Natural Beauty from the Atlantic Road Norway

The Atlantic Road Norway
Part of the Atlantic Road snaking its way through an archipelago on Norway’s west coast. Image: Fjord Norway.

By Nicole Anderson

Our experience of the Atlantic Road Norway

This particular road was a ‘must-see’ for us as we took a Norwegian road trip from Bergen, north to visit places in the Arctic Circle during summer.

So, what is so special about this road you might ask?

The Atlantic Road (in Norwegian called Atlanterhavsveien or Atlanterhavsvegen) is a road that runs through an archipelago just off the mainland that offers wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean and coastal landscape as you hop between a series of small islands and skerries, driving through several causeways, viaducts and 8 bridges.

In total, the road only goes for 8.3 kilometres (5.2 miles) but is such a famous stretch of road because of the beautiful sea and coastal views that surround it. It even has its own website.

Described as The most beautiful journey in the world, this particular stretch of road has featured in multiple top travel publications, where many impressive photos and film have been shot. Whether on a calm summer’s day with bright sunshine or during a storm or even a winter’s day with all the islands covered in snow, there are many stunning photos you can take here.

 

 

Location of the Atlantic Road Norway
Location of the Atlantic Road Norway.

Where is The Atlantic Ocean Road Norway?

Situated in the Hustadvika and Averøy municipalities in Møre og Romsdal county, the Atlantic Road is a section of Route 64 running between the villages of Vevang in Hustadvika and Kårvåg in Averøy.

The two major towns that are on either side of the Atlantic Road are Molde (on the southern end) and Kristiansund on the northern side.

We approached the Atlantic Road from the south and our destination for where we would stop and rest was very close by, just before reaching Kristiansund.

 

Map of The Atlantic Road Norway
Map showing the road’s path through the archipelago. Image: Wikipedia.

 

 

Danger on the Atlantic Road Norway
Depending on the conditions, you really need your wits about you. Image: Mapiac Travel.

Be careful when driving

A word of caution to be very aware of the road conditions here and to watch the weather.

It can be extremely treacherous particularly during a storm. Sizable waves can hit this unprotected area straight from the North Sea and sweep right across the road. Icy conditions during winter also need to be taken into consideration, particularly where there are steep climbs and descents on a couple of the bridges.

If you are planning a trip to take in the amazing sights here, you may want to check out the information published on the Dangerous Roads website just to be aware of the potential dangers, even though most of the time it is fine.

 

 

An impressive engineering feat

Storseisundbrua Atlantic Road Norway
The Storseisundbrua. Image: Linda Tokarczyk.

Due to its location and impressive construction, the Atlantic Road Norway has won several awards including “Norwegian Construction of the Century”– awarded in 2005.

In particular, the Atlantic Road construction is remembered for the Storseisundbrua: The longest bridge, being a curved architectural feat and is regarded as the symbol of the road.

From some angles as you approach it can look quite scary as if it rises up as a launching pad for cars! Depending on the road conditions and the amount of traffic you really need to be careful. The number of motorhomes, caravans and trucks you see along this road during the day is amazing and you can imagine how you need to slow down to be safe.

Similar to Trollstigen which we had just visited earlier, the road is an engineering marvel built amongst magnificent natural surroundings.

The construction of the Atlantic Road from beginning to end took 6 years.

 

 

Our experience

We visited here in summer which is a really good time to do a road trip up to the northern regions of Norway for two reasons. Firstly, (barring unforeseen circumstances) all the roads are usually open. Secondly, the closer you move north toward the arctic circle and beyond, it stays light for much later and therefore you can drive and explore for longer each day.

For our trip, we were both lucky and unlucky. Lucky because it was great weather and being late, there were very few cars and people around. Unlucky because even though there was plenty of light to see the beauty of this place, there was not enough light to produce great photographic shots.

So, while we loved spending time here and went up and down the entire stretch a couple of times, our photos did not come out half as well as we would have liked. Nevertheless, I share some of these below so you can have some idea of how stunning this place is, especially during the middle part of a sunny day.

 

First Bridge Atlantic Road Norway
Approaching the first bridge on one of the trips we made across this road. Photo: Nicole Anderson

 

Skerrries beside the Atlantic Road Norway
Looking out to the numerous skerries and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Mainland coast from the Atlantic Road Norway
Looking back toward to coast of the mainland while driving through the archipelago. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Atlantic Road Norway
Proceeding along the Atlantic Road where you can see the largest bridge – the Storseisundbrua – looking like a huge ramp to drive your car off! Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Storseisundbrua Norway
About to cross the Storseisundbrua. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Crossing in to Averoy via the Atlantic Road Norway
Coming down the other side of the bridge, crossing from Hustadvika to Averøy municipality. Headed for our accommodation not far away and before getting to Kristiansund. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Bear in mind that these were taken around 10.00 pm at night. We did have the option to return early the following morning but we had already had such a long day, so we decided instead to grab a bit more sleep and then push on toward the Arctic Circle the next day.

