In 1904, much of Alesund was destroyed by fire, but the town was quickly rebuilt in the period’s popular Art Nouveau style. Soaring turrets, spires and beautiful ornamentation adorn the buildings throughout Alesund, giving it a distinctive flair and earning the town a revered architectural reputation. Explore its many attractions, such as the spectacular Art Nouveau Centre museum, scenic Town Park, and Atlantic Sea Park, one of Europe’s largest aquariums. For a look at modern Norwegian woodworking, visit the impressive Gallery Cylindra. Many of Alesund’s squares feature sculptures commemorating significant events, including the town’s rich fishing history and Norway’s contribution to World War II. Buy exquisite Norwegian fashions, jewelry, leather handbags, tapestries and glassworks. Alesund offers a wealth of restaurants serving everything from Norwegian seafood delicacies to international gourmet fare, ranging from Japanese to Italian.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
- Atlantic Ocean Park
- Ålesund and the Sunnmore Museum
- Walking Tour of Alesund
- The Saga Islands: Giske and Godoy
Atlantic Ocean Park
Duration: 3 hours
Tour Code: ale-003
Discover the marine life of Norway during this tour of the exceptional Atlantic Ocean Park in Ålesund.
From the pier you will travel by coach to the Atlantic Ocean Park, a unique aquarium in a picturesque setting looking out towards Breisundet, the wide sound surrounded by islands. Tanks have been built to resemble the coastal environments of the area, with the largest tank containing more than one million gallons of seawater. Guests can view the marine life through an acrylic panel that is almost 60 feet long, 13 feet high and 10 inches think. The Park also features an outdoor pool teeming with penguins and local seals make this their destination for regular feedings.
During the drive back to Ålesund, you will have the opportunity to study some of the fine details of Art Nouveau architecture before heading up to Mount Aksla. Here a brief photo stop will be made to take in the spectacular view towards the ocean and the many islands that are spread out like gems upon the sea. After a short drive through the streets of Ålesund, the largest town on the Northwest coast, you will arrive back at the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of mostly optional walking at Atlantic Ocean Park. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.