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Making the Most of Ålesund, Norway

Making the Most of Ålesund, Norway

Making the Most of Ålesund, Norway


GETTING THERE

The Disney Magic berths at the Ålesund Cruise Terminal, which is situated on the south side of the town center. This convenient location makes it very easy to just walk right off the ship and into the picturesque little town. The Magic visits Ålesund just two times in 2017—once on June 7 and again on July 1. All Ashore on June 7 is 9:30 am; All Aboard is 5:45 pm. On July 1 times are 9:15 am and 4:45 pm. Do note that the days in June are long: sunrise is at approx. 3:30 am and sunset is approx. 11:30 pm.

GETTING AROUND

You’ll likely simply walk to get around town, as most spots are easily accessed on foot. If you’d like to cover more ground, take the little blue-and-white Town Train at Dronning Sonjasplass (a mere 10-minute walk from the pier) for 180 NOK/$22 (90 NOK/$11 child)—the train tour takes about one hour and stops at Fjellstua to allow you to get out and relish the view. The train tours leave frequently and while only cash is accepted, they do take U.S. dollars (more information at http://www.bytoget.no—check out their live webcam while you’re there). Ferries are also available, as is a bus service and taxis. Another option for the braver among us is to rent a car and explore the smaller towns and islands around the area.

SAFETY

Ålesund is about as safe as a European tourist town can get. Crime rates are very low (but are on the rise, interestingly) and this is considered a safe town to walk about alone in the daylight. Take the usual precautions and leave valuables back on the ship in your safe.

THINGS TO DO

Ålesund’s Port Adventures include walking tours, bus/train highlight tours, a sightseeing tour (where you might get to see trolls), and a visit to Sunnmøre museum village (see below) to meet Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff from Disney's Frozen (AL14, $359/$299 ages 3-9, 3.5-4 hours). If you want to do something on your own the little tourist tram (see above) is a great option. Many visitors take the trek up to Mount Aksla, which offers amazing panoramic views—it’s a stop on several excursions, or you can climb up to it on the 418-step staircase. Another draw is the Sunnmøre Museum which explores the history of Ålesund as it dates back to the Middle Ages. This open-air museum features 55 historic homes, as ell as exhibitions on archaelogy and culture. Museum tickets are 80 NOK/$10 (40 NOK/$5 child). Alas, the museum is not within walking distance of the port, so you’ll want to take a taxi or bus.

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