The Atlantic Ocean Road

Atlanterhavsveien  går i dag fra Bud i Fræna, over Hustadvika i et veisystem med 8 broer fra holme til holme, inntil den ender  på Averøy utenfor Kristiansund og er Norges 8. mest besøkte turistattraksjon!

The Atlantic Ocean Road‘ is a road system between ‘Bud’ in ‘Fræna’, including 8 different bridges from island to island, untill it ends  on ‘Averøy’ outside of the city of Kristiansund. This roadsystem is today the no 8. most popular tourist attraction in Norway, and I’ll try to explain why 🙂
Picture 1457bDet er ikke særlig interessant å fotografere turistmål i plaskende regnvær og Kristiansund ble dermed forbigått i stillhet på vår lille feriereise, men – vi hadde flaks. Før vi hadde kjørt iland fra fergen på Averøy så kjempet solen seg igjennom skylaget. Og etter at vi hadde somlet vekk en ekstra time på å spise lunch ute på Averøya, kunne vi faktisk starte på Atlanterhavsveien  i et tilnærmet solskinn.

It isn’t especially attractive to photograph tourist destinations in the worst of weather
and therefore we passed through Kristiansund as quiet as we possibly could. But we were in luck. Before our ferry arrived at Averøy, the sun broke through the clouds above. And after having spent another hour having a quick lunch, we could proceed on our journey on the ‘Atlantic Ocean Road’ in something very close to sunlight.

Her på Averøya starter Atlanterhavsveien sydover.  En spektakulær veistrekning på 8,3 km ytterst i havgapet på Nord-Møre. Veien blir av enkelte kalt for “Kystens Trollstigvei” der den går over 7 bruer, fra  holme til holme inntil den treffer land på andre siden (Hustadvika).  Arbeidet på Atlanterhavsveien startet så langt tilbake som i 1983 og veien ble åpnet for trafikk sommeren 1989. Atlanterhavsveien har blitt mektig populær blant turister som besøker Norge såvel som blant nordmenn, og i 2005 ble veien kåret til “århundrets byggverk” av det norske folk

Here on ‘Averøya’ the ‘Atlantic Ocean Road’ starts out on its way southward down the coast.
A spectacular piece of road, 5,2 miles long, built from island to island as close as you may possibly come to the Atlantic Ocean and across a piece of ocean that historically have the worst possible weather you may find oin the Norwegian coastline – ‘Hustadvika’.
The work on this strech of road started up in 1983 and the road was opened for traffic in 1989.  The ‘Atlantic Ocean Road’ has become extremely popular with tourists visiting Norway as well as with Norwegians themselves, and in 2005 the road was appointed ‘the construction of the millenium’!

Picture 1458bDet er en ganske annen biotop vi møter her ute i skjærgården sammenlignet med hva vi har sett lenger inne i landet.

Compared to what we find inland, there is quite a different biotop out here in the coastal waters. Observe the low tide –
Picture 1459bSmå blankskurte holmer og skjær og bølger som skvulper bløtt i vannkanten. Men det er i dag! Vi er i ferd med å gi oss ut på en reise i et av Norges historisk mest værharde strøk. Her kan havet stå i et rykende kok og veien kan være totalt stengt for trafikk!

Small polished islets with small waves softly lapping the shores. But that’s today! We are about to stsart on a trip that will take us through one of the thoughest areas along the Norwegian coast. Here the ocean may be ridden by waves 50-60 ft high and the whole coast may be totally closed to shipping for days!

Picture 1461bEn sidevei forledet oss i et sekund. Var det mulig å komme ut på andre øyer også? Nei, – bare om du var invitert! Her var det privat.  Så da fortsetter vi på vår Atlanterhavsvei . . .

A small side road demands our attention for a second. Was it possible top visit the different islands we were passing?  No, evidently not.  Only if yolu were invited! This was a private area! So – we proceed on our way as planned.

Picture 1462bJPGFloraen var ganske forskjellig fra hva vi hadde opplevd i innlandet, men absolutt frodig –

The flora was very different to what we had experience inland, but very lush!

Picture 1464bBro nr 2 er passert!  Veistandarden er upåklagelig. Og det er grønt og frodig. Vakkert!
Bridge nr 2 has been passed. The road standard is much better than expected and the scenery is green and lush. Beautiful!
Picture 1465bI dag er det maksvær og alt er fryd og gammen, men vi har sett bilder som forteller oss at ting kan se ganske annerledes ut.
Today – in the best of weather – everything looks very nice, but we have seen pictures that inform us that thin may suddenly look quite different in these parts –

Picture 1468bHer hvor vi står nå er det på andre siden av veien en liten parkeringsplass. Årsaken er at dette er stedet hvor man etterlater sin bil om man ønsker å bo på Håholmen havstuer.

