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Norway - the ultimate nature-based cruise destination


Photo: Øyvind K. Sunde


Fairway to the Fjords and Northern Norway

Ålesund has a spectacular setting across several islands stretching out into the sea, and is situated at the very entrance of the World Heritage listed Geirangerfjord. Destroyed by a catastrophic fire in 1904, the town was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style with a myriad of towers, turrets and medieval-romantic ornaments. The town can offer a wide variety of activities, culture attractions, excursions and scenic tours all year and is an excellent starting point for overnight stay and round trips to some of Norway’s most spectacular sights. Cruise ships of all sizes can be docked at the cruise terminal and the city centre is just footsteps from the ship. Welcome to one of Europe's best small ports!

Attractions & Excursions

Guided Walk and Art Nouveau Centre
Photo: Malvin Dalhus

Guided Walk and Art Nouveau Centre

A stroll through Ålesund reveals a town full of colourful and beautiful architecture. Enjoy the charming pedestrian zone and the picturesque fishing harbour where fishermen sell their catch directly from their boats. In a great fire of 23 January 1904 the whole town of Ålesund was destroyed, and a new town rose like Bird Phoenix from the ashes.
Ålesund Panoramic and Sunnmøre Museum
Photo: Oddbjørn Monsen

Ålesund Panoramic and Sunnmøre Museum

Experience the Art Nouveau town and the best views of this spectacular scenery, including a breathtaking panoramic view from Mount Aksla. Enjoy a drive along the Borgundfjord, through the modern suburbs to the bustling old trading centre of Borgund, site of Sunnmøre Museum.
Ålesund Panoramic & Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium
Photo: Roger Engvik

Ålesund Panoramic & Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium

Enjoy a tour through the town centre amongst the Art Nouveau buildings and drive up to the vantage point at Mount Aksla. Visit the award winning Atlanterhavsparken, one of the largest aquariums in Scandinavia. Built into the coastal landscape, facing the mighty ocean, it provides a fascinating insight into the multitude of life beneath the waves.
The Saga Islands Giske and Godøy
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life

The Saga Islands Giske and Godøy

Explore the saga island of Giske, the birthplace of the Viking chieftain Rollo, who invaded and founded Normandy in 911 and thus became the ancestor of William the Conqueror, sire to the English Royal Family. The island had a unique position during the Viking Era and was the seat of one of Norway’s most powerful noble families.
Hjørundfjord Cruise
Photo: Terje Rakke / Nordic Life

Hjørundfjord Cruise

Enjoy the beautiful and dramatic Hjørundfjord on this combination of a fjord and overland tour (boat and bus). Here in this dramatic scenery you will find large goat farms up in the mountainsides and fish farming plants along the seaside.
Hjørundfjord off the beaten track
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

Hjørundfjord off the beaten track

Experience one of Norway’s hidden treasures on this roundtrip to the wild and dramatic Hjørundfjord. The fjord is just off the beaten track, but still situated on the very doorstep to Ålesund! See how the locals live, and experience the striking scenery that Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany valued so highly more than 100 years ago.

Port Facilities

Open 24/7
ISPS approved Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships Yes
Pilot N620 27E 0050 59` south of Godøy
Tidal movement 1.5-2.4 m
Ship tenders allowed Yes – on request
Ships stay minimum/maximum No limit
Maximum number of ships per day in port No limit
Maximum number of passengers per day in port No limit
Environmental limitations/restrictions Reception facilities for grey water and sewage
Other Banking at terminal: No

Maximum Ship Dimensions

Length No limit (cruise terminal 570m + 200m)
Draft 12 -35 m
Air draft No limit
Beam No limitation


Available Yes
Pontoons N/A- for tender on request
Tugboat Yes - on request

Port Services

Bunkers Yes - marine gasoil only/ by barge or by truck
Supplies Yes
Waste handling Yes
Fresh water Yes, 40m3
Waste water method Shore connection
Other Reception facilities for grey water and sewage at Prestebrygga
Are the port facilities according to Cruise Norway's quality guidelines? Yes


Port of

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Tourist information

Buses Cruise pier within walking distance of city center
Taxi Yes
Shopping Yes 100 m
Tax refund Yes, onboard the ship
Emergency 113
Distances - airport 15 km
Distance to city centre 200 m

Ålesund Cruise Nettwork

Mailing Address On the Pier/Main Office at Skateflukaia
Visiting Address Skateflukaia, NO-6002 Ålesund
Phone +47 70 16 34 30
Contact person Monica Berstad Mæland
Phone +47 970 35 292
E-mail monica@visitalesund.com
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