Atlantic Highway, Norway is not just another road. Also known as the ‘Ocean Road’, this highway is 8.3 kilometer long stretch of road, running through parts of Norway. The Atlantic highway goes from Kristiansun to Molde- the two more populous centers of Norwegian lands. Connecting these two parts of Norway, the Ocean road reaches several small islands of Norway on the way, forming not only the most beautiful but also the most important connecting link for different scattered parts along its route.
Atlantic Highway, Norway was built over a span of six years, starting on 1st August, 1983. During the construction, it braved twelve hurricane class storms, only to emerge spectacular and strong. The project was an expensive one. The Atlantic Ocean road opened in 1989 to highly enthusiastic public.
While the Atlantic Ocean road remains one of the most important connecting links in Norway, it is also one of the best ways to explore the country. The highway offers such pretty views of Norwegian lands and water that it ranks as the second most visited tourist spot in entire Norway. Moving along the ocean road, travelers can expect to be welcomed by breathtaking panoramic views of hills of Norway, set against the blue water of the ocean. One of the most amazing features of Atlantic highway, Norway is its eight bridges. Of these, Storseisundet Bridge and Hulvagen Bridge are the ones that are sure to make visitors skip a little beat.
Storseisundet Bridge, also known as ‘Road to nowhere’ is 260 meter long bridge on the serpentine Atlantic Highway, Norway. This, along with a smaller but just as spectacular Hulvagen Bridge is the perfect example of combination of engineering genius with Norwegian beauty. The sharp curve of the bridges keep the adrenaline going in the tourists as they are introduced to landscape of Norway in an unmatched way.
The Atlantic Highway, Norway is a complete tourist spot in its own accord. But tourists visiting the ocean road are often on a trip to visit rest of Norway. But while here, the drive on Atlantic Ocean road is a must for all travelers who get to enjoy the thrill of driving on a smooth unobstructed stretch of road while enjoying the best panoramic scenery possible.
Accommodation on Atlantic Highway can be found in fiskevor, fishing villages on either side of the highway. Available mostly as rented houses, the accommodation available is modest and perfect for needs of travelers. While here, tourists can also explore fishing in the towns which happens to be one of the main occupations of the region.
Nearest city: the Atlantic Highway, Norway lies halfway between Kristiansund and Molde, starting about 47 kilometers south of Kristiansund ending 30 kilometer north of Molde.
How to get there: the Atlantic Highway, Norway can be reached either from Kristiansund or Molde. From Kristiansund, the highway can be reached by a 30 minute drive through Atlantic Ocean tunnel
Best time to visit: the Ocean road can be visited any time of the year but the best of Norwegian beauty, which too makes the trip worthwhile, can be expected between June and July.
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