The World's Best Road Trip: The Atlantic Road
- The Atlantic Road by motorcoach: Gawk at the views as you roll over open Atlantic waters through five miles of sea-serpent curves and dramatic dips on this island-hopping engineering marvel.
- Fishing village: The tour includes Hustadvika, a 12-mile stretch of Norwegian Sea coast famous for ship-eating reefs and rocky "skerry" islets, ending at the tiny seaside village of Bud.
- Ergan Coastal Fort: Stop for photos at an artillery post manned in 1940-45 by occupying German forces, now a war memorial with outstanding views of the quaint wood cottages on the Bjornsund Islands.
About this Molde Tour
In Norwegian, it's called Atlanterhavsveien. In any other language, it sounds like the ideal exclamation of fear and glee for the serpentine embrace of the Atlantic Road.
Built over a six-year period in the1980s (during which 12 major cyclones passed through to keep things extra-challenging), it's no wonder that this 27,138-foot-long link that connects a string of tiny islets to each other and the mainland was named the Norway's "Construction of the Century."
It was also named the world's number one road trip by The Guardian in 2006 – a sentiment echoed year after year by any number of other travel, adventure, and road-hugger pubs and sites. Heck, even a YouTube video of one man's Atlantic Road adventure has racked up some eight million views.
Atlanterhavsveien's eight bridges and brief over-island segments wind through exhilarating twists and curves, rising and falling, wide open to the untamed North Atlantic winds and waves. The tallest of the spans, officially titled Storseisundbrua but affectionately known as "the drunk bridge," is a curving, 850-foot marvel of engineering that plays a heart-stopping optical illusion on approaching drivers: It seems to plunge straight into the sea.
But the sea's tricks aren't always an illusion – especially for commercial ships in the shallow waters along the Hustadvika coast, where abundant reefs and semi-submerged islets pose a real threat.
The rest of this scenic tour of Norway's coastal wonders is a tamer affair, winding gently by villages, along fjords, and over pastoral hills above Molde. Good thing. The heart can only take so much Atlanterhavsveien!
The cluster of islands you'll see from Bud and the war memorial are a wonderful little time capsule. In 1900, some 600 souls lived in the quaint red-and-white wood houses that cling to the rocky isles like tidy barnacles. But by 1971, lack of freshwater and electrical infrastructure led the Bjornsund town council to recommend (controversially) abandonment rather than costly upgrades. Today, except for school campers and summer visitors, there's no one home.
Please proceed to the Cruise Terminal and look for the GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
There are some great views seen along your drive. If taking pictures from the bus, turn your flash off, set your camera on manual focus, use the fastest shutter speed possible, and zoom as far as you can.
A minimal amount of walking is required and this suitable for travelers with minimal mobility, able to get in/out of the vehicle. This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Bus Tour
15-Seat Air Conditoned Van
Samples of Local Foods
English, German, Spanish, French, Russian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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