Where we are now standing, there is a small parking space on  the other side of the road. The reason being that this is the place where you leave your car if you want to visit ‘Håholmen havstuer’.
Picture 1473Håholmen er et tidligere fiskevær som i dag er ombygget for turistformål. Her tar man imot kurs, konferanser og andre veifarende, men siden det ikke er veiforbindelse, må alle hentes med hotellets båt. Det koster i underkant av 100-lappen –

Men om du ikke vil til Håholmen så kan man kjøpe souvenirer. Souvenirer er et annet navn for “krimskrams til hyggelige priser”. Og hva som egentlig er hyggelig kan man selvsagt diskutere. Jeg skynder meg å si at det selvsagt ikke bare gjelder de souvenirene som fallbys her ute, men stort sett i alle souvenirbutikker i våre turiststrøk. Og så kan man gå i sitt lønnkammer å fundere på om vi egentlig tjener på å lure turister opp i stry?

Planen var jo å fortelle dere om Håholmen i detalj, men det var dessverre fullt da vi passerte og dermed var det liten grunn til å reise ut. Men et bilde tok vi naturligvis

Previously ‘Håholmen’ was a local fishing station collecting fish from local fishermen, but today modernized and accepting tourists for overnight stays, parties etc.
There is, however, noe road connection. To get there, you’ll have to go by boat, which of course will cost you money! (About $ 20 p.p. each way! )  While you wait for the boat you may purchase souvenirs! (Souvenirs whish are often produced somewhere very far from Norway!) And perhaps someone ought to think through whether it be a wise thing to cheat on tourists visiting our country?)
My plan was to tell you everything about Håholmen, but – when we passed it was fully booked. Thus it would be a bnit foolish to spend 2x 40 dollars for a couple of pictures, which of course I have taken through a zoom objective🙂

Picture 1475bNB! Her er benyttet teleoptikk og den reelle avstanden er nok 4-5 ganger hva det ser ut til å være. Ryktene sier likevel at et besøk på Håholmen er noe man bør unne seg (hvis det er plass).

NB! Here zoom optics has been used, and the real distance is closer to 5 times what it looks like. Roumors say that a visit to Håholmen is something you shnould try to fit into your schedule (as long as there is an availability)

Eller man kan, som tidligere nevnt, handle souvenirer
Or one may – as mentioned earlier – purchase some souvenirs

Picture 1484b
Picture 1487Det er lett å gå seg bort i en souvenirbutikk!
It’s easy to get lost in a souvenir shop!Picture 1488
Jeg satte meg derfor ut på en stol på brygga for å vente på min kone.
I mellomtiden kom båten fra Håholmen inn og leverte en tilfreds kunde.

I put myself on a chair out on the pier, waiting for my wife to finish. And while I was waiting it out, the boat from Håøyholmen arrived with a satisfied customer.

Picture 1491bNå er det slik at damer og souvenirbutikker utgjør et konsept som vi mannfolk ikke skjønner stort av. Og slett ikke hvordan det virker inn på hjernens evne til å måle tidsforbruk. Derfor bestemte jeg meg for å gi med naturen i vold.

Now, – ladies and souvenir shops makes a concept  of which we men don’t understand aanything about. Nor the way the brain seem to loose its ability to measure time consumption, so while waiting I made up my mind to give in to nature –

Picture 1476bDette ser ut som Bergknapp, men den pleier jo å være gul?
This looks like ‘Stonecrop’, but shouldn’t that be bright yellow?

Picture 1469bDette er garantert ‘Tiriltunge’ med en nydelig islett av orange?
This is ‘Lady slipper mouth’, but orange?

Picture 1472bDenne kjenner jeg ikke navnet på, men jeg har sett den før – høyt til fjells mellom store snøfonner!
This flower I don’t know, but I have seen it before. High up into the mountains amidst large snowdrifts –

Picture 1479bPicture 1492bDette er den største brua i dette veisambandet: ‘Storseisundbrua’ med en fri seilingshøyde på 23 meter!
This is the largest bridge in this road system: ‘Storseisundbrua’ with a free sailing height of 69 feet-

Picture 1496bSamme bru fotografert fra Atlanterhavssiden –
Same bridge, this time photographed from the oceanside.

Picture 1514b

Går vi nærmere innpå gir brua et noe mer dramatisk og spennende perspektiv.
Closing in the bridge offers a more exiting perspective.