 

 

Activities

Aside from a number of parking areas on either side of the road where tourists pull over to take scenic photos throughout the archipelago, there are also other things you can enjoy here.

There are various sections of trails you can hike along, the most popular place to start being on Eldhusøya island. This is where the visitor centre is located where there are also toilets and a café.

You can also visit Askevågen viewpoint which is a small platform located at the tip of the breakwater. It is walled in by glass panels to protect you from the ocean spray and gives you yet another gorgeous view. This whole area is another photographer’s paradise.

Fishing enthusiasts can find many great spots around and also have the option of taking a boat excursion out onto the water.

 

Pathways beside the Atlantic Road Norway
This shot shows the paths on both sides of the road with hiking occurring on one side and fishing on the other. Image: Visit Norway.

 

 

The end of our day

We arrived very late to a gorgeous Air BNB that we had booked right next to the Atlantic Road. It was a two-story, 2-bedroom home with a generous living and dining area, modern kitchen and a wonderful outlook to a cove with boats you could all see from the front windows. The host was so lovely to drive out there to meet us so late and she made us feel very welcome as we settled down to rest there.

 

Air BNB Atlantic Road Norway
Our home was so close to the Atlantic Road. Photo: James Visser.

 

Inside Air BNB Atlantic Road Norway
Part of our comfy living space. Photo: James Visser.

 

Cove near the Atlantic Road Norway
The view from the front of the home, looking out to a lovely cove. Photo: James Visser.

 

Atlantic Road Norway
The Atlantic Road during the middle of a sunny day. Image: Fjord Norway

More information

Aside from the links included above on various aspects relating to the Atlantic Road there are also other good pages to see on Visit Norway as well as Fjord Norway.

 

Have you visited the Atlantic Road Norway?

If not, what are your impressions?

Would you also ensure to include this on your Norwegian itinerary?

Please do share your thoughts below and stay tuned for more articles within this series on Norway.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed seeing this little piece of beautiful Norway.

 

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110 thoughts on “Natural Beauty from the Atlantic Road Norway

  • August 11, 2020 at 4:12 am
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    Wow the Atlantic road looks beautiful and scary at the same time. That’s definitely a scenic route.

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  • August 7, 2020 at 4:27 pm
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    I was so impressed with the place, especially the road and its surrounds that you shared through this post. Honestly, I saw images of this place many times but didn’t know where it was exactly. I’m so interested in the Atlantic Road Norway right now and definitely will travel there soon after the virus pandemic.

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  • August 2, 2020 at 11:39 am
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    What an amazing drive!
    I would Love to visit Norway.
    Thanks Nicole For Sharing this.

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  • July 28, 2020 at 1:50 pm
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    What a gorgeous drive! The Air B&B looks perfect for a stay at the end of the Atlantic Road. It reminds me a little of the highway out to the Florida Keys, but the scenery is so different. Thanks to you, I keep adding to my Norway bucket list.

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  • July 28, 2020 at 9:34 am
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    I would love to visit Norway! It is definitely on my travel bucket list. I had no idea about the Atlantic Road, but oh my word. It is beautiful and scary, at the same time. That would be one of those things where I want a tour guide driving me around so I can just take in all the views without worrying I’ll crash into something or someone.

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    • July 28, 2020 at 9:39 pm
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      I can totally relate to what you’re saying here, Erica. In my case, I was the passenger and was very distracted by looking at the fabulous outlook all around us – something I couldn’t do if I was driving. Plus a tour guide obviously knows the road and the area so much better and can talk to what you are seeing as well. The trick, of course, is to stop off on the numerous car parking areas along this stretch of road and hike a bit. Thanks so much for reading and making your point.

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  • July 28, 2020 at 4:51 am
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    I can see why it‘s such a popular and well loved trip – how gorgeous! I also loved the photos of your Airbnb accommodation, it‘s great to see you could stay in such a lovely house. I almost always book Airbnb‘s for trips like this.

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  • July 27, 2020 at 2:43 pm
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    Oh wow, the views here look absolutely incredible! I can only imagine, however, how challenging and dangerous these roads could be to drive during a storm. Great warning – I will definitely keep that in mind if we’re looking at booking when the world starts to open back up to travel again. Thank you for sharing. I had never heard of this stretch of road, but now I HAVE TO see it!

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    • July 28, 2020 at 9:33 pm
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      When the weather is fine, what you see would truly be glorious, Britt. Fortunately during summer, this is most of the time anyway. Hope you love it as much as we did. I’m sure you would.

