Our 5 favourite day(s) trips around Ålesund, West Coast of Norway
We have tried many different ways to travel with kids, and even if we from the time before kids were used to jump from one place to another we have now realized that the family vacations where we have established a base camp have been much better for both grown-ups and kids. Thus, we will make some blogs where we look at nice day trips from a specific location, and first “vacation base” is Ålesund:
Giske, Godøya & Alnes Fyr,
On the tip of Godøya, an island just outside Ålesund, you find a small lighthouse turned into a small cafe and local art gallery. It is just a 20-25 minutes’ drive from Ålesund. Drive in the direction of the airport, but as soon as you have driven through the first tunnel (actually taking you under the fjord) you turn left to Giske and Godøya. Giske is as flat as Godøya is hilly, and is most famous for its summer music festival (see under Calendar for more info). Giske also have a very nice beach for the ones brave enough to go for a swim. Depending on how much time you like to use and the age of your kids you can stroll along the coast, go for a hike over the mountain, rent a small boat to go fishing or choose to stay over a night in one of the “rorbu”(fishermen cabin) available at Godøya.
Also known as the snow powder paradise of Norway, Stranda is approx. 1.5 hours away from Ålesund (included a 15 minutes ferry ride where the kids can test out the famous “Svele”, which can be compared with an American pancake). The ski area has a separate area for kids and both kids and grown-ups can rent all different kind of ski equipment. Enjoy a day in the slope and remember to stop up and enjoy the view! If you like to stay a some days you can either stay at Stranda Hotel or check out one of the cabins closer to the ski area (feel free to contact us if you like more detailed advise of where to stay).
Photo from http://www.strandafjellet.no
One of the most famous spots in Norway is not more than a couple of hours drive from Ålesund, and it is worth a visit. The nature is breath taking both in Geiranger and also for a large part of the ride. If you are here in the summer the ferry ride from Hellesylt is highly recommended since you get a very nice view of the fjord when you arrive by boat instead of by car. If you do not have a car, you may also sign up with Hurtigruta. No big play grounds or amusement parks along any of the possible routes, and keep the kids close by if you stop to look at the view…..it is steep! But still very much worth the trip.
Valdalen – Juvet
A pit stop when driving from Ålesund to Geiranger – and worth a look and maybe even a night stay in one of the most amazing hotels in the word (yes it is true….). It will not be your cheapest night in Norway – but we think you should check Juvet Landskapshotell out. Put the kids to bed, order a glass of good wine and sit down and just enjoy the view from your room (freely located in the nature). Just to give you a little idea, we have included a few photos from D2’s article about Juvet:
Runde is famous for its enormous numbers of birds. It is said that there are about 500,000 to 700,000 seabirds inhabiting the island (and only about 100 people). In addition, a real treasure has been found just outside Runde’s shore. A Ductch ship went down in 1725, and more than 250 years later, in 1972, a group of scuba divers found in total about 57,000 coins, where 6,600 of them were pure gold. Parts of the treasure are kept at Bergen Sjøfartsmuseum and also at the Norwegian Coin Museum in Oslo.
Flø is a small community literally facing the Atlantic Ocean. Feel the fresh salty air, go for a stroll on the amazing pebble beaches and we recommend to also go fishing since the fishing possibilities are fantastic in this area. Sit down in a beach in Flø and enjoy the wonderful sunset over the ocean or visit <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/moodsofnorwayflo?fref=pb”>Studio Hugo Opdal </a>, which also contain a Moods of Norway store.
Photo: Odd Goksøyr (http://www.respatekspalass.no/foto/gasneset-flo/flo-vinter)
3 Kids+ tips: We highly recommend to find a base for several days in a row. This way you limit time used to pack and unpack luggage, you can wash some clothes and actually get them dry before you move on, the kids find it calming to get to know their surroundings and you will actually be able to see more instead of less since you can focus on explore instead of organizing.
Enjoy your family vacation !