Picture 1478Overalt vokser det frodig her ute ved kysten!
The plantlife is lush out here in the coastal area.
Picture 1510bMåker har et fantastisk syn og ser føde på havoverflaten på laaang avstand.
Seagulls have a fantastic eyesight and may spot anything edible a long way off!

Picture 1495bHer ut mot kysten har Averøy fiskarlag reist en minnestøtte over de som har mistet sitt liv på havet.
Here, facing the ocean, Averøy fishermens association have erected a memorial over those that never came back from the ocean.

Picture 1500b

Denne lille tøffingen, som jeg har introdusert dere til ved en tidligere anledning: Blåvingen finnes også her ute i harde kyststrøk –

This little ‘though guy’: The Bluewing (introduced to you in another post) thrives out here by the harsh coast
Picture 1502b

Her flagrer den fra blomst til blomst på jakt etter nektar –
Fluttering from flower to flower hunting his nectar
Picture 1509bPicture 1520bDet er vakkert og frodig her ute ved kysten selv om det til tider kan være veldig tøffe kår.
It’s lush and beautiful out here by the coast, even if the weather at times may be very tough
to survive.Picture 1522
Picture 1524b
Og det er plenty av steder hvor en båt kan pådra seg alvorlige skader.
There’s plenty of dangerous places where a ship may get serious damages!
Picture 1526bDette er siste brua før vi er på fastlandet. Strømmen her kan være ganske sterk, men fiskemulighetene er svært gode.
This is the last bridge before we are ashore on dry land. The current may be strong and the fishing good!
Picture 1530bAI dag er sjøen nærmes stille. Likevel er det store vannmasser i bevegelse. Tenk hvordan det kan se ut her når bølgene nærmer seg en høyde på 10-15 meter? Det hender faktisk! Du kan se kysten i betydelig frisker vær her!

Today the sea is rather calm. Still there are large areas of water moving around. Imagine what it would be like out here if the waves were approaching heights of 40-50 feet?
It may actually happen! You may see the coast in stormy weather here!

Picture 1531bEgentlig hadde vi tenkt oss langs kysten videre til Bud, men vinden var i ferd med å øke. Og siden vi ikke hadde noen oversikt over overnattingsmuligheter i Bud, bestemte vi oss for å forsøke å finne noe her.

Actually our plan was to proceed along the coast to ‘Bud’, but since we had no information on possible places to stay the night in Bud, we decided to try for something here we  were.
Picture 1566bOg vi hadde hellet med oss. Her fant vi plutselig et sted som drev med hytteutleie helt ut mot storhavet.
And we were in luck! Here – utmost towards the ocean we found somebody renting cabins!
Picture 1542bMen før vi gikk til sengs ville vi ta en titt på terrenget ut mot havet –
Og det var fantastisk!

But before going to bed for the night, we wanted to have a look around. And it was really a fantastic place!Picture 1547bGrønt og frodig, dog med en kraftig vind –
Green and lush! And with a wind that could move mountains🙂

Picture 1541Picture 1546Vi var heldige som hadde brakt med oss vindtett tøy!
We were lucky that we had brought with us wind proofed clothing!Vinden ble sterkere og sterkere. Og selv om det ikke regnet, så måtte vi faktisk trekke innendørs!
The wind increased in strength! And even if it didn’t rain, we had no option but going inside!
Picture 1537bSelv måkene gikk i dekning på hyttetakene, gjerne nær piper som ga litt ekstra varme.
Even seagulls sought cover on the cabin roofs- close to chimneys that would provide a bit of warmth.
Picture 1575b 
Neste morgen hadde vinden løyet en del. Et herlig sted å våkne opp til en solid frokost.
Next morning the winds had subsided and it proved to be a fantastic place to wake up to  solid breakfast.
(Compliments of SRB )

We’ll leave you here!  Out trip has been brought to an end. If you want to se more from Norway, we suggest that you try our INDEX pages.
Vil du se mer fra Norge, forsøk våre INDEX-sider.

 

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29 Responses to The Atlantic Ocean Road

  1. Wow, these are truly wonderful photos.. that Bridge is awesome, and I wonder at its height is needed in stormy weather.. Your wildlife , the birds and butterflies amazing, in detail as are the wild flowers.. thank you for such a delightful interlude to my morning Seenorway.. Its been a pleasure to visit you as usual..
    Take care my good friend.. Love and Blessings Sue xox

    • Seenorway says:

      Hi Sue,
      Well, the bridge has a ‘sailing height’ of 23 meters, but it’s a rather narrow gap and not without risk when a storm is rising becaus teh whole sea underneath the bridge is moving and any ship that happens to be there moves with it. And as you can see, there is a rock there . . .
      When the weather is real bad, the seawater is actually flying high above the bridge, and any car happening to be there gets a free car wash – with salt water!
      I think I have another interestein link from the very same place: https://seenorway.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/stormy-weather/
      Please enjoy!

