Alesund is a totally different town to all others in Norway. Destroyed in 1904 by fire, it was rebuilt thanks to funds granted by Emperor William II. Its art nouveau style and pastel nuances make it a very special town. Nowadays, it has become one of Norway's major fishing ports, exporting large amounts of cod. Surrounded by mountains and built on three islands linked together by bridges, Alesund is a pleasant town, great for strolling around. Climb up Mount Aksla to get the best view of the town. You can get there through the public park and climbing up the 418 steps leading to the top.