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Truckers’ dream route

Eight kilometers and as many bridges: the “Atlantic Ocean Road” is not only “Norway’s Construction of the Century”; it is also a trucker’s dream. Photo: AdobeStock/Andrey Armyagov

These 8.3 kilometers (5.2 miles) represent the dream route for countless truck drivers: the “Atlanterhavsveien” – in English: the “Atlantic Ocean Road” – stretches along Norway’s wild, rugged west coast between the cities of Kristiansund and Molde, across a series of islets. Much of it consists of a series of eight bridges. The tallest of these bridges appears to rear straight up into the sky. Which is also where rough seas drive the spray – at least far beyond the two-lane asphalt strip. Opened in the year 1989, the road was later named “Norway’s Construction of the Century.” Sadly for truck drivers, the “Atlantic Ocean Road” is a long way from Europe’s major transport routes. Unlike the trucker shown here, it will therefore remain just a dream for most of them.

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