The municipality of Giske consists of four islands; Giske, Godøy, Vigra and Valderay, which were the centre of power during the Viking Age and the Middle Ages. It was also the seat of earls, local kings and Viking chieftains. Your journey will take you through a series of tunnels and bridges to the two main islands of Giske and Godøy.
From Alesund, you will travel across the Giske Bridge to the saga island of Giske, the birthplace of the Viking chieftain, Rollo. The municipality was named after this small island because of its historical importance. Giske is fairly flat and fertile with some settlements dating back to the early Bronze Age. A stop will be made to photograph the exterior of the quaint 12th century white marble Giske Church, which was originally the private chapel of a local influential family.
Travelling through a tunnel will bring you to the island of Godøy and the picturesque fishing village of Alnes. There will be a stop at Alnes Lighthouse where, on a clear day, there is a lovely view of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding islands. Refreshments of tea, coffee and Norwegian pancakes will be served in the lighthouse café.
Before returning to Ålesund, a stop will be made at a vantage point on Mount Aksla to enjoy breathtaking views.
This excursion will operate by coach. There is a five minute walk over uneven, rocky ground to reach the lighthouse and two steps to enter the refreshment venue. There is an optional climb to the top of the lighthouse, via 87 steps with limited hand railings.