Journeys into the exceptional

A voyage of exploration into the less beaten path of Sunnmøre.

Your journey into exception starts even before you land in Ålesund; you fly over unique mountain ranges drawn by the might of Nature and land in a tiny flat island, just slightly longer than the runway. Forget normal commutes: going to town will take you not once, but twice, through tunnels under the sea. Hotel Brosundet lies in the middle of the old town, one side bathed by the sea, the other side idling on one of the calmest streets of town. You walk in and shed whatever form of jet-lag followed you. The Norwegian boutique hotel experience starts here, at the foot of a monumental walk-in fireplace which rises all the way to the 4-storied top. 

Once in your room, surrounded by carefully designed comfort you’ll give in to the sudden irrepressible wish to take a slow deep breath. Thank you for feeling home.


 

Ålesund – arguably one of the world’s most beautiful fishing ports

Our town is renowned as the gateway between the Nordic Sea and the Norwegian fjord-land, a unique urban center of the great north, reborn into an UNESCO Heritage Site of Art Nouveau Architecture after a catastrophic fire leveled it in 1904. 

You could rent a kayak, or a SUP, and paddle the channel and its surroundings; you could walk to Byparken – the park by the foot of the stairs to Fjellstua, and try a cup of coffee at Jacu, one of the most exquisite coffee roasteries in the planet; you can pick yourself up and climb the steps to the top of Fjellstua, gaping in awe at the view of sprawling Ålesund towards the ocean; you can visit KHÅK art gallery by the Kiperviktorget; you can stop on the Jugendstil Center and learn more about the “when’s” and the “why’s” of the town - on the way back to the Hotel, to refresh and recharge right before a drink at our cool and well patronaged Arkivet Bar, barely a couple of steps away from what is probably the best meal you’ll have in Norway: the topographic menu of the Apotekergata No.5 Restaurant. Welcome!

Welcome to our topographical menu, a gourmet experience sourced vertically in the fjords, from the bottom of our sea to the tops of our mountains. Besides the restaurant, The actual Apotekergata No. 5 building also houses a food bar Butikken and a cocktail bar Arkivet. 

Apotekergata No. 5

A topographic menu for a unique gourmet dining experience at the best restaurant in town.

The old warehouse Apotekergata No. 5 has today become a restaurant, a foodbar and a cocktailbar – and for the sunny days; a barge where you can enjoy local seafood.

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Have the smell of freshly baked bread in the morning, as you sit in the breakfast room and look out the window into the channel. The hotel boats are waiting to take you into the enchanted experience of our Wildlife Sea Safari – an immensely memorable mix of sightseeing, story-telling and sheer adrenaline.

Wildlife Sea Safari  

These fjords are teeming with life of all sizes– there are seals everywhere, we often spot orcas and other whales, and the yearly herring and cod migrations define life in our corner of Norway. The outer islands are famous for their colonies of birds, namely the cutest in the planet: the puffins. Come with us on a Wildlife Sea Safari, all the way to Runde and back… or maybe with a detour stop at Devoldfabrikken for some shopping and culture, or at Skotholmen island for an unforgettable gourmet experience.

The Sunnmøre region is probably one of the best areas in the world for helicopter adventures. Sightseeing by helicopter should be on everyones bucket list while visiting. Your ride from Devoldfabrikken to Hotel Union Øye takes you above majestic mountain peaks and through the secluded and stunning Hjørundfjord.

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Ålesund Town
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Devoldfabrikken culture and shopping
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Runde Island wildlife sea safari
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Skotholmen Island lunch spot
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Hotel Union Øye     

Hotel Union Øye   

In the village of Øye by the Norangsfjord you will find one of the most distinct hotels in all of Europe. It has been a place where visitors come to savour the good life and the tranquility in magnificent surroundings since 1891.

As you take in the ambience you will be amazed by the historical facts surrounding each the individually designed rooms. They are all named after the notables who have stayed here; we hope you will be inspired by all those famous writers, mountaineers, artists and royals you will hear and read about. Enjoy a meal in the beautiful dining room and listen to old exciting stories from other eras, shared by the fireplace after dinner. The bed where you’ll sleep, is truly fit for a King or Queen - we know because it has been so.

A day of adventure in the Norwegian Fjords

Hjørundfjord

Do as the Norwegians and find peace and recreation in nature. Paddle the fjords in our kayaks and explore surrounding woodlands, valleys, mountain roads and paths on a bike. Maybe you prefer a hike to clear your mind or will enjoy a strenuous hike to majestic mountain tops. Follow your local guides, they will show you views that will blow your mind.

Take a rest, light a bonfire and we will prepare you an outdoor lunch like the locals do. This part of the adventure is often a favorite.

Hjørundfjord

Your journey continues from Hotel Union Øye through one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords, the Hjørundfjord, ending in Storfjord Hotel. Guided by our captain you will learn about fjord life, its beauty and struggles, and you will better understand why we love our home as much as we do. 

Visit an authentic fjord farm

Meet the charming couple who lives by the Storfjord, in the fjord village of Glomset. Local food traditions are being preserved, as they hunt, grow, bake and fish everything they produce and serve at the farm.

A slow life hideaway

Storfjord Hotel   

Inside the handcrafted log walls awaits a unique experience impossible to find anywhere else. You’ll be on a luxury retreat on a hillside facing the placid Storfjord and the ragged Sunnmøre Alps.

Traveling is all about meeting new people, and spending time with loved ones. It’s all about learning of a destination’s successes and challenges, its kindness and its soul. Along your journey you will meet locals and make new friends. You will learn about the Norwegian way-of-life and will be asked about yours. As you sit for breakfast on the last day of your journey you may feel the pang of regret of leaving. Often we are told that the best sleep has been had at Storfjord Hotel. 

Why bother with a boring transfer when you can enjoy it on a boat. Make the most out of your last day by exploring the coastal landscape surrounding Ålesund.

The perfect goodbye gift to yourself

What if, as an unforgettable experience before leaving, you follow us onto a “lighthouse adventure”? Let us serve you a unique seafood lunch, in rustic rugged settings, fresh air, the sounds of the ocean. Take your time, enjoy the clean fresh air of the fjords.

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Sunnmøre

Interesting details and fun facts

Highest mountain Kvitegga 1 717 m
Longest fjord Storfjord 110 km
People currently living in Sunnmøre 130 601
How many islands Nobody actually knows
Average Winter temperature about 4ºC
Average Summer temperature about 16ºC