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Allesund port information

Eric from Brighton CC BY-SA 2.0

Âlesund is a principle sea port in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway.  It is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Geirangerfjord, and has the bird sanctuary island of Runde nearby.  The town of Ålesund has a beautiful setting across several islands stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean.  Today the city is the cultural center of the region, and boasts several festivals–

The Norwegian Coastal Voyage, Hurtigruten, calls daily at Ålesund and Torvik both northbound and southbound.  In Ålesund you can visit the Town Mountain and viewpoint Aksla.  Legend has it that Gangerolf (better known as Rollo outside of Norway), the 10th century founder of the dynasty of the Dukes of Normandy, hailed from the community of Giske, north-west of Ålesund.  At least three statues of Rolle exist: in the town park in Ålesund, in the city of Rouen, France, and in Fargo, North Dakota, United States.

In the night of 23 January 1904, the town was the scene of the Ålesund Fire, one of the most terrible of the many conflagrations to which Norwegian towns, once built largely of wood, have been subjected.  Practically the entire town was destroyed during the night, a gale aiding the flames, and the population had to leave the town in the middle of the night with only a few minutes notice.  Only one person died in the fire, the 76-year-old Ane Heen, but more than 10,000 people were left without shelter.

Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany had often been on vacation to Sunnmøre.  After the fire, he sent four warships with materials to build temporary shelters and barracks.  After a period of planning, the town was rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time.  The structures were designed by approximately 20 master builders and 30 Norwegian architects, most of them educated in Trondheim and Charlottenburg, Berlin, drawing inspiration from all over Europe.  To honor Wilhelm, one of the most frequented streets of the town is named after him.

The term "Little London" was often applied to the community during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany due to the Norwegian resistance work that took place here.  Among other things, the city was central to the flights to Scotland and England, an operation known as Shetland Bus although this also served other Norwegian areas and British war time clandestine needs.  There is a monument to this endeavour in the town.

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maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=62.468748,6.150692&z=16 Google maps.
www.cruise-norway.no/Ports/Alesund/Default.aspx Alesund cruise terminal
www.whatsinport.com/Alesund.htm What's in port? Alta Norway
www.visitnorway.com/uk/where-to-go-uk/fjord-norway/alesund-sunnmore/tourist-information-in-alesund--sunnmore/ Official tourist information (in English)
www.google.co.uk/search?q=Alesund+tourist+maps&biw=1131&bih=571&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=TWc-VIjoM4izacfYgrgI&ved=0CC4QsAQ Links for maps
Princess Cruises Alesund page
Fred Olsen Alesund page
Triposo Norway
200C.htm The Islands of Giske and Godøy, 2012
A/d4.htm Scenic tour of Alesund, 2014

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