Have an early dinner at 4 p.m. to beat the locals to Sjobua Restaurant, where chefs settle for nothing less than the freshest seafood. The restaurant is housed in an intimate harbor-front warehouse—which means that mussels, crabs, and monkfish travel less than a hundred feet before ending up on your plate.
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Get some exercise by climbing the 418 steps to this lookout, or simply take a city sightseeing train from Queen Sonja Square in downtown Alesund. Either way, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Alesund’s town center, the Sunnmøre Alps, and the Saga Islands just off the coast.
This huge open-air museum has a host of stellar exhibits to choose from. You can stroll around 55 historic houses—some from the late Middle Ages—and visit the medieval exhibition that centers on Borgundveien, a partially excavated trading post that thrived from the 11th through the 16th centuries. A boat hall also displays around 40 vessels, including impressive replicas of Viking ships.
This pair of museums, collectively called jugendstilsenteret in Norwegian, includes the Art Nouveau Center, a beautifully restored pharmacy in central Alesund that has three gallery floors dedicated to Art Nouveau works, for which the city is famous. Next door, Art Museum KUBE rotates contemporary exhibitions from Norwegian and international artists.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.