Nothing is as mighty as the ocean ‒ our most important transport route for centuries, a source of income and the starting point for innumerable recreational options. Few roads bring you closer to the ocean and let you feel part of it in the same way as Atlanterhavsvegen. Here you will feel the effects of winter storms and enjoy days of sunshine in the summer. The road is a visual delight as it curves elegantly from islet to islet over its seven bridges. The natural surroundings and feats of modern engineering combine to create a unique driving experience. The trip takes you from the fertile cultural landscape of the coast across moorland to bare crags along the weather-beaten, open bay of Hustadvika.Take time to watch the sun disappearing below the horizon from here. Atlanterhavsvegen has been described as the world’s most beautiful car drive. It is an intense experience that will give you an insight into a harsh world where you must withstand a gust of wind.

History

The fisheries and wealth awaited in the open sea off Atlanterhavsvegen. The fishing industry needed better transport arteries to strengthen trade and export. The islanders on Averøy worked hard to put a road in place but it was not until 1983 that work commenced. Working conditions were very demanding and the construction workers experienced a total of twelve hurricanes during the six-year-long construction period. The road was opened in 1989, and in 2005 it was chosen as the Norwegian construction of the century.

Experiences

The proximity to the ocean dominates and on the fishing bridges you are guaranteed a catch. This is the place for everyone who loves angling, regardless of whether you are a hobby fisherman or a professional. If you have a diving certificate, we recommend a dive down to the dense forest of seaweed where you can experience the rich, exciting life underwater. At the end of the breakwater at Aksvågen you can feast your eyes on the view when the weather is good, and when storms roll in you can feel your body buffeted by the power of nature. Cycling along the road will expose you to the vagaries of the weather, the wind, the ocean and stunning natural experiences. You can also make short detours on the many coastal paths and experience even more of nature and the landscape.

Cycling

On Atlanterhavsvegen you are close to the open sea, smooth rocks and windswept crags. The wind can thus be felt as a powerful element as you cycle across the many bridges that connect the islands. This part of the route also has a lot of traffic during high season, but the next part along the county road towards Bud is rather peaceful.

Norwegian Scenic Route Atlanterhavsvegen is part of National Cycle Route 1, which runs along the entire coast of Norway. From Bergen to Nordkapp the route also coincides with the EuroVelo 1 «Atlantic Coast Route». The route is signposted.

Hiking 

Along Atlanterhavsvegen - the Atlantic Road - there are several nice hiking options, both on the coast and in the mountains, with great views of the sea, the landscape and the road meandering between islets and skerries. The elevated hiking path on Eldhusøya is a nice circular walk that is accessible to all, close to the open sea. At Farstadsanden and Vevang you can follow the coastal trail through rolling terrain. Impressions will vary from views of the sea and ships on the horizon to flower meadows, small ponds with water lilies and cultural monuments in the form of burial mounds.

At the westernmost point on this route is the old fishing village of Bud. From here you can follow the path along the waterfront, past the Ergan Coastal Fort and out towards the open sea. If you would like to climb to greater heights, you can take a hike up to Stemshesten, the mountain that protrudes into the sea at Farstad. From here it is possible to continue the hike eastwards towards the top of Mælen. From both tops you will have a panoramic view of Hustadvika.

You will find more great roadside hikes in the Outtt hiking guide.

Norwegian Scenic Route Atlanterhavsvegen runs from Kårvåg to Bud, a total distance of 36 km  (Roads 64/242/663/238/235). In the menu below you will find useful links that we hope will be helpful. For more tourist information, please contact local and regional tourist agents.

If you plan to continue north after driving Atlanterhavsvegen, we recommend a boat trip to the weather-beaten and idyllic islands of Grip, 14 km northwest of Kristiansund. The boat departs from Kristiansund and takes about an hour each way.

Travelling by electric car? Map of EV charging points at Atlanterhavsvegen.

 Traffic and road information - Telephone +47 815 48 991.

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GPS: Bud 62.912014, 6.925249 -
Kårvåg 63.011625, 7.425009

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