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  • July 26, 2020 at 2:20 pm
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    idk if i would want to drive on that road. looks beautiful but yikes lol

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  • July 26, 2020 at 1:26 pm
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    So many things to love about this place! It’s really beautiful out there. Truly a bucket list material.

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  • July 26, 2020 at 11:21 am
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    What a great read! I work in the engineering field so I was blown away at the design of The Atlantic Road Norway. I can’t lie though, I’d be a little terrified to drive on those steep cliffs and hills!

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    • July 26, 2020 at 7:03 pm
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      So long as you drive with care and there is good weather, there isn’t too much to worry about, Shannon. Plus you can stop off at various places along the way and enjoy the views!

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  • July 26, 2020 at 3:38 am
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    Such a beautiful experience! I absolutely loved all the photos you provided in this post.- And such a cozy space that you all stayed at. I’d love to visit Norway one of these days. I love when I visit a blog, and I get to experience a trip through the author. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us all.

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  • July 25, 2020 at 11:52 am
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    That Atlantic Road is SUPER cool! I love how it goes through all of those island chains. It’s like modern day transportation meets a fantasy world. It’s really awesome.

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    • July 25, 2020 at 11:01 pm
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      There is no doubting the quality of engineering here, Ntensible. There are also a number of people that enjoy hiking along the footpaths and taking in such beautiful scenery.

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  • July 25, 2020 at 10:07 am
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    Oh my God, I never knew these kinds of road exists, I only saw them in movies. What a great view. It would be a great experience seeing this on a visit to Norway. Wow… Thanks for sharing. I really love it.

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  • July 25, 2020 at 4:38 am
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    I would love that it stays light longer. I would love to take this road trip (during the safest times to do so, of course). I think it would be beautiful for a home video too! I imagine it is a trip to remember.

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  • July 25, 2020 at 3:31 am
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    I have been to Norway before but only in Oslo. I haven’t heard about Atlantic Road Norway. It sounds like a very good camping place. I wish I could have explored more camping sites in Norway. There’s so much beauty to see. I hope I can go back once pandemic is done.

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    • July 25, 2020 at 10:56 pm
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      Hopefully it won’t be too long before you can head back to Norway to see a lot more of what this beautiful country has to offer Emman. While we were driving through the Atlantic Road we saw a few motorhomes parked in various carparks for the night, so you can camp there in a sense and enjoy the fabulous scenery all around you.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 11:47 pm
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    I would love to visit Norway it’s such a nice place. Also I’m a big fan of Scandinavian culture.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 9:38 pm
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    I have read about it and also heard from my friends. The curves and the ups and downs with the majestic Altantic Ocean by the side. The views are mesmerizing and stunning. Loved reading your journey, such a fabulous experience.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 8:33 pm
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    Hi Nicole,

    What are my impressions? Are you kidding me?! I want to be there right this moment!!! It’s gorgeous! Your way of telling the story and pictures you include (yours or not) are making it hard for me to stay in place. 🙂 I definitely want to visit Norway, and when I’m there, I’ll make sure to drive the Atlantic Road. Thank you for providing a detailed tour guide. The home you stayed in looks like a cozy place, and I don’t need to look for anything else… unless there is no vacancy at the time we travel there.

    I’m used to the “white nights” as I’m originally from St. Petersburg, Russia. It’s always nice during the summer to be close to the Arctic Circle, but difficult and somewhat depressing in the wintertime when daylight is very short. It may also be pretty cold there in the winter. So, summer is definitely the best time of the year to visit Northern countries.

    Thank you for another great travel report.

    ~ Julia

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    • July 24, 2020 at 9:31 pm
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      Thank you so much Julia for such a lovely comment, including your own experiences near the arctic circle. I’m so pleased you enjoyed this article and would love to experience Norway and the Atlantic Road.

      I have not been to St. Petersburg as yet but I have heard it is a very beautiful city. In future articles on this series on Norway, I will be covering our experience north of the arctic circle where we experienced the midnight sun and unspoilt beautiful nature in the arctic region. I do hope you will enjoy those articles as well and thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm
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    Wow! Looks amazing! I don’t believe I had ever seen an aerial shot of the fjord. Not at all how I imagined it.

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    • July 24, 2020 at 9:23 pm
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      This is not actually a fjord, Joy. Do have a look at the past posts published on Geirangerfjord or Lysefjord to see examples of fjords in Norway. It is very different indeed, although it is good to hear that you like the Atlantic Road as well.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 2:10 pm
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    It’s the first time I’ve heard of this road before but I can definitely say that Altantic Road looks absolutely beautiful. I would definitely enjoy passing through here and looking at the amazing view.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 1:49 pm
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    the Atlantic Road Norway…. UMMMM WOW!!!!! I am looking forward to getting back to traveling. Norway looks stunning. What a great experience.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 1:11 pm
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    There’s a lot to like about what you’ve shared! I can see why the area won awards for architecture!

