The Atlanterhavsveien or “The Atlantic Road” is one of the most popular excursions in Norway. The Atlantic Way is an 8-kilometer route that runs through the Atlantic Ocean. A ride on the Atlantic Way is an unforgettable experience and highly recommended if you are on holiday in Norway. Read more about this special car route and discover what you need to know before leaving for this spectacular experience.
The Atlantic road consists of eight bridges to bridge the many (peninsula) islands where it crosses the road.
The Atlantic Road, Atlantic Road or Atlanterhavsveien in Norwegian is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. The Atlantic road is literally a route through the Atlantic Ocean. This 8 kilometer long road connects the two most densely populated cities of the province of Møre, Kristiansund and Molde. Atlantic Road is a fixed connection between the island of Averøy and mainland Norway. In total the Atlantic road crosses 8 bridges. The most famous bridge and the symbol of the Atlanterhavsveien is the Storseisund Bridge. The special thing about the Atlantic road is the sharp curves of the route and the rugged landscape that you pass. From the route you have an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean and all the fauna that the ocean has. Along the Atlantic Road you have the chance to spot whales. This route is really beautiful and a must if you are in Norway.
Most beautiful tourist route in the world
The British newspaper The Guardian in 2006 named the Atlantic Road the most beautiful tourist route in the world. Partly due to the bizarre circumstances that this road must endure. During the construction of the road between August 1, 1983 and July 7, 1989, construction workers experienced 12 hurricanes in the area. The weather conditions in this area are still spectacular. Most tourists ride the Atlanterhavsveien in the fall. This way you experience the fierce storms that make this route a unique experience. You see the wild ocean crashing hard against the rocks and against the road.
British newspaper The Guardian designated the Atlantic Road in 2006 as the world’s most beautiful and impressive motorway
In 2005, the Norwegians themselves declared the Atlanterhavsveien the building of the century. The Atlantic road is praised by many. The route can be found on many lists such as: the most beautiful car route in Norway, best places in the world and the best cycling routes in Norway.
Unique lookout points along the route
Houses along Atlantic RoadLangs de Atlanterhavsveien, four lookout points have been created. At these places you can just eat a sandwich and be amazed about the beautiful nature and the construction of the bridges. The viewpoints are also used by fishermen and whale spotters. And of course you can take the most beautiful photos at the lookout points.
You can see all the highlights along the route here.
The bridges of the Atlantic Road
The Atlantic Road goes from island to island over a total of 8 bridges. The highest bridge is the Storseisund bridge. This bridge makes a special turn. Because of this bend it looks like the Atlantic road is changing shape while driving. Very special! The bridges that you pass are from east to west:
- Atlantic road Lille Lauvøysund bridge
- Store Lauvøysund bridge
- Geitøysundet bridge
- Storseisund bridge
- Hulvågen bridges, these are three bridges
- Vangstrastraumen bridge
Are you making a trip through Scandinavia? On holiday in Norway? The Atlanterhavsveien is definitely recommended. The combination of nature and the construction of the bridges make it a very special spectacle! Norway has many impressive car routes. In addition to Atlantic Road, there is also the spectacular Trollstigen route through the unspoilt nature of Norway.
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