Sunday, 24 August 2008

Some summer holiday shots from Norway # part 5.

Ålesund is a city and municipality in the county of Møre og Romsdal, Norway. It is a sea port, and is noted for its unique concentration of Jugendstil architecture.

Ålesund was established as a municipality January 1, 1838. Borgund was merged with Ålesund January 1, 1968. Sula was separated from Ålesund January 1, 1977. Ålesund received city rights in 1848. It is the administrative center as well as the principal shipping city of the Sunnmøre district. The Ålesund agglomeration has a population of 45,299.

Ålesund was originally known as Kaupangen Borgund, kaupang being Norse for marketplace or town. The West Norse form of the current name was Álasund. The first element is (probably) the plural genitive case of áll m 'eel', the last element is sund n 'strait, sound'.
Until 1921, the name was written Aalesund.


Ålesund municipality occupies seven of the outer islands in the county of Møre og Romsdal: Hessa, Aspøy, Nørvøya, Oksnøy, Ellingsøy, Humla and Tørla. The city centre is located on the islands Aspøy and Nørvøy, while Hessa and Oksnøy contain residential areas. The second largest island, Elingsøy, used to be accessible only by boat or by road via Skodje municipality, but a subsea tunnel was built in 1987 to make travelling between the island and the city centre more convenient. The tunnel is 3,481 metres long, and is currently being upgraded. Situated 236 km north northeast of Bergen, Ålesund is adjacent to the Hjørund and Geiranger fjords, the latter being on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.
The municipality covers an area of 93 km2. The population is 41,385, making the population density 430 people per km2. The population of the agglomeration, which includes parts of the neighbouring municipality
Sula, is 45,299. The municipality also contains three small, separate urban areas — Hoffland, Årset and Myklebost — with a total population of 1217.
The city has a pronounced maritime climate with mild and windy winters; the coldest month of the year, January, has a mean temperature of 1.3 °C. The lowest temperature ever recorded at
Ålesund Airport, Vigra is a mere -11 °C.
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9 comments:

ArneA said...

Nok en gang har du skutt riktig, selv om du har misset alle de fantastiske detaljene bygatene innehar. Jugendbyens utsmykninger og detaljer som ikke er med denne gang, viser bare at du MÅ returnere (via Norangsdalen).
Dessuten er byens perspektiver fra "den andre siden" eller fra vest mot øst også verd et fotobesøk.
Nok en gang er jeg imponert over at ferieturen deres var velsignet med vakkert vær. Ålesund er egentlig best for fotografene når sørvesten uler.

RuneE said...

Det var en nydelig samling bilder - på vanlig høyt nivå. Gratulerer med ny design. Jeg får prøve noe lignende. Det er absolutt et poeng på en fotoblogg å redusere sidefeltet til det minimum slik at bildene får bedre plass.

Dersom jeg skulle komme med en bitte liten kommentar, ville jeg slått av rammen rund header'en. Jeg tror jeg satte fargen til sort, eller fungerte alt bra på min hovedmaskin (1280*1024)

fishing guy said...

John: Wow, those are some great views of the town, boats and sun reflections. You must have had a great time with your camera.

babooshka said...

These are just breathetaking. Everthing for those reflections to the vast open feel.

Greyscale Territory said...

Wonderful series of pics! I loved this virtual journey to Norway!

Ida said...

Flott serie, som helt sikkert Arne ble spesielt fornøyd med. :)

Maria said...

Oh my God, your country is soooo beautiful! Thank you so very much for sharing these wonderful landscapes!

Maria said...

These are really wonderful views! How did you take the last pictures? Did you take the photos in an aeroplane? Or on top of a mountain)

VALKYRIEN said...

Takk for rusletur gjennom min hjemby! Fikk hjemlengsel her nå...Men du må nok returnere, for jeg er enig med ArneA som nevnte dette med Jugendstilen. Men bortsett fra det; vakre bilder! Får dårlig samvittighte over at jeg ikke tok et eneste bildet der ifjor....