1. The Atlantic Waterway
Atlantic waterway, in Norwegian style The Atlantic Road, is one of the most spectacular driving routes in Norway and has also been said to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world. The Atlantic waterway winds along the country’s coast in a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Trondheim.
The route came about when the fishing industry in the area needed better transportation options for fish exports. The current Atlantic Road Bridge connects the mainland to the island of Averøy. The inhabitants of the island made an effort to build a bridge to the windy and weather-merciful sea area. Circumstances were so demanding that the workers who built the bridge experienced twelve hurricanes during the six years of construction.
The approximately 36-kilometer route from Kårvåg to Buda is also well-suited for cyclists, as long as you remember that the bridges have light winds. The highest of the bridges is called Storseisundet, which with its dramatic curves is a landmark and attraction in its own right.
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One of Norway’s most famous and beautiful travel destinations is the Geiranger Fjord, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Geiranger is the name given to both the fjord and the village of the same name at the bottom of the fjord.
The village of Geiranger lives off tourism, as can be seen, among other things, in the absence of cruise ships arriving in the fjord, the village becomes quieter and many shops close their doors early. It is worth coming when the ships anchor in the fjord.
The main attractions of Geiranger are the waterfall bubbling through the village and the seven waterfalls known as the Seven Sisters, a short boat ride away.
However, the most unforgettable sights in Geiranger are the roads leading there, as you have the opportunity to drive through stunning scenery both entering and leaving the city. The roads leading to the fjord are winding and steep, but if you have time to take your eyes off the road for a moment, the beauty of the green fjord is dazzling.
On the route south of Geiranger, it is possible to ascend to the Dalsnibba scenic platform, which rises to an altitude of almost 1,500 meters, where a separate ticket must be purchased at a crossroads. Getting on Dalsnibba is especially suitable for adrenaline-hungry drivers, as the route reminds drivers that they drive the road at their own risk.
Despite its danger, the high peak is a popular attraction, as the top offers a landscape worth climbing down into the valley. It is also possible to bypass the Dalsnibba junction and continue past it directly to the Geiranger Fjord.
To the north of the Geiranger Fjord is one of Norway’s most famous roads: the Trollstigvegen, or troll stairs. The road was built in the early 20th century and is known for its steep windings. There is a souvenir shop at the top of Trollstigen, and a short walk away is an observation deck from which it is possible to count the winding 11 needle eye bends.
In winter, the roads to the south and north of Geiranger may be due to bad weather.
About a hundred kilometers drive from the town of Lom to the shores of the Sognevuono in Gaupne takes the tourist through various landscapes. The route takes you down the rugged mountain scenery to the shores of the turquoise blue fjord. The idyllic small town of Lom is a good place to start, as Lom, known as a high-quality restaurant town, equips tourists with plenty of snacks on the road.
Along the way, nature becomes rougher until you reach the top of the snowy mountains. Rising to an altitude of more than 1,400 meters, a mountain road has been in use since time immemorial, with thieves and robbers lurking across the mountains. As you drive towards Gaupne, the bends in the road become steeper, and nature greener.
A tourist can be surprised by the color of the water at Sognevuono, which greens the race with nature. The water of tropical turquoise is created when the water of melting glaciers removes lime sand and dust from the slopes of the mountain down from the mountains it transports to the bottom of the fjord. The sand that drifts into the fjord stains the water green in the spring before it turns back blue in the fall.
The road from the holidays to Gaupne is open from May to November, as it is not possible to cross the mountains in winter.
The barren Lofoten is one of the most popular destinations in Norway, which can make driving especially congested during the summer. The breathtaking scenery of the Lofoten delights tourists, so a peace-seeking driver can deviate from the busy main routes every now and then.
Lofoten is best known for its cod fishing, so it goes without saying that it is worth tasting the dishes made from cod in the area. The islands also offer opportunities for fishing or other activities between driving days.
The 230-kilometer scenic route leads to Åsta Raftsundet, and the road is year-round.
5. The coast of Helgeland
The coast of Helgelandskys, or Helgeland, is the longest of Norway’s 18 scenic routes. The 433-kilometer scenic route takes you from Holm to Godøystraumen, and on the way you should also be prepared to pay for ferry trips: there are as many as six crossings on the route by car ferry.
On the route in northern Norway, you can see, among other things, Norway’s second largest glacier, Svartisen. There are also islands, high mountains and white sandy beaches along the way. Along the route is also the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Archipelago, which has received recognition for sustainable tourism.
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Text: Elina Venttola
Source: Visit Norway
Photos: Shutterstock and Elina Venttola
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