Can you handle a drive across the infamous Atlantic Ocean Road?
It’s called the “ultimate road trip,” but not everyone has the stones for this road…
Atlantic Ocean Road isn’t long- just over 5 miles, but this short Norwegian road has a reputation rivaling even some of the most iconic American roads such as Route 66 and the Loneliest Road. Built in the 1980s, the road and its 8 breath-taking (and sometimes terrifying) bridges has become one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.
The Atlantic Ocean Road connects a chain of Norwegian islands with the road seeming to hug the sea. During its construction the sea seemed to almost challenge the idea of the road invading its space, sending 12 European windstorms to deter its completion. Man, however, won out over Mother Nature and the road was opened to travelers in 1989.
Originally a toll-road, the roller-coaster-ish road has now more than paid for itself and is toll-free today with thousands of motorists and motorcyclists basking in its twists, turns, and stunning views. When the weather is fair you may spot whales and seals, but it’s when the weather turns nasty that the Atlantic Ocean Road really becomes a photographer’s dream…
Norway recognizes the road as an official “Cultural Heritage Site” and “National Tourist Route,” but its biggest honor came when the road was named the “Norwegian Construction of the Century.”
A trip to Norway may not be on your itinerary for the year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ride along in pictures and videos…
Looking for a road adventure here in the United States? The beloved “Tail of the Dragon” is now devoid of big trucks making it a driver’s dream road with all its twists and turns...
And even more insanely cool bridges...
Cover Photo: Wallpaperswa.com
This was originally written for Roadtrippers, a great resource for anyone interested in travel.
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