In the spectacular fjord country of Aalesund, 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 lea... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2014 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.