Alesund is Norway's Art Nouveau town. Fire devastated the community in 1904, leaving 10,000 residents homeless in mid-winter, and giving rise to the folk saying, «I've never heard anything like it since Alesund burnt down.» Relief from all over Europe facilitated Alesund's rebuilding in the hot architectural style of the day: Art Nouveau. Situated on Norway's northwest coast, midway between Bergen and Trondheim, Alesund is comprised of three islands (Norvoy, Aspoy and Hessa). Bridges connect the islands to each other and the mainland. Alesund is the More and Romsdal region's commercial and industrial hub. Its bustling harbor district features a fresh seafood market, and is a world leading exporter of «klippfisk» -- a form of dried, salted cod. Splendid views over town can be had from nearby Aksla and Sukkerttoppen Mountains, and Alesund makes a great gateway to other natural attractions, such as Geiranger Fjord and the Isle of Runde. Visitors should also be sure to try Bacalao, a specialty of the local cuisine.