Most of us will agree that a scenic automobile ride would provide us with views of beauty and grace, settings that relax people and make the ride worthwhile. Either it be gracious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties, or enameled plains (yes I used descriptions from “America the Beautiful”), these types of rides are sure to entice the senses. The Inquisitr even reported on such, in which Yahoo GPS maps now impress its users by providing them with the “most beautiful routes” they can take.
However, can a beautiful route be also dangerous? Seems like an oxymoron to combine the two, right? Well, the most dangerous bridge road in the world will surely terrify you, but also mystify with its awesomely magnificent presence!
According to Dangerous Roads, the Atlantic Ocean Road is an 8,274 meter (5.1 miles) long road and is part of the Norwegian national road 64. It links the towns of Kristiansund and Molde, which are the two main population centers in the county of Møre og Romsdal in Fjord, Norway. What most people may not know is the road is a very popular tourist attraction, and is heralded as one of the most spectacular roads in the world. Drivers will feel like they are on the edge of the world, just teetering on the point as they experience the wrath of the waves constantly bashing the bridge the road is built on. With a roller-coaster feel, curves within the bridge, and phenomenal views, it is like a drive and a show.
It should also be reported it has been honored as a Cultural Heritage Site, National Tourist Route, and is even known as the Norwegian Construction of the Century with its multiple causeways, viaducts, and eight total bridges.
According to the official website for road titled Atlantic Road Norway, the road was originally supposed to be a railway line in the early 20th century, but was ultimately abandoned. Serious planning started in the 1970s, and construction began on August 1, 1983. During the span of its construction, it was hit by 12 hurricanes. The setbacks would not stop the road’s completion, and by July 7, 1989 and after 122 million Norwegian krone (NOK), the road was finally open. Collection of tolls to use the road was scheduled for 15 years, but were removed in 1999 when the road was fully paid off.
If you could, would you attempt to drive along the “most dangerous road in the world”? If not, would you at least make a stop to marvel at its design? The video below may help in your decision.
[Images via Atlantic Road Norway]