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February 19, 2016

Dangerous and Beautiful — Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

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The Atlantic Ocean Road (or Atlantic Road) — Norwegian: Atlanterhavsveien — is a 5.2-mile-(8.3 kilometers)-long section of County Road 64 which runs through an archipelago in Eide and Averøy in Møre og Romsdal, Norway.

The fixed link passes by Hustadvika, an unsheltered part of the Norwegian Sea, connecting the island of Averøy with the mainland and Romsdalshalvøya peninsula.

The road runs between the villages of Kårvåg on Averøy and Vevang in Eida.

The road is built on several small islands and skerries, which are connected by several causeways, viaducts, and eight bridges — the most prominent being Storseisundet Bridge (pictured above).

The Atlantic Road zigzags across bridges and rockfills from island to island right out at the ocean's edge.

It is easy to park your car in one of the many lay-bys and walk a few meters to the smooth coastal rocks and some excellent fishing spots.

A stone's throw or two to the west, the shipping lane crosses the notorious waters of Hustadvika, concealing innumerable wrecks.

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[Above, a storm at Hustadvika]

Many people take a trip out here when the autumn storms start to rage — it is quite a sight when the big waves break beside (and sometimes across) the road.

The road workers experienced 12 hurricanes during the construction of the Atlantic Road before it was opened in 1989.

Around 1900 as many as 120 people lived on these windswept islands.

They made their living from fishing and drying fish.

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The road has a total length of 891 metres and was also designated a Cultural Heritage Site; it is a Norwegian National Tourist Route and has been recognized as the Norwegian Construction of the Century.

The road has been declared "The world's most dangerous and beautiful road."

I won't argue.

[via Flautist who added (among other things), "Would this not be one hell of a drive?"]

Concur.

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