Ålesund and Geiranger is perhaps the epicentre of the iconic fjords of western Norway. The fjord landscapes are quite literally the stuff of legends: they have given life to great parts of the Norwegian traditional folklore, describing the dramatic waterfalls, the high rising mountain walls and the icy-blue deep fjords.
The city of Ålesund has long been the gateway to these fjords. A city built on fishing and commerce; it is the largest fishing harbour in Norway today – and home to much of the world renowned Norwegian seafood. But it is also built on the ashes of a great catastrophe.