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The Atlantic Road

Sharp turns and wild nature have put the Atlantic Road at the top of the British newspaper The Guardian's list of the world's best road trips.

Location

The Atlantic Road is a 8-kilometer long stretch of road between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde, the two main population centers in the county of Møre og Romsdal in Fjord Norway. The road starts approximately 30 kilometers southwest of Kristiansund and ends 47 kilometers north of Molde.

The road

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, writes the British newspaper The Guardian (25 April 2006).

Chosen as "Norway's construction of the century" in 2005, the road links together small coastal communities. From the town of Kristiansund, the Atlantic Road is only a 30-minute drive through the Atlantic Ocean Tunnel. After passing the tunnel you cross the island of Averøy with Kvernes Stave Church, the very scenic west side of the island, and the incredible coastline out towards Hustadvika. 

The Atlantic Road has been awarded the status national tourist route because of the architecture of the road and the bridges, and the incredible coastline it passes through.

Viewpoints along the road

There are four panoramic view- and rest areas with facilities in bold architectural forms along the Atlantic Road. Here you can experience both nature and architecture in great interaction. Some of the viewing platforms are also popular with anglers.

What to see

Even though whales are a less common sight, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean, a rich bird life and even spot seals.

The impressive road skips nimbly from island to island, across seven bridges. The tallest bridge, Storseisundet Bridge, has a dramatic and beautiful curve and almost brings an artistic perspective into the technique of building bridges.

Many tourists choose to travel to the Atlantic Road during the autumn to experience the raging storms that pound the road. The construction workers experienced 12 hurricanes during the building process before the road opened in 1989.

The Kvernes Stave Church, dating from approximately 1300 AD, is one of the most recent of the Norwegian stave churches. This beautiful and special stave church is located with a magnificent view over the Kvernesfjord and the Freifjord.

The Bremsnes Cave is located on the southern side of the Bremsneshatten Mountain. Many finds from the almost 10,000-year-old Fosna culture have been made there.

The old Kvernes Rural Museum consists of 11 old buildings with a large and varied collection from different periods. The mail yard by the museum form a marine environment like it was in the 18th and 19th century. The museum is open every day during summer. 

What to do

Excellent fishing spots are accessible by boat or from the rocky seashore. Several parking places along the road make it easy to leave the car behind, for minutes or hours, and enjoy the view, the salty fresh air, the sunset and/or the stormy weather – depending on the time of day, and the season.

Fishing tours are arranged on a daily basis through the summer. Both Strømsholmen Sea Sports Center and the island of Håholmen offer tours.

Diving in these waters is very good. The clean water and powerful tidal currents make diving here very attractive. In summer, Strømsholmen Sea Sports Centre offers daily diving excursions.

Close by the road in the bay of Hustadvika, lies the island of Håholmen. In the 1700s, Håholmen was a lively stockfish fishing community. Today its beautifully restored buildings invite you to take a break from the hectic everyday life. You can just visit for a day to enjoy a tasty meal and learn more about the fishing village's history as well as Viking history. Or you can spend a couple of nights here in cosy cabins overlooking the sea.

Island hopping on two wheels starts in Molde and proceeds westwards to the island municipalities of Midsund, Sandøy and Aukra. Between the islands you can relax on ferries or express boats. The tour continues on the mainland to the fishing village of Bud, across small islands and skerries along the Atlantic Road and ends with the tunnel from Averøy to Kristiansund.
 
Wind-surfers dreaming of large waves and plenty of wind can realise their dreams in the Hustadvika bay, which is renowned for its "wild nature". Days where the sea is calm are rare.

Derinngarden is a farm shop with hand-made cheese, yoghurt and more. Open every day in summer.

Where to stay

Håholmen Havstuer is a 18th-century fishing village with its original wharves, traditional fishermen's shacks and bakery. The seaward side of this 10-acre island faces directly onto the ocean and the shipping channels. There is a special summer programme with boat trips and films in the "Saga Siglar" Hall. The village is reached by boat from the Atlantic Road.

Atlanterhavsveien Sjøstuer, down by the idyllic Atlantic Road, are new cabins with distinctive features, situated close to the sea and the beach. The cabins have motorboats available. 

Hustadvika Gjestegård is located between Bud and the Atlantic Road. This unique place by the ocean is an ideal outpost to enjoy nature in all season. 

Kronborg Marina is situated in idyllic surroundings on the island of Averøy, more specifically Sveggsundet, only 10 minutes from the center of Kristiansund. 

Where to eat

Enjoy the view from Bjartmars Favorittkro, located just off the Atlantic Road, where you will find good coffee and tasty food prepared with local ingredients. Here you can also rent bicycles and fishing equipment. 

The little fishing village of Bud has several restaurants serving fresh fish and exciting seafood. Bryggjen Restaurant is one of them, with a seafood buffet every day in the summer season.

Facts about the Atlantic Road

  • Road: Fv. 64 between Vevang in the municipality of Eide and Kårvåg in the municipality of Averøy in Møre og Romsdal.
  • Length: 8.27 kilometers. The Atlantic Road is part of the 36-kilometer long National Tourist Route between Bud and Kårvåg.
  • Construction: The construction started 1 August 1983. The opening of the road took place 7 July 1989.
  • Bridges: 7 bridges of a total length of 891 meters.

Getting to the Atlantic Road

From Kristiansund:
The Atlantic Ocean Tunnel connects Kristiansund to the island of Averøy. From Kristiansund’s town center, follow fv. 70 to the roundabout where fv. 64 starts (follow signs towards Molde). The tunnel is approximately five kilometers long. Cyclists are not allowed through the tunnel. The Atlantic Ocean Tunnel is a toll road. Follow fv. 64 to Kårvåg, the northeast part of the National Tourist Route.

Read more about Getting to Kristiansund and Nordmøre and around

From Molde:
Follow fv. 64 from Molde to the roundabout at Moen where you continue at fv. 663 to Elnesvågen. From Elnesvågen, follow fv. 664 to Bud which is the southwest part of the National Tourist Route.

Read more about Getting to Molde and Romsdal and around

More information


National Tourist Routes in Norway
Kristiansund & Nordmøre - the Atlantic Road 
Molde and Romsdal 

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Last updated:  2013-11-21
 - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
 - Photo: Steinar Melby
 - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norge AS

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The Atlantic Road, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Fjord Norway

The Atlantic Road

Sharp turns and wild nature have put the Atlantic Road at the top of the British newspaper The Guardian's list of the world's best road trips.

The Atlantic Road

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