Alesund is a charming coastal town located in the Western Fjords. For many visitors it is as beautiful as Bergen, but in a smaller scale and less touristic. Town is settled down in a narrow, fish hook shaped peninsula where home base of cod-fish industry is also present.
The Alesund had witnessed a major renovation after the tragic fire at 23 January 1904. Most of the wooden buildings wiped out by fire, leaving more than 10000 residents homeless where those days’ population were estimated as 12000! Just after this big disaster, German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II send shiploads of provisions, building materials and skilled workers to rebuilt the city. That was the time for Alesund to transformation. Most of the Norwegian architects educated in Germany designed new town in art-nouveau (Jugendstil) style with traditional Viking Celtic and other traditional motifs. It was a devastating fire, but leaded to born of new charming town.
Romsdalsfjord hosts numbers of small coastal towns with Norwegian characteristic. If you would like to discover Norway this might be the best route to choose. You can reach small and tranquillity coves where you cannot reach by wheels; you can enjoy cosy fishing villages and feel the wilderness of nature.
Climate and Weather;
Climate is a typical maritime climate with mild and windy winters and warm summers. The coldest month of the year is January where mean temperature is 1.3˚C. Definitely best time to sail at Western Fjords is summer, when you can enjoy sunny days with 14 – 15 ˚C and short nights.
In winter months you should be ready to meet with snow, ice and rain. However, most of the fjords don’t freeze due to influence of the Gulf stream.
While sailing at Norway, you can obtain weather forecast through VHF coastal stations. Reports may be in Norwegian, but if you ask them through Ch. 16, they will give you a report in English.
Winds at Western Fjords my reach up to 35 – 40 knots, especially during the spring and autumn. When you sail inside the fjords wind directions may also be diverted by high mountains. Therefore it is highly advised to check local wind and weather information before planning your trip.
Navigation and anchoring;
Navigation at fjords usually needs attention. You should be careful about the obstacles and small rocky islets. Thus, it is recommended to have details charts with you and keep your eyes on your route and charts.
When you will anchor in a cove, you need to tie your boat to a rock or tree at coast. For this reason you should carry two long lines with you. Some iron bolts and hammer would also be useful.