The road follows a route which was originally planned for
a railroad. The initial planning started in the beginning of
the 20th Century back in 1935 but those plans were
abandoned. It was not until the 1970s that
serious design began on the roads.
Actual construction began on 1 August 1983 and was
finally completed in July 1989, after delays caused by bad
weather. It replaced a ferry service which followed a
In total the construction of the Atlantic Ocean Road cost
over 120 million Norwegian Kroner (1989), of which about a
quarter was collected from tolls on the road. However
tolls have now been removed and the road is free to all.
In 2005 it was elected as the "Norwegian Construction of
the Century" and has become one of the