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Norwegian Scenic Route Atlanterhavsvegen: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

A famous stretch of road in Norway and one of the most beautiful drives in the world, the Atlantic Ocean Road (“Atlanterhavsvegen”) brings you in close contact with the Atlantic Ocean. Norwegian Scenic Route Atlanterhavsvegen is 36 kilometers long and travels between the seaside villages of Kårvåg and Bud on the exposed western coast. A drive along this route pairs well with the Geiranger-Trollstigen scenic route to the south.

Characterized by seven bridges bouncing between a group of islets off the coast, the route is somewhat of an engineering marvel. But at the same time nature is the focus, and the road grants you the opportunity to easily access and explore this remote coastline. Mother nature is on show, so take every chance to stop, explore, and enjoy the atmosphere along the route.

The scenic route is suited to cycling, but be prepared for heavy traffic and winds.

Tips

  • At 36 kilometers long–and the bridge section about 8 kilometers long–some travelers report feeling that the a trip along the route is over quickly. While driving over the islands and bridges is thrilling, remember that most of the experience here is had outside of the car.
  • With some stunningly located hotels and a variety of other accommodation options, consider spending a night along the route. Regardless of the weather, a night on the edge of the ocean will be a memorable one.
  • There’s a café on Eldhusøya Island, together with the Svevestien pathway.
  • For a good lunch, consider the well-regarded Bjartmars Favorittkro in Kårvåg where seafood and local delicacies are a feature.
  • The route is situated between the larger centers of Kristiansund and Molde. If you drive through Kristiansund, consider a trip to the remote Grip archipelago. The former fishing village is no longer inhabited, but locals use the former houses as cabins in the summertime. Located 14 kilometers northwest of Kristiansund, scheduled boat services run in summer.

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Kårvåg to Bud

Storheia

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Medium
2.7 km · 1.5 – 2.5 hr

Storheia

While quite a modest mountain in terms of height, Storheia provides a panorama of the coastline and the Atlantic Ocean Road. Storheia is the easiest hike along the route for wide, stretching views. The trailhead is a short 8 kilometer detour from the eastern end of the scenic route in Kårvåg.

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Geitøya Island

Nordmøre

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Geitøya Island

An important part of the experience of traveling along the Atlantic Ocean Road is to pull over and take time to enjoy the varied viewpoints. On Geitøya Island you can scramble up on to the low hill tops, or take the ramp down by the bridge to fish in the ocean.

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Håholmen

Nordmøre

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Håholmen

A former fishing village on tiny island, Håholmen is only accessed by boat from Geitøya Island. Scheduled services run in summertime and a hotel offers overnight stays, a restaurant, and a pub.

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Svevestien

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
0.7 km · 0.5 – 1 hr

Svevestien

Float around Eldhusøya Island on the elevated pathway known as “Svevestien”. The path offers an opportunity for all to feel the atmosphere on this stretch of coastline and take some snaps of the famous bridges. The service building and café has been cleverly concealed in the hillside, with the pathway running along the roofline.

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Vevang Coastal Trail

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
1.2 km · 0.5 – 1 hr

Vevang Coastal Trail

At the western end of the stretch of bridges by Vevang lies this coastal trail with an artistic surprise. Follow the short loop, exploring the rocks and ponds to spot pieces of the Transatlantic Column.

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Melen

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Demanding
9.2 km · 3 – 5 hr

Melen

The highest peak this close to the scenic route, the trail to Melen is for those looking for a bit of a challenge. With an elevation gain of over 700 meters, a ridge crossing, and interesting landscape, this hike provides an entertaining trail and sweeping views.

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Stemshesten

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Medium
5.6 km · 2 – 4 hr

Stemshesten

For the best aerial view of the Atlantic Ocean Road, take the hike to Stemshesten near Farstad. It’s a steady uphill hike, but less than 3 kilometers to the peak with a panorama of the coastline. The mountain is home to several peaks allowing you to explore as much as you want.

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Nordneset Coastal Trail

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
6 km · 1 – 2 hr

Nordneset Coastal Trail

Visit the white, sandy Farstad Beach–a worthy experience regardless of the weather. From the beach a trail winds around the rocky point to the north. Expect a full parking lot and busy beach when the weather is warm.

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Askevågen

Nordmøre

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Askevågen

For yet another opportunity to see this stretch of exposed coastline from another angle, take a quick detour to Askevågen. A glass viewpoint built at the end of a short breakwater offers a close encounter with the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention wonderful coastal views.

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Bud Coastal Trail

Nordmøre

Hiking Trail
Easy
6.7 km · 2 – 3 hr

Bud Coastal Trail

Round off your drive along the scenic route with a walk along the Bud Coastal Trail. Looping through the nearby woods and along the scenic coastline before running the village, the trail offers contact with nature and the local community.

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