  2. Eva says:

    Hei! Jeg ramlet inn her nesten “by accident”. Tok turen over Atlanterhavsveien i fjor sommer i et fantastisk sommervær. Spesielt flott var det i Bud og våre to overnattinger på den korte strekningen, både på Hustadvika Gjestegård (fantastisk solnedgang i havgapet) og enda mer fantastiske Håholmen Havstuer. På Håholmen kunne jeg gjerne tilbragt flere dager, nydelig overnatting, god mat og flotte omgivelser og den lille turen med Saga Siglar kopien var også flott. Ellers bedrev jeg litt ekstremsport for å få den rette vinkelen på brua, ettersom det var avstengt, men jeg fikk mine bilder til slutt.

    Fine bilder, artig å se igjen steder man har opplevd.

    • Seenorway says:

      Hei Eva,
      Hyggelig at du fant oss da! det var vår plan å overnatte på Håholmen, men dessverre var det fullt. Jeg hadde nær sagt ‘heldigvis’, for båttransporten
      ut /inn hadde jo kostet oss kr 400 – for å få tatt noen bilder som Håholmen i ettertid ville hatt mest nytte av. Men det er et koselig sted, og det sies at maten er fantastisk. Men så håper jeg du snart finner tilbake til oss? Det er tusenvis av bilder som venter på deg! Bud måtte vi hoppe over grunnet elendig fotovær.

  3. Alastair says:

    Beautiful photos. You really have some skill with a camera

  4. allesistgut says:

    Takk for den utrolig flotte rapporten og bildene om Atlanterhavsveien. Og den blåe sommerfuglen er veldig pen!!!🙂

    • Seenorway says:

      Hyggelig at du likte den! (Og så har du kanskje fått et nytt reisemål i Norge?🙂 )
      Men ellers er denne ‘blåvingen’ bare èn av 7-8 underarter innenfor ‘blåvingene’, men de er så like at man i ettertid trenger minst 3-4 bilder av hver enkelt (over og underside) for å gjøre en sikker identifikasjon. Og så er de små! Bare fra 22-25 mm!

  5. gustavop says:

    Really astonding places, amazing pictures!!!!
    I love the one of the bridge, and the grassed roofs,,,,,

    • Seenorway says:

      Hey Gustavop,
      The bridge is really something, not only due to the elevation but also ’cause its sort of turning to the side.
      When it comes to grass on the roofing it’s a technique widely used in Norway but mostly when it comes to log cabins in the mountains, allthough you also might find them along our coastline.

      • gustavop says:

        What a nice trip, the natural sightseeing and the interesting bridge infraestructure you have up there, very unusual.

        • Seenorway says:

          Yes, it’s special! And as I wrote: Awarded the title ‘The road construction of this millenium’. The number eight most popular tourist destination in Norway for the time being and visited by something like 280 000 people pr year.
          Lately the road authorities have made special platforms along the road available for fishing, so bring your fishing rod! 🙂

          • gustavop says:

            This summer I make 20 years since I went to visit Norway, I was in Oslo and Bergen. Certainly, these marvels that you show really deserve to come back, I will bring along my wife and daughter to live a great experience. I send you my best regards from Spain.

            • Seenorway says:

              Good morning, Gustavop
              Unfortunately, that’s the way it often ends up. Time seem to pass even quicker and quicker, and there is never enough of it available to allow us to do what we really want.
              My private theory on the subject is there is always time – in abundance! But as we grow older, we need more times to do the things we managed in a jiffy before, thus we find ourselves short of time! It’s actually an excuse, I think. What we may possibly need, is better planning to get things done?
              As for myself I’ve been to Spain a number of times, but it must be close to 20 years since I was there last. When was it actually? When I drove around into the moiuntains of the Canary Islands taking analoge pictures that I never looked at in the aftermath?🙂 Perhaps I ought to bring my ‘new eyes’ (and camera) for a new peek at Spain😀

            • gustavop says:

              You’re right, we should think on how to spend time in ourselves and manage to plan a trip wherever we like to meet. It’s just a matter of planning. I rather prefer going to Norway during summer, I have enough cold weather here during the rest of the year, hahaha. Regards.

