The 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla are worth the work for stunning panoramic views of the city, archipelago and Sunnmøre Alps. Visitors can also rent a taxi or take the city train to the summit. Hikers should start in Town Park on the west side of Mount Aksla, which includes statues of German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who helped the town rebuild after the 1904 fire, and a Viking nicknamed Rollo who became the first ruler of Normandy in France. (The region’s name comes from it being the home of the people from the North, that is the Normans.)

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