Eldhusøya.
Eldhusøya. Photo: Harald Christian Eiken

The road across the sea

The well-known experience “the road across the sea” with bridges that arch between the islets and reefs along the rough Hustadvika Bay.

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.

         

Travel information

Length
36 km
MASL
0 - 30

Norwegian Scenic Route Atlanterhavsvegen runs from Kårvåg to Bud. Few roads bring you closer to the ocean and let you feel part of it in the same way as Atlanterhavsvegen. 

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)

GPS, Kårvåg:
63.011625, 7.425009
GPS, Bud:
62.912014, 6.925249

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.

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.

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.

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.


The Norwegian Public Roads Administration builds infrastructure in the form of rest areas and viewpoints along Norwegian Scenic Routes. We kindly ask that questions regarding tourist information be directed to local and regional tourism operators.

Useful links

The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes

The Norwegian Scenic Routes attraction comprises 18 selected drives through beautiful Norwegian nature. The experience is enhanced by innovative architecture and thought-provoking works of art at designated viewpoints and picnic areas. The development project is being carried out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

All Scenic Routes