Alesund Cruises

Atlantic Sea-Park
Hiking to Sugar Top Mountain
Hjørundfjord Cruise

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The vibrant port town of Ålesund, located on the Sunnmøre Coast, is the gateway to the iconic fjords of Norway. This MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination is celebrated for its wealth of Art Nouveau architecture and stunning natural beauty. Nearby, discover Hjørundfjord, a body of water known for its dramatically rugged scenery, or make your way to Sugar Top Mountain for panoramic views of the region.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Atlantic Sea-Park
• Hiking to Sugar Top Mountain
• Hjørundfjord Cruise
The amazing Atlantic Sea-Park is one of Scandinavia’s largest aquariums. This MSC Cruises excursion makes an ideal outing for couples or the whole family! Built into the Tueneset coastline, the park houses one of the most extensive seawater tanks in Europe. Here, you’ll learn more about Norway’s fascinating sea life before admiring the depths of the spectacular Storfjord. Enjoy an entertaining diving show, watch seals and otters being fed, or say hello to the penguins. There are so many thrills to experience including open touch pools, the 4,000,000-litre Great Atlantic tank, and a range of landscaped aquariums.
If you love outdoor adventures in stunning natural environments, then an MSC Cruises excursion to the mountain of Sukkertoppen (Sugar Top) is the perfect day out for you! Arriving at the island of Hessa, you’ll ascend the mountain via a narrow trail during a picturesque 1-hour hike. Be enchanted by views of Ålesund, the Borgund Fjord, and the distant Sunnmøre Alps. Then, enjoy a scenic drive back to through the Nordic countryside to Ålesund’s vibrant town. 
Etched deep into the Sunnmøre Alps, the Hjørundfjord is considered one of the most beautiful fjords in the world. Book an MSC Cruises excursion to see this majestic body of water close-up on a private chartered boat tour. Take in breathtaking views of the stunning mountains, which rise from the fjord to heights of more than 1500 metres. To be immersed in such a dramatic landscape is a truly unforgettable experience.

Must see places in Alesund



    The magic of the northern lights
    The magic of the northern lights

    A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

    The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

    But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

    Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.