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Blog > The Little Mail Carriers in Ålesund, Norway

Good news! We’ve just received another adventure-filled missive from the Little Mail Carriers… all the way from Ålesund, a coastal town in Norway! Their host Cathrine (aka Norway_girl) showed them all the best sights in town, including the wonderful aquarium, where they got to meet the cuddle-loving wolffishes!

Hello everyone! Earlier this year, we were in Ålesund, Norway. It is called the The Art Nouveau City, as the city was built up in Art Nouveau style after a fire on January 23, 1904.

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On our first day, we were taken for a walk at Sunnmøre Museum. Everyone can walk around among the old buildings for free. It was so interesting to see those old wooden houses with grass on the roof!

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The original settlement in the area was built 12000 years ago and lasted until the Viking age, about 1000 years ago. In the main building, there were many interesting exhibitions about things like how yarn was colored in the old days, folk costumes, old rooms, tools for typical crafts… It was fascinating!

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We did also find a perfect place to watch the mountains. Being close to the sea and see the snow covered mountain tops at the same time is very nice!

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While walking in the forest, we meet a man who was cycling there, so we had to try that ourselves too…but it was harder to bicycle on the forest path than on a road! So we decided to just relax on the the view point, where we could sit on a bench and look at the city and the surrounding islands.

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A high point of our stay was the visit to Atlanterhavsparken, one of Northern Europe’s largest salt water aquariums, where we got to see many of the creatures that are found in the North Atlantic Ocean! In addition to that, we did also see some tropical fishes, included clown fishes, turtles and really cute Humboldt penguins, which were being hand-fed at the time of our visit! You can see them running for their grub in this cool video that our host filmed! :)

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There’s a huge tank in Atlanterhavsparken, called The Atlantic Tank…

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… which contains 4 million liters of water and several hundred big fishes of 11 species that live in the North Atlantic Ocean (for instance cod, saithe and wolffish). Every day, a scuba diver hand feeds the fishes in the Atlantic Tank. That was so cool to watch! We were told that the wolffishes are the kindest fishes in the tank… they like to be cuddled! :D

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We did also get time to write some postcards, and walked through the city town in search for a mailbox… Oh, here they are! A yellow one for mail to nearby places, and a red one for the rest of the mail!

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Then we visited Jugendstilsenteret (The Art Nouveau Style Centre), which tells about the Ålesund fire and the rebuilding of the city. There’s even a time machine there, where we could travel back in time to 1904, to see what the city looked like before the devastating fire.

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During our stay, we learned that Norwegians love to be outside, in the nature – so we decided to do like them, and go for a walk at the city mountain Aksla. What a view we got of the city and the surrounding islands!

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And what about Norwegian food? Well, we discovered that Norwegians love their bread!. They eat so much bread… for breakfast, lunch and evening meal! And if you’re ever in Norway, remember not to put a second slice of bread on top of the first one – that’s a big no-no!

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Here in Norway, they’ve got a brown cheese, a sweet cheese, and they’ve even got a weird device for slicing it! We also got to taste kjøttkaker (meatballs, on the left) and lefse (a soft flatbread, on the right). They were delicious! :D

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“Shall we grab some more of that yummy cheese before we leave, Little Paulo?”
“Oh yes please! I never say no to cheese! :D”

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Now I’m hungry too! Thank you so much Norway_girl, for this lovely report! The adventure continues…

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33 comments so far

D1ana, United States of America
I'm packing my bags!
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Nirie, Norway
My beautiful country!
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rosenbusch, Germany
Another nice story....
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pefawm, Norway
Great to have Norway in the news now.
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geminiscp, Portugal
awesome photos, those little guys are really lucky!! :D
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ned44440, Ireland
Gosh, what a wonderful place. The Little Mail Carriers are just so lucky. Ålesund, Norway is definately gone one my bucket list of places to visit. Thanks for the lovely story and the truly awesome photographs.
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TaiChier, United States of America
What a beautiful city!
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aberline, Australia
beautiful views!
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fitziane, Egypt
Great story and beautiful pictures. Oh, I'd love to travel with those Little Postcrossers! They get to go to the best places!
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Rubisco, Taiwan
So cute and beautiful!!!
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islander61, Bahamas
Very nice photos. I enjoy reading their adventures. Where to next?
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luvwhidbeyisland, United States of America
It looks like a wonderful city!
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zomertje, Netherlands
What a Beautiful Country, Thanks Little Mail Carriers for the story!! Love it!!
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paraiha, Finland
Very nice story, thank you! And what a beautiful town and great landscapes! And even Art Nouveau style! Well - I'm also packing my bags :)
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CatharinaG3, Netherlands
What a nice report, and I learned some new things about Norway!
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ChanLily, Macao
Nice story! Thank you for the story and let me know more about Norway^^
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LaLangamena, Russia
Thanks!
I like to visit these places,when I travel around Norway.
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DorotheeB, Germany
Great story, I enjoyed to read and look!
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neetsiesweetsie, United States of America
Most of my family is from Norway and I would love to visit. I make darn good lefse, people buy it from me. :0)
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AnnLu, Switzerland
have been there Oktober 2013, it was amazing, seemed like an empty ghosttown ^.^ but very nice place a view =)
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isagv, Germany
Great adventure again! :)
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Kaukasus, Germany
Crazy, I love this adventure!
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Wintersoul, Netherlands
Thank you for this great story, I want to travel the way to the North so much, maybe stay forever ♥
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emotis, United States of America
Beautiful city! And the cheese looks delicious :)
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Vagabond_Trader, United States of America
Why can't you eat a sandwich in Norway? With 2 slices of bread?
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Mamoth, Norway
You can eat a sandwich, but we eat brødskiver, sliced bread with butter and a chosen cheese, or salami, jam, cold cuts, caviar and so forth.
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Sherrit, United States of America
They may be small but their adventures are huge. Thanks for sharing!!
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fisherman, Ireland
Hi Cathrine you really have me thinking about visiting Norway. I especially loved the aquarium and the beautiful scenery. See you on the forum.
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CheriAileen, Canada
Would be great to visit, lucky is have been able to see it through you. I love the open face sandwich.
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shui, Taiwan
What a wonderful travelog!! I wish I was there enjoying those beautiful views!! Thank you for sharing this! Cathrine!! :)
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cspt, United States of America
Wonderful to see how you were such a lovely hostess, Cathrine! I am surprised the little folk did not have a small cruise...(smile). Nice to see you, in a way!
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nugget, United States of America
Nice story and I learned something new about sandwiches!
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Saagaadaa, United States of America
Such a beautiful city! The photos were very interesting, and the little postal workers clearly had a glorious visit.
I want to try the cheese. It looked delicious!
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