Thank jcgray01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lovely day

We enjoyed this tour tremendously. I was most interested in this particular tour due to the exhibit on Rollo at the Sunmore Museum (those houses built on rocky stilts were amazing!) and the trip to Giske. Rollo is my 32nd great grandfather, so I was...More

1  Thank StaciMcFlo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Relaxing day in Alesund

A well run tour showing highlights of the Alesund region. The itinerary was modified owing to tunnel maintenance and we could not risk being late returning to our ship. We went up Mount Aksla (fabulous City views) and saw bunkers from World War II. We...More

Thank cactuscandy2004
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A Great Day in Alesund

A very good tour with a knowledgeable guide. We went to all the spots with the exception of one island because of tunnel construction and it was replaced with another site. The tour was well worth the money and gave us a better insight and...More

1  Thank 2_to_Explore
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Super interesting and fun tour with Anita

Lovely tour with Anita who has a lot of energy and Lef who was a very good and friendly driver. Anita is extremely knowledgeable about Alesund, Norway and the world and we could have listened to her for much longer! She tells the story of...More

1  Thank Ally K
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August 4, 2018|
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Response from 2_to_Explore | Reviewed this property |
The tour guide will come looking for you at the end of the pier where the busses are and look out for their signs. Make sure they know of the wheel chair, makes it easier fir them to find you.
July 22, 2018|
Response from AngelaCPM | Reviewed this property |
The excursion team usually wait for you at the pier - I took the Viator excursion and it was brilliant - met you at the ship and brought you back in time too! Enjoy!