Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Atlantic Ocean Road

The Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway – wonder why no speed cameras

I woke up with a strange feeling of wind, waves and high adrenaline… one of the most challenging ride trips, and doesn't look like any short cuts or speed cameras… – The Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway!
I just had a dream of this, not joking!

The passion for Norway, still vivid even while sleeping, pushed me to search on internet and was amazed to find so many interesting facts about The Atlantic Ocean Road worth to share them with you here:
The Atlantic Ocean Road (Photo by Geir Joar Meli Hval)
- the construction started 1 August 1983 and the opening of the road took place 7 July 1989, and according to the country's tourist bureau, workers struggled with the region's wild weather and were interrupted by 12 hurricanes,
- Fv64 (Rv 64) stretches between Vevang, in the municipality of Eide, and Kårvåg in the municipality of Averøy in Møre og Romsdal,
- is a toll-free road,
- the Atlantic Road (Atlanterhavsveien or Atlanterhavsvegen, in Norwegian) is part of the 36-kilometre long National Tourist Route, has 8.27 km length,
- goes across 8 low bridges that jut out over the sea,
- starts approximately 30 km Southwest of Kristiansund and ends 47 km North of Molde in Fjord Norway (famous for the annual Jazz Festival in July), passing through an archipelago and linking mainland Norway with the island of Averøy,
- the 850 ft bridge is a “Cultural Heritage Site” and “National Tourist Route” (because of the architecture of the road and the bridges, and the incredible coastline it passes through) or “Drunk Bridge” (Storseisundet Bridge) with a curve over the Norwegian Sea rivaling even with the most iconic American roads such as Route 66 and the Loneliest Road,
- in 2005 was chosen as "Norway's construction of the century",
- in 2009 was Norway's 9th most-visited natural tourist attraction, with over 250,000 visitors from May through August,
- was ranked first on The Guardian's list of the world's best road trips,
- the Atlantic Ocean Road winds like a sea serpent through the forceful ocean, over islets scoured smooth by the elements, and is only a 30 min 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 through the landscape of fishermen and farmers along Hustadvika, next to an wicked stretch of ocean truly dramatic during a storm, where could be seen many shipwrecks resting on the seafloor,
- for approaching bikers it appears that “the bridge to nowhere” drops off into the sea, which is only an optical illusion,
- the road and the landscape offer wonderful cycling and walking opportunities,
- this absolutely fantastic and spectacular 20th century road is a very popular tourist attraction. Both the local population and tourist visitors frequently use the road to go fishing for cod and other fish directly from the bridges. One of the bridges is special designed for fishing and angling. The area is also rich in seabirds and seals. Out here by the open sea, nature’s challenges include wind and wave surfing, diving in the ships,
- there are several tourist stops along the way, including the Kvernes Stave Church, the Bremsnes Cave and popular fishing spots, although the road and its rocky shore have a dangerous reputation. Eldhusøya, is the largest rest area along the Atlantic Road, located on a scenic spot at the ocean's edge. Parts of the island are wet marshland and hence vulnerable to pedestrian traffic. The walkway is made of latticework...
The Atlantic Ocean Road (Photo by Geir Joar Meli Hval)
Norway used its North Sea oil money so wisely by investing in infrastructure and Romania can't even get the pot holes filled

The Atlantic Road meanders at the ocean’s edge, from island to island, across bridges and rock-fills and is the most beautiful drive and bike ride on the coastal edge of Norway for about 60 kilometers long!
The Atlantic Ocean Road - Kristiansund (Photo by Geir Joar Meli Hval)
Wind and weather make for a great variety of experience, from howling storms sending breakers crashing over the road to a calm and peaceful sea perfect for picnic, a stone’s throw and lots of photographs.

When the weather is fair offers breath-taking scenery along the Scandinavian country’s western coast and you may spot whales and seals.

The Atlantic Road is especially fascinating when the autumn storms rage – large waves break right next to the road (and occasionally even wash across the asphalt).
In bad weather, with stormy skies above and turbulent waters below, cars are pounded by large waves and whipped by powerful wind gusts wont crack or break under the force of the waves or some at least then you won't have to worry about waves or getting swooped up heavy wind storm.
The Atlantic Ocean Road - Kristiansund (Photo by Geir Joar Meli Hval)
I want a ride on The Atlantic Road and get some spectacular photos with setting sun!

Btw, can you imagine a convoy of bangers on this stretch of suspended land?

All photos presented on this page are courtesy of Geir Joar Meli Hval.
Source: Wikipedia, Daily Mail and Visit Norway.