Alesund cruises

You'll have Kaiser Wilhem II to thank for this city. After all, when it was destroyed by fire in 1904, he decided to rebuild his beloved gateway in Art Nouveau style. Now its buildings dazzle with dreamy turrets and ornate carvings of dragons and mythical figures. Nature has played its part too, as calm waters and distant snow-capped peaks add to the charm.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Ålesund Highlights

    Experience the history and culture of Ålesund with a sightseeing drive and a visit to Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum.

    Ålesund Highlights

    Your drive will take you through the lovely ‘Art Nouveau’ style town centre of Ålesund, along the Borgundfjord, to the old trading centre of Borgund.

    Borgund’s beautiful natural surroundings are the setting for Sunnmøre Open-Air Museum. The site has an outdoor display of 50 old and distinct houses. As you stroll between the picturesque houses you’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time, and on entering a few of the houses you’ll get a feel of how Norwegian people lived centuries ago. There is also a vast boat collection, including replicas of Viking ships, whilst the main building showcases an archaeology and culture exhibition. The museum provides a unique and fascinating insight into the life of the people who have inhabited this area for several thousand years.

    On the return journey, enjoy a drive around the Ålesund’s highlights before heading up Mount Aksla for a stop to absorb the magnificent views over this lovely Art Nouveau town and its surrounding areas.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking at Sunnmøre over gravel and some uneven ground. Some of the houses have stairs and low doorways, therefore guests should take extra care on entering. Please remember to carry local currency (Norwegian Kroner) if you wish to purchase refreshments or souvenirs. Comfortable walking shoes are advisable. This tour involves a drive through one long tunnel.

    Tour code

    AES_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Wonders of the Atlantic Ocean

    Gain a fascinating insight into the underwater world of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Wonders of the Atlantic Ocean

    The Atlantic Sea Park is one of Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. The facility is built into the coastline and offers views of the coastal islands and the ocean. The exhibition area includes 11 large landscape aquariums, two open touch pools, a penguin park, two activity pools and several smaller aquariums. The largest tank, containing seven million pints of seawater, is the setting for the daily feeding of the fish which can be viewed clearly through its large acrylic observation panels.

    Together the aquariums provide a representative view of the underwater life which inhabits the Norwegian coast and the northern Atlantic Ocean. Species from various ocean depths are on display, including marine life from deep water habitats.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Atlantic Sea Park is mostly wheelchair accessible with the exception of the amphitheatre, which has four steps to access it. There are toilets, a café and souvenir shop on site. Please remember to take local currency (Norwegian Kroner) or a credit card for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    AES_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Kayak Adventure

    What better way to explore this stunning region and its many islands than from the water by kayak.

    Kayak Adventure

    After a short walk to the departure point and a safety briefing and instructions, it’s time to take to the waters of Alesund by kayak.

    Follow the lead kayak as you paddle your way through the string of islands along this breathtaking fjordland.

    The colourful Art Nouveau buildings make for an excellent photo opportunity, so make sure you have your camera with you. Further out, on to the fjord, you'll explore the breathtaking natural beauty of the Norwegian coastline. Hear the water lapping against your craft as you take it all in. It’s the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation as you enjoy the scenery and the fresh air. Along the fjord’s shoreline, you’ll see pretty little islands scattered haphazardly across the water.


    b>ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.



    This excursion will operate by kayak and on foot. There is approximately two hours of kayaking on this tour. Sea kayaks are stable and are sit-inside kayaks with two seats. Children under the age of eight and pregnant women may not participate. Passengers should be in good physical condition, not suffer from any back problems or conditions affected by cold water, and must be capable swimmers – you should expect to get wet. Life vests are provided which must be worn.

    Tour code

    AES_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Hiking Sugarlump Mountain

    Take a walk on the wilder side of Norway, and breathe in the sweet smells of Sugarlump Mountain on a hike through breath-taking scenery.

    Hiking Sugarlump Mountain

    Get your hiking boots on and head for the hills! Your tour starts with a pretty drive through Ålesund to the foot of Sugarlump Mountain, which rises up to the sky on the island of Hessa.

    Here, you’ll hit the hiking trail and continue on foot following a narrow nature trail. It’ll be well worth taking your camera along as the views are truly spectacular.

    This is a tour that starts on a high and ends up even higher. The hike itself starts at 164 feet above sea level and continues to the summit at an elevation of 1,000 feet. From this point, you’ll be able to marvel at the stunning views over the city of Ålesund, on to Borgundfjord, and further inland to the picturesque Sunnm Mountains.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of extensive walking on this tour over uneven and steep terrain, which can be slippery when wet. Participants must be in good physical condition and suitable footwear should be worn. Children and pregnant women are not permitted to participate.

    Tour code

    AES_015

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Leisurely Ålesund

    Discover the beautiful setting of Ålesund with its unusual architecture and lovely views on this leisurely drive.

