Surrounded by barrier islands and mountains alike, Alesund is a little speck of color on Norway's mid-Atlantic coast. The history of this town is a sad one. On one night in January, 1904, a fire spread, destroying the entire island. The town was completely rebuilt in 1905 in Art Nouveau style. The beautiful architecture has been preserved to this day on storefronts and residences alike.
After spending some time savoring the Art Nouveau below, drive up to the Fjellstoua viewpoint above for views down to the town center and out to the hiker's paradise that surrounds this special island.