Alesund is a fascinating town with a dramatic history. In 1904 a fire swept through the town leaving 10,000 people homeless. Only a few houses were left standing, but within a few years a new town arose from the ashes in the Art Nouveau style, which is the attractive town we arrived at at 8am.

We docked very near the centre of town so we  passed through the gate from the docks with the minimum of fuss, a wave of our cabin cards to the friendly officials, (how different from the grim welcome and handful of documents we needed to enter Russia!) and walked by the side of the canal into town.

We had decided to take a trip on the Town Road Train so bought our tickets and waited with the other tourists. As we waited and admired the architecture my eye was taken by a strange street ornament.

Are they short of flowers in Alesund?

We drove around the streets and listened to the commentary and gazed at the variety of colourful buildings and then drove alongside the Borgund Fjord before starting the climb up Mt Alska to Fjellstua.

Fjellstua is a cafeteria with a viewing platform from which can be seen the incredible panoramic views of town, islands, sea and the Sunnmorsalpen mountain range.

View from Fyellstua

Another view from Fyellstua

Athena and Boudicca in the harbour

We spent some time there taking photographs and then began the descent into town again. On the way back we drove past Klipra where the fire ended, passed Vallehuset  which miraculously survived the fire and the “Tree of Knowledge” A tree the Resistance used as a “dead letter” drop under the noses of the occupying forces during WW2.

After a leisurely stroll around we went back to the ship for lunch and then I went for my last bit of retail therapy.

On the way to the shops!

A last friendly gesture from these lovely people was when the town band arrived to play us out.

Alesund town band

We left at 5pm, travelled out through the islands and sailed westwards for Iceland. It had been an all too short time in Norway and I hoped that it would not be another 27 years before my next visit, after all that would make me 98. 🙂