Arrive into Ålesund, the largest fishing capital port on the North-Western coast of Norway. Stretching between three islands that lie between two bright blue fjords Ålesund is home to 45,000 inhabitants and one of Norway’s largest harbours for exporting dried and fresh fish.
About two-thirds of its 1,040 wooden houses were destroyed by a fire in 1904. In the rush to shelter the 10,000 homeless victims, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II, who often vacationed here, led a swift rebuilding that married German art nouveau (Jugendstil) with Viking flourishes. Winding streets are crammed with buildings topped with turrets, spires, gables, dragon heads, and curlicues.
When you arrive here you will be met and escorted on a tour of the city before making your way to your yacht. Enjoy dinner on the aft deck in the harbour and your first night onboard.
Spend your morning on a guided tour of the Art Nouveau Ålesund and capture a breathtaking panoramic view from Mount Aksla. At the Sunnmøre Museum, you will visit some of the old farmhouses and wooden buildings which you can enter. The museum has an amazing boat collection including a replica of a Viking ship as well as the heroes of WWII.
In the afternoon, jump in the tender to go to Runde Island. The bird cliffs are the southernmost in Norway and have the widest variety of sea bird species in Scandinavia. This little island has about 150 permanent inhabitants, but during the nesting season from February to August every year more than 500,000 sea birds take over the island. Around 100,000 pairs of puffins nest here, but large colonies of great skuas, gannets, and shags also establish themselves here in the nesting season.
Alternatively, stay on land and visit the seal colony at the famous Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium, where ten large landscape tanks give you the opportunity to study biotopes with different fish, algae, and marine animals. In addition, a series of smaller tanks display special species and biotopes.
After cruising through the night, awaken in the iconic UNESCO protected Geirangerfjord, known for its snowy peaks, cascading waterfalls, and spectacular views. Tackle the Seven Sisters Waterfall hike with your local naturalist guide, to discover a sumptuous picnic lunch set in a deserted shepherds hut on the mountainside
In the afternoon, cruise to Valldalen where you will be whisked upriver and given guidance before white water rafting for an action-packed outdoor experience in an incredible setting. Enjoy the rush and tumble of the river before entering the main fjord where the current will bring you to the swim platform of the yacht. Step aboard to be greeted by your cocktail of choice.
As the sun sets in the fjord, enjoy the sheltered setting on SUPs and kayaks before dinner on the aft deck under the stars.