            • Seenorway says:

              I’m not quite sure I understood the meaning of ‘cold weather’ in Spain unless you live somwhere in the mountains🙂
              but as for Norway it’s a bit dependant of where in Norway you want to visit? Out here on the Atlantic Ocean Road you’d want to visit from late May to mid-August unless you’d want to see how wild it may get out there. Then Late November would be a good time! But you’d better hold on to your hat!

            • gustavop says:

              Hello: As you say, I live very close to the Mountains. Actually, Asturias is in northern Spain, located between the “Picos de Europa” (the Spanish Rocky mountains) and the Cantabrian Sea. Most of the year is cold (not as freezing as Norway of course, hahaha), and especially rainy during ten months of the year, like London. Where I live, Arriondas, is strategically set 18 kms away from the Cantabrian Sea and 28 km to the Covadonga Lakes, in the Peaks. These lakes (The Enol and Ercina) reach 1,134 meters over sea level, it is quite a climbing in a few kilometers, by car or bus, amazing!!. The location of these peaks is remarkable, very very close to the seashore; during good climate conditions these mountains where like beacons that guided ancient ships and vessels to Ports like Gijón or Santander. I have a post “Stone Cottage at “Picos de Europa” (26th-January-2013) that shows some pictures of these mountains, and a picture of the mentioned lakes in ““Astounding Asturias”” posted on October 31th, 2013. Some small Asturian ports, like Ribadesella or Lastres remind me about Bergen. If I manage to make a trip to Norway I will certainly ask for you for recommendations. Sorry for the delay in my reply. I follow your blog with lots of interest. Regards.

            • Seenorway says:

              Hello Gustavop,
              Then I understand. We do have similar conditions up here where people are living in heights of 800-1000 meters. Og course, there are places in the alps which are much higher, but it’s also quite a bit further south. Even her were I live (only at 107 meters) the night temperatures in the winter may reach 25-28 C minus, reclining to minus 12-15 during the day. But now we are seeing small signs of spring. Today it was thaw and the snowbanks along the road were slowly retracting; the roads were wet even wehen the sun was shining. This is a good sign! Soon there will be Easter! That’s when we put chairs out and start peeling a few oranges🙂 Even the cat prefer ‘outside activities’!
              So you’re living in a ‘rain country’ (Just like Bergen)? That reminds me of a cute little story:
              ‘A man was visiting Bergen and he had, of course heard, about the heavy rains in this part of the country, but just to make sure he asked the question:
              Does it rain much in Bergen?
              His friend smiled and said: Well, it isn’t all that bad. I’d say about twice a year!
              ‘Twice a year? Can that bee right?
              ‘Oh yes, definitely! Last year it rained only twice. The first time from January to May, and then there was the second time from June to November!
              I read about som place in the montains in India/Nepal area where it was raining 350 days a year! That’s really something! But we tend to think of Spain as a warm country with a lot of sun, forgetting that it is a very large country. I’ll be checking your two post to see if this i something like Norway🙂

            • gustavop says:

              Thank you for your story, I think I am going to adapt it and translate it to the local culture, hahaha. I remember that there is a saying also in Norway, that every kid is born with skis on their feet, sort of it as far as I remember, haha.
              I appreciate your comments very much, Takk.

            • Seenorway says:

              Of course, we are born with skies on but lately the women have started to protest. The skiboots are getting too big🙂

  6. kalabalu says:

    The butterfly that is blue, got a fur coat with pattern inside, goes frm flower to flower, collecting nectar.The brifdge got a curve that looks like a twisting snake waking up from the greens, and the stream passes by private islands with red tiled roof..very aloof ..quiet too..unlike the waves splashing the shore waking up..people how dare you ignore🙂 Seagulls ..no lull in wife’s shopping spree, no time lost that much I can see..only my cash disappear magically..but love my wife..so let it be🙂

  7. joshi daniel says:

    looks so beautiful🙂

  8. Seenorway says:

    Thank you! The danger being that you won’t need to come at all? (Since you have seen it all?)

  9. Jana Last says:

    Gorgeous photos, as usual. Thank you for taking and sharing photos of Norway.

    • Seenorway says:

      Thank you, Jana! I did a real silly thing last night: After having written a full report to you all (40 pictures) I was about to close my browsers and – suddenly I pressed ‘publish’ in one of them . The result beiong that I was suddenly left with 1/3 of the report and only 8 pictures! (Had to reconstruct it all) All of a sudden it became a veeery late night!

  10. inavukic says:

    I tell you what Seenorway – you photos and details are so good that by the time I visit Norway I will know it well and it’s going to be like coming to a familiar place.

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