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The Norwegian Scenic Route Atlanterhavsvegen – the Atlantic Road – winds its way up the coast of Hustadvika municipality, one of the most exposed stretches of ocean along the Norwegian coast. The road takes you across the ocean, islands, islets, skerries and a multitude of bridges all the way from the fishing village of Bud and 35 km north to Karvåg on Averøya island.

This stretch of road, which is known as both the Norwegian Scenic Route Atlantic Road and as the ‘road across the sea’, is often referred to as the world's most beautiful road trip. This road trip offers much more than fantastic views.

1. A floating delight

With the new tourist attraction on the Atlantic Road, you can soar along the 550-metre-long walkway with the Atlantic breeze caressing your face. The floating walkway is made of latticework floating above the terrain, supported by poles. The floating walkway and service building on Eldhusøya island are at the intersection between construction and art. There are facilities such as a cafe, tourist information and toilets. The geometry of the walking path and service building is very unusual, as nothing is perpendicular or parallel. The project which was a structural-engineering challenge has become a real success.

2. Catch big fish like a local

When you want to catch big fish, it’s smart to get in touch with well-known local guides who can show you the best fishing spots along the Atlantic Road. One of the guide companies is called Strømsholmen Sea-sport Centre. Catch Atlantic cod from the Atlantic Road, or find your sea legs and cast off from a boat. If you want to fish from land, the fishing bridges at Myrbærholmen island are specially designed for recreational fishing. The architect-designed bridges run along both sides of the Atlantic Road at Strømsholmen island. A popular activity for adults and children alike.

‘Ever since the road opened, there has been great interest in fishing in the strong currents under the bridges, among tourists and locals alike,’ says Grete Kongshaug from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, who is responsible for the Norwegian Scenic Route Atlantic Road. The fishing bridges are made of steel mounted with latticework, and are designed to be easily used by those with reduced mobility.

3. The taste of salt cod and the story of the Saga Siglar ship

The idyllic Håholmen island is situated near the renowned Atlantic Road bridge. Over the years, the island has been a meeting place, harbour and workplace for many fishermen, sailors and merchants. On the island, you can experience a real klippfisk (dried and salted cod) fishing village with traditions dating back to the 18th century. Today, the island is known for exquisite dining experiences. Restaurant Ytterbrygga is famous for its excellent klippfisk dishes and tasty fish soup, thanks to the chefs' recipes and local ingredients.

The adventurer Ragnar Thorseth and his wife Kari began construction of the Håholmen Havstuer in 1989. Around twenty buildings give this island gem the feel of an intimate village and real coastal history. On the main island there is a beautiful natural harbour, sheltered from whatever the weather may bring.

Håholmen island is run by Classic Norway and is in demand as a holiday and conference destination. As well as hotel rooms, there are Restaurant Ytterbrygga, the Silver Bell Kro pub and a museum where you can learn about the story of Saga Siglar – the Viking ship that Ragnar and his crew used to travel around the world from 1984 to 1986. Saga Siglar sank in the Mediterranean in May 1992.

4. ‘Columna Transantlantica’

A 90-metre-long marble snake winds its way around the islets and skerries in the village of Vevang. The artist, Jan Freuchen, named the sculpture “Columna Transantlantica" – the transatlantic column. The snake is made of genuine Italian marble and comprises thirty-nine elements spread across the landscape. The artwork meanders through the terrain, winding out towards the open sea by the Atlantic Road.

At the end of the Atlantic road you will find a genuine marble worm in the sea gap.|© Oddgeir Visnes

5. Try yoga, windsurfing and kiting

Farstadsanden beach in Hustadvika municipality is also a superb starting point for mountain walks, kayaking, climbing, cycling, surfing, kiting and not least yoga. The white sandy beach is about halfway along the Norwegian Scenic Route Atlantic Road. When the waves are too small for surfing, it is also possible to test your skills at SUP (stand up paddling) or join a yoga class with a sea view. A yoga session here will for sure promises an unfrgettable encounter with the ocean and coastal nature - regardless of whether it’s midsummer or midwinter, wearing Gore-Tex and a winter coat.

Farstadsanden|© Oddgeir Visnes

6. Walk or cycle the coastal path

Put on your running shoes or jump on your bike and enjoy a fantastic trip along the coastal path at Farstad. The path begins on the east side of Farstadsanden beach and leads out to the Nordneset lighthouse. Behold the clear, blue Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see. The coastal path continues to Julshamna harbour, through sharp bends, hills and valleys by the sea.

On the way you pass tarns, burial mounds and other cultural heritage sites. Information signs give insight into the area’s nature, flora and fascinating history. There are several picnic tables along the path and at Julshamna harbour there’s a lean-to shelter and barbecue area.

7. See the Atlantic Road from a new perspective

End the day with a mountain walk up the magnificent Stemshesten (667 masl.). The mountain stretches out towards the sea and offers magnificent views over the Atlantic Road, Hustadvika and Western Norway’s coastal landscape. At the top there is an exceptional panoramic view of the inland mountains and the ocean to the north and west. Read the tour description here.

See the Atlantic Ocean Road from an entirely new perspective.|© Espen Istad

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