Norway’s Constitution Day fell right in the middle of our stay in the coastal village of Alesund.
Luckily we were aware of this while doing our planning and picked up groceries before arriving and rented an AirBnB with parking for the microbus.
The AirBnB was listed as ‘City View’, however it was really a lovely view over the water with the city in front. That hillside view also came with an incline gravel walkway equivalent to five flights of steps – make sure you don’t forget something down in the car!
Constitution Day marks Norway’s separation from Sweden, and we found it ironic that they played Abba during the ceremonies at the end of the parade.
Norway has historically used a lot of timber for building due to its plentifulness and the resourcefulness of their ship builders.
This means a lot of wood towns with buildings close together, leading to spectacular building fires.
The entire old town of Alesund burned down in 1904, but all of the rebuilding has been done in an extremely photogenic way and the color palette and architecture combined with the hilly topography and deep blue water makes for amazing photography opportunities.
As with many cities, the tourist area is around the old harbor, and the area is quite charming when you’re immersed in it. It’s easy to slip away into residential areas, and just as easy to end up in unattractive commercial or maritime operation areas. Century-old architecture with an ugly cube highrise right behind.
Cruise ships and work ships crowd the southern side of the town, and this is a popular stop on cruises passing in the North Sea.
The Constitution Day ceremonies were pretty underwhelming as a whole, and we both remarked that they might be more upbeat if they had open alcohol allowed like Germany or Austria instead of their very strict current regulations.
Despite the photo opportunities, we probably wouldn’t recommend Alesund unless it’s a stopover on a cruise. It’s not convenient to get to and the modern city far overshadows the charming little village center.

Heading to England

Heading to England Memorial in Alesund
This statue remembers all those who left Norway for Great Britain during World War II.


Storhaugen View

Storhaugen View in Alesund
The view down from Storhaugen is very nice


Almost To The North Pole

Almost To The North Pole
If we just keep going north for 3073 clicks…


Into The Harbor

Into The Alesund Harbor
A great view into the Alesund Harbor


Bilfergen

Bilfergen boat in the Alesund harbor
An interesting old boat sitting dockside in Alesund Harbor


All Lined Up

All Lined Up
Large pleasurecraft rafted off for the weekend’s fun


Telefon

Telefon in the Alesund Harbor
Yo doogie, pick up da phone!


From the Bridge

From the Bridge
A view from the downtown bridge in Alesund


The Cat Whisperer

The Cat Whisperer in Alesund
I find friends everywhere


The Clowns Have Arrived

The Clowns Have Arrived
A clown sitting on a green Porsche


Swimming Upstream

Swimming Upstream
It’s a constant sea of movement as people follow the parade through Alesund.


Crowded Streets

Crowded Streets
It’s a zoo out here


City View

City View
The square where the parade ends and the ceremonies start is directly below our apartment.


City Center

City Center
A great shot of the old city center.


Looking Out

Looking Out
Colette stops at the Byparken overlook for a view over Alesund


Byparken Closeup

Byparken Closeup
Another angle at the Byparken overlook.


Colorful Buildings

Colorful Buildings
Colorful buildings in the Alesund Harbor.


Da Parade


A short parade video



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