Driving the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway
Norway is a land of breathtaking fjords, majestic mountains, and awe-inspiring landscapes. It offers a road trip experience like no other. Tucked away on the country’s rugged west coast, the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway is a masterpiece of engineering known to be the world’s most beautiful drive. It’s a thrill for any adventurers seeking an unforgettable driving experience. In this article, we will take you on a journey through the twists and turns of this iconic road next to the stunning Norwegian coastline.
The Atlantic Ocean Road – Norway
The Atlantic Ocean Road, also known as Atlanterhavsveien, stretches over 8.3 kilometers, connecting a series of small islands and skerries. Built to withstand the powerful forces of the Norwegian Sea, this road consists of eight bridges. Each of them offers panoramic views that will leave you breathless. The most famous one is Storseisundet Bridge. It was built with a dramatic ascent, that gives the illusion of a road leading straight into the sky.
The Atlantic Road in Norway is so stunning and unique that it was featured in the James Bond blockbuster: “No Time to Die”. Driving this amazing Norway Atlantic ocean road offers a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Norway’s coastline while marveling at the architectural feats that made it all possible.
Where is the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway?
The Atlantic Ocean Road is located on route 64. It links Molde and Kristiansund, two small towns on Norway’s west coast. The designated ‘scenic route’ spans an impressive 35km from Kårvåg to Bud. However, the most beautiful part covers roughly 8.3km and runs from Kårvåg to Vevang.
Rest areas and viewpoints
As you travel along the Atlantic Road, you’ll find several rest areas and viewpoints that are strategically placed for you to pause and soak in the stunning landscape. Don’t worry about missing the most beautiful parts- you can stop at multiple viewpoints, grab the pictures and take in the view.
Make sure to stop at both sides of the Storseisundet Bridge. Each gives a truly unique perspective of this engineering marvel. On the east side of the bridge, you will also find a small path way leading right next to the beautiful coastline.
Best Time to Visit:
The Atlantic Ocean Road is open year-round. Each time of the year you’ll find the drive to be unique and beautiful. From May to August, you can enjoy milder weather, longer daylight hours, and a chance to witness the landscape come alive with vibrant colors. During the winter months, the white fluffy snow covers the surrounding mountains, enhancing the grandeur of the awe-inspiring beauty of the Norwegian coastline. We visited over the NYE and loved the winter scenery.
Tips for a Memorable Trip:
- Drive Safely: The Atlantic Ocean Road is a winding route with varying weather conditions. Drive cautiously, especially during rainy or windy weather
- Take Your Time: This isn’t a road to rush through. Allow yourself the time to take in the views, take photographs, and truly appreciate the unique atmosphere of this coastal wonder
- Explore the Surroundings: You can explore the charming fishing villages and coastal towns along the way
The Atlantic Ocean Road is just one of many wonderful spots you can visit during a 5 day road trip in the southern-east Norway.