In fierce competion with world renowned attractions such as Northern Ireland´s Antrim Coast Road, the Himalaya stretch between Manali and Leh and Australia´s Gibb River Road, the Atlantic Road, on the west coast of Norway, comes first on the list.
Chosen as "Norway´s construction of the century" in 2005, the 8.72-kilometre long road links together small coastal communities.
From the town of Kristiansund, the Atlantic Road is only a 30-minute drive through the Atlantic Tunnel. After passing through the tunnel, you drive across the exciting island of Averøy with Kvernes Stave Church, the very scenic west side of the island, and the incredible coastline out towards Hustadvika.
The Atlantic Road was opened in 1989 and is now toll-free.
- The Atlantic Road zigzags across low bridges that jut out over the sea, linking the islands between Molde (famous for its annual jazz festival in July) and Kristiansund in the western fjords. The Hustadvika is an infamous stretch of ocean and when in storm it´s fantastically dramatic. In calmer weather you might spot whales and seals, writes The Guardian (25 April, 2006).
Birds and bridges
Even though whales are a less common sight, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean, a rich bird life and even spot seals.
The impressive road skips nimbly from island to island, across eight bridges. The tallest bridge, Storseisundet Bridge, has a dramatic and beautiful curve and almost brings a perspective of art into the technique of building bridges.
Go fishing and diving
Guided fishing, diving trips and sea safari trips are being arranged on a daily basis through the summer from our centre. Diving in these waters are very good. The clean water and powerful tidal currents make diving here very attractive.