Driving along the Atlantic Road is like teetering on the edge of the sea. This road has been heralded as one of the most spectaculars roads in the world by the dangerousroads.org users. The road’s roller coaster-feel, curvy bridges and phenomenal views have made it a favorite of road trippers and motorcyclists. It was also designated a Cultural Heritage Site, is considered a National Tourist Route, and has been recognized as the Norwegian Construction of the Century.
The road includes 8 bridges of a total length of 891 meters. The construction of the road started on August 1983 and the construction took six years. It was opened on 7 July 1989. During construction the area was hit by 12 European windstorms.The road was opened on July, 7th 1989. Nowadays the road is toll-free. The surface of the road is asphalt. The road had a cost of 122 million Norwegian krone. The Atlanterhavsveien is built on several small islands and is spanned by eight bridges and several landfills.
Don’t forget your camera! The Atlantic Road, known as Atlanterhavsveien in Norwegian, is just about the most scenic route one could imagine. The curvy road dips and arches over the brutal waves of the Norwegian Sea that often crash over the pavement during storms, and was subjected to 12 hurricanes during construction. A 5.2-mile segment of County Road 64 in Norway, it consists of several causeways, seven bridges, and four viewpoints to take in the scenic views.
The road’s winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. The Atlantic Road zigzags across low bridges that jut out over the sea, linking the islands between Molde (famous for its annual jazz festival in July) and Kristiansund in the western fjords. The Hustadvika is an infamous stretch of ocean and when in storm it is truly dramatic. In calmer weather you might spot whales and seals.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. A sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions. The 8.3 km (5 mile) road is built on several small islands and skerries, and is spanned by eight bridges and several landfills. This road has an open sea view which is not so common for roads along the Norwegian coast. Here the distance between the islands was so small that a road could be built across the archipelago. In addition there are fjords and mountains inside the road.
Technical facts about the Atlantic Road:
Overall length: 8274 meters
Width: 6.5 meters
Maximum gradient: 8%
Cost: 122 million Norwegian Kroner (1989)
Financing: 50% of highway funds, 25% employment assets and share capital, 25% toll Opening: 7 July 1989
Vevang Stream bridge: 119 meters long, 10 meters high
Hulvågen bridges (3 bridges): 293 meters long, 4 meters high
Storseisundet bridge: 260 meters long, 23 meters high
Geitøysundet bridge: 52 meters long, 6 meters high
Store Lauvøysund bridge: 52 meters long, 3 meters high
Little Lauvøysund bridge: 115 meters long, 7 meters high