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Ålesund, Norway (#LHB_Travels)

Alternative title: Ruebi and M’s adventures in Norway Part 2: Ålesund, the only place in the world to completely rival my love of Vancouver…And I really, really love Vancouver…If you missed Part 1 of our trip (in which we arrived in Bergen), you can find the post here!

 

Receptionist: “And we have complimentary waffles, tea and coffee between 3pm and 6pm”

Me: “I’m sorry…Did you say ‘complimentary waffles’?”

Receptionist: “Yes, complimentary waffles…”

Me: “complimentary…waffles…”

Brain: “Ruebi, are you crying?”

Me: “I’m…Just *sob*…So…*sniffle* HAPPY!”

 

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They had one of the smallest (and cleanest) airports I have ever been to! I mean, they had a single carousel for the luggage (I know right!) and people weren’t scrapping for a spot at the front! (Take note Manchester!)…Bliss…

 

Ålesund is the largest city in the Møre og Romsdal county and (according to the Lonely Planet Guide) is “home to Norway’s largest cod-fishing fleet”. On January 23rd 1904 a fire devastated the town, most of it’s buildings lost to the flames; upon hearing the news Kaiser Wilhelm II (of Germany) sent help – in honour of this there is a statue of him in Town Park and one of the main streets is named after him.

The rebuild of Ålesund was heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau style and as a result the place looks like this:

 

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Gorgeous isn’t it?!

 

I was really quite taken with these buildings…In fact I think I took more photo’s of them than anything else while here! If you are visiting Ålesund and want to know more about the fire and architecture have a look at their Art Nouveau centre (Jugendstilsenteret).

 

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Can you see the little yellow building? That’s where we were staying!

 

We picked our hotel (Clarion Collection Hotel Bryggen) for it’s location…And the fact that breakfast and evening meals were included with our stay (these were delicious by the way!).

 

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Complimentary waffles…No sweeter words were ever spoken…

 

I should probably show you a little of the hotel otherwise I’ll get stuck in a waffle loop…Ummm waffles.

 

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The perfect place for an afternoon coffee…

 

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Light, airy, quiet, friendly, free wifi, relaxation room…What more could you ask for? …Well, you could always get one of the rooms facing the water and do a bit of fishing!

 

As we were only in Ålesund for a short time (2.5 days and one of those was reserved for an excursion) we spent most of our time just traipsing around and admiring this beautiful place!            

 

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If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already be aware of my “Community” obsession…Inspector Spacetime anyone?!

 

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Check out my awesomely fashionable socks-trainer combo! (Still waiting for my invite to London Fashion Week btw!)

 

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How cute is this lighthouse? (This is the only photo I managed to get without someone photobombing it).

 

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I could never get tired of this view…

 

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Plus…CANOES!!!

 

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Can you see the little building on top of the mountain? No? … Maybe squint a bit, still no? Dang, because that building is the Fjellstua, which leads me onto…

 

The 418 steps to the Fjellstua at Mount Aksla (starting point is Town Park)

The idea of walking the 418 steps up Mount Aksla filled me with quite a bit of anxiety, I was absolutely positive that it couldn’t be done by my little legs…For some reason it gave me flashbacks of the last time I clambered up Helm Crag (in the Lake District) and did nothing but swear the whole way up. My legs hated me for days after. And no, I’m not proud of myself.

With that said, the idea of having panoramic views of Ålesund and the Sunnmøre alps seemed too great an opportunity to ignore (or to whinge about) so…

 

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1…47…82…

 

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…108…161…

 

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…213…237…

 

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…268…298…

 

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…323…367…(the “oh man, I can see the top!” moment)…

 

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…418…The Fjellsua! AND COFFEE!

 

If we had more time here (and a bit more cash) I would have loved to have seen the puffins at Runde! The next Norway post will be about our day trip from Ålesund to Geirangerfjord…Have I told you folks just how much I dislike ferries?!

R & M x

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10 Comments

  1. I suddenly wish that I have money for a holiday! This place is so quirky and nice and awesome! I wish I can go and visit this place! #pocolo

    • Ruebi

      It is probably our only trip outside of the UK this year (as we’re saving for a house deposit) … So glad we picked there, it was such an amazing place to see. And not that far for us to go really.

  2. It’s so beautiful Roobs, so so lovely! I’m quite sick with envy!!! I love your shoes, I love the waffles, the hotel, the views… It all looks so fresh and clean! X

    • Ruebi

      If I could move to Ålesund tomorrow I would, in a heart beat…That said, I feel the same way about Vancouver. I was so upset about leaving and going to Oslo x

  3. Complimentary waffles?? That’s amazing! As are those buildings – beautiful! #weekendbloghop

    • Ruebi

      I know right?! Complimentary waffles! Think after the first bite I said “I never want to leave this place….Ever!”

  4. Jen

    How beautiful! What a lovely place to get to spend a little bit of time in. Than you for sharing it with us!

    I host a Photo Friday link-up each week – this would be a perfect post for it! I’d love it if you considered joining us.

    Stopping by from Sharefest!

    • Ruebi

      Oooo Photo Friday sounds like a great idea! Will try and remember to join in next weeks…

      I absolutely loved this place. The architecture, the people, the waffles, the history…All of it!

  5. Alesund looks lovely, I especially love the look inside the hotel. What a great view at the top of all those steps, definitely worth the climb! #pocolo 🙂 x

    • Ruebi

      The hotel was gorgeous, very welcoming.

      And the view from Mount Aksla, my word, it was amazing! Most definitely worth the climb x

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