    Leisurely Ålesund

    Ålesund, the largest town on Norway’s northwest coast, is built on several islands stretching out into the ocean. A large part of the town was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt in the ‘Art Nouveau’ style which was the typical architecture of the time. Today it is a bustling town where the fish and furniture industry are the main sources of income.

    Your leisurely drive will provide you with the opportunity to see the fine Art Nouveau architecture of various buildings in the town and harbour area before heading through the suburbs up to Mount Aksla. A stop will be provided at Mount Aksla viewpoint so you can admire the surrounding panorama of the ocean and the many islands in one direction and the Borgundfjord, framed by snow-capped peaks in the other direction.

    This excursion will operate by coach. The majority of sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach. There are 15 steps to reach the toilets at the Mount Aksla viewpoint.

    Tour code

    AES_011

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Ålesund Heritage Walk

    A walk through the heart of Ålesund reveals a charming and colourful town, renowned for its unique Art Nouveau style.

    Ålesund Heritage Walk

    The colourful buildings, decorations and turrets of Ålesund, look as though they belong in a fairytale book. The town was entirely rebuilt in this Art Nouveau style, following a devastating fire in 1904. Its extravagantly decorated buildings have been sympathetically preserved to present a townscape like no other. Elaborate façades embellished with dragons, flowers and human forms are topped by a forest of spires and turrets, combining native Norwegian elements with continental Jugend-style.

    As you stroll around this truly unique Norwegian town, your guide will provide an interesting commentary and explain the town’s strong maritime traditions. Arriving at the lovely harbour area of Brosundet, you will be able to see examples of the picturesque Jugend-style houses that have made Ålesund famous.

    From the harbour, the walk continues uphill to the attractive little park at the foot of Mount Aksla, with its famous viewpoint. Here, exotic trees and plants thrive despite their northerly location. At the end of the tour you will have the option to walk up part of Mount Aksla and enjoy the spectacular views over Ålesund and the harbour, or return back to the ship accompanied by your guide.


    This excursion will operate on foot. There is approximately two hours of walking including some steep inclines. Comfortable enclosed walking shoes and a jacket are recommended. The optional walk up part of Mount Aksla involves 418 steps and is unaccompanied.

    Tour code

    AES_005

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Hjørundfjord Cruise

    See one of the gems of the fjords from Ålesund during a leisurely cruise along the Hjørundfjord.

    Hjørundfjord Cruise

    Ålesund has a beautiful setting, built on several islands stretching out into the ocean. A large part of Ålesund was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt in Art Nouveau style, typical of the first decade of the 20th century. A short walk will take you to your sightseeing boat for a cruise along the Hjørundfjord. At 33 kilometres long, it is considered to be one of the most magnificent in Norway.

    Relax on board and marvel at the wonderful views, as you’re surrounded on both sides by many mountain peaks - some rising up from the fjords to heights of up to 5,000 feet above sea level.

    Returning from Hjørundfjord, your cruise continues through Vegsundet and Borgundfjord back to Ålesund, where a short walk will take you back to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by boat. There is limited walking on this tour, however in the event of a change of berth there may be a 200 metre walk to reach the boat, as well as a bridge to negotiate that includes steps. Guests must be able to negotiate the gangway to board the boat, which may be steep. There are 12 steps to reach the outside deck on the boat. Whilst there are sufficient seats for everyone on the boat, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to sit in the area of your choice. There is no seating available on the open deck.

    Tour code

    AES_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Land of the Trolls

    Dramatic mountains, cascading waterfalls and picturesque fjords are some of the scenes you will see on this panoramic tour.

    Land of the Trolls

    This area of wild mountains and peaceful nature will give you an understanding of how the myths about trolls originated!

    Your scenic drive will take you along the picturesque Borgundfjord, passing little villages with charming houses and well-kept gardens, through the valley of Valldal and up to the picturesque Gudbrandsjuvet Gorge. Pause to admire this narrow, yet deep gorge with the foaming river below. Afterwards, re-board your coach and follow the valley towards the Trollstigen mountain road ‘Troll’s Path’. A photograph stop will be made at the summit to capture the impressive scenery.

    The descent will be along Troll’s Path with its 11 hairpin bends and surrounding mountain peaks, it is one of Norway’s most dramatic and scenic roads. In the valley, pause to admire the cascading waterfall of Stigrøra, before passing through Åndalsnes to the famous Troll Wall. A stop will be made at this famous vertical mountain face, the highest in Europe, at approximately 3,280 feet high. Your journey continues along the Romsdalsfjord and over the Ørskog mountain plateau; following the fjord once more back to Ålesund.

    During the day a delicious Norwegian buffet style luncheon will be served and afterwards there will be time to purchase some souvenirs.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Most of the sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of a coach, with regular stops to take photos. There is an optional walk of 138 steps to an additional viewpoint at Trollstigen, as well as an optional 150 metre walk at the Gudbrandsjuvet Gorge. This tour involves several tunnels. This tour also operates from Andalsnes.

    Tour code

    AES_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours