Eight bridges. Several islands.
One road. From Storfjord and the city Alesund to Norway’s famous Atlantic Ocean Road, the Atlanterhavsvegen. – We are approaching our destination for today and after we have been riding in six days of pouring rain, we decided to go to a very nice hotel tonight, which is supposed to be one of the most amazing hotels in Norway.
And here it is. It’s called the Storfjord Hotel. Behind the brown log walls and with its traditional sod roof, Storfjord Hotel is a boutique hotel, situated in Glomset.
It offers stunning views of the Storfjord and Sunnmore Alps. And the hotel is the perfect starting point for an excursion to the city of Alesund, which is only a 30-minutes drive and supposed to be one of Norway’s most beautiful cities. It’s a rainy day today and we are in Alesund and doing a rest day.
And I was trying to find a rain jacket and now we’re trying to find a coffee shop but somehow everything that we’re coming by is closed. Alesund is very close to sites like Geirangerfjord, so it’s the perfect base to explore Norway’s fjords and mountains. The city is built on a row of islands extending out into the ocean.
But it’s most famous for its beautiful architecture and home to Norway’s most important fishing harbor. Good morning from close to Alesund.
It’s our seventh day of riding and basically like every day it rains again and the weather is really, really nasty and I don’t even want to leave this comfortable and warm bed.
This is literally what life in Norway is like. The next morning, it was still pouring down and we were so ready to finally escape the rain. So we looked at the weather app and decided to change our plans.
Seriously, I’m not complaining about this but just as a matter of fact, it’s our seventh day of riding in the rain now and still counting. And we wanted to go to the famous mountain and hairpin road Trollstigen today but we then decided to skip it and instead only do the famous Atlantic Ocean Road because the weather forecast there is slightly better.
And really, it just doesn’t make any sense to go to the mountains if the weather is so bad and we cannot even see something in the strong rain. We had to take another ferry over Moldefjord and we were kind of happy that we could escape the rain at least for a little bit. (pensive music) It’s terrible weather today.
We’re on a ferry now and going to this nice Atlantic Highway with the super cool bridges but the weather is not exactly picturesque. – You can actually see where it rains. It rains here.
And right now, it doesn’t rain here on the ferry but it rains here. You see there’s some rain here. And you see that here, the sky is quite good. But here, there is a big rain coming. You can’t even see the mountains that are here. A rare view in Norway! The sun is coming out.
So we’re getting off this ferry now and I feel it’s not raining that much anymore. Wait, oh no, it’s still raining but I think I can see a light at the horizon.
Or at least I think I do. Maybe just hopeful wishing. (lively music) Just in time for our arrival at the Atlantic Ocean Road, the rain stopped. Yes, we did it. It’s so funny, it feels literally like a great achievement that this rain stopped.
But actually, it’s nothing that we had any power over. So I guess we are just super lucky and took the right decision this morning with coming here to the Atlantic Ocean Road instead of going to Trollstigen.
At this part of the video, I would have really liked to show you a few amazing drone shots from the Atlantic Ocean Road. But the wind was too strong for my little drone friend. So just imagine this road from above with my next words. Road number 64 between More and Kristiansund is the Atlantic Ocean Road.
In Norwegian, the Atlanterhavsvegen. The road runs eight kilometers across an archipelago of partially inhabited islands and skerries, connected by eight bridges. The longest and most spectacular bridge is Storseisundbrua with 260 meters.
Over the six years that the construction took, workers struggled with the region’s wild weather and were interrupted by 12 hurricanes. Atlanterhavsvegen is Norway’s ninth most visited natural tourist attraction with 250,000 visitors from May through August in a non-COVID year.
After Atlanterhavsvegen, we found a very good lunch place where we have a cheese and ham sandwich that is delicious. And the best is this view on our motorcycles. (tranquil music) Our next stop is Trondheim or Levanger.
It depends a bit on how far we will get today. I think it’s a few hours to Trondheim and it’s already like three or four, so I guess we will make it. We decided not to stop in Trondheim because we wanted to avoid getting into another city.
Instead, we stayed along Trondheim fjord. – This kind of weather in Germany has a name. It’s called April weather. And it’s from pouring rain in 10 degrees to bright sunshine.
And actually, now the sun is shining and this is a very nice way to finish a long day. We just arrived for the first time in the sun today, at our beautiful stay here at the Fjord.
And we did the Atlanterhavsvegen today, which was beautiful, amazing scenery but it was much shorter than I initially thought because I thought it’s as long as the coastal road, the Great Ocean Road in Australia or the Coastal Road Number One in California but it’s much, much shorter. Still very worth doing.
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