Atlantic Norway should be in every road trip lover’s top 10 destinations. Taking a road trip in Norway means driving through breathtaking landscapes. Driving the west coast of Norway means having the mountains on one side, and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The Atlantic Road in Norway is one of the most spectacular drives in Europe and that alone should be enough to make you want to visit Atlantic Norway. That scenic drive is something you really cannot miss on a road trip to Norway.
On our Norway road trip we drove a portion of the Atlantic coast, northbound from Ålesund to Kristiansund. This itinerary takes you through two famous roads in Norway: the Geiranger-Trollstigen mountain road (county road 63) and the Atlantic Ocean Road (county road 64).
Coming from Sweden, our first stop was Geiranger. We drove the mountain pass that takes you down to the village of Geiranger, down at sea level. Even in May, the amounts of snow still on the ground is quite impressive. At just 1000 metres above sea level, you can expect walls of snow reaching up to three metres. On an overcast day the land matches with the sky and the mountains dissolve among the clouds.
Geiranger is famous for the Geirangerfjord, often quoted as the most beautiful fjord of Norway. We admired the fjord from above while driving down, then took a boat tour to see it from below. Snow-capped mountains rise from the sea and high waterfalls ornate the rocky walls. Given the often rainy quality of the weather on the Atlantic coast of Norway, dramatic clouds often complete the landscape.
We moved on continuing on the road 63 towards Åndalsnes, driving the Eagle’s Road and then the Trollstigen. This scenic road is one of the highlights of this area, as it winds through tight hairpin bends.
Our next destination was the coastal city of Ålesund. The city sits at the opening of the Storfjord, which then becomes the Geirangerfjord. Completely destroyed by a fire, the city was re-built from scratch at the beginning of the 20th century, displaying some fine Art Nouveau architecture.
There are endless opportunities for overnight stays during this Atlantic Norway road trip. I would recommend choosing a cottage somewhere along the road. The rural landscape that you get to experience on such stops is unmissable.
The Atlantic Ocean Road is an 8-Km portion of County Road 64, connecting the municipalities of Averøy and Eide. Suspended over the Atlantic Ocean, it runs through an archipelago whose islands are linked by a series of bridges that are no less spectacular than the surrounding landscape.
The Atlantic Road is definitely the highlight of an Atlantic Norway road trip. Depending on the weather, it is good to take the right level of caution. It is most definitely a spectacular drive. After reaching Kristiansund we drove inlands and back to Sweden. If you’re lucky, you can meet some curious reindeer along the way.
This road trip through Atlantic Norway took 3 days. We passed by some famous landmarks and scenic roads, through the majestic landscapes of coastal Norway.
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