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We know that Norway has a spectacular nature that does not need artifice, however, the Nordic country is such a good host that it has wanted to devise more complete travel experiences for those who decide to get behind the wheel and go out to discover its northern, central areas and west.
For this, he has devised a series of Panoramic Routes, specifically 18, in which Norwegian nature, architecture and design merge. Architectural elements that integrate and fit like a glove in the landscape, whether coastal, mountain or island.
The project, which covers a total of 1, 850 kilometers, has been developed over almost two decades and includes the construction of resting places, parking lots and panoramic view points designed by many of the best Norwegian architects and designers, such as Snøhetta, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Jensen & Skodvin and Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk.
Next, we show you four of these infarction routes so you can get an idea of how incredibly beautiful and architectural Norway is.
From the viewpoint of its metal platform, the Trollstigen road is particularly winding. © Alamy
This panoramic route that runs winding from Sogge bru to Langvatnet (or on the contrary) has as amazing viewpoints as that of Ørnesvingen (and its integrated waterfalls) or the metal platform that flies over the road that gives name to the route: the Trollstigen or ladder of the trolls.
The observation deck located in the throat of the Flydalsjuvet fjord also deserves a stop along the way . The perspective offered by its banks includes the Laushornet (1, 502 masl) and Eidshornet (1, 629 masl) peaks.
Those who wish to leave the car parked for a while, can take the ferry from Geirangerfjord, which navigates the most famous fjord in the world, the Geirangerfjord, declared a World Heritage Site. Another reward? Bewitching with the fall of the water of the famous waterfalls of Dei Sju Systre, Friaren and Brudesløret.
Trollstigen (Norway): the Trolley Staircase © Corbis. Text: Almudena Martín
Walking this route (the longest in Norway with its 433 kilometers) from beginning (Holm) to end (Godøystraumen) - and with a detour to Torghatten - will 'force you' to have to stay several days of visit in one of the wildest areas from the country. A road trip loaded with infinite roads parallel to the sea and where you will have to take several ferries or car ferries to jump from island to island.
On the way you will be surprised by its original rest areas (including a public design bathroom) and the unique natural hole that crosses the Torghatten mountain; also the archipelago of Vega, 6, 500 islands, reefs and islets in which to discover that traditional way of life of fishermen and farmers for which Unesco has included it in the list of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Three particularities make this route special: that the Arctic Circle is crossed at 66 degrees north latitude, that it reaches the other side of the world's largest tidal whirlpool and that it is possible to enjoy the midnight sun show, the one that never It gets to be completely and that both the sky and the earth dye red, orange and yellow.
On the Helgelandskysten route, jump from island to island, by bridges, by ferry or paddling by kayak. © Steinar Skaar / Statens vegvesen
47 kilometers separate Aurlandsvangen from Lærdalsøyri, a short journey (with some of its sections closed during winter) that contains one of Norway's most recognizable viewpoints, that of Stegastein, located in the Aurland Fjord, one of the largest in the West coast of the Nordic country.
The architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsem devised a bridge with a cantilevered wooden structure - cut in the end on a cliff - that interferes very little in nature, with the idea that it became an open-air space open to people from all over the world, that's why he was baptized as 640 meters above Aurland and 20, 120 kilometers from Tokyo.
In this mountain landscape there is also the permanent installation DEN, by the American artist Mark Dion. A conceptual work - a bear that rests on a mountain of waste material - located at the end of an underground tunnel in the town of Vedahaugane.
The Stegastein viewpoint, located in the Aurland Fjord, is a large bridge that ends at a precipice. © Todd Saunders for Statens vegvesen
The Atlantic road (a car journey often described as the most beautiful in the world), crosses the mouth of a fjord and jumps over reefs and between islets thanks to its eight bridges.
From Kårvåg to Bud, these scarce 36 kilometers go a long way: it is like driving on a perfectly designed and balanced race track only that the mountains, the ocean, the fishing villages are in the background …
Opened in 1989, this transport route - essential for the fishing industry and the inhabitants of the island of Averøy - was named in 2005 Norwegian construction of the century.
The Atlantic road winds between reefs and islets technically and elegantly. © Visitnorway