Alesund’s Art Nouveau architecture lured us further north. We couldn’t resist Alesund’s colorful streets and canals. It was well worth the extra drive north.
For sunset, we climbed a set of modern stairs from the city center to the Fjellstua viewpoint. From up top, each building in Alesund looks like a beautiful doll house.
The next day, we visited the Alnes Lighthouse before we headed to Atlantic Road, a 5 mile road built across several small islands. This section of the road includes arching bridges, which are open to the sea. The Atlantic Road is unique since most of the roads in Norway are not open to the sea or water. Norway has been able to keep most of its cross water car travel to underwater tunnels and car ferries, which has greatly preserved the beauty of its landscapes.
Driving on the Atlantic Road feels like a wild ride in your own car. For us, the weather was insane out here. The wind was so turbulent, we could barely stand up and to make matters worse, it was also raining. We laughed at our clothes flapping in the wind/rain as we jumped out of our cars to get a few photos of the road.