After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel. Before heading to Ålesund, you will get to visit Runde Island with your driver/guide who will meet you at your hotel.
Runde Island is famous for bird colonies, and it is 2-hour drive away to the south-west from Ålesund. The route often goes above the waters and via numerous bridges and includes ferry Hareid- Sulasund. You will pass gorgeous mountains and colorful traditional Norwegian villages on your way to Herøy Municipality, where the bird island of Runde lies. One of such villages – Remøya – has a 428- metre long bridge to Runde built in 1982. Before the bridge was built, the only way to get to the island was by sea. The sea way is still available, but must be individually booked in advance.
Runde is the third largest and the southernmost bird national park in Norway, and has the widest variety of sea birds species in Scandinavia – 230 in total. During the nesting season from February to August every year, more than 500,000 sea birds take over the island. Around 100,000 pairs of puffins nest here, but large colonies of great skuas, gannets and shags also establish themselves here during the nesting season.
Guests can try their hand at real science by floating off a small self-named boat to study oceanic streams.
The nature areas on Runde are vulnerable, important and interesting for research. Runde has also been called "a treasure Island" because of the finds of gold coins from the wrecked Dutch ship “Akerendam” from 1725. Some divers are still trying their luck hoping to find the treasure.
Well-marked trails make your time on the island enjoyable, while you will stay safe. You can climb 300- meter high peaks, walk along the shore towards one of the oldest lighthouses built in 18th century.
The total area of the island is 6 km2. Sea trips are not safe unless guided.
Alnes Lighthouse lies in the fishing community Alnes at the island Godøy. The lighthouse from 1876 is protected, and a relic of Norwegian coastal culture. Here you can enjoy exciting historical exhibitions, and buy local souvenir and handcrafts.
After this almost 6 hour excursion you will be brought to Aalesund Airport and will have a flight to Oslo.
Upon arrival, your driver will be waiting for you at the arrival hall to provide an enjoyable arrival and transfer from Oslo Airport to your hotel. The approximate transfer time is 1 hour.
You will be accommodated at THE THIEF (Preferred Hotels & Resorts).
The hotel is located between the iconic Astrup Fearnley Museum, the canals on Tjuvholmen and the Oslofjord. Timeless elegance with clear references to contemporary art and design is the common denominator for Thief furnishing. The rooms have tailored solutions and original details, which create an intimate and personal atmosphere.
ACCOMMODATION: THE THIEF