Locals often use this adage when something extraordinary happened. There really was a fire in this town with thousand inhabitants in January 1904 during a heavy thunderstorm. The town lies on three islands, which are interconnected by bridges. From several peaks is a nice view of the harbor (major fishing center), remote mountain peaks to the east and a number of adjacent islands and islets. Walks along the sea, ascents to the outlook places and tour around the town, all this is a relaxing day in Alesund.