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Atlantic Ocean Road

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The famous highway where the land ends and the ocean begins

The Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsveien) is an 8.3-kilometre (5.2 mi) long section of Road 64 that connects a number of small islands to the mainland, with eight bridges and several causeways built over the islets and skerries between Averøy and the Romsdal peninsula. It offers open sea views at every turn and also passes by Hustadvika, a notorious section of the Norwegian coastline where numerous shipwrecks have occurred in the shallow waters over the ages.

The road includes several rest stops where you can park your car and snap a few pictures. It is open to traffic in all seasons, though autumn—when violent wind storms send waves crashing against the barriers—has become one of the most popular times to visit. For passengers on the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage, this scenic drive between Kristiansund and Molde can also be experienced as a shore excursion via coach bus.

Originally proposed as a railway line in the early 20th century, this road was completed in 1989 after six difficult years of construction, during which time the area was hit by twelve hurricanes. It is now classified as a National Tourist Route and was awarded the title of "Norwegian Construction of the Century".

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