Located in the midwest part of the Norwegian coast, the Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsvegen in Norwegian) is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Driving along this road is like crossing the sea. It is built on several small islands, which are connected by several causeways and bridges (the most famous being Storseisundet Bridge). The road turns and passes over the wild waves of the frozen Norwegian Sea, which often crash over the construction during storms.
The route was originally designed as a railway line in the early 20th century but this plan was abandoned. Planning of the road started again in the 1970s and construction started on 1 August 1983. During construction, the area was hit by twelve European windstorms. The road was opened on 7 July 1989, having cost 122 million Norwegian kroner. The road is preserved as a cultural heritage site and is classified as a National Tourist Route. It is a popular site to film automotive commercials, has been declared the world’s best road trip and has been awarded the title as “Norwegian Construction of the Century”.
For more information, check the site of the official travel guide authorized by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry & Fisheries at www.visitnorway.com.