Guests will learn about Norse culture and nature on this guided visit of the islands of Giske and Godoy, also known as the Saga Islands whose 8,000 year history encompasses great legends and leaders of the Viking Age. The tour bus will travel by bridge and tunnel from Alesund. Includes visit to the marble Giske Chapel, originally a private family church that dates to the 12th century; a quaint fishing village; and the Atlantic Sea Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe that is uniquely built into the coastal landscapes.
This tour will be operated in English only.
Leaving the city, you drive through some of the sub-sea tunnels connecting the islands with the mainland.
The island of Giske is known as the birthplace of the famous Viking "Gange-Rolv" or Rollo, who became Duke of Normandy in 911. With its powerful families, Viking Kings and heirs the island was a seat of power in the Viking Age. You stop to visit the Giske Chapel - a Romanesque marble church dating from the 12th century. It was built as a private chapel for the Giske family. Its interior was restored in 1756 and has a beautifully carved and painted alter-piece and pulpit.
Continue to the island of Godoy with a visit to the charming and unique little fishing village of Alnes, located on the shores of the Atlantic. You stop here for a short break at the Alnes Lighthouse to enjoy the magnificent view.
To give you an insight into the multitude of life beneath the waves, you will visit the Atlantic Sea Park, one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe and the largest in Scandinavia. The Sea Park is unique since it was built into the coastal landscape and adapted to modern exhibition principles. Large landscape aquariums teem with ocean life from the Atlantic, with emphasis on the western regions. Enjoy watching the diver feeding the fish by hand in the large Atlantic Ocean tank.
Before returning to Alesund, you'll make a detour to Mount Aksla, overlooking the town and the surrounding islands.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.50 mile over varying terrain with steps and inclines at the Sea Park. Comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket are recommended. Tour order may vary but all mentioned sites will be covered.