Driving to Molde was very much like the one to the fjord except we remained on the fjords themselves and on the ferries, this way we experienced one of Norway’s most well known features.
More rapids gained our attention but unfortunately we were forced to spend a lot of time within the tunnels, obstructing our view.
Once we reached the city of Molde-which lay among more fjords- we drove up to a free camping spot overlooking the city and its surroundings (seen in park4night).
Over the period of a couple of days we experienced the beautiful scenery, culture and history of the Atlantic Road. This amazing engineering feat takes you right out onto the oceans edge and connects itself via eight bridges over several islands and islets. Despite the amount of stunning roads we have driven over the years this has to be way up there in the list of top roads.
Being able to stop on the islands was fantastic as you were able to view the famous road from a distance and witness the protected nature reserves that were enveloped by the thrashing ocean.
Further along we found a free parking space overnight, right by the Atlantic amidst the rocky moorlands. We spent our time here celebrating my GCSE results (as well as TUT (The Ultimate Traveller) and my brothers achievements on catching several mackerel).
Heading further North we found another beautiful spot on the Skatval peninsula right by the island fortress of Steinvikholm castle, which was situated on another breathtaking fjord.
The castle was built in 1525 and it’s the largest construction of the Norwegian middle ages- it became a very powerful fortification(it now holds an opera in the month of August).
Even if history or landmarks do not interest you the spot was stunning and worth the stay.
A few hours North and we had entered Nordland, in the municipality of Grane. (camping place free). Here we met a German couple who came every summer for a month or so, so if a free beautiful spot is what you need it is perfect with the silent mostly uninhabited fjord (in this area), walks in the surrounding hills, fishing (even better with a boat) and cascading fresh water streams for drinking water. Despite all of this we only stayed for one night as our aim was to head North.