Ålesund is a town and municipality in the county of Møre og Romsdal, in western Norway. It is located on several islands at the entrance of the Ålesund Fjord and is an important port town and a center for the fishing industry. The town is also known for its Art Nouveau architecture and it was largely reconstructed in this style after a major fire in 1904.
Ålesund is known for its picturesque setting, with an abundance of waterways, canals, and alleys, surrounded by mountains and the sea. The town center is a popular place for tourists to explore, with many interesting buildings in Art Nouveau style, such as the Aalesund Museum and the local Art Nouveau Center that showcases the rebuilding of the town after the fire.
The town also has a lively cultural scene, with several festivals and events held throughout the year, such as the Ålesund Food Festival, the Ålesund Boat Show and the Ålesund Jazz Festival. Ålesund is also a great starting point for exploring the surrounding area, including the Ålesund Aquarium, which features an interesting collection of marine life from the surrounding waters, and the Ålesund Fjord which offers great opportunities for hiking, skiing, and fishing. The town also offers many opportunities for scenic drives and boat trips, allowing visitors to see the beautiful landscape from different perspectives.