From Geiranger our next official destination was Alesund. As you can see, its a beautiful Norwegian coastal city built at the distant entrance to Geirangerfjord! This archipelago city is known for its art nouveau architecture and stunning island landscapes. From mount Aksla you can get amazing views of the city, the incoming and outgoing ships, and boats, as well as amazing sunrise and sunset views alike. 😍🌇 You wont find many old buildings near Alesund, and there is no "old town" as you will find in many European and Scandinavian cities with history as rich as Alesund. Once a magnet of viking conflict, and gradually shifted over the years to a central trading hub of Norway, Alesund burned to the ground in 1904. Helped by the gale winds of the sea, the fire rapidly spread throughout the town during the night, giving inhabitants only moments notice to evacuate. Luckily, the fire only claimed 1 casualty but left over 10,000 people homeless. Survivors say there wasn't a single stick of lumber left in the town. It was then that they rebuilt the town in its new Euro-art nouveau fashion, building primarily with brick and stone, and drawing inspiration from European architects of the era. 🔥🌱🌹 📷 Gear: A7rii, G-Master 24-70, 64mm, F8.0, 3x bracket @ev +/-1.0, ISO 100, Nisi Landscape Polarizer, Handheld
This is Brekke Gard Hostel in Flåm. It cost me just 327 NOK (which is around £27) for one night. The surroundings were stunning, huge mountains covered in snow and a white blanket underfoot - like a dream land.
The room was an attic style space on the top floor with sloped ceilings and fresh white bedding.
There were just two of us in a room for six so we had plenty of space to spread out, listen to jazz pop (Yilan's choice) and indulge in an early night.
There were strong winds and heavy snow fall during the early hours and I woke to the sound of the wooden building creaking and the front door banging in the wind.
I just about managed to drag myself out of bed to batten down the hatches before sinking back into a deep sleep.