Norway’s tourist season is mid-June through mid-August, meaning that’s when most attractions outside of Oslo (besides ski hills) are open. Traveling here in April has been a relief after over-touristed Portugal, but you should know about the challenges too, particularly in Ålesund.
Our main reason for visiting Ålesund, a windy town in the western fjords, is to see the famous Art Nouveau architecture, which was built in hurry after a fire in 1904. (Let’s just say that, as Chicago residents, we have a soft spot for windy places by the water whose architectural origin story involves a catastrophic fire). We were planning on picking up a special guide to the architecture from the tourist information center or the Art Nouveau museum but the TI is closed and the museum doesn’t have the book in stock. The contemporary art museum is also closed and so is the museum of oldest house in town, though their posted hours say they should be open.
Oh well, I’ve invented my own walking tour of Ålesund’s architecture, called Steet Signs and Window Eyebrows, and Wait for It, a Fart.
Here are the street signs:
And the window eyebrows:
And wait for it, a fart:
(You probably thought I got the juvenile fart jokes out of my system in my last post: ha!)
Anyway, with a view like this from our apartment, who needs a tourist office anyway?