In the spectacular fjord country of Alesund, Norway, 240 mi/385 km northwest of Oslo on the coast between Bergen and Trondheim, lies a fishing center of about 40,000 people that covers three islands and is worth a visit to see its art-nouveau architecture. Nearby sights include the "bird island" of Runde (220 species and more than 500,000 nesting birds have been spotted there) and Selje Monastery (eerie medieval ruins on a wild, beautiful island). Visit the national Art Nouveau Center to learn m... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide.
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