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Alesund, Norway, Europe Cruise

    In the spectacular fjord country on the coast between Bergen and Trondheim, this fishing center (pop. 35,000) covers three islands. The dramatic mountain scenery of the Sunnmore area lies nearby. Ålesund is internationally renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture. After a town fire in 1904 Ålesund was rebuilt in the distinctive architectural style with turrets, spires and imaginative ornamentation. A wander through the town center also reveals a lively urban scene with pleasant restaurants and cafés, and the picturesque Brosundet canal with its fishing boats. The town has 40.000 inhabitants and represents the main adventure center in the region. The Atlantic Sea-Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe, is beautifully situated by the waterfront and provides a fascinating insight into the multitude of life beneath the waves. Take a stroll by the Sunnmøre Museum, an outdoor museum with more than 50 old houses in beautiful surroundings and an impressive boat collection. The beauty of the town can be appreciated from the town mountain Aksla, which affords a breathtaking view of the town and the entire region with its mountains, islands and fjords. Ålesund is the fisheries capital of Norway; the Ålesund region also has strong traditions within ship technology and furniture industries.
    Ålesund was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838. Borgund was merged with Ålesund on 1 January 1968. Sula was separated from Ålesund on 1 January 1977. Ålesund received city rights in 1848. It is the administrative center of the municipality as well as the principal shipping city of the Sunnmøre district. Ålesund municipality has a population of 41,385 as of 2007, while the Ålesund agglomeration has a population of 45,299.

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