Alesund

Added 10 Feb 2015

From Bergen we sailed north and made early morning calls in Floro and Maloy. Around lunchtime we arrived in Alesund. In 1904 a huge fire destroyed most of the town and Alesund was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style, some of which you can still see today in the main street. Alesund is also famous for the Shetland Bus - the nickname of a clandestine special operations group that made a permanent link between Shetland in Scotland and German-occupied Norway during World War Two. Initially operated by many small fishing boats and later with submarine support, the Shetland Bus provided Norwegian and allied personnel an escape route from the occupying German forces.

Two local guides, Gro and Neil join us at the quayside and we enjoy a privately guided walk around town. Back on board there is time for a quick lunch and a siesta! After sailing from Alesund we visit the town of Molde around 6pm and later in the evening Kristiansund. Next stop is Trondheim.