Alesund and Mt Aksla

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#1
149 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Hi everyone,

Does anyone know once we disembark the ship at Alesund what street we walk to where we would begin to walk the steps to see the Fjellstua viewpoint at Mt Aklsa?

Also, once were done doing that, does anyone have any recommendations what to do. We are thinking about just walking around the city. Our ship is there from 8 AM until 11 PM. We leave the port unusually late compared to the other fjord ports, especially when you consider there is a not a ton to do. Does anyone know why that might be?

Thanks in advance
#2
149 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Or I am thinking about doing the Trollstigen excursion through the boat albeit very expensive ($229 PP). This may be to good to pass up. Has anyone done this? It is the Romsdal & the Troll Path excursion with HA:

Take a short sightseeing tour of Ålesund city, passing the town of Spjelkavik en route to Sjøholt village.
From Sjøholt, you'll follow the shoreline of Storfjord, enjoying beautiful scenes from the road. You are now in an area known for both salmon fishing and furniture making. The furniture crafted here is exported all over the world. In Stordal alone there are several furniture factories.
Pass the old, octagonal Stordal Church (1789) and through Liabygd and Valldal, renowned for growing sweet strawberries. You will follow the valley towards Trollstigen (the Troll Path), passing the impressive Gudbrandsjuvet Gorge. On top of the mountain you can still see signs of the old road built in 1028 by Viking King Olav.
In the center of the Trolltindene mountain range you will stop for a typical Norwegian buffet lunch of hot and cold dishes, desserts and coffee. A bottle of mineral water or light beer is included per person.
From the highest point on the road, at 2,800 feet above sea level, you will drive the famous Troll Path with its 11 exciting hairpin bends leading down to Isterdalen Valley. Stop to visit the famous Troll Wall -- well known to mountaineers all over the planet. This wall has the highest overhang in Europe and is visited by world-famous climbers every summer.
#3
149 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
So I was thinking about doing the Troll Path excursion then when we return we still have plenty of time to visit Aksla viewpoint (now I know why the ship does not leave until 11!) Thoughts?
#4
Lancashire
2,828 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
As far as climbing the hill goes, you basically look for the hill and head towards it. You can get plenty of maps off google, but you don't need them.
#5
United Kingdom
77 Posts
Joined Nov 2013
I have just returned from a Norwegian Jade cruise which stopped in Alesund. We hired a car from Avis which is a short (10 min walk) from the dock. We were 2nd off the ship and picked up the car just after 8am. We drove to Trollstigen and Trollveggen stopping off at various waterfalls and viewpoints along the way. We did a circuit and were back in Alesund around 3pm. We drove up to the Aksla viewpoint and then returned the car to Avis before 4pm when the office closed. We then wandered around the town for about 1 hour until the heavy rain started and we returned to the ship.

Our route was essentially this - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Av...d62.470736!3e0
#6
The Netherlands, wintermonths in Puerto vallarta, Mexico
6,464 Posts
Joined Sep 2004
Originally posted by Blocks
I have just returned from a Norwegian Jade cruise which stopped in Alesund. We hired a car from Avis which is a short (10 min walk) from the dock. We were 2nd off the ship and picked up the car just after 8am. We drove to Trollstigen and Trollveggen stopping off at various waterfalls and viewpoints along the way. We did a circuit and were back in Alesund around 3pm. We drove up to the Aksla viewpoint and then returned the car to Avis before 4pm when the office closed. We then wandered around the town for about 1 hour until the heavy rain started and we returned to the ship.

Our route was essentially this - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/Av...d62.470736!3e0
This sounds very interesting since our ship has a long day in Alesund. Unfortunately to read Avis closes at 4 pm however. As my husband loves to make many photos I wonder if with many short stops, plus probably a lunch stop, do we have enough time without feeling in a hurry? Your rouite sounds great and very interesting.
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#7
United Kingdom
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Joined Nov 2013
Originally posted by Ine
This sounds very interesting since our ship has a long day in Alesund. Unfortunately to read Avis closes at 4 pm however. As my husband loves to make many photos I wonder if with many short stops, plus probably a lunch stop, do we have enough time without feeling in a hurry? Your rouite sounds great and very interesting.
Avis closes at 4pm but you could drop the car and keys off later, there is also a petrol station right next to the Avis office. I stopped several times to take photos and we had a long stop at Trollstigen visitor centre where we had lunch. The roads were quiet, in total I drove around 275km.
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Joined Sep 2004
Originally posted by Blocks
Avis closes at 4pm but you could drop the car and keys off later, there is also a petrol station right next to the Avis office. I stopped several times to take photos and we had a long stop at Trollstigen visitor centre where we had lunch. The roads were quiet, in total I drove around 275km.
Thank you. Good to know that we can drop the car and key later if needed. That way we donot need to check the time and feel rushed.
Is the visitor centre where you more or less turned around on the map?
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