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Ålesund

Entire city built in the art nouveau style? Of course that’s a place I am going to make it to.

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I took my first overnight boat from Bergen to arrive in Ålesund the next morning. I may have drank to much coffee, ate too much Nutella and developed a slight addiction to the web comic girls with slingshots..
Personal problems aside it was a great voyage and on my list of “things to do when I visit Scandinavia at a not super-awkward time”.

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There were lots of beautiful houses. The architect and craftsmen who built the town threaded Nordic and Viking art into the art nouveau style creating something very unique. On my first morning I went to the museum which was a bit small but very well done. Well, they had a time machine (Some of you may call it a room with blinking lights and tiny screens). There was a presentation of the 1906 fire that burned down the entire town in a day, also, there was a history of art nouveau itself set out on 3 large screens in another room. So… I learned that in Glasgow there were some great artists.

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The rest of my time in Ålesund was spent quietly. A long walk up the town mountain to look at the views and freak myself out by exploring the WW2 abandoned outposts that overlook the harbour.

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I went on one last boat trip into the fjords stopping at one of the tiny towns set between mountains and ocean. Just 30 people live there.
(I’m pretty proud of the healthy? Backpacker lunch I packed to. Norway: not the cheapest place on earth).

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FJORDS

I went on some boats. I hunted them fjords down.

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These are from a day trip from Bergen and the sunlit spots on the Hurtigruten from Bergen to Ålesund (sounds a bit like olesund)