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  • July 24, 2020 at 12:56 pm
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    That is such a beautiful and quaint archipelago! But that Storseisundbrua! It looks so cool in pictures but I feel like I would be afraid to drive on it!

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    • July 24, 2020 at 9:16 pm
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      I felt exactly the same way Marie but fortunately James was driving, not me. It actually isn’t as scary as it looks when you are driving on it. Plus it was really quiet when we went on it, so we did so quite slowly and enjoyed the views from up there. We did the same as we drove the other way as well so we viewed it from both directions.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 12:47 am
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    Wow!! Imma add this to my must-visits! I’d probably be so scared though if I pass through during a strom — but it would be an experience to tell!

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  • July 24, 2020 at 12:26 am
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    WOW! Another reason why Norway is on my bucketlist. I gotta visit the place of my ancestors soon. And definitely take a ride on that road.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 12:25 am
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    Oh, WOW! What a wonderful place to travel to. The sites are amazing. I can’t wait to travel again. I’m going to have to add this to my list!

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  • July 23, 2020 at 11:39 pm
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    Holy. Moly. Now that’s a road trip I’d love to take! I think the way the road runs through all those little islands is so amazing. It looks so magical!

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  • July 23, 2020 at 4:59 pm
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    I must say right away that it was a very cool experience! I have not yet managed to get to Norway. This is a wonderful country, it looks very tempting and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  • July 23, 2020 at 3:36 pm
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    Wow this is so cool! Thanks for sharing.

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  • July 23, 2020 at 3:07 pm
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    Wow, I did not know that I needed to visit Norway but this article has me convinced! What an amazing construction.

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  • July 22, 2020 at 4:18 am
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    I visited Norway about 4 years back and remember reading about the Atlantic Ocean Road at the time. However, due to the lack of time, I couldn’t make it there and always felt it was such a pity because it looks gorgeous. I was not aware of the hiking trails in the area, I’d love to go on a hike somewhere on the Eldhusøya island. Also, the Askevågen viewpoint seems to offer amazing views and I’m always looking for such places!

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    • July 22, 2020 at 11:00 pm
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      What a shame you missed out when on your past trip, Medha. Perhaps there may be an opportunity to return to Norway at some stage? Not just for the Atlantic Road but so many other beautiful attractions in the country. If so, maybe other articles done in this series on Norway (with more to be published) will offer some more ideas for your itinerary. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts here.

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  • July 21, 2020 at 4:32 pm
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    Oh wow! Another place to add to my travel bucket list! The Atlantic Road is a true engineering marvel! The long wait to complete the road was so worth it. The views must be fantastic. I am glad you were able to experience driving down this iconic road. Hopefully we can also be there someday.

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  • July 21, 2020 at 2:48 pm
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    So beautiful! I would love to drive there some day and see this natural beauty!

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  • July 21, 2020 at 9:23 am
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    Wow, this looks like a dream road. I didn’t know about it though I was in Norway for a month. Maybe because I was only in the capital and didn’t read much about the other places. The waves look adventurous and scary but the views are fabulous. This is a must-do for sure.

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    • July 21, 2020 at 11:35 pm
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      Thanks Manjulika. Whilst I found Oslo to be a nice city, I generally try to get away from cities in general when I travel as I find the best places (for me anyway) are always found out in the country where nature abounds. So pleased you like this gem of a place and that you would like to experience this as well.

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  • July 20, 2020 at 3:57 pm
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    I can not believe I didn’t know about this! Wow what a view from above! The crashing waves make me a bit nervous, I don’t think I would fancy heading out in a storm! Your Airb&b looked so cute and homely! Looks like a great drive but in the right weather hah!

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  • July 20, 2020 at 8:10 am
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    Wow, what an amazing road trip. I hope I will get to see it one day. It looking absolutely fantastic, a must try. I live in London so it shouldn’t be very difficult to get there.

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    • July 20, 2020 at 10:43 pm
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      London is certainly quite easy to reach Norway, Monica – perhaps flying to Oslo and then Kristiansund would be the closest city to the Atlantic Road. However if you are planning a road trip, I would suggest starting out from Bergen and head north as we did during summer. Well worth the planning for such a beautiful road trip.

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  • July 20, 2020 at 7:41 am
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    I was driving the Atlantic Road Norway two years ago. The views are fabulous; it is one of the most beautiful routes in Europe. The bridges are spectacular engineering work. For sure, it is worth adding Atlantic Road to the Norwegian itinerary.

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