From Kristiansund we drove through the Atlantic Ocean Tunnel to start the ride in Bruhagen. On the coastal road 64 we went through Vebenstad to pick up the scent of the Atlantic Ocean Road. Navigation was relatively straightforward, joining the smaller 242 onto the 663 to Farstad, before a stretch on the 235, where we enjoyed lunch at Bud. We did our best to remain as close to the water’s edge as possible on the 664 all the way to Moen, where we jumped back onto the 64 for our second serving of Atlantic Ocean Road. We finished the day with a rumble in our bellies after an anticlockwise loop of the Averøya island on the deceptively challenging 247 back to Bruhagen.
If you fancy the delights of the Atlantic Ocean Road in a more bite-size bundle, stay on the 663 past Farstad, heading south to pick up the 241/277/276 to Lyngstad. From here you can rejoin the 64 to finish in time for tea at the acclaimed Bjartmars Favorittkro restaurant in Averøy (something we missed out on).
Total distance: 150km approx.
Total elevation: 1,320m
How we got there
With all its wiggly coastline and fjords, Norway is a tricky place to drive long distances, so the simplest way to get around is by air. We flew with Qantas (www.qantas.com) from Sydney to London’s Heathrow, with a connecting flight to Oslo, before taking another hour’s flight to Kristiansund with SAS (www.flysas.com).
Within ten minutes of Kristiansund airport the Rica Hotel (www.rica-hotels.com) offers excellent service and the best breakfast ever for a cyclist looking to get the most from the day. With average salaries in Norway estimated to be three times that of ours, it’s little surprise that rooms are around $230 per night depending on the time of year, but it’s worth it. Go easy on the beers as well, as a pint will set you back around a tenner.