Ålesund, Norway: An Art Nouveau Walk in a Fairytale Town

brightly colored buildings reflected in water of harbour in the art nouveau town of alesund norway

Ålesund, a fishing town and port on Norway’s west coast, has a distinctive architectural style borne out of devastation. On a stormy night in January 1904, a fire raged through the town, destroying 850 houses and leaving 10,000 people homeless. Mercifully, only one person perished. In just four years, a frantic reconstruction project replaced the charred […]

Visiting Flam on a Cruise: The Flam Scenic Railway and More!

flam railway

Tucked between two mountains at the head of Aurlandsfjorden, the teeny hamlet of Flam is a popular Norwegian cruise port. Although it is a good base for hiking and has a visit-worthy 17th-century church, its main tourist draw is the Flam scenic railway. Running between Flam and Myrdal, this is considered one of Norway’s most scenic […]