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Panorama picture from Ålesund Municipality in Norway


Ålesund has one of the largest export harbours in the world for "klippfisk", i.e. split, dried and salted cod, and a bustling, picturesque fishing port along the old harbour «Brosundet» with Skansegata where you can buy fresh fish and prawns. Ålesund is a unique experience, with its magnificent Art Nouveau architecture.

The town has a rich and lively history behind it, even though it was only granted municipal status in 1848, thanks largely to resistance on the parts of both Bergen and Trondheim to division of trading rights.