The Atlantic Road: Norway’s Construction of the Century

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Opened on July 7, 1989, the Atlantic Road is a National Tourist Route and was honored as Norway’s Construction of the Century in 2005. The Atlantic is an 8.3 kilometer (5.2 miles) section of Country Road 64 which runs between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde, the two main population centers in the county of More og Romsdal in Fjord, Norway.

The road is built on several small islands and skerries, which are connected by several causeways, viaducts, and eight bridges. Below you will find an incredible gallery of images along with additional information on the road as well as a summary of the four main viewing platforms for visitors of this incredible route.

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The drunk bridge / Il ponte ubriaco

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The Atlantic Road, Norway

– 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 route was originally proposed as a railway line in the early 20th century, but this was ultimately abandoned. Serious planning of the road started in the 1970s, and construction started on 1 August 1983

– During construction, the area was hit by twelve hurricanes. The road was opened on 7 July 1989, having cost 122 million Norwegian krone (NOK), of which 25 percent was financed with tolls and the rest from public grants

– Collection of tolls was scheduled to run for 15 years, but by June 1999 the road was paid off and the toll removed. The road is preserved as a cultural heritage site and is classified as a National Tourist Route

– It is a popular site to film automotive commercials, has been declared the world’s best road trip, and been awarded the title as “Norway’s Construction of the Century”

– In 2009, the Atlantic Ocean Tunnel opened from Averøy to Kristiansund; combined, they have become a second fixed link between Kristiansund and Molde

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Atlanterhavsveien (Atlantic road, Norway)

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The Atlantic Road Viewing Platforms

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Along Atlanterhavsvegen, several smaller roads branch out to ports with breakwaters offering protection from the elements. Out on the breakwaters, the sense of closeness to the ocean and the forces of nature is at its most intense, in stormy as well as sunny weather. The viewing platform on the outer end of the breakwater at Askevagen offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the archipelago, the ocean and the shore.

Architect: 3 RW – Jacob Rossvik. Landscape architect: Smedsvig. [Source]

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Rest area with a trail and a viewing platform. From the rest area, a magnificent view unfolds to the shipping lane and the wide ocean. A trail leads down to the water’s edge.

Architect: 3 RW – Jacob Rossvik. Landscape architect: Smedsvig. [Source]

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On Geitoya island, the terrain offers plenty of opportunities for taking picturesque photos of the ensemble of bridges and the archipelago. From here, a boat service runs to the well-known fishing village of Håholmen. A trail leads to a viewing platform under the Geitøya bridge, often used by anglers.

Landscape architects: Smedsvig Landskapsarkitekter. [Source]

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On specially constructed fishing bridges running along each side of the Myrbærholm bridge you can safely try your hand as an angler. In the strong tidal flow under the bridges there are good chances that a coalfish, pollock, cod or mackerel may bite.

Architect: Manthey Kula, Beate Hølmebakk. [Source]

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Range Rover 2011, Norway

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Atlantic Road Norway

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Do you like to drive trough beautiful scenery on excellent roads? Try Atlantic Road bridge Norway!

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