The Atlantic Road is a 4-mile 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 18 miles southwest of Kristiansund and ends 29 miles north of Molde.
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 bay is next to an infamous stretch of ocean and is truly dramatic during a storm. 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 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 towards Hustadvika bay.
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 several 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.
The largest rest area along the Atlantic Road is at Elshusøya island, beautifully situated at the edge of the ocean. It is especially constructed to allow access for disabled visitors, and to have a minimal impact on the island's fragile ecosystem and terrain. The path and viewing platform consist of a composite mesh material which is mounted on poles. This makes it almost maintenance-free, and channels the human traffic, which gives it a very small environmental footprint. The Eldhusøya island consists partly of wet and marshy terrain, which is very sensitive to human activity.
In addition to the raised path and platform, there is a service building on site, which houses a kiosk, tourist information office, and toilet facilities. There is also ample parking nearby.
National Tourist Route maps
In co-operation with Nordeca, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) have launched a series of new road maps, each covering one of the 18 different National Tourist Routes in Norway.
The maps describe viewpoints along the way, as well as the National Tourist Routes' nature attractions, dining, accommodations and other attractions along the routes. To give the reader a good and visual impression of the routes, several pictures and descriptions have been placed in the maps themselves.
The maps are available in English, German and Norwegian from kartbutikken.no.
What to see
Even though whales are a less than 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 centuries. 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.
Scuba diving in these waters is very good. The clean water and powerful tidal currents make diving here very attractive. In summer, Strømsholmen Sea Sports Center offers daily diving excursions.
Close by the road in Hustadvika bay lies Håholmen island. 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.
Windsurfers 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 an 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 lanes. 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, 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 special place by the ocean is an ideal outpost to enjoy nature in all seasons.
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: Fv64 between Vevang in the municipality of Eide and Kårvåg in the municipality of Averøy in Møre og Romsdal.
- Length: 4 miles. The Atlantic Road is part of the 22-mile 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
Getting to the Atlantic Road
The Atlantic Ocean Tunnel connects Kristiansund to the island of Averøy. From Kristiansund’s town center, follow Fv70 to the roundabout where Fv64 starts (follow signs towards Molde). The tunnel is approximately three miles long. Cyclists are not allowed through the tunnel. The Atlantic Ocean Tunnel is a toll road. Follow Fv64 to Kårvåg, the northeast part of the National Tourist Route.
Follow Fv64 from Molde to the roundabout at Moen where you continue at Fv663 to Elnesvågen. From Elnesvågen, follow Fv664 to Bud which is the southwest part of the National Tourist Route.
Read more about getting to Nordmøre and Romsdal.
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