Within one hour drive.
20 Minutes away by a speedboat from Hareid is the charming
Art Nouveau city of Ǻlesund,
considered by many to be the most beautiful town in Norway.
You can easily spend a few hours walking on a cobbled streets, have a
cup of coffee or a glass of wine in one of the harborside cafes and
climb 418 steps up Aksla to the splendid Kniven overlook over Ǻlesund
and surrounding mountains and islands.
In the evening you can find a restaurant for any taste and any kind of quisine to have a dinner. On a Friday or Saturday night you will be surprised by the abundant city nightlife that you can experience in one of the pubs or nightclubs or just in the open air of the streets. For return home you can take the boat back to Haried as late as at midnight. Ålesund is also home to the annual Norwegian Food Festival with its bustling crowds and enthusiasm for food.
Atlanterhavsparken (Atlantic Ocean Park) is one of Scandinavia's largest salt water aquarium, and one of the leading tourist attractions in the north-west part of the country.
Sunnmøre Museum is the regional museum for all of Sunnmøre, from the sea to the deep fjords. Houses, boats and exhibitions show the way of life of the people here from the Stone Age to the early 1900s.
Runde is the southernmost of the big Norwegian bird islands. Runde has an exceptional variety of species - in fact all Norwegian sea-birds nesting in colonies represented. Most numerous is probably the tourists great favourite: the puffin. In total there more than half a million birds representing 230 species.
There is also a diving site Akerendam in Runde. The Akerendam was a Dutch ship which was wrecked in a storm in 1825. The site was worked by sports divers and marine archaeologists in the 1970s. Some cannons and a large quantity of coins were recovered. Little wreckage remains now, but occasionally a lucky diver finds a coin.
Overåssanden beach is just southeast of Hreaid, about 8km from the house. But the water might be a bit rough. The water temperature reaches 18-20 degrees in warm days.