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The Atlantic Ocean Road

Taste the sea and enjoy the coastal life along the world’s most scenic drive.

Dubbed by The Guardian newspaper as "the world’s most scenic drive", the Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsveien) crosses eight bridges between islets and skerries where the ocean washes against the northwestern shores of Norway. The road opened in 1989 and has since been expanded, from Bud in Fræna Municipality to Karvåg on Averøy Island in Møre og Romsdal County.

Along the Atlantic Road, there are also opportunities to enjoy the coastal environment. You can hire equipment to go fishing or diving, join local fishermen for a trip out to sea or find places to stay overnight.

But nature also has its harsh side. The diving centres at Hustadvika tempt customers with the many shipwrecks on the seabed. And during the six years it took to build the road, the workers experienced twelve hurricanes, which really tested the road’s foundations and quality.

The close contact that visitors get with the sea here, along with the unique design of the bridges, has attracted attention well beyond The Guardian. This eight kilometre long stretch of road is one of Norway’s national tourist routes and is listed as a cultural heritage site. It also ranks among the country’s most popular nature-oriented attractions. Several major advertisements have also been filmed here.

The closest Hurtigruten port of call to the Atlantic Ocean Road is Molde, where you can join a guided visit.