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Atlanterhavsparken Alesund Reviews

sarahsan sarahsan
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An extraordinary aquarium! Jan 13, 2011
Atlanterhavsparken, or the Atlantic Ocean Park in English, is one of the best and largest saltwater aquariums in Northern Europe. It is built into the coastal landscape at Tueneset, 3,8 km west of Ålesund. The aquarium opened in 1988 and shows life along the Norwegian coast and in the Atlantic Ocean. You can follow what is happening between the islands, under the docks and in the depths of the Atlantic. All tanks have good information both in Norwegian and in English.

At 1 pm (and in the summer at 3:30 pm as well) you can watch the hectic activity in the main tank when the diver comes to feed the fish by hand. First they drop in shrimps to let the diver get in undisturbed. Otherwise the fish would attack him. Then the fish is fed squid by hand. Some of them, particularly the catfish, can get quite ruff. One catfish bit into the divers mask and tried to shake it off.

Children can help to feed the fish in the open pool every day at 3 pm. They can also join the crab fishing in the activity pool several times a day throughout the year. There is also a touch pool, which is quite educational. And the sanctuary for orphaned seals is very nice. In the outdoor area there is a playground and a penguin park. Feeding time for the penguins is at 2:30 pm every day.

The aquarium has a large outdoor area with walking trails, dive sites and fishing and swimming possibilities. A nice way to pass a beautiful day. They also have a café and a souvenir shop where you'll find small memories to take home.

This is a great aquarium not only for children, but for adults as well. Even if you are an avid aquarium-goer, you can see some pretty strange marine mammals that you may never have seen before. I can highly recommend a visit to Atlanterhavsparken.

There are three ways to get there:

1. By bus no 13 from Ålesund city centre (from the bus stop it is a 10 minutes walk to the aquarium)

2. Take the aquarium bus from the city centre (limited departures)

3. Walk to the aquarium. It will take you about 40 minutes and the road is marked.

Opening hours:

1st June – 31st August

Sunday - Friday: 10 am – 7 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

1st September – 31st May:

Monday-Saturday: 11 am – 4 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

Entrance fee:

Adult (from 16 years): 140 kr

Children (3-15 years): 65 kr

They offer good discounts for groups (15 or more)
Feeding in the big tank
Feeding in the big tank
Beautiful cods
The big tank
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gimpel says:
Great review Sarah. This is a very intresting ocean park. Thanks.
Posted on: Jan 11, 2011
dieforu says:
intersting place,hope one day to visit it...
Posted on: Jan 10, 2011
aloneinthecrowd says:
Nice review Sarah :) I've been there a few years ago and you're right it's definetely a "must-see" when you're in Alesund.
I don't know if it's still possible but we even could bring our dog Buddy inside :D This was a big help for us since it was a very hot day and we couldn't leave him in the car.
Posted on: Jan 10, 2011
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