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Aug 14, 2017 - Geiranger Fjord

Today started with a visit to Alesund. Only 40 minutes, so just a quick look. Back to the ship for breakfast - buffet self service. Then we went down the amazing Gerainger Fjord. If you have a look on the internet, you will see how beautiful it is. I counted 40 mobile homes in the village at the end of the fjord. I spent most of today on the various decks watching the amazing scenery. The mountains were very close to the ship and the slopes very steep. We had another stop at Alesund in the late afternoon, so I decided to climb up the...

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Jun 21, 2017 - There be Trolls - Alesund, Norway

Wednesday 21 June – Ålesund “Ålesund could be the backdrop for a Nordic fairytale – with a modern plot twist”, according to National Geographic. And what better area to be in for Summer Solstice than here in the Fjordlands. Alesund, (allsoond) is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style, after it was rebuilt in 1904 following a devastating fire. It is set across several islands at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord and stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean where the next stop is either Faroe Islands or Shetlands. A misty and rainy...

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Dec 19, 2016 - Art Nouveau Alesund

Quick lunch and off to explore Alesund. Self guided city walk. Beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. Houses are built down to the water. Numerous spires, towers and highly detailed ornamentation. A devastating fire burned a large portion of the city to the ground in 1904 - the town was rebuilt in the fashionable style of the time, Art Nouveau. Beautiful place - YES.

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Where is Shirley?

Aug 24, 2016 - the islands of Ålesund

In the winter of 1904 a fire in the central city of Ålesund destroyed the homes of 10,000 residents. If the fire didn't get you, the cold would. The Germans heard about this calamity and sent four ships to help house some of the survivors. After that buildings were made out of stone in the Art Nouveau style that was popular around the time. The central city still sports numerous signs of this decor. Today this city of 36,000 has spread out much past the city center to some surrounding islands. We took a tour today called The Outer Islands....

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Jun 24, 2016 - The Return to Verne's Roots....Norway

We have arrived in Norway. The sail into port was scenic. We are on Alesund which means "eel strait or sound". We have a beautiful sunny day and away from the port it is one layer warm! Alesund is a fishing port of about 45,000 people. A Viking town from the year 670. In 1904 the town was destroyed by a fire. In the middle of the night people had to evacuate; 10,000 were left homeless, only one person died. Most of the buildings seen today were built between 1904 and 1907. 50 architectures and builders redid the city in Art Nouveau...

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May 19, 2016 - Alesund and Geiranger Norway

May 19 Alesund, Norway This town is bigger than I thought it would be. We walk 418 steps up Mount Aksla for a beautiful view of the city and the Fjords around it. This city was burned to the ground but rebuilt by Kaiser Wilhelm and German engineers so the architecture is all the same. 2 beer (one large, one small) and a side of fries 241 Norway Kroner. $38 CDN as close as I can figure. A glorious sunny day. May 20 Geiranger, Norway Tiny town in the middle of Geirangerfjords which is a Unesco world heritage site because of the fjords and...

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Jan 16, 2016 - Alesund and the Hjorundfjord

A bit delayed after our late start last night. No surprise that daylight did not materialise until well after 9 a.m. Overnight we have travelled, very smoothly, past Floro and Maloy with short stops as this is fundamentally a Postal Boat! Malloy is one of Norway's largest fishing ports. The warm water of the Gulf Stream flows along the western coast of Norway so keeping the ports ice-free all year round. Great for the fish and so enabling Norwegians to settle along the coastline. Mind you, some of the settlements are tiny and extremely...

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The Hurtigruten

May 30, 2015 - First Full Day on Board

Saturday, May 30 We woke about 8:30, as the ship was entering a stretch of open water. Got breakfast, then realized that we would be in port from 12 to 3, so if we wanted lunch, we would have to eat at 11:30. Two meals in quick succession. Our stop was in Ålesund, which had a big fire in 1904, and a large section was rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style of the time. Pastel colors and many decorative details. We walked on our own, along part of the waterfront. A couple of student artists shanghaied us into visiting an art exhibit in an...

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Scandinavia 2015

Aug 14, 2013 - Day 6, Wednesday

Day 6 - Wednesday Aug 14 We are spending two nights in Ålesund, part of our group leaves early for a cruise on the Geiranger Fjord. Those of us not cruising go with Phil and tour a fish plant. We had to dress from head to toe in head netting, white coats and slippers over our shoes. First we see 7-8 lb. trout that had just been brought in from a fish farm located in one of the local fjords. They are being processed for sushi, our guide told us that the Japanese prefer trout, these were a cross of rainbow and steelhead. This plant ships all...

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G & G Trip Jourals

May 30, 2013 - Day 2 Geiranger Fiord

Why is it the female is the one punished. Story is a young unmarried mother was locked in this isolated lighthouse in the Fiord, as a lesson to others. Geirnager fiord. 120 miles into the fiord to our stop, the village Geiranger. Loads of waterfalls. This is not the longest nor the deepest of Norway’s firods. The scenery on the way was spekky. I wonder if the locals get immune to the amazing views around them? In addition to the views being amazing, the little houses perched in seemingly inaccessible places were also inexplicable. How...

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May 30, 2013 - day 2 Alesund

the top floor of this old lighthouse(one room+ ensuite) is available for the first night of a locals honeymoon And then a drive back to the beginning of the fiord to Alesund. This part of town was razed by fire. Many of the locals wanted 'modern houses' The architects prevailed and the Art Nouveau style stayed. SO the centre of town is interesting. Unfortunately I missed the close ups of the decorations on the houses. Thought we were calling in there on the way back, and I could get photos then! Missed opportunity We have seen...

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Jul 25, 2011 - Alesund, Norway

Again it was cloudy and gray as we sailed in. We got off the ship before 9 and not much was open. We met Dave and Barb right before we got off. Alesund, population around 35,000, is pretty because it was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1904. The rebuilding effort married the Art Nouveau style with Nordic traditional styles and was led by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany who vacationed in Alesund. We thought we would take a city bus to the Atlantic Sea Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe, but realized we left money, credit...

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