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Ålesund on the west coast of Møre and Romsdal county, and has 44,000 inhabitants (2012). The town lies in Sunnmøre is Norway 11 largest city.
Ålesund is a significant commercial and cultural center of the region, has also an important export port – where export goods are primarily fish and fish products. Ship operating “Hurtigruten” (which runs between Bergen – Kirkenes) arrive at the port of Ålesund daily and in summer you can take the Hurtigruten from Ålesund to Geiranger.
The city stretches across several islands, and the city center Aspøya and Nærvøya.Ålesund was hit by a fire in 1909, and much of the city was destroyed. Today the city is known for its Art Nouveau arktiektur with towers, spiers and ornaments.
Some popular tourist attractions in Alesund include Alesund Church from 1909 Ålesund Museum – with its historical exhibits, hunting, fishing and shipping, Medieval Museum with its archaeological excavations, Fisheries Museum, Sunnmøre Museum – an outdoor museum / folk museum with exhibits of houses and boats, Borgund Church – with its core medieval and Art Museum KUBE.
3 km west of downtown Atlantic Sea Park, which is Ålesunds aquariums. This is one of Northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquarium, where visitors can learn more about the wildlife in the Atlantic.
Ålesund Vigra Airport is located on the island of Vigra – 18 km northwest of downtown. There is road access to the airport via two underwater tunnels.