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Our excursion starts in Kristiansund, the capital of Nordmøre. The clipfish town that stretches over 3 interconnected islands and the base for off-shore activities along the coast of Middle Norway.
After a short tour through the city we continue to the Island of Averøy using the Atlantic Ocean Tunnel, which is an undersea tunnel of about 6 km and of 250 meters below sea level. The Island of Averøy is well known in whole of Norway because of its archaeological history and the history going back to the viking king of Harald Hårfagre who has been here many times.
As we are heading towards the Atlantic Ocean Road, keep your eyes peeled for seals, sea birds and – if you’re lucky – whales as well. This scenic stretch – one of Norway’s National Tourist Routes – skips between islands and skerries as it meanders from Averøy Island to the mainland. The Atlantic Ocean Road zigzags across bridges from island to island right out to the ocean’s edge. The trip covers 8.2 kilometers, crosses a total of eight bridges and winds through a stunning coastal landscape. It’s one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations and was the winner of the “Engineering Feat of the Century” price in 2005.
We continue our way passing the beach of Farstadsanden and going along the coast to the delightful fishing village of Bud where we will make a photo stop overlooking the ocean with views of the Bjørnsund islands, a group of Islands that were once home to a vibrant, flourishing fishing community, but which are now only a summer vacation retreat.
On our way back to Kristiansund we follow the Frænafjord and the Kornstadfjord, travel up and down beautiful hillsides around another delightful natural inlet and passing the villages of Elnesvågen and Eide. Before our tour ends in Kristiansund we will use the Krifast connection.
Krifast is Kristiansund and Frei’s mainland connection, which opened for traffic in August 1992. The connection consists of an underwater tunnel, a float bridge and a suspension bridge as well as road connections.
Kristiansund (see map below for pick-up details)
09:00 am (To be confirmed)