The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 6 children- Boy age 14, Girl age 14, Girl age 14, Girl age 10, Boy age 7, & Girl age 2.
Address: Pb 6607, Hatlane, 6024 Ålesund
Phone: 70 17 40 00
Hours: Hours vary widely depending on the day of the week and season
Admission: 65 NOK Adults; 15 NOK children under 16, children under 4 free
Description: The Sunnmøre Museum is situated in the spot that used to be the Borgundkaupangen Trading Center, an active trading center from the 11th century through the early 16th century. Historic buildings, some that date from as far back as the early Middle Ages, have been relocated to this spot. These include an old sawmill, a boarding school from 1743, and a boat builder’s shed. There are also antique wooden boats in the boat halls.
Our Experience: We took the 618 bus to get to the museum. This may be a good place for families with older children and teens who are into historical sites and museums. Although our kids have enjoyed these kinds of places in the past (for example our children really enjoyed Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, USA), this museum just wasn’t for them. Overall we were disappointed with the experience. We really do not recommend a visit to this location unless your family enjoys historical locations a great deal.
Address: Keiser Wilhelms gate 11Rådhuset, 6003 Ålesund, Norway
Phone: +47 70-16-2015
Hours: Hike during daylight hours
Description: Sukkertoppen, or Sugar Top, is a mountain that offers great hiking and incredible views. The hiking path starts out as gravel but ends up dirt or mud, depending on the season and the recent weather conditions. This hike comes highly recommended by many who have taken it, but if you do not like hiking you will not enjoy this.
Our Experience: Despite the extreme mud which blackened and covered our feet the hike up the Sugar Top is highly recommended by our entire family. It was one of the highlights of our entire Norway trip. The hike is party easy and part moderate to a little harder than moderate. We were told the walk about take 45 minutes, but we took well over an hour just to get halfway up. Mom had to stay with our two year old at that point, while Dad continued on with the rest of the kids. Dad soon after had to take a break with our seven year old while the rest of the kids made the climb to the top. Regardless of where you stop on the path, once you pass the tree line, the views of Alesund are amazing. We saw the fjords and islands from a different view than the more popular one from Fjellstua, which is located at the foot of Mount Aksla. We opted to skip the view from Fjellstua as the Sugar Top hike wore us all out! It is a good idea to double check the bus schedule for return times, so you aren’t left stranded at the Sugar Top.
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips