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Ålesund to Trondheim Along the Atlantic Ocean Road

Visit Ålesund and Trondheim, two of Norway’s most charming coastal cities, and drive along the famous Atlantic Ocean Road. Dine on fresh seasonal produce in contemporary restaurants and spend the night at two beautifully appointed hotels.

Ålesund’s city center is unique in Norway with its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. A short walk up the nearby mountain, Aksla, provides panoramic views of the decorative buildings and the surrounding archipelago. The adjacent islands also feature their own summits worth a climb. For a different perspective, kayak and RIB boat trips lead through the quiet waterways and out onto the open ocean.

The Atlantic Ocean Road is one of Norway’s 18 official scenic routes. The remote stretch of road clings to the coast, known for its shallow and rough seas, before a string of bridges leap over the ocean from island to island. Stop at the viewpoints, wander along a coastal path, or trek up one of the local peaks to fully appreciate the raw landscape.

Trondheim was an important settlement during the Viking Age and remained the capital of Norway until 1217. Today the compact city features landmarks such as Nidaros Cathedral and the wooden buildings of Bakklandet. Take a boat ride and explore the historic Munkholmen Island in the Trondheimsfjord. Bymarka, the city forest, is just a tram ride or short drive away.

This three-day package includes:

  • One night’s accommodation and buffet breakfast at Hotel Brosundet in Ålesund
  • Five-course dinner at Apotekergata No. 5 in Ålesund
  • One night’s accommodation, spa access, and breakfast at Hotel Britannia in Trondheim
  • Three-course dinner at Brasserie Britannia in Trondheim

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Day 1: Ålesund

After a seamless check-in at Hotel Brosundet, explore Ålesund on foot or take to the water. For a short walk, head to the town park and continue up the stairs to Aksla. Stop for an iconic photo of the city at the Byrampen viewpoint.

If you have some more time on your hands, head to the mountains on one of the neighboring islands. Sukkertoppen is a local favorite on Hessa Island, as is Storhornet on Godøya Island.

To explore even further afield, join a wildlife sea safari. High-speed RIB boats charge across the ocean and past Runde Island, home to hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including puffins. For a slower-paced activity, kayak tours provide a new perspective on the city and are suitable for beginners.

Relax at the hotel with a drink at Arkivet Bar before a five-course dinner at Apotekergata No. 5.

Hotel Brosundet

Hotel Brosundet occupies refurbished warehouses on the water’s edge in central Ålesund. The hotel’s former life is reflected today through thick timber beams running the length of the interior and full-length windows facing over the water.

At the heart of the hotel a magnificent fireplace takes center stage. Modern Nordic design, with soft colors and furnishings, extends from the communal living spaces into the individual rooms, creating a cosy and relaxed atmosphere throughout.

Apotekergata No. 5

Dining at Apotekergata No 5. is to be taken on a journey through the produce of the Sunnmøre region. The set menu features seasonal highlights from the fertile valleys, alpine pastures, and roaring ocean.

In true contemporary Norwegian style, each dish is deliberate and restrained, allowing technique and flavor the opportunity to shine.

Suggested adventures

Aksla

Sunnmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
0.7 km · 1 – 2 hr

Sukkertoppen

Sunnmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
3.3 km · 1 – 2 hr

Storhornet

Sunnmøre

Hiking Trail
Medium
6.7 km · 2 – 3 hr

Day 2: Atlantic Ocean Road to Trondheim

Enjoy the thoughtfully prepared and generous buffet breakfast at Hotel Brosundet before beginning the drive to Trondheim via the Atlantic Ocean Road. There are two ferries along the route and although departures are frequent, it is recommended to check the timetables in advance.

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The official Atlantic Ocean Road scenic route begins in Bud and continues for 36 kilometers along the coast to Kårvåg. The landscape is harsh and exposed, and the proximity of the ocean ensures a fascinating journey regardless of the weather. Marked viewpoints along the route feature constructions designed to adapt to the environment.

For a slightly shorter drive, instead of turning towards Bud, continue on road 64 through Eide to Vevang where the most dramatic part of the route begins.

At Vevang a short coastal trail leads past the Transatlantic Column, a marble sculpture spread amongst the rocks and ponds. Back on the road you’ll begin hopping from island to island over a series of impressive bridges. On Eldhusøya Island an elevated path called Svevestien is an easy and accessible way to experience the seascape.

At the end of the route in Kårvåg, on Averøya Island, it’s a short detour to the trailhead for Storheia. A quick hike brings you to 289 meters above sea level, with views back towards the road, along the coast, and to the surrounding mountains.

Consider stopping for lunch at Bjartmars Favorittkro in Kårvåg where seafood and local delicacies are a feature, before continuing towards Kristiansund.

Once in Trondheim, check in to the luxurious Britannia Hotel and prepare for dinner and drinks at Brasserie Britannia.

Britannia Hotel

After an ambitious makeover, Britannia Hotel has reopened as one of the best hotels in Norway. Situated in the heart of Trondheim, the hotel has long been an icon of the city. Six restaurants and bars are an indulgence for the senses, in venues that have hosted royalty and intrepid explorers over the years.

The hotel’s new style respects its heritage while embracing modern luxury, with handmade beds and bathrooms lined with Carrara marble. A pristine and expansive spa and fitness center encourages relaxation and rejuvenation.

Brasserie Britannia

Brasserie Britannia is a high-tempo, casual dining space within Britannia Hotel. The three-course menu features classic French dishes elevated with the best seasonal ingredients.

The buzzing restaurant is open all day and features an extensive drinks menu with a wide selection of beer and wine.

Suggested adventures

Vevang Coastal Trail

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
1.2 km · 0.5 – 1 hr

Svevestien

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
0.7 km · 0.5 – 1 hr

Storheia

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
2.7 km · 1.5 – 2.5 hr

Day 3: Trondheim

Wake up and recharge at the spa or simply soak up the hotel luxury before check-out. Sit down for breakfast in Palmehaven, the exotic palm garden restaurant. The splendid buffet features award-winning Norwegian meats and cheeses and an array of fresh dishes. In addition, an à la carte menu offers barista coffee and specialities cooked to order.

Head out and wander the city centre, visiting some of the famous landmarks such as Nidaros Cathedral, Old Town Bridge, and the Bakklandet neighborhood. On a sunny day, take a short boat ride to Munkholmen Island, a popular recreation area in the Trondheimsfjord.

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