A narrow and winding road awaits you. On a bad day, the grey clouds spark excitement, the sun peaks through the cracks in the sky, and the roaring waves attempt to swallow you whole as you navigate your way down the Atlantic Ocean Road.
The Atlantic Ocean Road, named Atlanterhavsveien in Norway, was built on an island reef along the Atlantic Ocean. Spanning about 8.5 kilometers, it is a section of Norway’s County Road 64. It is comprised of 8 bridges that connect an archipelago of islands, and is the most beautiful but dangerous road in the world. It is also named the “Road to Heaven” by many Norwegians because the passengers frequently wonder where the road ends when they traverse across it.
The extraordinary curvature and steepness of the road makes driving extremely dangerous. Raging waves sweep frequently across the road as nature attempts to claim its dominance over the man-made structure. In 2003, an Israeli tourist was devoured by monstrous waves when he drove along the Atlanterhavsveien.
Despite the tragedy, the Atlanterhavsveien draws millions of visitors every year. Its design is so unique that it allows tourists to fully observe the heart of nature’s beauty, making it the best road trip tourist choice in the world. It was also appraised as the Norwegian Construction of the Century in 2005.
Via a highway, various islands are connected ingeniously, forming an exquisite necklace. There are various spots for tourists to rest, take photos and go fishing.
Spanning 260 meters, the Storseisundet Bridge is the best-known bridge in the world. It is located right at a corner when the Atlanterhavsveien makes a drastic turn. The cantilever type of design offers the bridge a magnificent arc, in which artistic elements are embedded. The bridge looks like a “Road to Heaven” when viewed from afar.
Of course, it is the great scenery along the Atlanterhavsveien that people linger around. Here, people have the real grasp of the feeling as though they could seamlessly travel along the seas and across the mountains. Lastly, let us move on and look into the breathtaking beauty of the Atlanterhavsveien.
Translated research by Leo Chen and Alan Cheung