When road-tripping southern Norway, the Atlantic Ocean Road is a must. This spectacular strip of road feels like driving in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Atlantic Ocean Road construction began in the 1980s. It was designed to provide a crucial transportation link for the local communities, connecting the towns of Kårvåg and Vevang. Now it is one of the most scenic drives in Scandinavia.
The route spans 8.3 kilometres and includes causeways, viaducts, and bridges spanning skerries and islets. The most iconic bridge along the way is Storseisundet Bridge, known for its dramatic curvature as it seemingly disappears into the sea.
Driving along the road, you'll witness the power of the Norwegian Sea as waves crash against the road during storms. On calm days, the shimmering sea and surrounding landscapes create a mesmerizing panorama of nature's grandeur.
The northwest corner of southern Norway has a lot to offer. When you are in the area in the first place, here are nine must-do and sees in the greater area of the Atlantic Ocean road:
1. Kvernes Stave Church
Visit the Kvernes Stave Church, an ancient wooden church that dates back to the 12th century and is in service today. (Approximately 25 kilometres drive to the northeast from The Atlantic Ocean road) Open 1100 - 1700 Daily.
2. Village of Bud
Explore the charming fishing village of Bud to learn more about Norway's maritime history and culture. (Approximately 29 kilometres drive to the south from The Atlantic Ocean road)
Visit the lively cultural scene of Kristiansund to satisfy your taste buds with delicious seafood. (Approximately 35 kilometres drive to the north from The Atlantic Ocean road)
4. Averøya Island
Hike along scenic trails and relax on the stunning beaches of the nearby island of Averøya, just north of the Atlantic Ocean road.
5. Molde International Jazz Festival
Attend the Molde International Jazz Festival every summer, featuring top jazz musicians from around the world. (Approximately 50 kilometres drive to the southeast from The Atlantic Ocean road) This years Molde Jazz festivalprogram: https://www.moldejazz.no/en/
6. Trollstigen road
Experience the thrill of driving the scenic Trollstigen road, known for its hairpin turns and stunning mountain scenery. (Approximately 120 kilometres drive inland to the east from The Atlantic Ocean road)
7. City of Ålesund
Explore the charming coastal town of Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture, picturesque harbour, and panoramic views from the Aksla viewpoint. (Approximately 130 kilometres drive to the south from The Atlantic Ocean road)
8. Runde Island
Visit Runde Island, a haven for birdwatchers, where you can witness thousands of seabirds nesting on the cliffs, including puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes. (Approximately 190 kilometres drive to the south of The Atlantic Ocean road)
9. The Geirangerfjord
Take a scenic cruise or drive to the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its towering waterfalls, cliffs, and breathtaking vistas. Geiranger is a three-and-a-half hour drive southeast of the Atlantic Ocean Road.
Visit Norway: https://www.visitnorway.com/?lang=uk