The 8.3 km (5 mile) road is built on several small islands and skerries, and is spanned by eight bridges and several landfills. This road has an open sea view which is not so common for roads along the Norwegian coast. Here the distance between the islands was so small that a road could be built across the archipelago. In addition there are fjords and mountains inside the road.
The Atlantic Road was voted "Norwegian Construction of the Century" on September 27th 2005, and is currently Norway's second most visited scenic road. The Atlantic Road's sharp turns and wild nature have ranked it first on The Guardian's list of the world's most spectacular road trips, in sharp competition with world-renowned attractions such as Northern Ireland's Antrim coast road and the Himalayas.
The road was opened on the 7th of July 1989. After paying tolls for the first ten years, it has been toll-free since 26th of June 1999 (at 03:00 p.m.).