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The Atlanterhavsveien, Norway's Atlantic Road

At just over eight kilometres long, the Atlantic Road in Norway is tiny. Opened in 1989, it crosses several small islands linked by eight bridges. The best-known of these is undoubtedly the Storseisundet Bridge.

The spectacular curved shape of this feat of architectural engineering has led to it becoming renowned throughout the country. The Atlanterhavsveien (Atlantic Road in Norwegian) may be small in scale, but in less than 30 years it has become the country's second most visited road after the Trollstigen.

In 2005, it was even elected "Norwegian Construction of the Century".

 

One of the Atlanterhavsveien's most unusual features is that it takes travellers along the invisible divide between the fjords and the ocean. On one side of the road there's the swell of the North Atlantic. On the other, the calm, deep waters of the Norwegian fjords stretching out to meet the mountains.

The chaotic mountains often stand between the traveller and the ocean. That's one of the reasons that the Atlantic Road is so well known, especially amongst motorcycle riders who come here to feel the salty sea spray on their face and the fresh air in their lungs.

For several kilometres you can leapfrog over the little islands and reefs that hold up the bridges and viaducts.

Take the high road as you cross the Storseisundet, the peak of the Atlanterhavsveien at 23 metres above the water, and the view is astonishing. The road looks almost like a thick cord that links together a chain of little islands covered in grass and peat.

 

Here and there, you'll find pretty wooden houses painted bright red, sheep and stone walls reminiscent of Ireland or Scotland and fishing boats tied up against the onslaught of the wind and waves. This is a truly northern land, rough and solid, powerful and true.

Linking together the towns of Eide and Averoy, the Atlanterhavsveien is around fifty kilometres north of Molde. It's easy to reach and Route 64 that runs down to the ocean passes through typically Norwegian landscapes.

A rustic ride with your face to the wind, hands on the handlebars, eating up the miles on a road that winds gently in between turquoise Fjords and vivid green pastures.

The county of Morge og Romsdal might well fill you with an urge to relax with the locals, but the thrill of the ride will never be far from your thoughts.

Stability, handling, grip... just a few of the many qualities of MICHELIN Pilot Road 4 tyres that allow you to enjoy the pleasure of discovering, of living, this road. On this wild coast with its outlandish scenery, you can enjoy the other-worldly experience of riding across the ocean waves on your bike.