Year of 2017

Star trails over the town of Ålesund, Norway

This starry night was captured over the town of Ålesund, about 350 miles northwest of Oslo on the west coast of Norway. Ålesund is an important seaport that’s known for its Art Nouveau architecture, including turrets, spires, and other decorative ornaments–all giving the effect of a fairy-tale setting. The town of just 56,000 people has one of the largest and most modern fishing fleets in Norway, and some fishing boats have been refitted as supply vessels to serve offshore oil operations in the North Sea.

Ålesund is a town and municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sunnmøre, and the center of the Ålesund Region. It is a sea port, and is noted for its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.
Population: 47,212 (2017)
Area: 38.14 sq miles (98.78 km²)
Colleges and universities: Aalesund University College
Alesund Norway - Panoramic View
Panoramic view of the town of Ålesund, Norway, from partway up Aksla, a hill that overlooks the town